Archive for the ‘films’ Category
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Ninja Assassin is the BEST FILM EVER.
We were laughing so hard throughout. It's wonderful, really, all cheesy plot and plentiful OTT violence and gore.
And of course it reminded me strongly of Weft's upbringing, except more girl ninjas* and less knitting.
*a definite improvement.
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell is a very silly film with a very good doggie in it. It's quite schlock made-for-TV horrorish with atrocious special effects and mostly low-key acting and production, apart from some scenes ostensibly in Ecuador (complete with bowler-hatted people).
There isn't much surprise to the plot, and the acting (of the dogs) is pretty bad.
I enjoyed it.
It gets minus points for the old "woman possessed by the devil becomes sex-mad because sex is evil" trope. And minus a squillion points for equating my Barghest with Christian mystical junk, but that was a given; said so right in the title.
The DVD has won a place in my hellmutts library, along with Zoltan, Hound of Dracula. (Which was even worse.)
I saw Red Dragon (2002) over the weekend because it was on TV. It's a horror/thriller with investigative aspects and I found it surprisingly good plot-wise.
I don't know why, but because I'd vaguely heard it was a prequel I was expecting something different from Silence of the Lambs. It wasn't, though; very similar format, which was a good thing in this case because SotL was excellent.
There was just one detail at the end that I didn't understand and needed to have explained to me. It concerned a substitution deception that wasn't very well explained; or maybe it was the noisy people eating pizza, talking and texting in between me and the screen.
And there was a reference to William Blake's Woman Clothed with the Sun, which I was able to explain to my brother just before it actually became plot-significant. Which was cool.
The film comes with a content warning for people with hangups similar to Suitov's: Dolarhyde goes to the Brooklyn Museum, beats a museum secretary unconscious, and eats the original Blake watercolor of The Red Dragon. (from Wikipedia)
Fans of tattoos will like it.
Herewith the excoriation. Spoilers for books and film.
Not nearly enough establishing of the daemons, what they can do and so on. Considering I was there for the shapeshifting talking animals, I was entirely gypped. They needed one more reinforcement of "you never ever EVER touch someone else's", too.
Two instances of people with identical daemons (both pairs of guards done for stupid symmetry reasons), which is wrong.
Pantalaimon's voice was appropriate. Hester's was absolutely perfect. Scoresby's entire portrayal was an exaggeration, but perhaps he was so in the source. I didn't notice him much in the books.
Underwhelmed by Iorek.
Two opportunities to establish "daemon dominating other daemon = human dominating other human" elegantly and subtly, both missed. For example, Lyra talking to Asriel — instead of "Quiet, Pan" and a brief cut to the daemons, we should have heard the conversation while seeing Stelmaria staring Pan down.
Tech was good. I had no mental image, but that could have been it.
No thoughts on Asriel and Coulter. Don't have a mental image of them, and those two actors aren't it. Stelmaria was pretty. The monkey wasn't pretty or savage enough.
They surprised me by letting Lyra be properly scruffy and urchinlike.
Guy playing the Magisterium agent was perfect facially, although the combover was going a bit far.