Posted by Cantankerous Panda on July 10, 2010
I like to follow good classic films with terrible movies.
Legion is almost inexplicably hard to describe. I really don’t know what it was that I watched that night. What I do know is that Paul Bettany has been on this weird ‘religious badass character’ binge for awhile (The Da Vinci Code, the upcoming film Priest), and this film falls firmly into that category. Bettany plays Michael, an angel who decides to disobey God’s orders and protect humanity when God decides to go all Old Testament on us and destroy human kind. I think the reason why is because we take everything for granted and we’re all pretty terrible. Or maybe we don’t love God enough. I don’t really remember. Either way, Michael decides God is just being moody and will eventually realize how ridiculous this entire plan is, so he comes to Earth with a purpose… to take off his shirt, as all the advertisements promised. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Cantankerous Panda on March 24, 2010
SHUTTER ISLAND (2010)
Sorry for the delay– I was using another person’s laptop while mine was being repaired, and it was just too large and cumbersome for me to write with a certain amount of ease and comfort :P. The past month has been full of all sorts of ick and dismay. Apologies!
It’s so hard to talk about movies and not give away spoilers, especially when they are psychological thrillers–but I’m doing it anyway! I’ll start with my hedging comment of “It was interesting.” Because, in a number of ways, it was. Did that make it good? Well, that’s another question. I guess it depends on what you want from the movie. I went into it hoping that I wouldn’t get one of two “crazy person” plot twists; unfortunately I was met with one of them. I was convincing myself until the very end that it simply couldn’t be so, but the ending let me know that I was the delusional one and the plot twist absolutely was real. This was problematic for me.
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