Superman IV

I watched Superman IV with my kids tonight.

My 10-year-old thought Superman was “lame”.

My 5-year-old thought Superman III was scary. (Remember the woman turning into a robot?)

But we all agreed that Superman IV was horrible.

I live-tweeted the whole movie. If you’re interested: Jim’s Live-Tweets of Superman IV. You know you can’t wait to see it.

Our whole family agreed that this was the best part of the movie. Dramatic acting.

DA PEOPLE!

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Dredd

Saw Dredd last night – and I was the only one in the theater. I hope that doesn’t mean anything, because it was really good.

Being from a U.K. magazine (2000 AD), I didn’t realize that in the comics, Judge Dredd’s Mega City-One was actually on the east coast of North America. Dredd has been around since the 70s, taking out bad guys; never taking off his helmet. Judge Anderson has also been a staple of the comics – from Psi Division. From what I’ve been reading, this big-screen version of Dredd has kept pretty close to the comics. Especially if you compare it to the *shudder* Stallone version.

The film itself is dark and violent; as I understand are the Dredd comics. I really like the slow motion effects – I think these really enhanced the movie; and I think I enjoyed the 3D more than in most films.

I can hear people arguing that this was more style than substance, but for a violent action movie based on a comic, it was totally worth seeing in the theater.

And another great thing I didn’t notice while I was watching it – that it’s portrayal of women is, like the comics, better thank most in its genre. Take a look at this article by comicbookGRRRL.

October Horror Films

Like I said, I don’t watch much horror – unless there’s some reason it really stands out. Ringu is one of my favorites, just because it’s so creepy and good. I saw Cloverfield at the theater because of the buzz it was getting.

So here’s what I want to watch this month. And why.

Slither. It’s a James Gunn film! I’ve been a fan of his ever since I saw The Specials many years ago.

Monsters. Another one of those indy horror films. It’s supposed to be good.

The Keep.Nazis are chased by an ancient evil. This is a classic. (Actually – I have to admit that I started early and watched this Saturday night – it stars Ian McKellan, Gabriel Byrne, and Scott Glenn! But I wasn’t impressed.)

Enter the Void. Had this recommended to me. And it seems really weird.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. A bit lighter. It reads like a Buffy rip-off, but I’m hoping it’s not. And it’s based on a comic book!

Rubber. A murderous tire. Just have to see it for the absurdity.

From Hell. I rented this once to watch it and the disk messed up halfway through. I’ve never gotten back to this Jack the Ripper tale, even though it is also based on a comic.

Orphanage. Guillermo del Toro; the genius responsible for Pan’s Labyrinth. I’ve been interested in seeing this ever since it came out.

Red Riding Hood. More recent, and a bit lighter. Didn’t get good reviews, but I wanted to see it anyway. Maybe it will be creepy.

Tales from the Crypt (1972). I had no idea that this was an older film that the HBO series was based on. Or they were both based on the comics; so originally this was a comic book movie, too. Have to check this out.

Cabin in the Woods. Joss Whedon. ‘Nuff said.

Gingerdead Man. Gary Busey as a murdering cooking?!? I have to find this somewhere.

I may not be able to watch (or even find) all of these, but it’s going to be fun to try.