Friday, January 19, 2007

Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling - Man, talk about some tough old broads. I wouldn't mess with these ladies NOW. Entertaining documentary about the pioneers of lady wrestling, showing the evolution of the sport (with very strong parallels to the current WWE wrestling-tainment) from freakshow undercard attraction to main event in it's own right.

Kiss of Death (1947) - Turns out the awful David Caruso version was a remake of a much better 40's B movie. The much simpler story worked better: Mature is the ex-con who will do anything to protect his family, Widmark is the crazed criminal out to get him after he testified against him, and that's about it. No subplots that go nowhere or lofty aspirations about societal metaphors. I like.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Slither - Now this I can get on board with. Good creature feature, with the requisite sense of humor that makes such a ludicrous prospect palatable. Much better than...

Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus - Silly me, all this time I hadn't realized that the "real south" was populated by poor, drunken, meth addled crackers in trailer parks and prisons. Good thing Jim White came down here from southern California to let us in on it. Asshole.

Monday, January 15, 2007

The Girl was here this weekend, and I was having a few internet issues (stinking Charter), so here's a quickie movie update from the past few days:

Idiocracy - Office Space was so spot on that I think Mike Judge would have had a hard time following it no matter what the subject matter. I was very disappointed by this. It just seemed like the lowest common denominator of our society that he was supposed to be skewering was who this movie was aimed at. Great potential, no pay off.

Click - I'm happy for Adam Sandler that he's in a suitably "grown up" place in his life that he can make movies like this and Spanglish and be convincing as a husband and father that loves his family, but it's a serious loss for comedy fans. Fairly obvious plot and resolution, and not enough laughs to carry it. Oh well.

Incident at Loch Ness - This was on one of the movie channels (Showtime?) this weekend, so I watched it while The Girl took a nap. Loved every second of it. I thought it was a for real documentary for awhile instead of a "mockumentary" (I hate that term) about the consequences of Hollywood production mixed with Herzog's brand of filmmaking. If you count yourself a fan of Herzog more for the way he makes his movies than the movies themselves (like me), then you'll think this is hilarious.