All I really have to say is... where the hell has FARGO been all my life?
I watched this on the plane going to China. This is the clip where I was like, "OMG, it's Nebraska." Except of course it's not, and it's not our accent, but whatever.
The whole movie is on YouTube, so seriously, no one has an excuse not to watch this beauty. It's already vaulted into my top ten. If I'm not careful my entire top ten will compose of Coen Brothers movies and Apocalypse Now.
I've managed to recently watch quite a few movies that I should have seen long before. Like, The Matrix
. There are some really neat ideas tucked in here, and great music that I already own. But damn if Keanu Reeves is not a horrible actor. I wasn't blown away. Especially by the climactic events. This was sort of - worldbuilding = A, plot = C. I fell asleep watching The Matrix Reloaded
, but not before getting creeped out by their future human city. Another movie I fell asleep watching was The Informant
. Really I watched the first 1/3 and then woke up for the last fifteen minutes. Which seemed interesting, really, and I want to try to watch it again, but the dialogue was so quiet and I couldn't hear it on the plane. Don't ask why I could hear everything on Fargo.
I also watched the entirety of The Shining
(Stanley Kubrick) for the first time. I'm a Nicholson fan, and a Shining fan, so it's not like this could really go wrong. It's not as scary as the book, and I admit some changed details annoyed me, but uh, I had to look away during Room 217. That was not good, and it went on way too long for comfort. I hadn't known much about Insomnia
, but I clicked on it because I saw Christopher Nolan and "land of the midnight sun." It's one of those cops going crazy movies, and it's actually pretty good. Mostly because Alaska makes for such an intense setting, and it's filmed with aplomb. Get Carter
- Stallone the financial adjuster goes home to the Seattle burbs to find out who killed his brother - is pretty entertaining for the first 2/3 of the movie, all this off-beat humorous violence and stuff. Then it turns into a rape-secondary-revenge movie and gets all somber and icky. Still, not bad for a let's-be-criminals movie. The Legend of Drunken Master/ Drunken Master II
is some seriously good shit, better than the first. I know some people aren't into kung fu attempts at comedy, but I was literally laughing like 80% of the movie (I mean, you know me). Anita Mui is just fucking fantastic in it - she plays Jackie Chan's stepmother. Oh yeah and Jackie Chan. Basically I wanted to join their family.
And yes, I know - I watched the dubbed version. My only other language choice was French! Thanks, Netflix! I can't recommend Bloodsport
, though: '80s Van Damme movie about an underground world fighting tournament. Yeah, you hear world fighting tournament and you're like, oh man, it's gonna be awesome! Not really. More like land o' cliches with no entertainment in sight.
I watched a few of Showtime's Masters of Horror pieces. They're not very good, in general. That Damned Thing
is under an hour but probably the best, about a monster in a small town in Texas. The acting is reasonable for a TV movie and the plot feels... I don't know, genuine in some way? I don't want to totally recommend Dreams in the Witch House
, a modern adaptation of the Lovecraft story, but for you horror junkies, it may be worth a view. It's not only creepy in a fun way but it's highly amusing as well, kind of like a good Tales From The Crypt. Nightmare Man
, about an evil African fertility mask, is very very bad - laughably bad. Valerie on the Stairs
, about a haunted writer's colony, is even worse because you can't even laugh at it.
So many religious horror movies! I lost interest in The Prophecy
pretty much immediately. Requiem
, on the other hand, is a really interesting movie if you want to know the true story
behind the "true story" behind The Exorcism of Emily Rose. As in, this is what really happened to the girl - epilepsy and intense religious pressure, from within and without. Depressing movie, but good, with a very retro/antique feel (set in the '70s in rural Germany). On a similar note, we've got The Woods
, a sort of B-movie-trying-to-be-A-movie-or-is-it-
really-trying? about a girls' boarding school with a supposed history of witchcraft, and oh, the evil woods. If you're into that sort of thing, it's not bad. I can't say it's worth watching though. Picnic on Hanging Rock is a far superior treatment of the Witchy Boarding School idea. Hell House
, the original Jesus Camp, is a less scathing, more personal documentary about fundamentalist Christians trying to save America - by building "haunted houses" to scare people out of being gay or having abortions
. It really gets in the heads/motives of the organizers, though, with interesting results. Not a movie, but I also watched an episode of this BBC show Apparitions
- about a Catholic priest who exorcises demons in modern London - and quite enjoyed it, particularly the emotional honesty of the characters portrayed. Plus I'm a sucker for the whole ambiguously "good" versus "evil" fight over some guy's eternal soul thing. Apparently British people didn't like it, because it got canceled. C'est la vie.
Oh yeah, and I watched Shutter Island
. I never felt like it was a real movie. The acting made it seem more like a community theater production. Like, way below the caliber I expect from all these guys involved, including Scorcese. A couple unnerving shots, and I will admit the last 20% of the movie felt like a step up from all that came before - ironic given the plot - and of course, gratuitously scary asylum is gratuitously scary. I'm not going to rec it though. I have very mixed feelings. Like disappointment matched with bewilderment.