Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Shiver Me Invisible Dukes

As a side effect of being off for a week, I have plenty of time to watch movies with my baby while the wife earns a paycheck. So far, I've watched three.

Shivers: One of David Cronenberg's first films, it explores themes that you can find throughout his body of work, namely sex and the human body. In this tersely paced film, an apartment building is the setting for an infestation of parasites that turn people into sex crazed maniacs. It turns out that a professor had been experimenting on a girl he was seeing but she was seeing several other people, spreading the parasite unbeknowst to the professor. Hijinx ensue, as well as lots of nudity, including full on for a radiant Lynn Lowry and I believe a wet t-shirt scene for Barbara Steele. It's dated a bit but the film still stands as an exploration of human sexuality and venerael disease. Worth checking out if you're a fan of either or Cronenberg.

The Invisible: David Goyer's latest film is a remake/new adapation of a Swedish book about a boy who is violently beaten and lies in a realm between life and death where he has to try and make contact with the world of the living so he can save his dying self. A little long and fairly pretentious at parts, it's a solid movie with decent performances from it's teenage cast and also contains some wonderful cinematography. Better than some of the dreck out there so it's worth a watch.

Dukes of Hazzard: I'm a little late on this adaptation of a hit television series from my youth starring Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville. It was a pleasant enough experience. The comedy comes pretty fast and furious as Bo and Luke try to save their Uncle Jesse's farm. Decent performances all around though they made the Duke boys into dunces which I'm not really fond of, playing more like a Dumb and Dumber with a car on it. Worth seeing for some mindless fun.

That's it for now. More to come.

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