- the 1944 noirish classic Laura featuring Dana Andrews and the lovely Gene Tierney
- Gojira, the original Japanese version of Godzilla (1954) from before someone decided to cut in Raymond Burr to Americanize the flick
- Predator, the 1987 action/ alien monster flick starring two actual Governors of actual States of the US and the now-under-utilized Carl Weathers
Sure, I feel bad I didn't see The King's Speech (not really, but I know it will make you feel better if I say so), but in my experience, if a movie is worth watching, it will be worth watching at some indeterminate point in the future, perhaps more so than had I watched it as part of a media blitz and award season rampage.
That said, I wish the only true arthouse theater left in Austin were not a hike from my house. And that they also served delicious red pepper hummus like The Alamo. As it is far from my home and the best I can do is popcorn or Whoppers (which: gross), I don't even really look to see what's playing at the Arbor anymore.
This was my second viewing of Laura, and I realized I actually had forgotten "whodunnit" when it came to the murder, so it was actually quite a bit of fun to watch again and see a young Vincent Price playing The Handsome but Weak Young Man. And, of course, the mid-movie twist is more or less now a cinema classic (it was fun to watch Jamie during that part).
|Add a mustache, smoking jacket, and a razor sharp pendulum of death, and there's Mr. Price!|
If you've only seen the American cut of the original Godzilla (which is a perfectly good movie, by the way), I really recommend checking out the original Japanese version, Gojira. This is the first Godzilla flick, and its where the groundwork for Godzilla as big, physical manifestation of the psychic sins of humanity gets outlined, and in this version its pretty powerful stuff. Especially when one considers this was about 9 years after Hiroshima, etc...
|Gojira just cannot figure out where he dropped his keys|
In about a week, a new Godzilla comic hits, and that was really part of why I was reviewing the movie. Also, man, Godzilla is awesome, but...
Its an odd thing to be watching a Godzilla movie and be thinking "too soon?". So, give to the Red Cross, won't you?
And, last but not least, SimonUK and I made it out to the Alamo to see Predator. Its funny how you learn new things all the time, such as: Director/ Writer Shane Black is actually IN this movie as Hawkins.
|These guys really know how to wipe out defenseless trees|
Predator also represents one of the high points of a specific sort of genre that became relegated to direct-to-video when studios just quit trying. In many ways, Predator is sort of a high point for a genre that came out of 50's B-movies and has since become a staple of SyFy original movies. And in that, much like John Carpenter's The Thing, I was surprised to see that Predator is actually a pretty darn good movie.
You don't see much of him since he went off to run Howard University's RTF department, but actor/ director Bill Duke makes a serious impression as the "going quickly crazy" Mac. And I find it surprising you didn't see more of the Elpidia Carillo after this movie.
But the movie is also notable for other names associated with the picture. Famous creature maker Stan Winston designed the Predator, Die Hard director John McTeirnan did this pic first, Joel Silver was a producer, Alan Silvestri wrote the score...
|...and Arnie appeared as the kid who gets bullied|