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What's the Haps?
So we wound up seeing 'The Happening' last night - sorry guys, your dire warnings came too late!

The movie itself was forgettable but the situation was awesome: Joe and I were literally the ONLY people in the cinema. We sat in the exact middle prior to the start of the film and speculated about the myriad of creepy things that could happen to two people alone in a giant darkened room designed to seat hundreds.

As to the movie, we can get enjoyment out of almost anything. There were a couple of genuinely creepy moments. Shyamalan is a decent director, he's just a crappy screenwriter. Although I did notice one particular shot stolen straight from Spielberg.

Mark Wahlberg's acting is getting worse at he gets older, what's with that? He was AWFUL, completely wooden. Don't even get me started on the woman playing his wife.

The film felt under-developed... underwhelming in general. At home in bed afterwards, Joey and I dissected it and compared to 'War of the Worlds' and 'The Mist' - two other films with very similar setup and structure - and discussed why those films worked and this one didn't. In a way, I'm really glad we decided to see it - a good film would have been nice, but this one gave us great fodder for a discussion on filmmaking.

In other news, my neck is killing me, Joe and I are visiting my mum this weekend, we got a free Indian lunch at work again yesterday (go work!!) and some sort of tax law change in the new financial year has translated into me getting an additional $30 per pay. How awesome is that?
3 have fought ~ fight the power!
geometricity From: geometricity Date: July 3rd, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, that would be so awesome to be in a theater all alone!
I'd run up and down the stairs on the sides or count the chairs, definitely.
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: July 3rd, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there are a lot of FUN things that can happen to two people alone in a dark movie theater as well. XD

Shyamalan really is a tragedy. He's got a great sense of atmosphere and suspense and color, but he desperately needs to let someone else write his scripts.
porsupah From: porsupah Date: July 3rd, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it when I manage to get a screen to myself. ^_^ Doesn't happen often, of course, but there's just something so fun about having that glorious screen - and plenty of seating choices - aaalll to yourself.

As for the ones I've had such luck: Cats Don't Dance (severely under-rated, with some strong characters, and some superb use of color. And a singing Scott Bakula! I was so disappointed he didn't reprise that performance during Enterprise) and Shakespeare in Love, toward the end of its run.

3 have fought ~ fight the power!