Lent: Part 18

The Little Prince (2015) – I loved the original book when I read it in my high school French class so many years ago, and in a lot of ways, the story doesn’t really hold up for me. Even so, I’ve been disappointed by other adaptations in the past, and was excited to see this one. I’m not sure if the version Netflix put out there is edited down from the original French release, but there are definitely pieces missing in what I saw, and it’s odd to think that a story was edited for time when a large chunk of the movie is padded out with another story entirely. And at least one of those chapters–the lamplighter–would have fit very neatly into the story they appear to be trying to tell, but it is only obliquely referenced toward the end in a way that makes me wonder if the original French release included that character but lost him in the move to Netflix.

I also appreciate that the filmmakers managed to make the mother a driven, goal-oriented, pushy parent without making her a heartless monster, as it is too easy to do in children’s movies.

Lent: Part 17

The Fog (1980) – So ends my streak of horror movies, especially John Carpenter. It’s been fun, but I had hoped it would all have been a little scarier. Oh well. I’m not done with horror completely, but it’s time to give it a rest, at least for a couple days.

Lent: Part 16

The Thing (1982) – Now this is some high-quality horror. Motivations make sense for the most part, which makes the fear more reasonable. I think the only actions I really had a major problem with was that of the Norwegian team in the archival footage. But they’re dead, so who cares.

Lent: Part 15

Saw (2004) – This wasn’t, by a long shot, the outright torture porn I was led to believe it was, but even so, I’m not especially impressed. For one thing, the cops saying he never “technically” killed anyone, as if the worst thing Jigsaw could be charged with would be kidnapping or something. To be clear, most of the things Jigsaw has done to people would get an easy conviction for murder or attempted murder, and I’m not even a law-person.

Also, Cary Elwes should not attempt an American accent again. It’s a surprisingly difficult accent, you guys.

Lent: Part 14

In the Mouth of Madness (1994) – My husband doesn’t care for horror movies, so I rarely get to see them since we like to watch things together. But he’s out of town, so let’s start with this one.

In the Mouth of Madness is a competent blend of Stephen King and H. P. Lovecraft. I don’t really like either of those authors very much, but I’ll at least acknowledge the competence of this mixture.

Lent: Part 13

13th (2016) – Well, this isn’t an easy one to write about, especially after ranting for 200+ words about one of the stupidest movies I’ve ever seen.

13th is heartbreaking, and would, in a better world than we have, inspire reform of the American justice system. Take the time to watch it. It’s on Netflix.

Lent: Part 12

Roar (1981) – When the first character came on screen, cavorting with a bunch of lions (who, the internet tells me, gave him gangrene from all the maulings he endured)–and probably riding a bike or something, I don’t remember–someone asked who that guy was. The answer was simply “Todd.” It was not the name the screenwriter gave him (if it can be said this movie was written), but it was the most fitting name: Todd. As the movie progressed, it became clear that nearly everyone was Todd.

Sure, there are some perfectly lovely Todds out there. Todds who don’t invite their wife, Todd, and their children, Todd, Todd, and Todd to visit his haphazardly run big cat sanctuary in… Africa, I guess? There are Todds who don’t sneak through a cat-overrun house to find their brother Todd and then split up on their way to meet the other Todds. There are probably Todds who don’t hide in cabinetry, all of which gets knocked over by lions on a Todd hunt. I’m sure most real-world Todds don’t repeatedly abandon the only black person they know (mercifully not also a Todd) with an angry tiger and an umbrella (or a shirt to wave) for his defense.

According to the press, over 70 Todds were injured in the making of this movie. Way to go, Todd.

Lent: Part 11

High Anxiety (1977) – This is also a Mel Brooks movie. I bought a box set of Mel Brooks Blu-Rays, so here’s this. Of Brooks’s parodies, this is easily the best I’ve seen, but it probably helps to really like Hitchcock. If you like Mel Brooks and Alfred Hitchcock, I guess see High Anxiety.

Lent: Part 10

History of the World: Part I (1981) – Here we begin a huge effort to make up for the days I missed while on vacation. History of the World: Part I is a Mel Brooks movie. That’s about all there is to it. If you’ve seen one, you know. He’s not exactly trying new things or innovating comedy. If you like Mel Brooks, this is Mel Brooks. If you don’t like Mel Brooks, watch something else.