December 28th, 2002

Photo - leaves

movies, and something i forgot to mention yesterday...

movies

bearing in mind these will not be anything like helpful reviews...

1) - "the hole". starring thora birch (that's the daughter in "american beauty", in case you're wondering) and set in (amazingly) england. it was actually advertised as the british version of blair witch, but that's not entirely accurate. it does have the same sort of paranoia-inducing atmosphere to it, though. i'll do the bad points first of all and then get onto the good things.

it's set in england, as i said, but is by pathé (american company) and is probably america-directed, and most of the cast that i recognised are, in fact, american (thora birch, and the woman playing her psychiatrist, who was the love interest in "bicentennial man", if anyone saw that.) it's set in a big, old boarding school, the kind that all americans think we go to - you know, the ones that start off as large stately homes before getting turned into schools, that are set in the middle of huge grounds. very enid blyton. and everyone talks posh, but it's got a high-school mentality when it comes to who's popular ("you have to be blonde and you have to be thin", or "you have to be a bitch or a slut", depending on whose story you believe.) and there's a token american. who's the son of a rock star. who all the girls want to marry. other than that, once the plot got going and i managed to ignore the occasional accent lapses of the american cast, it was actually very good.

basically, to avoid going on a geography field trip, four of the students decide to have a private party in an old war bunker beneath the grounds of the school. liz (thora birch) is the one who's found it with help from her best friend martin. along with frankie (the popular blonde girl), jeff (her boyfriend) and mark (the american), she decides to spend three days down there partying. they all pay martin to open it up, thinking he found it, and he doesn't come back for them. at least, that's what we think at the beginning...

i won't ruin the rest of the plot. but they end up being in there for 11 days or so. there's just something about them being in 'the hole' that creeped me out completely. and then as the rest of the story unfolded it got worse. see it! it's interestingly disturbing...

2) - "evolution", the comedy scifi thing that david duchovny did. it was watchable, but that's about all. and had the occasional unavoidable x-files gag thrown in for good measure, of course. examples: when they discover the alien life forms, duchovny's character, ira kane, says "no, don't tell the government. i know those guys, it's not a good idea." hmmm... and then, the considerably more obscure casting of julianne moore. who was in "hannibal". playing clarice starling. who was an FBI agent. oh, frell it, i don't know. that one made sense in my head at the time ;)

anyhoo, of the two, i recommend "the hole". seriously. it's dark and weird and has just the right "oh, god..." factor to make you squirm...


and the thing i forgot to mention yesterday was that, when leaving shelleys having failed to purchase trainers, i ran into debbie and hamira (from school.) and realised that i really probably am the only one who has changed. hamira asked if i still watched "the x-files". i keep forgetting i was still am x-phile in sixth form right til the end, until uni started and i discovered "farscape" almost instantly... ah well. i'd rather be like i am now than like i was then. only just, though.