I watched Hostel: Part II today. Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you that these Hostel movies, at least the ones I've seen, are not gratuitous*—by which I mean that they are ultimately "interesting" on one level or another and do not in fact deserve the "torture porn" moniker they've received: they aren't porn, they're movies. Sick fucking crazy movies, yes, but movies all the same: stories, ideas, interesting shit. The Human Centipede, on the other hand, is fucking gratuitous, like the definition of gratuitous, and is a kind of porn: in fact when watching it I couldn't help but feel (unfairly, unfairly) that the creator of this bizarre movie was basically just filming a fantasy he had. The Human Centipede is not "interesting"; The Human Centipede is just fucked up.†
[IMPORTANT NOTE: I'm not really saying that the Hostel movies are good, exactly, or that anyone should see them—to be clear.]
Sick but not pornography.‡
I watched Halloween again yesterday—not Rob Zombie's (basically very stupid) remake, but John Carpenter's amazing original. People, Halloween is, just as my writing partner had insisted to me, an amazing movie! Friday the 13th is a trashy rip-off. Halloween is—you know what? I'm going to go ahead and say that it is a good movie (despite the fact that some of the acting is, for want of a better descriptor, porn acting§).
[I tickled myself by imagining my analyst—whom I left behind when I moved to L.A.—following me across the country and searching for me like Loomis. I should probably talk to my analyst about this fantasy.]
Mikey likes it!
Inception, predictably enough, is not as good as a lot of people said it was and is much better than some people said it was. Christopher Nolan's a smart cookie. For me the main reference point is more Memento than The Dark Knight.
No picture for you. Ah, hell. Here you go.
Yes, yes, Marion, you're very pretty, we get it.
I saw Resident Evil again the other day on TV. I forgot that you get to see Milla Jovovich's pubic hair. (Dear God. I've turned into my dad.) When I saw that movie, the thing with those lasers blew me away. What came first, Resident Evil or Cube? I AM UNWILLING TO CHECK.
Google Image Search: "cube film"
In conclusion, it's funny to refer to movies as "talkies."
* Well, the thing with the eye in the first one was gratuitous.
† First Sequence. I'm talking about First Sequence, here. Don't want to confuse anybody about the sequences.
‡ I mean this differently, the word pornography, from the way I mean it here. Here I'm talking specifically about what, in the above context, you might refer to, strangely, as "sex porn."
§ Porn again. This time this kind.