Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
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City, Mama, Parker, Hansel, Manny, Ed

Movies, a death, and a conversation lunch:

"Broken City" is a solid but somehow lackluster thriller. I liked it well enough, but it never managed to get inside of me. Mark Wahlberg is at his best when there is a bit of surreality around the edges of the story, but, judging from his last several roles, he doesn't know that.

"Mama" is an excellent and honest ghost story with a solid cast. That is, the ghost has a reason for existing, the ghost's behavior is consistent with its origins, and the ending is not completely obvious. This is one of the best horror films I have seen in a LONG time.

"Parker" is a thriller with a strong cast and solid roots, being based on a Donald Westlake novel. It's a lot of fun, though Jason Statham's occasional Texas accent is agonizing.

"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" is a cyberpunk fantasy with medieval costumes. It's a mess, but it's a FUN mess, eventually. The opening credits will have the pagans in the audience gnashing their teeth, but it gets better. Really. Someday Gemma Arterton will get a really GOOD genre role...

As has been noted elsewhere (http://unclehyena.livejournal.com/327360.html), I lost a friend on Thursday; word has come down that the cause was heart failure. We will be spending Saturday afternoon at the funeral.

On Tuesday I finally got together for a conversational lunch with my friend Ed, with whom I worked forty hours a week for seven years, and with whom I have had only minimal contact in the two and a half years since then. It was a good visit, and we need to see more of each other.

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