- Jun 11, 2014
I like the KISS method in movie discussions but then I get my e-books from the library.......
Written by Stephen King, the story follows a man in the year 1922 who believes firmly the two prides a man has is his land and his son. It had to have been a short story someone stretched into a film. Well, most of his land came from his wife who wants to sell and head to the big city. So, to prevent that, he convinces his son to kill her with him. The bulk of the film focuses on his torment as she visits him and tells of how their son went wrong following that event and died after committing more misdeeds. All in all, this is extremely slow and plodding, as we listen to the narration of the father. The closest we get to any kind of King effect is her ghost, a bunch of rats, and eventually the son's ghost coming back - none of which is particularly gruesome, eerie, or scary in the slightest. No boobs, just rats and dull narration. 3/10, not even recommended for die hard King fans.
Gerald's Game (2017) <Netflix>
Per gingerlover making me aware it was out, I went ahead and watched it. I can state that I had indeed read the entire book (after half a dozen starts, then putting it aside for personal anxiety reasons from reading it). However, it has been at least a decade and I don't notice any parts missing or changed much from the book. I can say that the film allowed me to face the subject better, and the lead actress provided a great performance. The way she held conversations with her 'inner voices' while coming to terms with her predicament certainly clarified and smoothed a lot of the book's dialogue. As for as gross or gruesome factor, my mind did much worse to me when reading it - this wasn't bad at all. Yes, it manages to provide some moments of unease for the viewer, less on gore and much more on the surreal aspects - the dog, getting out of the handcuffs, and certainly with the moonlight man. However, the ending stayed true to my memory of the story. All in all, this isn't the cheese horror that some of his stories were turned into, nor is it near IT (not much could be, IMO). Lead is in a slip, but the boob factor is down near zero overall. I give it a 6/10. Decent spend of time, especially if you know the story.
Manchester by the Sea (2016) <Prime>
IMDB: A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
TLB: Watched awhile ago with the wife, but forgot to rate here. Quick reference by others already in this thread - Zambo says "worst movie ever", Gingerlover says "an ok drama...that goes slow". TLB and wife say "This sucks". Casey Affleck is Lee Chandler, the uncle taking care of a nephew he only has a sporadic history with, meanwhile he can't even take care of himself. Lee was an alcoholic, and we get flashbacks to him losing his wife and kid and blaming himself, mixed with flashbacks to time spent with his brother and nephew (nothing special), and scenes of Lee struggling as a superintendent fixing things in a bunch of apt buildings (no life, no income, nothing but miserable self flagellation-reflection). We have some current scenes of adjusting to caring for an older teen who wants independence, but really this entire film is just a huge depressing drag. At 2h+ long, you will ask yourself why didn't I stick myself in the eye and head to the ER?
I think it works because unlike other Weird AL TV/Movies it has good actors. Harry Potter played Weird Al better than Weird Al. Also, the writing just seemed better. And the film is aware of what it is. You do need to at least somewhat enjoy Weird Al humor to enjoy the movie I think. A million cameos, too."Weird: The Al Yankovic Story"
I laughed all through this Roku production. Al Yankovic’s life story using high parody—like he does in his music. No skin, no cussing at all (Yankovic avoids that form of cheap thrills) but the humor around the basic facts of his actual weird life are good old fashioned fun for anyone vaguely familiar with Yankovic’s work and the times. He once auditioned for a spot in a 70’s punk rock band and showed up with his accordion.
Yankovic’s first hit “My Bologna”—a parody of The Knack’s “My Sharona” was recorded in a public bathroom because they liked the acoustics.
I think it works because unlike other Weird AL TV/Movies it has good actors. Harry Potter played Weird Al better than Weird Al. Also, the writing just seemed better. And the film is aware of what it is. You do need to at least somewhat enjoy Weird Al humor to enjoy the movie I think. A million cameos, too.
Fag agenda five minutes in. Turned it off.Knock at the Cabin (2023) <Prime>
I needed something more current, so...
IMDB: While vacationing, a girl and her parents are taken hostage by armed strangers who demand that the family make a choice to avert the apocalypse.
TLB: M. Night. Shyamalan as my opening comment - you can tell his attempt at suspense, and leveraging isolation of the characters against an impending doom situation. Also, I generally like David Bautista. Nobody else in the film of note. We know the plot (see above), but the armed strangers are four in number (4 Horsement, identified early then beat to obviousness in the closing dialogues). Interestingly, the four go to great lengths to explain this isn't their choice, that visions are guiding them to do what they must...but what they must do is an interesting twist on the situation. Opposite them is a family of three - Daddy Eric, Daddy Andrew, and little Wen. I don't see the two dads as an imposition of LBTGQI++ but more as a means to dodge the mother dynamic that would be present, and keep both parents 'equal' in the decision on who must die. As we progress, the family refuses to pick someone to die, our horsemen put on the tv to watch the devastation that brings = tidal waves, then virus, then planes crashing, etc. While this plays out, the dads are noting and discussing counter arguments such as the horsemen keep checking their watches like they know what will be broadcast and when, that one of the dad's believes he recognizes one of the horseman as someone who attacked him before as anti-gay. Dads are trying to determine how real this actually is, vs how crazy these folks are. Meanwhile the horsemen do what they must at each step of the way, making every effort to present themselves as sane, normal people, burdened with this exercise.
I'll leave it at that. Good story, keeps you questioning throughout while bonding with all characters.