Labyrinth Quote-Along

Labyrinth Quote Along at Seattle’s SIFF Cinema

Somehow I never saw “Labyrinth” in the theater when it came out in 1986. It’s the kind of movie my mom would have taken me to, but somehow we missed it. So when I heard that it was playing at the SIFF Cinema over the weekend I jumped on the chance to go. I’ve probably seen this movie 50 times, just never on the big screen, so it was quite the treat. It’s been one of my all time favorite movies for nearly 25 years!

District 9

District 9 – This was a movie I avoided, the preview left me uneasy. I didn’t know why, but I didn’t think I wanted to see it, despite all the good things I’d heard about it. Now I’m glad I’ve seen it. It was quite unusual. At least in my experience. This idea of “first alien contact” is usually grand, with the aliens being much advanced technologically, and seeming hugely superior to humans. This is not remotely the case here. How humans deal with these miserable aliens is abominable. It’s more realistic, in that the humans stick them in a ghetto, try and take their technology, and secretly do experiments on them.

The story is told from the perspective of a middle management government man who hates the “Prawns” as much as everyone else, and is just helping serve eviction notices in the alien ghetto when things go horribly wrong, and he gets tangled in a huge mess. It’s a well told story, and I recommend it. Just don’t expect it to be pretty or happy.

Zombieland – review

Finally managed to watch Zombieland. I had tried once before, but had to shut it off because I was eating and the first minutes were too disgusting for me to continue. This time, I waited until after dinner. The intro is still gross, but it does get better after that. Then it’s just damn funny. Not just smiles, but actually laughing out loud funny.

This movie takes a small approach to a worldwide dilemma. Instead of the blockbuster approach involving huge military actions and Presidents, blah blah blah. This starts with one guy, who has survived 2 months since the Zombie virus bloomed, and then he meets a couple other people. It’s just a peek into their world of survival in the chaos.

9 – disappointing

I watched the movie “9” tonight. It was pretty, and interesting, and had a fairly stellar cast of actors for the voices. I spent most of the movie holding on to my “suspension of disbelief” only to have my hopes crushed in the last 5 minutes. This is to say that while watching, I thought the actual story was a bit thin. In the end it was incomprehensible. There are so many holes in the plot, it’s making me crazy to think on it.

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Movie: Alien Trespass

Went to see a sneak preview of the movie Alien Trespass tonight. It’s done in honor of 1950’s era monster/alien films, and I think they hit just the right note. Not mocking, but not taking it seriously either, which I believe is in the spirit of those old movies. Good acting, with lots of familiar faces. Great sets and props (we even got to have a polaroid geek moment over the modified camera used by Cody in the film). The story was well paced with a good amount of humor that kept us smiling all the way thru, and chuckling regularly. And last but not least, they had a real theremin player. Quite fun!