Movie Night VII: Movie Night Lives Again

Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)deadmansshoesIrish revenge film that is highly revered in some circles, it seems. I can’t say I understand why.

A brother goes on a revenge murder spree to avenge his mentally disabled brother, but neither brother ever really displays enough character that you feel much for them and the bad guys are just a bunch of cheap and petty thugs that are so incredibly pathetic and inept that they can’t even die well. Just didn’t do it for me.

 

Terminator: Genisys (2015)terminator5I was surprised by how much I liked this when it came out and it’s still enjoyable watching it again. It had a very superhero comic kind of plot to it involving goofy overly complicated time travel and alternate timelines and a lot of explosive action scenes, which apparently didn’t work for a lot of people in the U.S., which is weird considering how well actual superhero movies are doing here lately. Anyway, I liked that they just said fuck it and went crazy unraveling the past continuity to twist it into something new, and really what else could they have done at that point? What else was there to be movies about after everything the first 4 movies covered? Did people just want this to be a straight remake? Doesn’t everyone hate remakes though? I don’t know. I would have liked to see where this story was going, as it was originally planned to be a trilogy and left some questions dangling to be answered in the sequels that it doesn’t look like we’ll ever see now. Shame.

 

Enemy (2013)enemyA bizarre psychological thriller by Denis Villeneuve, director of Sicario (great movie by the way). It’s…about a man who meets his own double and shenanigans ensue. It’s kind of hard to explain beyond that. It’s not the kind of movie you (or I) fully understand on the first watch, at least not without looking some shit up. You may think you’ve figured out what’s going on, and you will probably be at least partially right, but, well, it gets….weird. It’s certainly not a movie everyone will enjoy, but I found it pretty interesting.

 

Southbound (2015)southboundHorror anthology about people trapped in hell, I guess. It’s never really explained very clearly and doesn’t always make a whole lot of sense, but oddly enough it was decently entertaining. Neat looking demons and I do like a good Hellraiser 5 style trapped in hell story.

 

Shooter (2007)shooterAntoine Fuqua is a funny guy. How can someone go from making Training Day to completely braindead garbage like Olympus Has Fallen? I don’t know and I don’t care because right now all that concerns me is why the fuck is Danny Glover talking with a lisp through this whole movie? WHY, DANNY GLOVER? WHY? Seriously though…it’s not quite as idiotic as Olympus Has Fallen, but it’s dangerously close. Marky Mark being the star should have tipped me off, but I haven’t actually watched anything with him in it for 10-20 years so I thought I’d give it a chance. Nope. He still has the personality and charm of a tree stump. Won’t be watching this one again.

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)xmendofpHad given up on the X-Men movies after that piece of shit Wolverine Origins and not being impressed enough by X-Men: First Class to care about more sequels, but after seeing and enjoying Deadpool and hearing that the X-Men movie universe might be about to be heading in a more interesting direction again, I figured what the hell, I’ll give this one a try. It was a lot like First Class in a lot of ways, I guess. I mean there’s a great cast, talented director, big budget. How could it go wrong? I just don’t understand why they keep veering so wildly away from the source material, both in visual design and plot. I understand that a lot of things need to be changed to make stories like this fit into a movie format, but so many of the changes just feel completely arbitrary. That said though, the pros outweighed the cons and it was still a decently entertaining movie, despite being almost unrecognizable as an X-Men story as comic readers know them.

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