Monday, October 05, 2009

Quickies 10-5-2009

The Mist ~ Combining the horror and paranoia of the trapped-in-a-bunker and what’s-in-the-dark concepts, this Stephen King short story is brilliantly brought to the screen by writer/director Frank Darabont. Thomas Jane is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors between this and “Hung.” Be warned however, whereas the story it’s based on had no ending, the movie has an amazingly crappy ending, one of the worst I’ve seen in years. Better no ending at all than this one – it literally ruins the rest of the flick.

The Ghosts of Angela Webb ~ Wow, this one was terrible. Filmed on videotape and badly paced and acted, I could not wait for it to end. Remember back in college, that friend who wanted to be a filmmaker and had all of his or her friends be in their low budget flick? Well, this makes that look like Scorsese.

Max Payne ~ There’s a prejudice that movies based on videogames are either all style over substance or just plain bad. I have to admit that there’s much to the statement. In the case of Max Payne, it’s a little of both. It’s visually exciting, but a convoluted and sometimes boring plot takes away from it, and the enticing soundtrack. Pretty but empty.

Disaster Movie ~ In the loose tradition of Airplane!, Amazon Women on the Moon and mostly the Scary Movie series, this is a lowest common denominator parody of last year’s blockbuster flicks. I laughed. I’m a little ashamed I laughed, but I did. If you didn’t see the movies referenced however, you might not get the jokes.

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