Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena
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Movies: Batting .250

I saw four movies in three days this week, and only really enjoyed one of them...

Dementia and I saw "Awake" on Sunday, and while it had some pretty severe flaws (heart transplant candidates do not have athletic sex lives; it takes more than four people to do a heart transplant), they were merely irritating and didn't hobble the fairly decent plot. It is interesting to note that the matter of being aware under anesthesia, which gives the movie its title and was prominent in the ads, is purely a narrative device and has no effect whatsoever on the plot.

On Monday I went to "The Bee Movie" with low expectations, and even those were not met. The movie never established a viable internal reality, even by the lax standards of children's stories. There WERE some great one liners, but not nearly enough.

On Tuesday I saw "No Country for Old Men" and "The Mist". Neither was unpleasant to watch, given what they were (a crime drama and a horror film), but I left each film feeling that I had wasted my time. I don't need a happy ending to enjoy a film; Good doesn't have to triumph over Evil. But... Good needs to at least beat the point spread; the story needs to project at least an echo of hope for the human condition. Neither of these movies did. If I wanted to be depressed, I would just watch the news...

Uncle Hyena
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