The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid), and discover queue-filling goodies from other FSR readers.
The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend.
I’ve seen Peter Jackson’s fantastic splatter comedy Dead Alive many times over the years, but it’s always been on my television via VHS, DVD or Blu-ray. That changed last week when I finally had the opportunity to see it in a theater, and while it was a long wait it was well worth it. It was a 35mm print, complete with scratches and cigarette burns, and the movie holds up extremely well. The special effects are a mix of the great and the goofy, as are the laughs, and it’s the kind of thing I’d love to see Jackson take another shot at once he’s finished adapting The Silmarillion into seven films.
Jackson’s low-budget gem seemed to set a trend for my weekend as I followed it with three more indie genre pics. All three films are newer, but none of them are as good.
First up was PMS Cop which, let’s be honest, never stood a chance of living up to its title. It’s a great grindhouse-style premise that starts relatively strong before collapsing beneath its lack of a budget. It doesn’t help matters that the actress who plays the cop is swapped out for a Marilyn Manson lookalike for the final half of the film. Next up was the UK import, The Machine. It’s essentially a cheaper, smarter take on the same themes as Transcendence, but it actually manages to deliver on both the intellectual and emotional fronts. Its a shame the production couldn’t afford light bulbs though. Finally, I checked out the new Austrian thriller, Blood Glacier. It played TIFF under the less eye-catching title The Station, and while its heart is in the right place — it really wants to be an environmental take on John Carpenter’s The Thing — it suffers from some weak characters and weaker creature effects.
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