This week the movies come from different genres and include two recent blockbusters.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
I caught the ending to this 80’s horror years ago on cable tv and had always wanted to see it. The Return of the Living Dead is the unofficial sequel to the classic 1968 zombie horror The Night of the Living Dead using the film as their back story.
It’s a comic take on the zombie genre. These zombies are all for brains but they aren’t slow and mindless like the zombies we know. They’re fast and quick-thinking. One zombie gets in the ambulance and tells them to “send more paramedics” ensuring an endless supply of fresh brains.
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
Next, I watched The Man with the Iron Fists, RZA’s kung-fu fantasy.
It was entertaining but it’s not a movie I’ll likely see a second time. Not sure if it was Tarantino’s idea or RZA’s – it could be both – but what I did like and appreciate was the subtle tributes to two films – The Killer (my all time favorite movie) and Bruce Lee’s Enter The Dragon.
There could be more but those were the two that I caught as I wondered how many people in the audience really got those references.
I watched Skyfall for the second time. I recently named this the best movie I saw last year. I didn’t really see a lot of movies from 2012 but I’m confident that this is a great film and one of the best Bond movies ever.
There are a lot of new things to look forward to in this movie. Q is a not so old and even the movie makes fun of the fact. They also make fun of Bond’s age and most of the movie is centered around M. There aren’t any major Bond girl characters unless you count Moneypenney or M herself.
It’s a bit different but it’s still great. One memorable scene is where the villain throws an entire train at Bond.
Man on a Ledge (2012)
After seeing the trailer for this movie a while back I thought it would be interesting since it seems the movie plays out on the ledge of a high rise building. Like other movies based around one location (Panic Room, Phone Booth) there’s other parts of the story that takes place elsewhere.
After the main character dusts the prints off everything he touches in the hotel room, I knew he wasn’t going to be laying splattered on the sidewalk and there was some other reason for him going on the ledge which it turns out his actions were part of a bigger scheme.
Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)
Finally, I watched Hobo With a Shotgun, which is a film starring Rutger Hauer that was based on a fake trailer shown in the movie Grindhouse.
In true exploitation style, they go overboard with the violence (a woman bathes herself in the spewing blood from a man’s body after his head is pulled off his shoulders by a car).
Of course, everything you might want to criticize in this movie is probably intentionally done. The cheesiness is turned up on purpose (because it’s an exploitation styled movie). It’s an ok movie but there’s nothing really special about it (like when Tarantino does his take on old movies).
Which ones have you seen? Share your opinion below.