two movies:

Anybody who knows me well knows that I’m a apocalypse/zombie-apocalypse/end-of-the-world/disaster movie junkie. I watch a lot of them. Here are my reviews of two recently released DVDs, in the form of haiku:

Autumn

Autumn

No budget Canucks
Least scary zombies ever.
Steaming pile of dung.

The Book of Eli

The Book of Eli

Denzel Washington
The black David Carradine?
Better than Autumn.

OK, those haiku sucked, but sucky haiku are a good match for sucky movies. Autumn could have been cool in a z-grade genre sort of way, but the editing left a lot to be desired. There were long stretches where I had no clue what the hell was happening. Dream sequence? Sure! Awkward transition to a new location? Why not? I’ve watched (and enjoyed) some shitty movies, but I can’t recommend against watching this highly enough.

I did like The Book of Eli. Denzel Washington, playing a sort of warrior monk, wanders through a post-nuclear war made desert, trying to find a spot to drop off the last one of these bad boys. It seems pro-Christian on the surface, but I don’t think it would ever be used as a scare tactic recruting tool, like some of Kirk Cameron’s post-Growing Pains work.

One thing that really stood out to me about the film was the soundtrack. I thought it sounded like newer Nine Inch Nails. Turns out that the score was done by Atticus Ross, who co-wrote Ghosts I-IV, and has worked on the last four NIN records. Go figure.