Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Movies worth seeing.

The Blockbuster near me is going out of business, much like the entire company likely will be soon, which allowed me to pick up a copy of "The Hurt Locker" on DVD for only $10. It also seems to be re-appearing in cinemas now that it won the Oscar for best pic. If you get a chance to see it either way, take it. From the moment the film opens, you are tensely on the edge of your seat, as the team of soldiers attempt to defuse bombs, as well as personal demons, and make it home alive. We were about an hour into the movie when I checked the time, and it seemed like 15 minutes. Very well made movie, deserving of the accolades it has received. Probably not a good film to watch with the kids.

Last night I did go the movie theater to see "The Ghost Writer", Roman Polanski's new thriller. Say what you like about Polanski's personal life, but he sure knows how to make a fine film. A few weeks ago I had watched his masterpiece "Chinatown" for the first time in years, and was reminded that the 70's, while a horrid decade for America as a whole, did produce a crapload of great films (crapload is the official measuring device of film).

If you like thrillers, mysteries, creepy politicians and spies, then you will like "The Ghost Writer". Very reminiscent of "Chinatown" in its ability to keep you guessing, and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Remember, in America we vote with our dollars for what is produced. I implore you to go see these films, or buy the dvd's, so that the powers that be in Hollywood will realize there is a money to be made by producing intelligent films for adults, and if you have good story and characters, you don't need 3D.

Now, a joke from my now favorite TV show, "The Big Bang Theory": A neutron walks into a bar and asks "How much for a beer?". The bartender replies "For you, no charge." Think about it!