Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Very fast paced and almost never slows down. All the action remains comprehensible and it does a great job of building up suspense with enormous stakes (bad guys hijacking a satellite to start a nuclear war between Russia and the US). Some parts, like with Tom Cruise’s wife, might’ve had more resonance if I’d seen the previous movies more recently, but that’s not why you’d watch a movie like this.
The Court Jester
Danny Kaye musical is a fun little movie and answers the age old question whether chalice from the palace or the vessel with the pestle contains the brew that is true. Danny Kaye is a would-be revolutionary in medieval England and hijinks ensue when he infiltrates the palace of the evil usurper. Finale showcases the result of the Munchkin Full Employment Act of 1953.
Let the Right One In
The most Swedish movie I’ve ever seen, makes me glad my ancestors left for the relative paradise of North Dakota. Oskar is 12 and being bullied at school. A new girl, Eli, has moved into his complex and she ‘has been 12 for a long time’. Doesn’t sparkle though. There’s a string of grisly murders and what passes for an upbeat ending in a Swedish movie. It’s easy to root for Oskar, but the morality of his relationship with is a bit problematic.
A med student finds a way to reanimate the recently dead, oddly enough there’s unforeseen consequences. It’s a gory/creepy romp from animals to people to decapitation to mind control against the backdrop of the competitive world of medical research.
Conan with a hang glider. Besides the wholesale Conan borrowing, they manage to cram in some Seven Samurai/Magnificent Seven and various Hercules movies. Plus there’s barely any cave dwellers.
Santa vs. Satan. Hopefully the NSA doesn’t see it, it really fleshes out the Santa’s surveillance state. The creepiest bit being, when listening in on conversations he doesn’t use headphones or speakers. He has a set of giant lips.
This is a movie that couldn’t be made today, what with guns and bombs at a high school. I’m a little surprised it could get made then since it dealt with teen suicide rather indelicately as well. Film deals with Winona Ryder’s disillusionment with the ruling clique of 3 Heathers. She teams up with an outsider, Christian Slater, but his plans seem to always end in murder then dressed up as suicide. There’s plenty of black comedy, but it loses immediacy the farther away from high school you are.
Kolchak: The Night Stalker – The Werewolf
Kolchak is a bit of a proto-X Files from the seventies. Carl Kolchak is a Chicago news reporter who seems to have a knack for stumbling onto stories that happen to be paranormal. In episode ‘The Werewolf’ he’s assigned to write a story about a singles cruise, and it turns out one of passengers is the titular monster. This episode showcases Kolchak’s persistence to get the scoop and the monster, including butting into the local authority figures. Also if you need silver bullets on cruise ship, you’ll have to steal the buttons off captain’s dress uniform and melt them down.