Monday, March 26, 2007

TXB's Movie Picks and Pans

Of course, violence--even cool violence--does not automatically make for a great film. Case in point: The Hills Have Eyes II. Sure, you've got your freaks. You've got your automatic weapons. You have the potential for social commentary when U.S. soldiers are fighting bad guys in caves in the middle of a desert. But then...that potential is never realized, so the whole exercise becomes a ripoff of Aliens, which is the ultimate badass movie about soldiers fighting monsters and losing badly for most of the movie. Also, movie soldiers--like movie teenagers--are basically just there to die, so is there any surprise or concern when the freaks get'em? Again, Wes Craven might have provided us with some kind of commentary on that, reminding us that real life soldiers are just as disposable...but no. This is a decent horror flick, but it's nowhere near as disturbing as the remake of the first film (and what's with Wes Craven writing remakes to his own movies? Is he going to reboot the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with remakes of all those films, too?). Meanwhile, if it's comedy that yer into, Gerry and yers trooly rented a totally fucking hillarious movie called Idiocracy on Saturday. Less hillarious, but still poignant and thought provoking, wuz Stranger than Fiction, starring Will Ferrell...a film which proves my point that W.F. could be the next Tom Hanks and start winning Oscars if he did more films like this and less films like Talledega Nights and Blades of Glory. But whatever Will Ferrell does, he should never do a movie about fighting freaks in the desert. Leave that to the no name actors.


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