Saturday, March 21, 2009

Quick hits

Gabriel

A two-hour music video about good angels vs. bad angels in purgatory -- Aussie director Shane Abbess has talent though. Got a lot out of a few million dollars. Would like to see what he can do with a better crafted story.

Over Her Dead Body

Supernatural comedies are always hit and miss. This was mostly miss. Way more physical comedy than I expected -- Lake Bell is a trooper. Might have been more effective with a younger cast in a high school setting.

Passengers

Shrink Anne Hathaway counsels survivors of a plane crash. Spookiness ensues when they start disappearing. Obviously, someone caught an old "Twilight Zone" marathon before dreaming (it's not that) this up. Be prepared for a "shocking" twist!!! Speaking of Twilight...

Twilight

Wasn't crazy about the script, but held out hope for the film.... the chemistry between the leads was decent, but the story drags at a snail's pace. How many angsty glances can two characters exchange before the viewer goes mad? I almost found out.

The Unborn

Read an interview where David Goyer said this was intended for folks under thirty -- who probably have difficulty walking and chewing gum at the same time. Cheesy, PG-13 popcorn horror with lame scares -- unless you think an old guy with his head upside down and crabwalking is scary. Did decent business in its opening weekend, mostly people under 30, so what do I know?

3 comments:

K J Gillenwater said...

I'm trying to read "Twilight" because my pre-teen daughter wants me to. I'm struggling....so I can see why the film might be 'slow' in places...because the book has a lot of snooze-worthy first person stuff going on. I find myself skipping a lot of Bella's internal boring conversations with herself about what to cook for dinner (this happens several times in the first 120 pages!) to get to the 'action.'

I'm trying to ignore the stylistic stuff and just focus on the plot...but since so little has happened as of yet, it makes it hard.

I'll probably watch the film, since I'm sure my daughter wants to see it...

screamwriter said...

Haven't read the book, but there's a strong "Mary Sue" quality to Bella in the film. It's not so much a vampire-teen romance, but rather a fantasy about how everything and everyone revolves around a teen girl. Maybe that kind of wish fulfillment is a big part of what makes the novels so appealing.

K J Gillenwater said...

Yes, wish fulfillment big time. In fact, within a matter of days Bella has 4 guys interested in her. Even though she claims there is nothing all that special about her...and that she wasn't popular at her old school.

Any teen girl would love to have someone fall instantly in love with her from across a cafeteria.

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