Hey, kids, you wanna hear a scary story? Somebody out there keeps making ‘Scary Movie’ movies, and they just keep getting worse and worse. AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!
That a ‘Scary Movie 5‘ exists at all makes me question whether anyone in Hollywood still has functioning brain cells. That it stars washed-up burnouts Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan makes me question whether humanity as a species deserves to survive. Fortunately, this series seems to be on a downslide, and this latest pathetic entry outright bombed. Perhaps there’s hope for us after all.
In the glut of animated kids’ movies this year, the ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ / ‘Ferngully’ mash-up ‘Epic‘ fell between the leaves, as it were. It didn’t look very interesting to me, but I’m not exactly the target audience. It’s available in 3D, if that makes it more appealing to anybody.
With the release of Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour‘, all nine of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees are finally available on Blu-ray. Notorious misanthropist Haneke can be an acquired taste, but by most accounts he’s finally found a subject that suits his pessimistic world view: the toll that time and age take on a deteriorating human body and psyche. Yes, it sounds depressing, but depressing movies can be cathartic.
The Cold War thriller ‘Shadow Dancer‘ starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough never broke out beyond the film festival scene. In his review from Sundance, Aaron compared it favorably to the recent adaptation of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy‘.
The Criterion Collection expands its selection of classics by Indian master filmmaker Satyajit Ray with ‘The Big City‘ and ‘Charulata‘. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve had a Blu-ray copy of his ‘The Music Room‘ sitting unwatched in my collection for a couple years now. I need to get around to that.
Despite a filmography of almost 200 movies, I’ve never watched more than a couple minutes of anything by Spanish cult director Jess Franco. The brief bits I did see reminded me of the worst of amateur porn. However, I’m made to understand that, once upon a time, when he actually still cared enough to put some effort into his work, Franco was an accomplished filmmaker with a distinctive authorial voice. In his review, E. makes a case for Franco’s 1962 horror thriller ‘The Awful Dr. Orlof‘, now available from Kino Redemption.
On the TV scene, CBS and Paramount deliver the second season of ‘Star Trek: Enterprise‘, HBO gives us the third season of ‘Boardwalk Empire‘, and BBC rolls out the fifth season of ‘Being Human‘ (the original British version).
‘Boardwalk Empire’ seems like the type of show I really ought to be watching, yet I somehow let it slip past me and haven’t made time to catch up with it yet.
This is a pretty thin week. The two Criterions will go on my wish list. I might rent ‘Amour’ or ‘Shadow Dancer’ if I find the time. Does anything interest you this week?