Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Equalizer, Tusk, Lady, Tombstones, Trolls, Skeleton, Hoopla

Six movies, a gaming convention, not much else.

"The Equalizer" is a well-written, effects light (well, fairly light) action movie. The cast is solid, pretty much everything about the film is first rate. We enjoyed it a great deal.

"Tusk" is one of the strangest movies I have ever seen. Imagine a mash-up of "The Silence of the Lambs" and "The Island of Doctor Moreau" done under the influence of massive amounts of recreational drugs, and you will have a pretty good idea of this movie.

"My Old Lady" is a relationship drama with a first rate cast that takes a surprisingly dark turn in the second act. We enjoyed it.

"A Walk Among the Tombstones" is first rate old-fashioned film noir. The opening title sequence is REALLY creepy, and the film lives up to what that promises. The film is not doing well, which is a shame, because it is excellent.

"The Box Trolls" is a routine animated children's film that flirts with being clever and charming without ever quite getting there. The best part of the film is a sequence over the end credits which shows the animators at work as a short scene plays out; this is ALMOST worth the price of admission.

"The Skeleton Twins", like "My Old Lady", is a first rate relationship drama shot through with toxic secrets and suicide attempts. There is a sequence in the middle of the film that involves lip synching to Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" that brought tears to my eyes, but this is more proof of my own dodgy sanity than anything else. Still, it is an excellent movie.

On Sunday, I drove up to Johnstown Center to attend Gaming Hoopla, a for-charity micro-con. Once again, I wandered through a gaming con without playing any games. My real goal for the trip was nostalgic, anyway; Johnstown Center is an eyeblink community, but it owns a piece of my soul, because forty years ago my brother Tim, our friend Mitch, and I rode through it on consecutive days as part of a 300 mile bicycle trip.

Uncle Hyena
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