It's nearly Civic Holiday across Canada (which is a generic placeholder - each municipality calls it something different; it's Joseph Brant Day here in Brantford, ON), so I figured I'd have an all-day movie marathon today. I managed to get through five movies - Trollhunter, Mulholland Drive, The Hoax, Rebel Without a Cause and Die Hard.
Before I get into my mini-reviews, it's worth mentioning that The Beat Goes On, a southern Ontario used music/movie/game chain, is freaking amazing, and I love them. Most of their DVDs are 2 for $6, while some of the less common stuff goes for more (highest I saw was a Criterion Collection copy of Brazil for $40). I managed to snag four of the five movies I watched (excluding The Hoax) for a grand total of $12. I also got Final Fantasy XIII for $8 and Inland Empire for $13. In short, this place rocks - and they give great trade value for used stuff.
Now time for the reviews!
This movie's a Norwegian "found footage" film, chronicling the adventures of a film crew that follows a poacher throughout rural Norway, only to discover that he hunts trolls for a living. I thought this movie had a ton of potential to be great, but once the plot gets rolling it's just... Boring. I actually fell asleep twice watching this movie. The monster effects on the trolls are pretty good, but they're CG, and very obviously so. There's really not much of a story for the movie to rest on, so it winds up being troll battle after troll battle.
Mulholland Drive (2001)
I don't know what Mulholland Drive is about, and neither do you. That's half the beauty of it. The movie started its life as a TV pilot, and the ending was shot only after the pilot was rejected (because whoever runs TV was simple-minded [see: pants-on-head retarded] enough to cancel Twin Peaks right when the plot really started rolling). It shows. But that's not a bad thing - the narrative throughout is fairly nonsensical and erratic, and it goes completely off-the-rails insane in the last 30 minutes. I loves me some David Lynch, and this is one of the better movies of his. I loved everything about it - even if I'm still trying to understand it.
The Hoax (2007)
This is a film about some writer guy who tried to fake a biography about Howard Hughes. It's based on a true story, and it caused me to hate Richard Gere as a person. The movie itself was pretty good. I wouldn't watch it again, and I don't remember most of it, but it was passable. I wasn't bored. If you're hung over and nothing better's on TV, it's worth a go.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rebel_withou…
This is a movie from the 50's that's famous. I don't think it had a plot, but I was so bored I may not have noticed. I have a really hard time getting into old movies. There are certainly exceptions (Freaks and The Maltese Falcon come to mind) that are way beyond their time, but I find the majority of the "classics" to be slow-paced, dry, and completely terrified of any form of realism or vulgarity. This one was no exception. While the early parts did a good job capturing the alienation of youths, the following 75% of the movie was boring and predictable 50's movie fare. I couldn't really suggest this movie to anyone.
Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie ever made, and arguably the single best pure action movie. It's dumb enough that the fat, popcorn-eating masses can enjoy it, and it's smart enough that people who don't like the Fast and the Furious movies can enjoy it. It's one of the best movies ever made, and if you haven't seen it, you're a bad person. I'd already watched it, but I re-bought it because they had this fancy two-disc special edition one, where the copy I already owned was some shitty digipack (I hate those) from Wal-Mart. Plus this one had a shiny cover. How can you say no to a shiny cover?