Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Non-zombie movie viewing

No, I didn't go see Black Christmas. No desire to. I keep telling people that I really don't like most horror movies. If it's on AMC or the Sci-Fi channel, I'll sit through some ridiculous thing, but $9 at the theater - no way.

But I had to get out of the house. Too much time editing "serious" writings (ha, what could be more "serious" than zombie apocalypse?) and the kids were acting up. Unfortunately, even though I've been subjected to the ads and great reviews, Children of Men is still nowhere in the vicinity of our quiet village. So, okay, I broke down and saw Rocky, as the reviews had been at least so-so. And it's embarrassing, but the formula still works. Pretty maudlin throughout, though thankfully they kept the full-on barrage of flashbacks to Talia Shire and Burgess Meredith till the final moments of the big fight. So, anyway, you'd think watching Rocky dig deep and come from behind couldn't possibly, ever, in anyway, ever work again. You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things - you'd be wrong.


Blogger Eamon said...

No comment regarding the Rocky movie but The Good Shepherd is supposed to be very good. I am planning on going this weekend with my gf's little sister before she goes back to classes. We both enjoy a good conspiracy and what is better then the history of the CIA?

11:11 AM  
Blogger Hermanus said...

In agreement with you on Rocky Balboa: it's a potent formula that's well executed and a fitting end to the series. The second time I saw it--nowhere near Philadelphia, btw--the folks in the audience were standing and cheering during the final fight.

Maybe I'll cut out of work early and catch it for a third time.

11:30 AM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

I was halfway to seeing The Good Shepherd, but the reviews were so bad I decided not to risk it. And three times for Rocky? Wow. I don't think I'd go that far. Now, Rocky IV was another story. The most inane thing ever filmed, but I'd watch it anytime, anywhere. Of course, that has to do with when I first saw it: in college, with a bunch of friends, drunk and giggling. To this day I think of it as the funniest movie ever made, because that night, it was.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

About "Black Christmas"--I get the same kind of comments about vampire movies since I've published essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer; but I've never been interested in vampires, particularly, though there are a few exceptions.

2:24 PM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

Elizabeth - People's tastes in genre lit seem terribly precise. It seems a problem for authors, who, of course, like to break out of a narrow niche.

6:54 PM  

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