If you haven’t seen Master & Commander, don’t – unless you feel like swearing at a studio system that can make a movie like this, then never make a sequel to it. To be fair, though: it didn’t make enough money for a sequel. I’d love to know why, honestly. There’s some weird sociological reason for it, I’m sure. I shall try to avoid being bitter about the whole thing.
Because while people will continue to enjoy friendly arguments over whether or not DIE HARD is a Christmas movie, I feel it is indisputable that DIE HARD 2 is. They even had a cop tear up an airport parking ticket! Truly, it was a miracle of the season.
Although Hogfather is more of a TV two-parter. Nonetheless, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Christmas story is fun to see on the small screen. I may watch it tomorrow, once the presents are wrapped.
So, my older kid tells me this evening he wants to see THE INVISIBLE MAN, and I’m going “Well, it’s on HBO Max, and maybe we can catch it when the Snyder Cut drops…” and he says, “No. The one from 1933.”
So proud*. Although I hear the new one’s actually pretty good. But it was clearly time to buy some of the classics. I also grabbed the DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN Blu-Ray collections, because they were half-off. OK, and the WOLF MAN, and I gotta stop now.
*My younger kid went and brought in the groceries from the porch without being asked. Which is also a so proud situation.
Why Darkman? Well… never underestimate the power of a good oral history interview. Just saying, that’s all.
Mostly because I am FINALLY making time to see this movie. I was ready to go see EMMA in theaters, and it’s been taunting me for the last few weeks. Tonight’s the night I finally stop mucking about and watch it.
No, really. My youngest kid got to pick for Movie Night, and he picked Power Rangers. It did not suck! It actually was pretty good. I mean, for something out of the five-buck bin. My kids enjoyed it, including the one too old for Power Rangers now.
Continue reading Movie of the Week: POWER RANGERS.
The Vast of Night is free on Amazon Prime, but I’m putting it up anyway because it’s fun. 1950s New Mexico aesthetics, and I’m not gonna give away anything about the plot otherwise. Everything about it was fun, from the conceit at the start. But one of the other things I liked about THE VAST OF NIGHT was something that other reviewers noted: the movie doesn’t condescend to its setting. And it definitely doesn’t mock it, either.
Check it out.
Come, I will conceal nothing from you: ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES is actually available on Amazon Prime. You could watch it for free. I am watching it for free right now. But I’m tempted to get the DVD anyway. Because my God but it’s a glorious piece of crap.
…Look, DIE HARD incorporates a bunch of Christmas stuff in the movie, OK? It just does. ‘NOW I HAVE A MACHINE GUN HO HO HO’ exists. They’re playing Christmas music all the time. McClain learns the true meaning of Christmas: saving your wife from a murderous European criminal gang. It counts.
Deal with it.
Continue reading Movie of the Week: “Die Hard.”