It’s time for another edition of The Good, The Bad & The Really Bad. Let me know if there’s a movie you’re on the fence about or you don’t know if you want to spend the time watching it and I’ll let you know whether it’s worth your time or not. This instalment has a pretty decent movie in it that I would actually recommend if you have the time to watch it. There was also a lot of potential with some of these story lines but they just didn’t follow through with their potential. Disappointing. Anyways, let’s get to it!
These are movies that are good but not great. They didn’t deserve their own post but they are worth a watch. The best way to describe them is that you’re glad you watched them because they had some good moments but you wouldn’t want to watch them again.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
This movie starts off interestingly enough. It’s about a young girl, played by Elizabeth Olesen who is… Hold the phone! Hugh Dancy is in this movie?! That came out of nowhere! I love Hugh Dancy! And not because of Hannibal (which is unquestionably amazing) but because my fifteen year old heart fell in love with him in The Sleeping Dictionary (don’t judge me – I was young and impressionable!). I also think he’s genuinely a good person. I develop opinions of how actors are in real life and that has a huge impact on whether I like them or not as actors (probably not the best way to judge, but oh well).
Anyways, back to the movie. It’s about a young woman who gets involved in a cult and then tries to go back to reality and live with her sister (Sarah Paulson – also amazing). It’s actually a really good movie. Better than this category … but it was just too slow for me to really enjoy. The performances were incredible, the story was haunting and there was a good amount of tension but the slow burning feeling of the movie was a little too slow.
You should watch it, it’s definitely worth it but I wouldn’t watch it again. It’s a really interesting, and (I think) true depiction of life in a cult and what it does to a person mentally. I think it’s an important movie. Just not necessarily a movie that I would buy or recommend to everyone I met.
These are movies that were pretty much a waste of time. You wish so-and-so hadn’t recommended it or that you hadn’t stumbled across it on Netflix. They may have some redeeming qualities but overall they’re pretty bad.
Good idea. Poorly executed. Ten people show up at a resort lodge in the middle of nowhere for a weekend trip. None of their vehicles have enough gas for the return trip. Obviously. When they get to the lodge there is no one there. Nothing looks disturbed, there is half eaten cereal on the breakfast bar and there are still personal items in some of the rooms but not a soul in sight.
Like I said, it is a good premise, pretty scary and it could go in an interesting direction but the production value is lacking and the acting is terrible. Mena Suvari is in it for a while but even she wasn’t very impressive (not that I’ve seen her in much besides American Beauty). This one is definitely passable.
The Really Bad
These ones are the real bottom-of-the-barrel garbage. The, “I can’t believe I wasted 90 minutes of my life watching this…” movies. The movies that end and you sit there for a minute or two trying to understand what happened and how these movies get made in the first place.
I was actually excited to watch this. It was really bad. It’s about a group of college students who are given a grant to go to a mountain pass in Russia called Dyatlov’s Pass where nine hikers mysteriously died in 1959. Apparently part about the nine hikers who died there in 1959 is true. I didn’t take the time to look it up but… heck, I’ll look it up.
So, according to Wikipedia:
The Dyatlov Pass incident was an event that resulted in the death of nine hikers in the northern Ural Mountainson the night of February 2, 1959. The incident happened on the eastern side of Kholat Syakhl. Since then, the mountain pass where the incident occurred has been called Dyatlov Pass after the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov.
Investigators determined that the skiers had torn their tents from the inside out in order to effect an escape from apparent threat. They fled the campsite, some of them barefoot, under heavy snowfall. Although the bodies showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls and broken ribs, absent contusion. Soviet authorities determined that an “unknown compelling force” had caused the deaths; access to the region was consequently blocked for hikers and adventurers for three years after the incident. Due to the lack of survivors, the chronology of events remains uncertain, although several theories exist, some involving a possible avalanche.
This is a pretty good premise for a movie. I particularly like the parts where the tents were torn from the inside, that some escaped barefoot and the whole “unknown compelling force” bit. Lots of good material here. They cover this in the movie but I didn’t know if it was true or not. We all know that Wikipedia is reliable so we’ll say that it is true.
Something else that is true is that this movie was pretty bad. Sloppy directing, the found footage angle and a so-ridiculous-it’s-laughable ending make this one movie that I will definitely not recommend.
This picture is for Emma and our love of terrible freeze frames.