Monday, February 11, 2013

Movie review roundup

I watched these on Netflix streaming:

Phantoms: A schizophrenic monster movie starring young Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, and Liev Schreiber. One minute, it's a ghost story, then it's an evil cop movie, then a shape-shifting alien invasion.  Why copy one classic horror movie when you can just copy them all?  Some decent chills.

Valhalla Rising: Did you watch Drive and think the pesky character development got in the way of the exciting violence?  Or maybe that it was too uplifting?  Then you might enjoy Nicolas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising.  In the movie, a Norseman (the villain from Casino Royale) kills several men in Europe, and then joins Christians on an expedition to North America, where the Norseman kills several more people.  There's nearly no story, or even dialog in the film.  It's more like watching a very long heavy metal music video.  In fact, at times, it's more like reading a slightly animated comic book, than watching a movie.