Since my thoughts on movies are so amazingly popular, I thought I’d post a few more.
- The Brood is a pretty great horror film by David Cronenberg. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with demon children, and Cronenberg does an excellent job with suggestion and understatement. The demon kids all wear similar winter coats, you never really get to see them up close, and the movie wastes very little time trying to explain everything away. The climax of the film is pretty shocking too. Also, the movie is old enough (1979) that everybody’s clothing has gone back to being cool again after losing its vogue for twenty years.
- … and on the other side of the quality coin, we have Versus, a horrifically long movie about, well, people fighting in the woods. There are zombies or some shit too, I don’t know. The whole movie is nonsensical, the acting is horrible, and it is about an hour longer than it needs to be. You know how some manga and anime series have this problem where they spend like 50 books/episodes on a single, never ending fight? This is the cinemagraphic embodiment of that failure. Seriously, the film was so bad that by the end we were watching the DVD time display and hoping that the 118 minutes listed on the back of the box included the credits, or if we were really lucky, the trailers. Avoid at all costs.