I don’t know nuthin’
…Just as when I read Roger Ebert’s assertion that The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) is “an expensive, good-looking film that is well-made by Scott Derrickson.” Expensive, yes. Good-looking? Marginally. (Gort’s now a cheesy CGI toon.) Well-made? No, I don’t get that. Not one bit. The film — a rethinking of the Edmund H. North screenplay of the 1951 picture of the same title — had me for the first twenty minutes. At that juncture it took a detour down an unadvisable alley, which led to more wrong turns. There’s really no point to this movie at all, other than to get me thinking what a gifted storyteller Robert Wise was when he directed the original. There’s a subplot about a kid with emotional problems, the same shit that made Spielberg’s remake of War of the Worlds unbearable. Since Ebert makes the big bucks, and he believes this is “well-made,” color me clueless.
Meanwhile, I was watching the Blu-ray of Quantum of Solace (2008) and found that the picture played better at home than it did in the theatre. Among the complaints when it first came out had to do with the blinding flash-cuts and jackhammer editing. A lot of people couldn’t follow what was going on. But on HDTV, it didn’t have the same headache-inducing effect. All those cuts weren’t as intrusive as they were on the big screen. Surely directing through a monitor, director Marc Forster apparently made the movie for that size screen. Olga Kurylenko, unfortunately, didn’t look as hot as she did in the theatre. I also finagled a copy of the new Blu-ray of Never Say Never Again (1983) for $2.50 (don’t ask). The image and sound are good (though the opening notes of Legrand’s theme are wobbly), the film is still uneven (but sporadically fun, especially for $2.50), and Barbara Carrera was never better (and reason enough to see it). There are some interesting but underdeveloped ‘making-of’ bonus features that should have had more info on Kevin McClory and less banter from gilded hack Irvin Kirscher, but at that price I’m not complaining.