Friday, December 19, 2014

The Happening

I think I'll quote Opus on this one.
M Night Shyamalan's film The Happening has brought the word "bad" to new levels of badness. Bad acting. Bad effects. Bad everything. This bad film just oozed rottenness from every bad scene. Simply bad beyond all infinite dimensions of possible badness.
Well, maybe not that bad, but lord, it wasn't good.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Five books, 2015

Five books I look forward to in 2015:
1. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
2. Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures by Roy Crane
3. Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Wally Wood
4. Purity by Jonathan Franzen
5. Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lethal Weapon

Die Hard holds up really well as a film, Lethal Weapon... not so much. And not only because of Mel Gibson's mullet. There's a limit to how much suspension of disbelief you can take. Shouldn't cops behave like... oh, I dunno, cops? And how stupid does Shane Black think the viewer is? We see Gibson putting a gun in his mouth. And also holding a photo of his dead girlfriend to make it more clear. I believe he also says -I miss you, babe, or something, for the people in the back row. Then we see him behave suicidally at work. Three times? Sure, why not. And then have the psychiatrist explain to the captain of the police station that Gibson is suicidal, just in case we missed the clues.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Films of 2014

I saw four films in a cinema this year. In order of preference:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. X-men: Days of Future Past
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Gone Girl
I didn't really love any of them. The three first films on the list I found uneven, and Gone Girl I thought was not very interesting at all. I'll be getting Grand Budapest Hotel on dvd. I found it disappointing, but it may be one of those films that gets better on repeated viewings. Why didn't I go see Boyhood? I dunno. I'll be getting it on dvd, same with Only Lovers Left Alive and possibly Nebraska. Which film do I look forward to in 2015? Mad Max: Fury Road. Now that's what I call a trailer.