December 8, 2003

Quick Rental Reviews

Here's a quick roundup of movies I've rented and not reported on over the last couple of weeks...

Sucked sweaty balls. In other words, not good. Utterly pointless with really bad acting.

Igby Goes Down:
Excellent! I can see why this was well-reviewed and under-appreciated. And fine use of the Culkin family. Always handy to cast one in a starring role - easy access to a cache of younger Culkins makes for easy flashback scene casting. Great soundtrack as well.

Phone Booth:
First off, this is an 80-minute feature film. That's porn length. I feel sorry for anyone who actually paid cash to go see this. It was truly pointless and not at all compelling. Just a great vehicle for product placement.

Arlington Road:
Not at all a feel-good flick, it was interesting in its portrayal of domestic terrorists. The continually under-appreciated actors Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins did a fantastic job. My only problem - only about 5% of the movie was actually shot around the DC area. Arlington road? My ass. This is better than the second Die Hard movie, supposedly taking place right up the road at Dulles Airport. Did you catch the California license plates in that one? Or the Pacific Bell telephones? And never have I seen a snowmobile chase around here. I digress...

Pitch Black:
Surprisingly not bad. Vin Diesel was a bit subdued (Ethanol, perhaps) and the plot was a complete Alien(s) retread but overall, it was entertaining.

Posted by Chris at December 8, 2003 4:45 PM

Hey! I liked Phone Booth! Well, it was interesting, but then again, I didn't pay for it.

Posted by: katherine at December 8, 2003 5:53 PM

Arlington Road was on ok movie...haven't seen the rest.

I like to pick out little errors in the background of movies, too. Although I suppose if I am doing that, the movie isn't truly holding my attention. Heh.

Posted by: Jane at December 8, 2003 6:48 PM

I've only seen Arlington Rd and Phone Booth, haven't seen the other 3. But I liked Phone Booth :P Especially when the hooker was all pissed of at him because he "hurt [her] dick hand" hehehe

Posted by: Jaded Angel at December 8, 2003 7:01 PM

Pitch Black is on my list of all-time worst movies ever.

Posted by: emily at December 8, 2003 9:52 PM

parts of die hard 2 were filmed in the town where i live (very very small town at that). we have an airport here, and they did some of the airport scenes here at our airport. :D just thought i would share that tidbit with you! hehe

Posted by: tiffanie at December 9, 2003 12:14 AM

Igby Goes Down & Arlington Road were fantastic.

The rest, as you put it, sucked sweaty balls.

Posted by: Marie at December 9, 2003 5:57 AM

You may hate me for this, but I couldn't stand Igby Goes Down. :) It seemed like a movie that was trying too hard to be arty and different.


Posted by: Dawn at December 9, 2003 1:31 PM

mmmmm Vin. :)

Posted by: Ash at December 9, 2003 5:24 PM

Igby Goes Down - frankly I got scared. It was just way too much for me. I stopped watching about half away through.

There was another Culkin movie I watched previous to that where the Culkin brother got mauled by a tiger. Can't remember the name of it.

Posted by: Hols at December 11, 2003 6:04 PM