October 30, 2015

House On Haunted Hill (1959)

Randomly watched the 1959 William Castle screamer House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price for Halloween. There are some legitimate scares in this movie, but I bet it's much better on a movie screen, the medium it was designed for. It was also a brisk 75 minutes! Worth checking out if watched in the dark with friends, or on a movie theater screen.
(Amazon Instant Video)

October 10, 2015

Guys Movie Night: The Martian

I thoroughly enjoyed The Martian. A great "hard" science fiction movie with an extremely light touch. Also the first funny Ridley Scott movie? I am a big fan of Scott- Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator are among my favorite movies - but his movies tend to the epic length, and solemn tone. I would never have guessed he helmed this breezy, brisk, and fun movie.
This XKCD comic made the observation that The Martian is the "fix the air filter" puzzle from Apollo 13 expanded into a whole movie, and that's true, but what's also true is that Ridley Scott has managed to make a easy breezy movie that makes Apollo 13 look like a grim, terrifying Holocaust film by comparison.

Matt Damon deserves at least equal credit for setting the tone of the film- he is alone for 99% of the film, so Damon the actor is the key to the tone of the film. His video diary entries charmed the whole audience. (The trailers imply he talks to NASA via video-conference call, but that never happens.)
My Stub Hubby Grade: A!
(Landmark Embassy Cinemas Waltham, with Adam, George, and Jon Moran)
Stub Hubby Reviews Ridley Scott