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Saturday's #FFW2010 Movies 
7th-Jun-2010 12:12 pm
Saturday's Film offerings started with Horror Express, which to the great shock and surprise of everyone with me, I had never yet seen. It's amusing to be the only one in a group of people who all share a cultural childhood I didn't. I spent my childhood reading Swallows and Amazons and Narnia, not watching classic horror, which is awesome, cause I get to watch them all now for the first time. Horror Express, for example, is an amazing film, and the experience of watching it for the first time on the big screen was one I wouldn't trade. Christopher Lee (about whom I am beginning to agree with strange_complex; he was hot when young) and Peter Cushing play rival scientists who have to work together when one of Sir Christopher ("he dabbles in fossils and bones") specimens turns out to be an evil brain sucking monster. Telly Savalas was amazing, and any movie with the line "monsters?! We're British!" is a good movie.

After that greatness, there was no way The Giant Spider Invasion would stand up to it. Fortunately, it didn't evn try, and landed straight into So Bad It's Good territory. The characters were unlikeable (with the exception of the jolly red sheriff), the scientists were unbelievably stupid, the young lady was inexplicably half dressed, and the giant spider itself was a masterpiece in pantomime horse technology.

28 Days Later is just as good now as I remember it; an excellent retelling of Day of the Triffids with zombies. I had, though, forgotten what excellent characters were Selina and Hannah. Selina's storyline - jaded warrior find hope and love - is a little cliche, yes, but they told it so well in a movie that's really about hope, and it's so unusual to find a zombie movie about hope. And Hannah, oh, Hannah. It's nice to be reminded that Newt's legacy is alive in awesome, strong girl kid characters like her, even if she's so freaking rare.

28 Weeks Later, shown in a double bill with the first, is better than I remembered, but my major problem with it, shared independently by hasn't gone away. It is this: 28 Weeks Later could and I think should be location porn; a travelogue of empty location shots documenting the journey from the Isle of Dogs to Wembley, with some zombies added. Sadly, the filmmakers rejected the chance for location porn and just gave me landmark porn, so the journey included Westminster, Tower Bridge, and Piccadilly Circus in no particular order. It wasn't made for continuity, and that saddened me, because it could have been so good.

I was torn, incidentally, between staying for 28 Weeks and leaving the double bill for Mark of the Devil. I have been reliably informd that the latter was rubbish, so I'm glad I stayed.

I am not glad I stayed for the 'Midnight Screamer', and I lay the blame for having experienced that event entirely at [personal profile] miss_s_b's door. I use no hyperbole when I say that Birdemic is the worst film I have ever seen. The. Worst. Not even so bad it's good; this thing was so bad it was horrible. It's not the 45 minutes of badly told boy-meets-lingerie-model awfulness that preceded the bird attack. It's not the crap stock-footage bird animation. It's not just the troweled on Global Warming 'message' complete with utter bollocks pseudoscience. It's not even the crap acting and hackneyed script - it was the terrible editing; the inability to keep the audio and lighting consistent in one scene as they flick from shot to shot. It was quite simply a terrible terrible movie, and the director at the end didn't seem to understand how horrible it was.

If you like bad movies, don't see this. It'll ruin them all for you.

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7th-Jun-2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Yup, you definitely made the right call over 28 Weeks Later. I fervently wish I had stayed too - but then I would never truly have understood how dreadful Mark of the Devil was that way, and might have made the mistake of seeing it some time in the future instead. So I guess at least now I have got it over with.

And actually, I hadn't seen Horror Express before either. But in my case, that's just a weird random anomaly - one I simply missed in a childhood otherwise strongly focussed on horror films. I did find the time for much Swallows and Amazons and some Narnia, too, though. :-)

Will hopefully get the time to write up some of these myself this evening, but am alas having to be all worky during day-time hours today. Well, 'worky' for values which include hanging around LJ and writing comments on other people's posts, anyway...

Oh, and Christopher Lee pro-tip - by all means watch his many, many films and enjoy his great youthful hotness. (You will also enjoy many of the Dracula films for their Ian Ogilvy-style dashing heroes, too). But don't succumb to the temptation to read or watch interviews with him, or to interact with his 'serious' fan-base. I've ended up kind of hating him by dint of finding out way too much about him, and I really wish I hadn't.
7th-Jun-2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
I can enjoy an artist's work without caring too much about the person. But thank you for the tip; I found out yesterday that one of my long time favourite Steven Moffatt character was in fact unintentionally a self important fuck up and was actually likely a mouthpiece. If I can cope with that, I can cope with Lee's fandom.
7th-Jun-2010 11:49 am (UTC)
Horror Express! I haven't seen that in ages, I really liked it.

Birdemic sounds awesome.
7th-Jun-2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
It was aw-something, anyway.

I'm not kidding here. It was worse than you're imagining.
7th-Jun-2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
*grins* Glad you enjoyed Horror Express. :D

I loved and hated Birdemic in equal measure and called it the best and the worst (or the best worst) film ever. What really amazed me was that James Nguyen is so unaware of his crapness.
7th-Jun-2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the location porn, though for me, the insane amount of plot holes and poor writing drove me nuts, especially the way the story developed at the centre, including the military aspects.
7th-Jun-2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
You seem to be attracting a lot of bots on twitter...
7th-Jun-2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Am I? I can't see any.
7th-Jun-2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Have a look at the #FFW2010 hashtag and see how many post links to your blog, incl. "CosmeticTips"...
7th-Jun-2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
This. Bots seem to strip out the @ thing, I tend to search for name without @ these days, you get more showing, and I really like the report spam button. That is an excessive number though, although at least one looks fairly legit.
7th-Jun-2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Honestly? I don't much care. If they don't @ it, then I can't see it, and it doesn't effect me. Whoever they're spamming, it's not me.
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