What I'm Watching: Late October, 2010
Before I dive into the movies and such I've been watching lately, just some quick notes on what's coming to Trisk in the near future.
For those that have been here for awhile, you will remember the very quiet November from last year, as I partook in the yearly NaNoWriMo writing competition, and this year will be the same. But with one main difference, there WILL be a review, come hell or high water. I also plan to still do a Watching post at the very least, so it won't be a total ghost town around here. Look for our Thanksgiving review on the 15th, to split the month up nicely in half to bide time between now and December. And there's still one more review going up before then.
After that, Trisk will be diving right into more Christmas movies, and that will take us through 2010. I've got only a little inkling of 2011 movies to kick off January. There is a number of films jumping up and down to be reviewed, so they definitely have my attention.
Over the past few weeks, I've watched a number of horror movies; one rather strange, and one pretty straightforward but really good.
The stranger of the two was the rather infamous Human Centipede. It's the rather simple story of a mad scientist who captures some hapless people stranded on the road, and then does crazy experiments on them, but taken to the Nth degree. There's nothing that special in the plot, and what really makes the movie stand out is the nature of the experiments. The crazy Dr. Heiter sews three people together with their mouths connected to the preceeding person's ass and connects their digestive tracts.
Personaly, I found the Hostel movies far more disturbing, but I can see why this would squick people out. I still found it to be an interesting study of the few characters in it, and was intrigued to see just how it would turn out. While I find it hard to recommend something so bizarre and disgusting to many, if you can stomach it and aren't downright turned off by the description alone, I do think it is at least worth seeing, just for the experience of having done so. I'm not going to get into the medical accuracy, or the movie's claims thereof. Why start now? NONE of the movies here are accurate to any sort of reality. Isn't that half the fun?
From the weird to the almost normal, comes Frozen. I really, really liked this movie! I am sold on Adam Green's work, and am definitely moving Hatchet up my list of movies I need to see right the hell now. Some people will sit down and nitpick apart every last second of the movie, trying to come up with things the trio of characters could have done differently once they get stuck on an abandoned skilift one weekend, or plot holes, or the usual. However, in my opinion, I feel the movie addressed most of the major potential stupid moments very well. Most ideas people come up with actually wouldn't work as well as you would think upon first thought.
The strength of Frozen is in its characters. The secret to all good horror movies. If you care about the people about to die, then you're willing to buy 90% of anything a movie might throw at you. Since this movie is three people on a chairlift and nothing else for 80 of it's 90 minute runtime, you absolutely need great characters, and Frozen delivers. Especially with the casting of Emma Bell as Parker. She is absolutely adorable, and just on sight alone, you want absolutely nothing bad to happen to this girl.
Your desires will be completely denied, as much happens to Parker.
The absolute best scene in the movie is centered around what the movie doesn't show you, as a brutal attack that many movies would go to for the blood and gore, is left completely out of our sight, and we only experience it through the faces and reactions of the other characters. That was brilliant and sold me on the movie.
Oh, and the writer/director is from my neck of the woods, and includes a lot of references to the New England skiing culture, so I may be grading on a curve just for those things alone.
But seriously, I could go on and on about this movie, and would love to talk more about it with anyone who has seen it. If you haven't, I definitely recommend that you do.
And the reason I've kept this post on delay for so long, I literally just walked in the door from Paranormal Activity 2. I talked about the original back in January, and wanted to get around to my thoughts on this as well.
It's not as good as the first movie, I'd say. Whereas the original knew just when to get to scaring you, I felt the second time around they spent a little too much time with the characters. It was ok stuff, but just a hair too long, and I started squirming in my seat waiting for things to get going again.
That said, the scares do make up for it, and are pretty good. Some of them outdo the first movie, some don't. It was a really good ride though, and a must see for any fan of the original. A lot of the events were a bit confounding to me with how they lined up with the first, how they could possibly coexist, but that was explained nicely by the end.
I could have easily set fire to the three young women sitting across the aisle from me though. They would not shut up and kept giggling. Some of the giggling was warranted, but argh.
My one complaint is barely even a thing. It has nothing to do with the plot, and it was a joke that got made by the husband. His wife is in the bath, and he makes a joke about joining her and how he will, "Release the Kraken!" In a movie set in 2006. Um... Gotta love anachronisms.
That's all for now! Next full review up soon, and I'll see you when the snow flies.