Saturday, March 21, 2009

A lot of movie-watching

We finally got around to going out and seeing Watchmen . It was better than I thought it was going to be; there were parts that dragged in the graphic novel and could have made the movie feel much slower than it did. Don't get me wrong; the movie is long at almost three hours but it doesn't feel long until the end. I found the movie a bit easier to follow than the novel but I don't know if that would be the case for people who hadn't read the novel.

I thought the first half of the movie was better than the second, not because the story was better but because the cinematography was better. Many of the scenes made extensive use of reflections which added an interesting subtext to the movie.... and then that technique was abandoned. Then again, maybe I just didn't like the last, Antarctica scenes.

Even so, the movie was pretty good; we both enjoyed it and recommend it.

So there's nothing wrong with a good mainstream movie that most people have seen (or at least heard of), but you know that we like movies that are a little more off the beaten track, as it were.

Tonight's less mainstream movie was Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. It's a zombie movie where the source of the zombies is.... wait for it.... mutant chickens!!! Oh, it's something else :) In many ways, the movie is funny in the way that all of those parody-type movies are funny: it's got lots of puns and silly jokes, a little nudity, quite a lot of political incorrectness, and a silly premise. It's a zombie movie! With chickens!

The movie has a lot of blood and lots of gore in a sort of funny, over-the-top, only partly-believable (but still grotesque) way. There's a lot of blood, a lot of vomiting, a lot of disgusting gore, a lot of sex, poo, and fart jokes, and a lot of hilarious dialogue. Oh, and did I mention that there were songs? Yep, there are songs. They're hilarious - and even better, many had interpretive dances to go along with them.

If you don't mind a bit of gore and you like a lot of puns and the idea of half-human, half-chicken zombies - and really, who doesn't? - you'll love this movie. Ok, you might not love it, but you'll laugh at it (when you're not closing your eyes because of the gore, that is).

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