Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam

So I braved the wilds of West Des Moines.

Remember the layer of ice on everything? Add to that a light drizzle and heavy fog. Think of the automotive equivalent of ice skating.

Went to Breast Buy and gorged on DVDs.

  • The Punisher (Did this ever even make it to the movie screen?

  • The Scorpiion King (Collector's Edition)

  • Happy Tree Friends (volumes 1-3)

  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Special Edition)

  • X-Men Collection (4-disc set)

  • Hellboy (Director's cut, 3 disc set)

  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2-disc widescreen)

  • Underworld (2-disc unrated extended cut)

  • Boondock Saints (for $9.99!)

  • Van Helsing (widescreen)

  • Spiderman 2 (widescreen special edition)

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre (platinum series 2-disc set)

  • Ginger Snaps 2 Unleashed

  • Ginger Snaps Back

  • Dark City ($5.99)

  • Barb Wire ($5.99)

  • Monkey Bone ($5.99)

Some of you will recognize the mix as being spread between really good and utter crap films. But remember that I buy movies for different reasons. For instance, Underworld. It's pretty craptacular, but it is filmed really well, with some excellent lighting. I am researching lighting, and set design and prop design. Thus also the purchase of Van Helsing and a few others. Director commentary, behind the scenes extras, things like that will sell me on a DVD.

Then went to The Darkness.

Maybe ten people in the theater total. Four of them sat right behind me and talked through the whole thing. Kinda made it a little less enjoyable.

Still, I liked it. Anna Paquin is a cute little semi-vulnerable teenage girl. She does that well.

Bear in mind that this is a Brian Yuzna (Bride of ReAnimator) film. It's not a comedy, it's a nice horror story. It's a little shallow and could probably have benefitted from some deeper explanation in places, but it would probably have been difficult with the pacing.

All in all, I'd say it's a decent film, but nothing spectacular. It could have been a lot better.

And now to eat some spaghetti and watch bad movies.

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