Monday, October 6, 2008

Netflix Picks of the week #2

Dr. Geektarded's Netflix Picks: Week 2

Up this week:
Baby Mama
Wrong Turn 2

Inferno (1980)
Dario Argeno's sequel to Susperia and the second film in the Three Mothers Trilogy. The story follows Rose (briefly) and her brother Mark as they uncover the mystery of "The Lady of Darkness" (Mater Tenebrarum).

Inferno is a beautiful looking film, with a decent story. The pacing seemed a bit off and it took me a couple of tries to figure out who was going to be the film's protagonist. As with most of Argento's movies, the atmosphere and cinematography are fantastic. The use of color really stands out and the movie almost has a 60s technicolor feel to it. Rich reds, blues and magentas.

Not my favorite Argento film, but it's still a good watch.
3 out of 5 stars

Baby Mama (2008)
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler riff on the Odd Couple. Single, baby-crazy, high paid exec (Fey) is unable to spawn and is forced to live with the trashy surrogate mother (Poehler) carrying her baby. Mild wackiness ensues and the opposites become friends. It's one to grow on.

I think I built this one up a little in my mind. I love 30 Rock and for some reason was expecting that style of humor. So, I was disappointed with a film that was a little milder and cutsie that I normally enjoy. But there was some decent laughs, mostly from Poehler's low-rent dullard character doing highbrow things like pissing in a sink, drinking while pregnant, playing American Idol kerokee, etc.

Overall, I'd say skip it. Probably worth watching on cable or something.
2 out of 5 stars.

Wrong Turn 2
Those superpowered, ultra-imbred, uber-hillbillies are back to wreck havoc on a film crew shooting a pilot for a post-apocolyptic themed reality show contest (i.e. "Survivor" after the bomb).

Wow! I was fully expecting this to suck the ass-balls. It was in fact an excellent slasher movie. Mutant hillbilly sex, decent characters/acting, crazy gore and Henry Rollins to boot. A film that finally answers the question: "What would a lady getting vertically split in half by an axe look like?"
5 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

Jay Amabile said...

Good to hear that Wrong Turn 2 wasn't a disaster. Your comment about the question that the film answers is enough for me to check it out! Are we scumbags or what?? lol