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"I'm going to start beating the shit out of you in the next five seconds."

Perhaps influenced by the supermoon, we decided to watch The Grey (imdb | rotten tomatoes) last night. I honestly didn’t expect a lot from it, but it was okay. Not great, but definitely entertaining. And Liam Neeson continues to have a special talent: making himself sound like the kind of guy who’s smiling and pulling you a pint whilst simultaneously threatening to beat you to death.

By the way, we only watched The Grey last night after trying to watch Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (imdb | rotten tomatoes) but giving up 35 minutes in. It was terrible. Seriously, terrible. We both wanted to keep watching to see if it got better, but it was just so annoying. One shudders to think how many bloody horse heads must have been slipped under Hollywood bedsheets to get that piece of crap on Oscar’s best picture shortlist. Blech.


Photo by Dennis From Atlanta, used under Creative Commons license

"When you point a finger at somebody else, you're pointing three at yourself and a thumb at the sky."

In an attempt to clear off the PVR (which is still holding some movies recorded well over a year ago) before the fall TV season starts and we go away for two weeks, we got through three movies in between all the beautiful weather this weekend:

Seraphim Falls (imdb | rotten tomatoes) started off with a bang (literally), but got slow, and then got positively glacial. I’m sure the descent from high snowy mountain to hot, dead valley was a metaphor for man’s fall from grace, but holy ass, guys. Oh, and you’d think someone could’ve hired a dialog coach so that Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan didn’t make a western sound like an afternoon in Cork.

Lonesome Jim (imdb | rotten tomatoes) was mildly amusing in parts, a bit annoying in others, and mostly just intriguing: why would Liv Tyler appear in back-to-back films starring the Affleck brothers, which carry nearly the same plot? I don’t want to run the movie for anyone, but if you’ve seen Jersey Girl you’ve seen a flashier version of Lonesome Jim.

Traitor (imdb | rotten tomatoes) was…well, kind of surprising. I thought it would be dumber than it was. I thought it would be a straight good-guy-on-the-run shooter, but there was more to it than that. It was fairly predictable, but still…not half bad. Good for a lazy Saturday morning on the couch.