Cinematic Sunday Nine
We basically did nothing today, the wife took a long nap in the afternoon and I spent some time poking around online and put about two hours toward the graphing projects, which got one of them ready to graph in the AM and a second halfway ready to go as well.
I decided to give the eyes a rest and watched a movie called Head Trauma so I could return it to those rental throttling pricks at Netfux. A film that Skincarver had pretty much raved about awhile back, it finally made it to the top of the queue and was well worth the wait. A drifter-type returns to his grandmother's home to try and save it from demolition and after suffering a head injury begins to have hallucinations, or are they? The cast of unknowns are all pretty believable in their respective roles, and the overall tone is nicely tense. Add to this some intriguing camerawork and just enough questions about our protagonist to keep you guessing and the film gives you a nicely constructed payoff. I have to admit that the ending does telegraph itself somewhat, but with the head injury the lead has suffered, it's hard to decide what to take as reality and what is simply hallucination.
I started cooking supper after the wife got up in the late afternoon, as I wanted to be sure to catch the Fox animation block this evening. The wife baked some cookies and I got our little Hamburger Helper quick fixin' dinner ready, then we settled in for some television.
We watched The Simpsons, King Of The Hill, Family Guy and American Dad, then dove into the actual season premiere of Desperate Housewives.
And then we watched the Dexter season premiere, which was pretty intriguing, setting the season plot-threads up, although what I've read about this coming season seems to say that it's not based around the source novels at all, which could be interesting, seeing if the writers can maintain the same level of quality without a blueprint of sorts.
And now we're here, hunting up a few trailers for your viewing pleasure.
I'll begin with a little bonus, the trailer for this new season of Dexter, because I secretly work for Showtime. Seriously, I'm whoring their stuff more than I talk about things that I write myself, but here's a look at what I've been so excited about the past few weeks.
The first film trailer tonight is another one of those that I have no earthly idea when I'll actually get to see, but the Mondo Movie Podcast guys were raving about it, having seen it at Frightfest in London. The film is Cold Prey, directed by Roar Uthuag, and though the trailer I found has no subtitles, the premise promises a Norwegian slasher film, lean and mean, a group of likeable friends isolated in an old hotel who run afoul of a killer living there. Give it a look and keep your eyes peeled.
Next up is a trailer for the next film from the controversial director Uwe Boll, who you might remember for his awful films like Alone In The Dark or House Of The Dead. Y'know, the director who went so far as to call up his interweb detractors and box them as part of a publicity stunt for this film, because we all know that internet nerds aren't known for their physical prowess. I've heard weirdly positive reviews about this film, perhaps Boll has finally found a voice in doing dark comedy with the film Postal. Check it:
Finally we have an adaptation of Clive Barker's short story The Midnight Meat Train, which in spite of sounding like an awful gay porno film is about a killer who butchers people on the subway late at night, with the resulting meat being delivered to an undisclosed location. It's been years since I read the original story, but I recall liking it and the film looks interesting enough, give it a peep and then settle in to wait until early 2008 for the theatrical release.
Be seeing you.
Tag, you're it, Baggy Eyes! Movies, Netflix Head Trauma, Animation, The Simpsons, King Of The Hill Family Guy, American Dad, Television, Desperate Housewives Dexter, Trailers, Cold Prey, Uwe Boll Postal, Clive Barker, Midnight Meat Train