05 January 2009

28 days beyond escape from thunderdome

I don't know what you guys thought but I can tell you that Doomsday movie was pretty damn terrible. I watched it last night and spent a good portion of the movie with my 'WTF face' on. I don't have much to talk about right now so I guess I'll talk about movies I've watched recently.

I got Hancock for Christmas. I like Will Smith and all but that movie was pretty damn terrible as well. Good cast, bad story. It almost worked. I also got I am Legend for Christmas. I saw it in theatres and really enjoyed it. I'm excited to watch the alternative ending that comes with the Blu-Ray because I heard it was totally different. I think I'd like to read the book, too. A friend of mine that went to the movie with me said that he enjoyed the movie and the book but the two were remarkably different.

I saw the latest Bond film, Quantum of Solace, not too long ago. That was pretty good, too. I like the new direction the Bond films have taken and I've been a big fan of Daniel Craig since I saw Layer Cake.

I watched Mongol a couple of weeks ago. It's the first in a trilogy of foreign films about Genghis Khan. I liked it, though I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'm interested in seeing the next two films.

I also watched Vantage Point recently. It sucked. Here's how I imagine that movie pitch went: Oooh, let's tell the same story from 5 or 6 different perspectives then totally change directions and tell it from a non-party perspective because people are dumb and won't be able to figure out our harrowing plot from the disjointed narrative we've already provided. How clever! They could've made the movie thirty minutes long and still told the whole story. It was like a bad episode of 24.

Hellboy II was good. I like Ron Perlman, I like Selma Blair, and I like the director, Guillermo Del Toro. I'm excited that he's been given the directing job for the two upcoming Hobbit films. Apparently he wants Ron Perlman to do the voice of Smaug which I think is a great fit. I really like his teams' stylistic interpretation of fantasy elements and I can't wait to see what the Hobbit films look like. Unfortunately for me the work they're doing on the Hobbit is delaying the Blu-Ray release of The LoTR Trilogy until at least 2010. That makes me sad.

I think that about covers all the movies I've seen recently. I've reestablished my tradition of Sunday Night Movie Night so hopefully I'll be getting the chance to watch more movies this year. I'll keep you all posted on my opinion of the films I watch as you're obviously all dying to know it.


Sarah, etc. said...

Let me know what the alternate ending to I am Legend is. I enjoyed the movie, but was disappointed in the bummer ending.

Also, hell yeah Hellboy II. It was so comics + fantasy + steampunk I could hardly take it all in.

Apollo said...

I'll let you know as soon as I watch it. I was really surprised to hear how different the book was from the movie. Like wholly different interpretation of the same story.

I'm really hoping they do a Hellboy III.