Last weekend we were finally able to start with my latest book purchase, Marc Fennell‘s ‘That Movie Book’. It’s a guide to various movie themes or producers and the like, in a weekend-by-weekend format for a year. It starts with one on Friday, then if you liked that there are two more for Saturday and two more on Sunday if you really have no life. I bought the book in November last year but the first theme wasn’t supposed to be until the new year, so I was suitably excited about finally getting around to this.
Week 1’s theme was “Memory Loss? Memory Gained!: a guide to cinematic amnesia”, in relation to New Year’s Eve and celebrating enough to not remember what happened that night. I hadn’t seen any of the films suggested, so I was excited to get this going.
First up was The Bourne Identity. Matt Damon is found in the middle of the ocean with amnesia and spends the rest of the movie trying to work out who he is while killing people a mysterious government agency has sent to try and kill him. Also there is a lady who helps out and he gives her a strange haircut.
It was actually not that bad! It was not something I would have sought out, but it was entertaining in that slightly mindless way. The action scenes were actiony and didn’t seem overly choreographed, which can be a problem sometimes. It actually looked somewhat reminiscent to real fighting compared to some other action movies. That being said I probably won’t go and watch the others in the trilogy. Bourne Identity resolves itself quite nicely, so I feel like if I watch the others the whole time I will just be feeling like I would have been better off just not bothering.
Then we moved on to A Scanner Darkly. It was supposed to be watched on Saturday, but what can I say, we’re eager. Keanu Reeves is an undercover cop trying to catch out a drug dealer, and follows the dealer’s life. But, SPOILER ALERT (not really), he is also the drug dealer. The drug he takes has messed up his brain and creates this weird disassociation so he doesn’t realise he is both people. Then his brain crumbles into bits and he is institutionalised. Cheery stuff right there.
On Saturday we watched another film based on Philip K Dick’s writing, Total Recall. It’s the future, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is a construction worker who dreams about being on Mars and tries to get a simulated trip to there. This sets off a series of events which results in him actually going to Mars to try help insurgents and save the planet from its evil dictatory person.
The other two movies for this week were Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Machinist, but we didn’t get around to watching those. Eternal Sunshine is pretty damn depressing and The Machinist sounds pretty weird as well so we decided two nights of movies was enough. I kinda want to watch them to round it off but I am a bit too lazy to. The movie night deal was fun and Friday night is already Pizza Night, so hopefully we keep this up.
Week One of Movie Night: Success!