Movie Diary: 'Obsessed,' MST3K, and Fred Durst
Monday was a day at home, so I had some time to watch, starting in Monday's wee hours, just after midnight.
Can't tell you what the first film was, though. And, yes, I'm aware that goes against the idea of keeping a movie diary like this, but this is the next entry in the Motion/Captured Must-See series, and I don't want to reveal the title till the review runs tomorrow. It's the "W" entry in the alphabetical list, and that's all I'll say for now. It was just as good as I remembered, too.
What else did I watch? Well...
First, if it's true that this was originally called "Oh, No, She Didn't," and they ended up changing it to "Obsessed" before release, then the system failed and they left a pile of money on the table, because that title is about 50 pounds of awesome. I'm happy to see Idris Elba play the lead in anything, and he's good as a man whose office temp (Ali Larter) becomes infatuated with him, threatening his life with his wife (Beyonce Knowles) as things spin into a "Fatal Attraction" downward spiral. It's formula all the way, and silly, but if the catfight would have lasted a full half-hour, I'd feel better about recommending it.
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"The Education Of Charlie Banks"
Well, here we go... one of those films that surprised me because of assumptions I'd made. I guess I'm a Fred Durst fan now, because I dug this low-key character drama with Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Chris Marquette, and Eva Amurri, the smoking-hot daughter of Susan Sarandon. They all do strong, personable work. Durst's got a good sense of time and place, and a decent eye, and it's a solid coming-of-age script. If you like this genre at all, it's a worthy addition.
Part of the new "Mystery Science Theater 3000" box set, number XV in the series. It's a Mike episode, and a particularly ripe and funny one, starring Tia Carrera and Adam West in small roles. It's a Canadian horror film about a kid who thinks he's Leif Garrett, and it's sort of awesome. My favorite crack in the whole thing: "Y'know, John Goodman on Hume Cronyn's back could outrun this guy."
That's it for Monday. The best movie I saw may have been that first one, but the biggest surprise was the Durst film. Honestly... who knew?
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