Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Last night's movies

They Live (1988) -- somebody needs to put Rowdy Roddy Piper in more movies. It's criminal that a no-talent prima donna like Hulk Hogan has his own reality show and Piper is ... wherever Piper is. Bite me, Mr. Nanny, and stay the hell off my TV. Anyway, I'd never seen this one before and I liked it a lot. The fight in the alley is awesome. You rarely see guys beat the crap out of each other like that in movies. As my husband pointed out while we were watching, it's a pretty subversive movie to unleash on Reagan's America. It would make a fun double feature with Equilibrium.

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) -- Hammer horror weirdness! Peter Cushing manages to scientifically verify something about the soul, and how it exists after death and apparently can be transferred into holding areas and other bodies. And sometimes you can put two souls in the same body. So sometimes the guy soul sharing a girl body with the girl's soul can take over and seduce and murder people he wants revenge on. Oh, weird English horror movies! I love how you just end when enough major characters are dead!

Elf (2003) -- if you hate Chrstmas movies where it's very important for families to love each other and resurrect the True Spirit of Christmas, this isn't the movie for you. It's a very uncynical children's movie, and I did like it but it's extremely sweet, like maple syrup and M&Ms on spaghetti. I'll say this though: it's probably the first post-9/11 children's film to demonize the NYPD (in this case, the Central Park Rangers mounted patrol). And I mean literally demonize, as they were presented much like the Ringwraiths from LotR. Bizarre!


  1. I love love love Elf. It was in the theaters when my Bobo was in the hospital in her last illness, and my dad took Amanda and me to see it to get our minds off of things. It was the perfect movie for the situation.

  2. Welll.... what else are ya watching? :)