Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.
My brief thoughts follow…
- Total Recall (1990) – I re-watched this for two reasons. First, to introduce my daughter to a film that loved. (See liked it too, even the “You make me wish I had three hands!” scene, which she found hi-LAR-ious and I found a little awkward.) Second, as preparation for the 2012 remake which I know I’m gonna regret. The 1990 version doesn’t necessarily hold up special-effects-wise…or dialogue-wise. But, man, it’s still fun.
- Divergent (2014) – The biggest downside to this hopelessly generic YA story of the Haves vs. the Have Nots is its consistent predictability. The end result was a decent film that could have been much better.
- Gravity (2014) – You could pick nits about some of the science, but this was a fantastic present-day space thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat and marveling at the ingenuity employed by the astronauts. I watched it twice within a week. I can’t remember the last time I ever did that.