What Did I Watch This Week? Vol.3

Welcome back!

Sue and I decided to take a week off of podcasting this week, because, honestly, there wasn’t a lot to talk about, we figured you’d already seen our Muppets review, and if we talked about it we’d end up unintentionally spoiling moments of the film, that are best left unspoilt.

And for those keeping track, I didn’t post one of these articles last week as we were busy ramping up for our interview with the awesome Rick Howland and his brilliant wife Nadia, you try sitting on a secret like that for a week and not telling anyone!

Still, not to worry, Sue and I will be doing another podcast in the immediate future, and we are trying to run down some more amazing interviews. We’ve been very fortunate so far to sit down with the people we have, a huge thanks to all of you.

But since I had some free time this week, what did I watch?

As we know Sue and I went to see The Muppets this week, and loved it! As our review no doubt indicates. But to get into the mood before seeing the new film, I pulled the DVD of the first movie out of my collection and gave it a joyous rewatch.

I adore this film.

I did from the moment I first saw it. And Bret McKenzie’s songs in the new movie are catchy and awesome, but they don’t hold a candle to Paul Williams’ “Movin’ Right Along”, “I’m Going To Go Back There Someday”, and “Til Something Better Comes Along”, or the immortal “Rainbow Connection” (though by this point everyone knows it makes two appearances in the new movie), all of which I proudly proclaim are on my ipod (as well as the new Muppet soundtrack, so there!)

Watching the two of them back to back is an experience I’m looking forward to when The Muppets gets its blu-ray release, cause I think they make perfect companion pieces, and if I throw The Great Mupper Caper in there, I’ve got three AWESOME Muppet movies to watch. (I do like Christmas Carol, but can only do that at X-mas, and Treasure Island was ok, but doesn’t have the innocence and joy of The Muppet Movie).

I also got to continue my time with the Keaton family, and in fact just watched their Christmas Episode, A Keaton Christmas, wherein Alex is cast in the role of Scrooge, it was light and fun, and as always makes me miss Michael J., I idolized him as a kid, I wanted to be as cool as Marty McFly, and be as smart and witty as Alex P. Keaton.

The rest of my movie watching wasn’t as joyous, there are just some films, that you think are awesome when you’re a goofy teen that just don’t work now that you’re older. Happily I can say that doesn’t apply to most of the films I watched growing up, but, sadly it does for this one…

Cobra.

Coming off the success of Rambo: First Blood Part 2, and Rocky IV, Stallone adapted a script, and he and the director of Rambo got together and made… this… I remember as a young teen thinking it was awesome, and that Stallone was so cool… on the rewatch, not so much.

I like an action movie to run over 90 minutes as a general rule, that way you have time to develop your characters and just as important develop a plot. All this movie is an excuse for chases and shootouts, while not a bad thing, this is a prime example of a cookie cutter action movie. There’s nothing to it, except Stallone’s cool car, which gets totalled way too soon, and Brigitte Nielsen’s very long legs! (Oh and every one’s favorite alien bounty hunter Brian Thompson as a serial killer). Oh well. I still have the Rambo movies, Tango & Cash, and The Expendables.

I’m on a huge Stphen King kick right now, I’m almost at the halfway mark of his latest opus 11/22/63 (and enjoying immensely), and a good portion of the first part of the book is spent in Derry, Maine right after the events that occur in It. I love tie-ins like that! Not to mention the expected mention of Shawshank prison, and the little coastal town of Haven.

So I sat back and rewatched two movies adapted from his material. To my way of thinking, there have only been two directors that have been able to truly capture King’s material on the screen (as much as I like Kubrick’s The Shining, it is a lot different from the book, so I see that as loosely based on King’s book and not a true contender – that’s the way my brain works sorry), and those are Frank Darabont and Rob Reiner.

It’s the latter one’s I watched this past week with Stand By Me.

I saw this movie, when I was just about the age of the four boys who set out on a quest to see a dead body. Now, while I may not have grown up in the same era as they did, so many of the things that they say and do resonated with me. I had a gang of kids I hung around with at that time, affectionately known as The 84 Crew (84 being the year we all moved to Bermuda). And I think that’s where part of the movie has its draw for me, it’s not only a wonderfully told tale, but me and my friends were getting into our own adventures that we were convinced the adults in our world knew nothing about. We had our own fort, and I’m not talking a tree house, it was a fort! A stone fort! It was plopped down in the middle of one of the island’s gorgeous golf courses, and we would travel across the greens to get to this place that was all ours, and have what we thought were deep and meaningful conversations like the guys in Stand By Me.

So on Monday, when I wasn’t feeling my best, I threw this movie and recalled those friends I had when I was 12…

The other movie I watched from King’s material was Silver Bullet. The film features the late Corey Haim, the adorable Megan Follows from Anne of Green Gables fame, and Gary Busey. I enjoy a good werewolf movie, but this one was way too short, clocking in at 94 minutes, credits in.

Which brings me to one of two complaints about the film, they build up to the fact that once they find out who the werewolf is, that it will be coming for them, and I was thinking, cool, the werewolf is gonna stalk them through a dark house now that its pulled their electric cables… Not so much. The climax sequence lasts probably just under three minutes, it was boom and done, I just kinda sat there saying, “that’s it?!” I remembered enjoying the movie more when I was younger. Like the werewolf dream sequence, that was cool! But as I rewatched it, I realized, wow, why not just come right out and tell us who the werewolf is before the characters figure it out. Sigh. That was a bit of a letdown. I did like the werewolf design though. Sure it wasn’t An American Werewolf In London (I do love Rick Baker’s work in that movie but who doesn’t?), but Carlos Rambaldi, best known for his work on the creature design for E.T., CE3K and Dune does a very nice job on the creature design.

Sadly, on refelction, I don’t think it was enough to save the film, though there are some nice sequences, the firework scene I enjoyed, as well as the big car/wheelchair chase.

Oh well, maybe I’ll just have to rewatch American Werewolf In London, and revisit Joe Dante’s The Howling.

I also spent some time catching up on Glee and American Horror Story. Lords know I have to catch up on Walking Dead Season 2, I have only seen the opener so far.

And of course the greatly enjoyable episode of Lost Girl – “Original Skin.” The entire cast was fantastic in this, and it was so funny!

That was me…

What did you watch?

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