Yeah, i am lagging on new content here. Trying to finish editing a photobook, working on another project, and Halloween just a week away all take their toll.
I did manage to see a couple movies over the weekend, The Three Musketeers and Paranormal Activity 3. Musketeers marks director Paul W.S. Anderson’s follow-up to Resident Evil: Afterlife, one of my favorites from last year. While it’s getting killed at the box office, and by online word of mouth, i really quite liked it. It’s got Le Chiffre, The Punisher, Christoph Waltz, and Milla Jovovich as a 17th century Catwoman…what the fuck is not to like? There’s also a <spoiler>battle between steampunk airships that ends with a 9-11 visual punchline straight out of Xavier: Renegade Angel, which comes out of nowhere, and is spectacularly random.</spoiler>
Just like Afterlife, the 3D was very well done, and worth the upcharge. It’s crammed full of action, intrigue, charming characters, and heaving cleavage. While I didn’t like it as much as the last Resident Evil, that may be due in part to the utter lack of A Perfect Circle on the soundtrack.
OTOH, went into Paranormal Activity 3 with low expectations, and the movie managed to limbo under them. Maybe i’m just pissed that these fucking furniture-on-a-string movies helped kill the Saw franchise (this is the first Saw-less Halloween since 2004), which were in no way masterworks, but became the cinematic equivalent of Halloween comfort food. I liked that the climax of PA3 takes place in Moorpark, CA, which is totally believable as a haven of murderous cultists, but otherwise this was pretty much joyless and scare-free.
If you absolutely have to go, though, make sure to bring chemically-altered friends. Watching them spastically overreact to the stupid jump scares is exponentially more entertaining than anything happening on-screen.