Two Good Movies

I was nursing an Olympic sized hangover yesterday, the result of a hazy night of beers and shots with a couple rummy friends. I honestly don’t know how they do it all the time. I was barely functional yesterday, I only left the house once all day, and that was to the cornershop for Coke and bag of chips.

I spent most of yesterday napping and watching a couple movies on DVD. I went to Blockbuster Friday at lunch and signed up for their 30 day, revolving rental thing. It’s been a long while since I watched any DVD’s and they had a passle I wanted to watch. So I’ll give it a whirl for a month and watch all the movies I need to see.

I picked up three movies, and watched two of them yesterday. They were both really good, but then I heard good things about both of them.

  • The Incredibles: Honestly, I think most of the really good movies coming out of Hollywood these days are the digital animation features. The Incredibles continues the trend with an enjoyable romp through a superhero world. I really enjoyed the super villain bit, including his James Bond style secret island lair. Definitely check out the short cartoon on the second DVD, “Jack-Jack Attack,” I couldn’t stop laughing at that one.
  • Donnie Darko: I don’t know how I missed this movie for so long. I watched it once, then watched it again with the director’s commentary on. He spent a great deal of time discussing Joseph Campbell, and that’s a good thing. Can’t really go wrong referencing Campbell, after all he wrote the book on mythical quests and heroes. Sublimely weird, full of strange stuff, a few frights, melancholy and bizarre constructions, Donnie Darko reminded me of another supremely bizarre movie I enjoyed, Jacob’s Ladder. And Jacob’s Ladder featured Elizabeth Peña, who voiced a character in the Incredibles! Things that make you go hmmm… A hat tip to the every tasteful Jimbo for nudging me towards this cult classic.

I got one more movie to go, and it is the sketchiest of the three. Girl with a Pearl Earring sounded interesting, and I do have that art degree, so maybe I will enjoy it. And Scarlett Johansson ain’t exactly tough to watch either, another plus in the movie’s favor.

3 thoughts on “Two Good Movies

  1. Anonymous

    sounds like a great way to enjoy a hangover. thanks for the film reviews.
    wes

  2. Jimbo

    Glad ye enjoyed. I read the Salon thing and that was pretty much what I had gathered using the author’s same steps, repeated viewings, DVD special features, and interweb research.

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