In the last few weeks I’ve been watching an awful lot of episodes of Queer as Folk because I didn’t realize they were on Netflix and once I found that out all productivity ceased. Like 90% of my time at home has been spent watching the series from episode 1. I regret nothing. Brian, Justin, Michael, Emmett, Ted, Debbie, Vic, Melanie and Lindsay were like family to me when the show debuted in 2001.
Still – I’ve managed to watch a few truly terrible movies. Let us start with the worst of the worst to me…
Wolf Creek 2 – Ok, I fully admit I enjoyed the first Wolf Creek. It was total torture porn but it was actually pretty well done. The bad guy? Genuinely terrifying. Australian bushman killing off tourists for fun. No fun and games just crazy dude with a knife. The sequel? It included a scene of the bad guy torturing the “good guy” by threatening to cut his fingers off and the good guy trying to develop rapport by singing the ONE Australian folk song I think everyone knows. As if that would prove he’s not just some tourist who is ruining his home. The bad guy in the sequel has some Eco bent that just kind of mutes the terror to me. It was a weird, crazy, movie with too many things going on at once. I honestly could barely finish watching it. And it was further ruined by one of those the guy lived and no one believed him and he’s stuck in a mental hospital ending. Oh nooooo. Yes I should have spoiler alerted that but… Just think of the two hours I just saved you. It was awful. Awful. And I like awful but this was just garbage.
The Bell Witch Haunting – Found footage plus live action segments. Low budget. Possession of young teenage girls. Did I mention low budget? Much like the Paranormal Activity movies, this used the camera placed in the bedrooms to catch the crazy goings on on the house but it did it poorly. My favorite laugh inducing scene of the movie? Two girls get tucked in to the bed tightly and can’t get free, OHHHHHH NOOOOOOO! This had some interesting mythos built in to it, some good out doors scenes, some interesting makeup and costume work for the possession stuff. I was underwhelmed but it’s hard to compete with some of the big distributors versions of the found footage haunting films.
I’ve also been lucky enough to see a few good movies lately as well!
Now You See Me – I put this on because I thought it was going to be awful. Magic meets Oceans Eleven! It turned out to be a great movie. Total popcorn flick! The cast was awesome. Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Michael Cain, Jesse Eisenberg. Every one of them in a different role than what I normally associate with them. The magicians get an invitation to an apartment and get all these elaborate tricks handed to them, they make it huge and start doing shows in Vegas and it’s huge. They’re also kind of stealing money and making wrongs right and they’re being chased by the cops and Interpol and it’s just fun. I was shocked how much I enjoyed it. Totally worth it.
Also Guardians of the Galaxy. Given that I’m not a comic book fan I knew nothing going in to this and I just sat there with a smile on my face the whole movie. Genetically engineered tree and raccoon, kidnapped guy from Earth, green lady, and weird red tattooed dude save everything! Great soundtrack, lots of laughs, great acting. It was just a super happy feeling movie. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Stay through the credits. The post credit stinger has nothing to do with the movie universe but it made me cackle.