Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.
Quick thoughts follow…
- Princess of Mars (2009) – No, not the 2012 Disney film…a direct-to-video release starring Antonio Sabato Jr. as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Virginian hero and Traci Lords as Deja Thoris. Yes, it’s every bit as bad as you’d think it’d be. I wish I could say there was some redeeming quality here besides it being only 90 minutes of torture, but it piled one atrocity on top of another: poor dialogue, poor acting, poor sound, etc. The special effects — which were often laughable — were the highlight.
- The X Files (1998) – From my standpoint — that is, someone who watched the television show only occasionally and enjoyed it — the 1998 X-Files film felt comfortably like an extended episode. Good, but not as special as you’d think a film version would be. Perhaps because the television show was still on the air when this hit theaters…?
- Clash of the Titans (2010) – Perhaps because my expectations were low, I found this remake of the 1981 film (which I enjoyed as a teenager, but found boring as an adult) to be more fun than not. Sure, there were some negative moments (bad acting and plot conveniences, for example), but I found the mythology to be interesting and the special effects served the story well.