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Quick before bed update 
7th-May-2008 01:59 am
dalek
AKA I have a few minutes before passing out. John's already in post coital slumberland, but I napped most of the afternoon.

First off, I should neve be allowed to choose the double feature. We got two really good movies, but they were so thematically distant as to not mesh well. Still not as bad as Jack Frost 2 followed by American History X...

Started off the night with The Golden Compass, which really didn't qualify as kiddie fare. Seriously, when the bear knocked the lower jaw off the other bear, I was like "DAY-UM!" Fun to watch Nicole play a complete and total bitch though.

We followed that with The Orphanage, from the folks behind Pan's Labyrinth. Not quite as visually stunning as Pan, but G-d, I wish Americans could make movies this fucking creepy. Admittedly, by the time the narrative kicked into high gear I was screaming that Laura should play the game... which she did, 9 months later in movie time. I didn't see the ending coming, though, which makes it better than 99% of any horror flick I've seen the past year. Still debating whether it was more depressing than Pan or not.

Tomorrow, I think we're going to watch the original Day of the Dead, since I've been informed that my semi-liking of the direct to DVD remake will vanish upon viewing the original product. I don't know. Romero's always been hit or miss for me. That and I'm not big on zombie movies for the most part.
Comments 
7th-May-2008 07:34 am (UTC)
zombies rule.

yah they do!!!
7th-May-2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
MMM, flesh NOM NOM NOM!
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7th-May-2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'd say unnerving more than anything. Very atmospheric.
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7th-May-2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Well, the ending of Pan wasn't exactly a happy ending... I mean yeah, she winds up in a happy place but only after dying in another world;)

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7th-May-2008 07:58 pm (UTC) - The Golden Compass and Pan's Labyrinth
My mom, dad, husband, and I saw The Golden Compass when it was still in the theater. I agree with you -- it isn't really much a children's flick. I then went and read all of the books -- The Golden Compass as well as the other two The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Just like the Harry Potter series, the books are infinitely better and well worth the read.

As for Pan's Labyrinth, in total agreement. I didn't see Pan, but I kind of liked the weirdness of Pan's Labyrinth -- there isn't anything like it that I've seen in American movies. Probably the weirdest scene in the whole movie was when she went to that room with the creature sitting at the table. Probably the dumbest move she made was eating those grapes.
7th-May-2008 10:00 pm (UTC) - Re: The Golden Compass and Pan's Labyrinth
Kind of Greek in that respect. Like Persephone, she made the mistak of eating.
8th-May-2008 02:32 am (UTC) - Re: The Golden Compass and Pan's Labyrinth
But, in the case of Persephone, Hades tricked her into eating the pomegranate seeds. In Pan's Labyrinth, he actually told her to NOT eat anything in the room, but she did anyway. One's a case of deception, the other is not listening to a warning.
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