Sunday, January 25, 2009

Movies That Almost Slipped Through the Cracks

In between all the stuff I didn't do this weekend, I managed to squeeze in one book and two movies.

The thing about being a Netflix subscriber is that you feel compelled to return movies as quickly as possible so you feel you're getting your money's worth, which means more movies coming back to you, which means you really have to stay on top of your queue and not let it get empty like I did once, leaving me drumming my fingers wondering what the hell was wrong with Netflix that they weren't getting my movies out to me. Until I pulled up their website and saw that, oops, my queue was empty.

However, when you're watching as many movies in a month as I am, while trying to choose what will please the men in the household, it can start to be a bit of a crap shoot. Sometimes I don't have the knack for picking good films, and sometimes I let good ones get away entirely.

I hit the jackpot this weekend, though. Two films I would give five out of five stars:

The Brave One, 2007

Jodie Foster brilliantly portrays a New York radio personality who loses her fiance when they are both beaten in a brutal attack. The film explores the astonishing (and almost gratifying) way her character deals with the feelings of fear and victimization that are left behind, culminating in revenge on the thugs responsible for the attack. It's vigilante justice at its finest. Last line: There is no going back, to that other person, that other place. This thing, this stranger, she is all you are now.

Eagle Eye, 2008

Shia LaBeouf (Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) is Jerry Shaw, the unmotivated and underachieving twin of an Air Force officer who dies suddenly in a car accident. Jerry's life shifts suddenly into high gear when, shortly after burying his brother, he discovers a checking account balance of $571,000, and subsequently goes to his apartment to discover an arsenal has been shipped to him box by box. A phone call from a mysterious woman unleashes a series of events that will keep YOU away from the bathroom and glued to the screen, because "you have been activated. Your compliance is vital."


greeneyes67 said...

Oh yea! The Brave One is a great movie. Jodie Foster rocks in that role. I love her in anything but that one was fabulous.

AK™ said...

Great movie..I think I own it on DVD.
great soundtrack,slightly depressing movie..but the storytelling is great.


Eagle Eye sonds more like my cup of tea - I'll give it a whirl

Simon said...

“You have been activated. Your compliance is vital.”

I keep getting someone phoning me up and saying that. Perhaps I should take it more seriously.

Steve said...

It's very hard to see Shia Le-Whatever as anything other than the kid from Even Stevens, but I've heard so many good things about his work that I might give Eagle Eye a try.

MauritaMason said...

greeneyes, she really is a great actress, isn't she?

AK, I assume you're talking about The Brave One? I wanted to see it back when it was out in theaters, then totally spaced it once it was on DVD.

Lerm, hope you like it.

Simon, yeah. I'd comply if I were you.

Steve, I have no idea what Even Stevens is. Maybe that helps.

KingOfPain said...

'Eagle Eye' was pretty good, but 'The Brave One' was outstanding! The change that came over her character through all of it was something that you think about for days after you've seen it. I need to watch it again.

theredhead said...

I had a Netflix sick day yesterday but for me is was Doctor Who and The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters.

MauritaMason said...

KoP, it really is an outstanding movie.

trh, I love the idea of a Netflix sick day.