Terrible Italian horror movie that was made in the 90’s, but looks like it was made in the 70’s. Was that intentional or was the budget just that bad? Who knows? Who cares? A whole lot of nothing happening until I couldn’t take any more. I think I actually rented this one before back in 2000 or so. It was terrible then and it’s terrible now. A big fat DNF.
This one was even worse. A bunch of people are hiking on a mountain and are attacked by a bunch of animals gone mad. We’re told through some text in the beginning that this is because THE OZONE LAYER IS DEPLETING. Yes, this was made by some 70’s environmentalist who didn’t actually understand what the ozone layer was, because in their mind, without it animals would insanity rays shot into their brains that make them hate all humans. This had some of the absolute worst effects I’ve ever seen in a movie. Just so blatantly fake and awful. Another big fat DNF.
This one was ok. Just ok. A woman’s husband is mysteriously killed and she’s harassed by the nearby Hitites (they’re angry Amish people basically) that he was formerly a member of. Pretty slow at times and in the middle it seems to kind of forget that it’s a horror movie and turns into a boring family drama. The only thing that saves it is the really weird and unexpected later parts of the movie when the killer is revealed. Very strange stuff.
Another new Netflix movie that looked kind of interesting, but has been getting a lot of horrible reviews, so I thought I’d see what the big deal was. Well, the anti-hype about this one turned out to be true. This is one confused movie. I think that it thinks it’s a comedy, but it’s not at all funny. Paul Rudd‘s character in particular, they have him overdo his “funny” bits way too much and it’s just cringey as hell. There are a lot of weird moments in general that were clearly meant to be funny, but just feel awkward and pointless. Terrible pacing too, it takes almost half the movie for them to set up the premise of the main guy’s girlfriend to go missing and I just never cared about her or any of the other annoying, pointless characters enough to continue to subject myself to more of this to find out what stupid cliched thing happened to her. I’ve seen much worse, but it is indeed still a bad movie. DNF #3!
I wanted to see what the deal was with the unknown Italian director that they have working on Sicario 2, Stefano Sollima. This was a recent film by him, and wow, it was actually a really good movie. Starts off a little strangely, jumping around between a bunch of different characters that don’t seem to be related to each other, but it all starts to come together to form an incredibly stylish and brutal crime drama. Highly recommended! With this guy working with excellent screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, it now seems like Sicario 2 has a very good chance to be a great movie.
I remember seeing this back when it came out and not being particularly impressed. It had great effects for its time, but that’s about all you can say for it. Watching it again today, I felt about the same. Nice visual spectacle, but pretty dumb and with an annoyingly abrupt ending that leaves way too much unanswered. Hey, maybe the sequel will explain all these dangling plot threads though?
Huh. It actually did pick up where the previous one left off and answered almost everything. Honestly, I wouldn’t have even bothered with this one if I hadn’t noticed that Indonesian action star Iko Uwais was in it for some reason. It actually turned out to be a pretty fun movie. Yeah, it’s still absolutely mindless action, but inoffensively so. It had great effects and some great action scenes. It’s not going to win any awards, but it was fun for what it was, if you’re into Independence Day type dumb alien action movies.
My first foray into the world of gritty 70’s action movies, Death Wish! It was alright. I was surprised that it was so relatively thoughtful and restrained and focused a lot on Bronson’s character’s transformation from everyday guy to becoming addicted to hunting down criminals. Not mind blowing, but a decent enough movie. Also weird to see a young Jeff Goldblum as a foul-mouthed gang punk.
The sequel was a little more gratuitous, with Bronson seeking revenge on a specific gang that wronged him, instead of his previous M.O. of wiping out any violent criminals he could find. Still, it was another decent, but not great movie. We’ll see how long that lasts when I get around to some of the less reputable later sequels…
And finally, Ash vs. Evil Dead season 3 has begun! I still can’t believe that a show like this actually exists and that it’s still going! Seems to be off to a great start again so far. Great stuff for people who are into the old Evil Dead movies and goofy 80’s horror in general.
Thus ends another installment of Watchin’ Stuff! Until next time…