Thursday, October 4, 2012

Horror movie #4 - The Reeds

Another movie I haven't seen before!  I wasn't sure what to expect with "The Reeds."  The reviews on netflix from other viewers (which i usually take a peek at before I watch a movie) generally gave this one 3 or 4 stars.  I didn't think it was really that good, but it was certainly a bit different than the average creature feature I like to watch.  But I gave it a try.

Basically, a group of 6 friends, two of whom are about to marry, decide to take a weekend boat trip through "The Reeds" which is apparently a large wilderness area in britain somewhere.  On the way to the boat, they meet up with some teenagers, who appear to be typical punk kids out having fun, at least at first glance.  Then the group makes it to the boat after a muckup with the boat reservations, and they are off having fun!  It's all fun and games til someone loses an eye, so they say, and that's what happens.  Not that someone loses an eye, I mean, it's all fun and games.  Then bad shit happens.  Strange shit.  Scary shit.  Creepy-spooky-i-don't-know-what-the-fuck-is-going-on kind of shit.  Oh it's nothing too scary at first.  Until the impalement.  And that's just the regular, everyday normal shit going on.  After that, it gets creepier.  CREEPIER.  I may be exaggerating things just a tad.

Excuse me stewardess, how much exactly is a tad?  About half a million miles.

So it's not really a bad movie.  They use a line in there I've heard before that made me roll my eyes, and it's not exactly the most frightening movie I have ever seen.  And the end kind of blew.  The last 20 minutes or so were basically pretty predictable.  But up til then it was pretty enjoyable!  Not really my type of movie but not bad at all.  English movie, which means the acting was a sight better than the american variety.  I'm not really sure why Americans think anyone who looks like a model should be able to act, or maybe they just want someone who looks good on TV and don't care if they can act, but the british actors tend to be reasonably good at their craft, because bad actors in england tend to find different jobs.

I am using the terms english and british interchangably here.  I know one is a bit of a slur to some and one isn't (at least, that was the case about 15 or 20 years back), but for the life of me i can't remember which is which.  My apologies for any unintended insults to my readers on the other side of the pond, but take it as a compliment on the acting skills.  Your actors are generally better than ours.

Special effects were almost nonexistent in this movie.  There were a few makeup effects.  The rest was all acting and writing and plot.  As in any good horror movie, the acting carries it, not the effects.  I think eventually hollywood will either figure it out, or the idiots who think it's all about the CGI will die off, poor and alone because they bankrupted their movie production companies on computers and forgot to hire real actors.

This movie isn't really one of those rewatchable kinds.  Much like "The Sixth Sense," once you've figured out the end, there's no real point watching the rest of it unless you want to catch what you missed the first time.  But it was pretty decent for the first go-around.  I can't say it was totally my cup of tea, but I hadn't seen it before and it got decent reviews on netflix, so there you go.  Give it a shot or not, but be prepared for full rear male nudity.  If that doesn't creep you out, I don't know what will!  lol

In other news, Last Resort was back on TV again tonight.  It's apparently on Thursdays.  Can't recall what channel now.  Again, it's not a bad show, lots of action, but I still can't really identify with any of the characters.  Needs a bit more cowbell, as Christopher Walken would say.  Person of Interest is keeping up the tension, with the hot assassin chick holding harold hostage.  Amy Acker, that's the actress' name.  I liked her in Angel.  I think she was even in Buffy, but it's been so long I can't recall now.  It's good to see her working, she's actually a good actress.  So far she's been completely believable (and totally creepy) in everything I have seen her in.

I just saw an advertisement for ANOTHER bond movie with Daniel Craig in it.  I don't know why they are sticking with him.  Drop him and reboot the series with another actor.  It's the only way to save it.  And maybe another writer, too, I mean, I saw Casino Royale and the one after that (which was so bad I can't even remember the name of it, not that casino royale was any better), and they were both so horribly bad I wanted to revive Albert R Broccoli (the Bond series producer up until Daniel Craig) from the dead and shoot him for dying and letting the bond series go to hell.

A new series I forgot to review last week was "Elementary."  It's a modern day take on the Sherlock Holmes / Dr.Watson crime solving duo.  In this instance, Holmes is played by Johnny Lee Miller (I think) and Lucy Liu plays Dr. Watson.  Lucy Liu is adorable as usual, but this is, in essence, just another CSI drama.  Although instead of waiting for tests and tracking down the perpetrator weeks later, Holmes checks out the available evidence and makes that leap of genius right at the crime scene.  It's show with a genius as the lead character, and I can identify with geniuses.  I've seen a lot of shows try and describe the way a genius's mind works over the years, and somehow they never seem to get it just right.  They try, and they sort of get it close, but it's like trying to describe the mind of the guy who painted the mona lisa while he was painting it, and it's just not possible.  Personally, I can't remember the name of the painter at the moment (davinci, maybe?), but if you ask me, he was probably thinking "Jesus, what an ugly broad.  I wish I was richer so I could have bought a prettier model."  lol  I don't know if "Elementary" is going to make my watch list for this season, but it's right after person of Interest and on the same channel so it's got a fair chance.  Maybe a scene or two per show with Lucy Liu in the tub?  Retain those male viewers!  :-D

That's it for tonight.  See you tomorrow for movie #5!  I don't know how long I can keep watching stuff I haven't seen before.  At some point I may have to break down and just try for things I haven't reviewed before, just so I don't keep reviewing bad horror movies.

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