QUICK THOUGHTS: Last weekend Laremy was quoting The Other Guys and I switched on Netflix Instant and surprise, surprise, it was right there on the front page. I gave this film a B+ last year and after watching it again I would probably notch that down to about a B in terms of the film’s quality, but this movie still has a ton of great one-liners and the two opening action scenes with The Rock and Sam Jackson are more than enough to make this film worth watching. On top of that, Mark Wahlberg is a peacock, Will Ferrell commits an “apartment pop” and Michael Keaton keeps quoting TLC. A lot of good stuff here if you ask me.
QUICK THOUGHTS: I watched this in anticipation of seeing Takashi Miike’s adaptation of the same material, which will be showing at Cannes on the 19th and if Miike is able to capture the same intensity and sense of honor as this film it should be exciting. I should also add I saw Miike’s 13 Assassins on Friday and am hoping to get a review completed by Monday before I head for France, but if I don’t, seek that film out… It’s available On Demand and on iTunes right now, but it really deserves being seen in the theater. I saw it on the relatively small Seven Gables theater here in Seattle (though it opens at the Varsity on the 20th), but it deserves better… Cinerama better. There is a massive action set piece that completes this film that absolutely deserves the biggest screens available. To see when and if it is coming to your town click here.
Shadows and Fog (1991)
QUICK THOUGHTS: I added this early ’90s Woody Allen film to my Instant queue a little while back and one night I was just looking for a short and easy film to watch and at 85 minutes long I assumed this would work perfectly. It did. Shadows and Fog is not a great film but it has its moments as it serves as a weird little “night on the town” kind of film with the twist being that a serial killer is on the loose. Somehow, a local bookkeeper (Allen) gets wrangled into a vigilante group only he isn’t given any direction and ends up wandering aimlessly as the story involves a clown and his wife (John Malkovich and Mia Farrow), a brothel full of prostitutes (Lily Tomlin, Kathy Bates and Jodie Foster) and a few other crazy characters including appearances by John Cusack, Donald Pleasence, Kurtwood Smith, Wallace Shawn, David Ogden Stiers, James Rebhorn and even Madonna. All in all it’s a pretty fun film, shot in beautiful black and white with a TON of recognizable faces. When you have an hour and a half to kill check it out, it’s on Netflix Instant.
So how about all of you? How many went to see Thor? Did any of you catch Fast Five this week? What did you watch at home and will any of you be searching out 13 Assassins?