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Saturday, July 09, 2005

Movie score card

Back in May I posted a list of the summer movies that were horror related. Here's the list and my grades on the ones already out . June 10 - Haute tension. French film opens in the U.S. Trailer here. This will probably go into my NetFlix queue even though I'd prefer to see it on the big screen. GRADE: Incomplete. It did not make it to a local theater and I was right. I'll have to watch it at home on DVD. June 17 - Batman Begins. Let's just say I'm cautiously optimistic. GRADE: B+. Was mostly well done. Could have done with more Oldman and less Holmes (one of the few times you'll ever see that on this Sherlock-loving blog). June 24 - Land of the Dead. ::Drool:: Long awaited, eagerly anticipated and politically probably more relevant than ever before, I can't wait for this movie to open. GRADE: A-. I thought some reviews made too much of the movie working with some "name" actors. It did kind of lose something by having recognizable faces, even if their acting was great. Bewitched. I saw a trailer for it before Revenge of the Sith. It looks like the great pilot episode for a remake of a TV series. I doubt if there's enough to make it worth seeing on the big screen. Nicole Kidman as a witch is hot, though, and the wife loves Will Ferrell. GRADE: Incomplete. I dodged that bullet. My wife didn't want to see it after the reviews. July 1 - War of the Worlds. If the drive-in at Stephen City, Va., is playing it, that's where I'm going to try to see it. For some reason, seems like the perfect place to see this movie. GRADE: C+. Began decently enough, but too many problems better documented elsewhere. Undead. An Australian zombie film hits the U.S. probably to ride the coattails of Land of the Dead. But it looks like a good popcorn flick and if you haven't seen the trailer yet you should. The Guardian raved about it. To be honest, I'm looking forward to this more than the big budget War of the Worlds. GRADE: Incomplete. I'm still looking forward to seeing it, but it didn't make it to a local theater. July 8 - Fantastic Four. This may sound like the most trivial of concerns, but I really wish they had made The Thing more clunky looking. Irregardless of the reviews, this is on my must-see list. The inner-fan boy in me cannot be denied. Trailer here. Reviews aren't good. Dark Water. I don't know if I want to dive in to these waters after walking out of Ring 2. As someone on the IMDB message board asked, "No pirates?" July 22 - The Devil's Rejects. Long-time readers of this site know I've been watching the development of this movie with keen interest. July 29 - The Brothers Grimm. From the IMDB description of the plot:

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage.
Terry Gilliam directing. Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. What's not to like? Night Watch. Russian fantasy film with vampires, witches, shapeshifters and other creatures battle for control of the night. Here's part of how Filmcritic.com described Night Watch:
Once it receives its long due stateside release, the smash Russian fantasy epic Night Watch will inevitably be compared to The Matrix, most likely because of all the people running about a modern-day city (wearing sunglasses at night, no less) doing battle with forces that normal folks can’t even see. Also, the film was a box office hit and the first in a planned trilogy. But truth be told, Night Watch has much more in common with the worlds created by fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman, most especially his classic Neverwhere (filmed for British TV) about a secret world existing just below the surface of everyday London. The two works share an abiding interest in the careful creation and delineation of complex universes of the unreal – not to mention a love of dark, shady places, and large-scale struggles between good and evil.

4 Comments:

Blogger skippy said...

hi carnacki!

i love mystery of the haunted vampire! thanks for reminding me about your great site.

i think the failings of bewitched, the movie (tho i admit i have only seen trailers) is that they seemed to have missed the one thing that the tv show had, which was a very deeply buried streak of counter-culture anti-establishment subversiveness.

samantha's plight (in the original) was trying to fit into "square" suburbia, becoming a stepford wife, helping darren (both of them) kiss ass at work for corporate prigs.

of course, she never could, because she was who she was, whether that was a witch or an independent woman or just someone with lots of odd relatives, it was a message that pre-dated a lot of the 70's "fight the man" sort of stuff.

i think it was very ahead of its time, rather george axelrod-ish with a little kim novak/jimmy stewart/jack lemmon/elsa lancaster thrown in.

the movie today looks like another hollywood loves itself jerk-off fest hot tub movie.

but mrs. skippy and i are looking forward to war of the worlds.

7/10/2005 05:36:00 PM  
Blogger Carnacki said...

Thanks skippy. And I think you hit the problem with bewitched squarely on the head.

7/10/2005 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger warrenzone said...

we did not get Undead out here either, probably for the best..

I'm going to see War of the Worlds even though I've been warned.

7/11/2005 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger HP said...

I just watched the original Japanse Dark Water this weekend. I know my blog has been pretty quiet of late, but there's a new review of Dark Water up there.

7/13/2005 05:12:00 PM  

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