You know, it's like a mishmash of some movies I've seen recently but haven't gotten off my ass to fully review:
Rear Window – The Hitchcock classic. I haven’t seen all that many Hitchcock films (bad, bad movie blogger!) but after this one, I’m going to have to. Such an incredible filmmaker with so many things going on in his “exterior” shots, character development for everyone, no loose ends or wasted energy, amazing suspense. Super-fun stuff.
Lady Vengeance– Korean, with English subtitles, directed by Chan Wook Park. This is a thriller about beautiful young Geum-ja, wrongfully jailed for the kidnapping and murder of a young boy, and how she took her vengeance. The story switches between flashbacks to her time in prison and the current timeline. The story is exciting, although perhaps a little overlong; there’s a fair bit of violence. Incredibly every single shot is framed gorgeously – someone should give the cinematographer an award.
American Psycho - I’ve been eager to see this one for a while now and it didn’t let me down: Christian Bale in all his buttoned-up, crazy-eyed, blood-spattered, weapon-wielding, often-naked glory. I laughed, I flinched, I loved the ‘80s soundtrack. Here’s the thing: I thought I had it all figured out. POSSIBLE SPOILER I didn’t even care if he was really a serial killer or if it was all in his mind – either works for me. But why did some people (his assistant, his fiancée, his buddies) think he was Patrick Bateman and some people (his lawyer, most specifically) think he was someone else? Obviously I pretty much missed the whole point of this very entertaining movie, but could someone please help me out here?
Wet Hot American Summer - With a cast like that (Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Ian Michael Black, Bradley Cooper, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks and Judah Friedlander), I really expected this to knock my socks off with hilarity. It didn't, although it was funny, and also enjoyable to see such an assemblage having a good time poking fun at summer camp movie tropes.
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