Andrea Blythe (blythe025) wrote,
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New-to-me movies in July and August

1. World War Z (2013)
2. Red 2 (2013)
3. The Haunting (1963)
4. Everest (IMAX, 1998)
5. Night of the Living Dead Reanimated (2009)
6. Ringu (1998)
7. Paperman (short, 2012)
8. Quartet (2012)

REVIEWS:

1. World War Z (2013)
I loved the book, which potrayed the zombie apocalypse from the point of view of a variety of survivors from various cultures; it revealed how different cultures might approach such a catastrophe. So, from the beginning I was disappointed in how the movie makers approached WWZ, turning it into more of a traditional style zombie movie. That said, I ended up enjoying the movie quite a lot. I still think it was rather generic, but at least it wasn't a waste of my time and delivered an appropriate amount of zombie fun.

2. Red 2 (2013)
Funny as the first incarnation, though there were some moments I cringed at (did she really need to kiss that guy?). Bang/explosion action with a loose plot of spies and assassins with a high body count. Entertaining and fun, but not great per se.


3. The Haunting (1963)
After reading the book recently, I had to go back and see the movie, which many have raved about. And I have to say it's a thousand times more enjoyable than the 1990s remake! Really great sense of mood and angles making the house feel out of place and distorted. The movie makers also didn't resort to explaining why, like the 1990s version did. Great movie.


4. Everest (IMAX, 1998)
Sad and hopeful, Everest was a documentary filmed about climber's attempt to reach the famous peak. The movie catches on camera the tragic events (described in the book Into Thin Air) in which many climbers lost their lives when a sudden storm struck the face of the mountain. Beautiful landscapes and a bitter, sweet, and tragic tale. Great movie.


5. Night of the Living Dead Reanimated (2009)
This was a fascinating art project, in which curator Mike Schneider asked artists from around the world to animate sections of George A. Romero’s 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead. All of the sound for the original movie is the same, the only difference is that the visual element has been changed (which can be done because the original movie is in public domain). Every minute or so, a new animation style flashes on the screen. It’s a little confusing at first, but quickly becomes hypnotizing to watch. A very cool art collaboration (with zombies!).


6. Ringu (1998)
A young journalist goes looking for the truth behind an urban legend, in which those who watch a certain movie are doomed to die a week later. It was a little more corny than I would have expected it to be, but it was a great fantastically horror movie with a sense of adventure.


7. Paperman (short, 2012)
Adorable animated short! A man meets a women by chance at a train station, but misses his opportunity to get her name. Or has he? I love the style in this, especially the single touch of color in an otherwise black and white film.


8. Quartet (2012)
Fantastic music highlights this movie about four members of an old quartet who live in an old folks home for musicians. The tale is sweet, about forgiving old hurts and making new memories.


9. Pacific Rim (2013)
Loved it. It was in truth long sequences of robots smashing kaju, which was stunning in its realization, as in jaw-dropped, me-sitting-up-straight-in-my-seat in awe stunning. Beautifully wrought action sequences. It also had characters I like and story that dealt with countries and cultures working together for a common goal (that, importantly, did not revolve around good ol’ US of A saving the day). Rinko Kikuchi is wonderful and I will now be looking to watch every movie she has ever been or will be in. So, yay! I’m so glad I saw this one in theaters.
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