Brandi and I caught up with some recent movies courtesy of a discount coupon from Hollywood Video this past weekend. We saw Live Free or Die Hard, 1408, Stardust, Hairspray, and Shoot 'Em Up.
The fourth Die Hard was entertaining, but, like the other DH sequels, just didn't live up to the original. 1408, based on a Stephen King story, was disappointing and non-scary. Stardust, based on a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess, was actually a pretty decent fantasy film, with a great cast and solid story. I can only assume it didn't do better theatrically because it didn't have any CGI talking animals for the kiddies or pop songs. Speaking of songs, Hairspray was a fun musical version of the 1998 John Waters film, with very good retro-60's tunes and a surprising performance by John Travolta in drag (in the Divine role). It's always nice seeing Christopher Walken dance, too.
My favorite of the batch, though, was Shoot 'Em Up – an hysterical action film spoof with Clive Owen. Imagine a live-action Bugs Bunny cartoon turned gun porn. I loved every ridiculous, over-the-top minute of it. I'm going to have to pick this one up for my collection.
Writing-wise, I expect to be extraordinarily busy over the next six weeks or so – I've taken on a bit more work than I can probably handle, and all of my procrastinations have caught up with me – so I may be kinda scarce in these parts for the next month or so.
Nonetheless, I'll still try and post here whenever I have a few minutes and can think of something to write about, and even moreso at the Guns In The Gutters site (which I'm determined to update at least once a week) and Planet X Production Blog, both of which have new material today, so keep checking in, okay?