The Guilty-Netflix remake of a critically acclaimed Danish movie I haven't seen; this one's directed by Antoine Fuqua and has Jake G as a soon-to-be-on-trial-for-murder police officer demoted to 911 dispatcher who gets a call from a child saying her ex-convict father has abducted her mom, but, of course, things aren't so simple. This is kind of like a variation of "Locke" (the film never leaves the dispatch center) and "The Call" (he's on the phone almost the whole time). Jake's pretty good, though he does that thing where he cries without tears that I'm not too into, but there's almost nothing else here to recommend besides his performance.
Lady in the Water-godawful M. Night Shyamalan flick with Paul Giamatti as a hotel manager who discovers a narf (?) in the pool, who's like some sort of mythical creature who actually exists and needs to return to her blue world or something with the help of a guardian and a guild and a healer and all sorts of people, and they have to figure out which is which (who is who) among the inhabitants of the hotel. There's crappy CGI monsters that try to attack her, but the craziest thing about this movie is M. Night casts himself as an aspiring writer who it's revealed will eventually write a novel that will CHANGE THE WORLD! Not as bad as "The Happening," but pretty close.
Spookies-mid-'80s horror-for-kids movie that is super confusing, because it's actually a re-do of a different movie with other bits added in (new director syndrome). There's this mansion that a bunch of mostly teens show up at to party, as always, and then there's various sorts of monsters (mostly cool-looking) that try to kill them, but then there's this separate plot that was added where a wizard guy is trying to resurrect his old dead love (she wants no part of this, though), and he's got a werecat going around menacing these other characters that aren't the main ones, so it's all a mess. Also, the new director added fart noises to accompany one set of the creatures. I don't know why.
The Day After Tomorrow-not very scientifically sound disaster movie where Dennis Quaid is a climatologist who learns the hard way that we've been ruining the planet and causing climate change (how dare we?) to the extent that there's about to be tons of hurricanes in some areas and in others it's going to get so cold within seconds that you'll die if you're exposed to that. So obviously, this is pretty fun, as you get to see NYC flooded almost entirely, as well as various other disasters. The rest of the movie and the subplot involving his issues with his son (young Jake G) is less fun.
Carnival of Souls-low-budget, not-much-happening early '60s spooker where a car goes off a bridge, but one of the ladies is pulled out (after a few hours), and then she goes to some other town as a church organist (lots of that in this) who is spiritually drawn to a carnival and she also keeps seeing ghouls and getting more and more freaked out until the end where all is revealed. Not a lost classic, but a good find that makes up for a lack of anything going on with lots of atmosphere.
Martin-this is an even better find: a '70s George Romero tale about a young vampire who's sent to live with his uncle or something who keeps calling him "Nosferatu" and trying to do vampire-killing things to him, but he's not affected by them at all, and he's walking all over town in sunlight, so you don't know what's going on, but he's also killing people and drinking their blood, so maybe the old guy is right. Anyway, this is really well-done, and the lead actor is as sufficiently awkward as the role demands.
The Poseidon Adventure-another disaster flick, this time with Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters and some others aboard a capsized luxury liner trying to make their way to safety, fortunately in the company of some hot '70s style chicks. This is pretty watchable and has both a sequel and a remake that I'm going to watch soon and not comment on. One of those movies where anyone can die, which is always nice.
Cat's Eye-three Stephen King tales (one new one and two from the "Night Shift" book) loosely connected by a cat who plays small roles in the first two and a large role in the final one. The first is about James Wood needing to quit smoking and choosing the wrong company to help him. The second concerns Robert Hays having to walk along the edge of a high-rise due to having had an affair with a gangster's wife. The third and best tale involves ten-year-old Drew Barrymore being menaced by this wicked little troll thing that enters her room through a hole in her wall and steals her breath, but soon meets its match in the form of the title cat. The troll puppet looks great and is funny to boot. This movie might have the cutest ending I've ever seen. Also, there's a bunch of inside SK jokes and references, as the cat is first chased by a dog very much resembling Cujo and they almost get hit by Christine crossing the street, and later James Woods is watching "The Dead Zone" and goes, "who writes this crap???" lol
Zack Snyder's Justice League-this is a long (4 Hours and 2 Minutes~!) original cut/re-do hybrid of the ill-fated Whedonized "Justice League" movie from a few years ago that Snyder stepped away from due to I think a death in his family. I don't remember the original too well at this point, but am fairly certain the consensus opinion is correct that this version is a lot better. The only real problems I have besides the length are the pretentious music that's often way too dramatic and the (newly shot) epilogue that goes on forever and I'm pretty sure is not leading to anything, since there's already a different Batman movie in the works. Otherwise, this benefits greatly by adding more background to the lesser JL members, especially Cyborg, who's arguably the most important member now with hella backstory.
School of Rock-can you believe I'd never seen this? I liked it. Jack Black plays Jack Black, of course, and transforms a bunch of school kids into genuine rockers in this tale based on a real school that pumps them out too. I probably would've went overboard with the classic rock references if I was involved, and some of the kids' characters are cliched (yep, there's one whose father resents his rockin' and a nerd who wants to be cool), but I don't know what else one could want from this.
Also watched all of the "Dirty Harry" sequels finally, and it's one of those series where they go exactly in descending order of quality chronologically:
Magnum Force (good one where bad guys on the force keep meting out their own brand of justice on even worse bad guys, but Dirty Harry feels they go too far, with Hal Holbrook as the turncoat Lt., though I prefer him as a good guy)
The Enforcer (good one where he has a female partner (his partners almost always die, which is a good recurring theme played for both laughs and sadness throughout the series), though I've already forgotten what the bad guys' deal was in this one.)
Sudden Impact (good revenger with Sondra Locke killing a bunch of baddies who raped her and her sister, and Dirty Harry allowing it)
The Dead Pool (probably the only one that's not good, as there's a killer targeting celebrities in a death pool, and young Liam Neeson (a scuzzy low-level horror director) keeps getting blamed for it. I certainly didn't see the scene coming where a pre-fame Jim Carrey in a goofy costume lip-syncs to "Welcome to the Jungle." wtf?)