House of a 1000 Corpses. DVD. I watched this after the sequel (Devils Rejects) and I'm glad as this mess might have put me off the second film as it has little going for it but a couple of decent ideas. Basically a mess.
Drive. Amazon Prime. A nameless stunt driver moonlights as a getaway man in a film that manages to capture the feeling of older films from the seventies but whose slower pace and lack of lighter moments may put people off this tense film about stolen mob money.
Creepshow. DVD. A horror compilation from the minds of Stephen King and George A. Romero who had been friends for a while before seeing an opportunity to do a joint project. Tongue stuck firmly through a hole in a zombiefied cheek it's nostalgic fun.
Creepshow 2. DVD. A second film with good moments but less fun than the first .
Contact. Amazon Prime. This film about first contact with an alien civilisation based on a story by Carl Sagen tends to split opinions and feels more like a rough draft of a better film. Jodie Foster plays a young astronomer who has dedicated her life to the search for extraterrestrial life but has to deal with a change in government attitudes that threaten to end the project. Then comes an alien signal hidden in a rebroadcast signal of the 1936 Olympics than contains plans for a 'space machine' that the US government builds only to have sabotaged by a religious fanatic. If you watch Family Guy the next bit got referenced by Stewie and it is weird but a second multi billion dollar device has been built in secret elsewhere. The test continues with Foster and to her she has been transported through space but to the rest of the world her pod merely passes through the machine. The ideas are fascinating but the execution is way to sloppy and ultimately misses for me.
Dr. Strange. 3D Cineworld. Off to see the new marvel with it's odd casting choice of a white woman to play a character that was an old Asian man. Visually it's a treat with reality warping all the over place and a lot of the casting is strong with Benedict Cumberbatch doing well as the lead while Chiwetel Ejiofor gives his usual strong performance. The villain was rather bland but the action was fun while trying to deal with the constant superhero movie problem of getting the origin story out of the way.
"I prefer the company of animals more than the company of humans.
Certainly, a wild animal is cruel.
But to be merciless is the privilege of civilised humans."