20 October 2013
Will rate this one 3 of 5 stars on Netflix
Julianne Moore was AMAZING as Carrie’s mom. Easily worth the price of admission. She gets all the stars for this movie. That said, a supporting character should not so spectacularly upstage the main character. Maybe she suffers from bad movie release timing, but they did not help you believe that Hit Girl was weak, meek, or timid at all. All of her startled jumpiness was contrived and inconsistent. She came into her power to fast and too much, so that you don’t find her freak out at prom at all surprising. If we’ve already seen that you can levitate, then how are we supposed to care when you do it as the big bad. B said it seemed like they just never managed to really explore what being raised by Julianne Moore’s version of the mother might actually do to a person. I agree, it’s like she must have been adopted later in life.
Some effects were spectacular (face through the windshield, I’m looking at you), some were outright ridiculous (you won’t like Carrie when she’s angry *rolls eyes*). Only Julianne Moore has a full character, the rest are really flat. The bad kids especially are just completely unmemorable.
Basically, they had a very small target to aim at for getting perfectly scary, believable, and better movie, and they always came up short or way over shot it.
20 October 2013
The Walking Dead – Season 3 (2012/13)
It’s a pretty simple concept, really. This show is based of a wildly popular comic book series that is about what happens to a persons humanity when faced with extended periods of doom and death and starvation with no end in sight. It’s often about how much less human the living become, even when compared to the zombies. What I really appreciate is that you always know, in the end, these folks can’t win. The show makes no bones about it and it routinely kills off as many main characters as a TV show can get away with…maybe a few more. No zombie trope worth its salt would allow you to believe anything but zombies will win in the end.
Season 4 has started, but we’ll have to wait a year for it to pop up on Netflix. Maybe between now any then I can read the book!
11 October 2013
Snowtown Murders (2011)
Rated 3 of 5 stars on Netflix
As dramatization of real life serial killers, the subject matter was scary enough, especially since this is an Australian film and I didn’t already know about the story. The actors were pretty great, but there’s something about the way this is filmed that’s distracting.
For instance, there’s a lot of loud chewing, especially since there’s a ton of meals in the movie. Maybe it’s on purpose, but the sounds are off, a little too raw. It kept me from really getting wrapped up in it.