Catching Up

Ever since my last class, I’ve been catching up on my movies. There were good ones. There were great ones. And there were the bad ones. I’ve sort of been catching up on TV, too, and pretty soon, my books. But for now, I just want to relax and watch movies.

Although today, I watched three DVDs, two of which were not relaxing at all.

Yes Man

It was an interesting premise. Carl (played by Jim Carrey) said no all the time to everyone, including his best friend, Pete (played by Bradley Cooper). Pete has gotten used to it until Carl doesn’t show up at his engagement party. Carl realizes maybe he should do something about his attitude when runs into an old friend. He tells Carl about the Yes Seminar, which Carl reluctantly attends. Terence Bundley, the main guy behind the seminar, challenges him to say yes to everything. And that’s what he did. He said yes to flying lessons, Korean language lessons, giving a homeless person a ride AND giving him all the cash in his pocket.

Expect to see a still tamed Jim Carrey. It was funny, at times, especially the scenes where he needs to say yes even when he wants to say no. Don’t expect anything extraordinary about the plot though because it’s quite predictable to the verge of being forgettable. It was nice seeing Danny Masterson in movies again though. Last time I saw him was in reruns of That 70s show.

Drag Me To Hell

I’ve been hearing a lot of things about Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell and they’re not all bad. In fact, a lot of people liked this movie. I do, too. Sort of.

So, Drag Me To Hell is about Chris (played by Alison Lohman), a bank loan officer, who disapproves a woman’s request for an extension on her mortgage payment. Turns out the woman’s a gypsy and curses Chris, well, to hell. So Chris tries everything to turn the curse around. She even kills her pet cat but the gypsy’s soul just spits it back to her. The only thing she can do now is to pass the curse on to someone else. But who?

Okay. I gotta ask. What is up with the fascination with the mouth? There were multiple scenes where the gypsy kept taking her filthy dentures out in public and when she attacked Chris. Pools of blood came out of Chris’ mouth. Some kind of gross liquid oozed out of the gypsy’s mouth into Chris’. And there were so many other mouth scenes in the movie that I don’t want to relive. Somebody please explain it to me. I must have missed it.

All in all, though, good movie. Its main intent was to scare people and scare people, it did. My only regret: damn. That was a perfectly fine coat she was wearing at the end. Such a shame.

Pan’s Labyrinth

Yes. It took me this long to watch the movie. I’ve had the DVD for almost two years before I decided to pop it in the player today. And I’m sort of glad I did. I’ll tell you why later.

Pan’s Labyrinth is the story of Ofelia during Franco’s Spain. She journeys to the middle of the woods to join her mother and her stepfather, Captain Vidal. Her stepfather does not care for her, or her mother too. Only for the son her mother carries. While there, she discovers an old garden, which leads her to the labyrinth, where she meets the faun. The faun tells her she is a princess, living among the mortals. And, in order for her to gain back her immortality, she must perform several tasks, of which she receives the ire of her mother and stepfather, who kills people for no good reason.

From one dark movie to another dark one, this is not your usual fairy tale. I love the performances of all the actors here, especially Ofelia, played by the wonderful Ivana Baquero. She carried the entire film, IMO, and the rest of the cast knew this and gladly backed her up, making Pan’s Labyrinth part of iMDb’s Top 250 films. To not watch this film is unthinkable and I do believe everybody should watch this movie at least once in their lives.

After those three movies (actually, just the last two), I had to take a break and watch something light. Good thing reruns of Friends were showing on TV. Ah, nothing like some good laughs from my favorite New York friends.

I’m watching a couple of movies again tomorrow (told you I was making up for lost time) and I’m hoping they’re gonna be good. Or at least not bad.

Next step on the winter break agenda: read books I’ve neglected. Good luck to me!

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