Thursday, February 7, 2013

Movie Review Roundup

I watched these on Netflix streaming, which again is dramatically superior to Amazon.  Can't believe how long it took me to try it.

Trollhunter:  A found footage film about the tedium and occasional terror of hunting trolls.  Three college kids document a bitter government worker's lonely battle to protect Norway from trolls.  Meanwhile, shady bureaucrats cover up the incidents.  The blandly good-looking college kids are devoid of personality, and the movie is a half hour too long.  But the scenery is gorgeous and the movie's a lot of fun, especially the troll battles in the last 30 minutes.  (The movie also inspired a t-shirt at Last Exit to Nowhere.)

Headhunters: Another movie from Norway, but totally different in every way.  Here, a successful executive supports his trophy wife, mistress, and lavish lifestyle by moonlighting as an art thief.  But it all swiftly unravels when he robs the wrong man (Game of Thrones' Jaime Lannister).  Imagine The Game directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Well-constructed and filled with sex, violence, and just the right amount of humor.  It's based on a book by Jo Nesbo.