Two trips to foreign lands tonight and universes apart. The Crimson Rivers was first up. Greg hadn't seen it and I like it enough to watch it every year or so. I had mentioned this movie in my blog a month and a half ago when we watched the sequel.
The first movie is based on a French novel, a police thriller. Joe found the movie, brought it, we watched it, and I thought it was great too. I've seen it several times now. It's a gorgeous looking film with interesting scenery and buildings, much of it dark and bleak. Reno is investigating an unusual murder. He's the guy they call in for such things. His investigation brings him into contact with another detective who is investigating grave vandalism. Turns out they are on the same path, a twisted one, that leads them to deep dark secrets and more murder, all set in the beautiful French Alps. Just another story pointing out that man, left unwatched, will fuck some shit up. Reno is joined by Vincent Cassel, both of whom do a great job. [PS March 4, 2006]
Once again I can only compliment the beautiful scenery and interesting buildings. The University library is a wonderous place, both inside and out. You can see a trailer at MTV. The director Mathieu Kassovitz is also an actor. You might remember him as the hall mugger in The Fifth Element. After he directed The Crimson Rivers he directed Gothika. I like that movie but never bought a copy. Not cheap enough. You can find The Crimson Rivers very cheap online.
Event Horizon is a Paul W. S. Anderson movie. I liked it enough to buy a copy of the new Special Edition DVD right now. And I have a copy already. The new one has a bunch of extras and a commentary. I have enjoyed Anderson's commentaries before. It's a good haunted house movie moved into a space ship. Seven years ago the Event Horizon disappeared. Now it's back. What happened? Lawrence Fishburn leads a crew to find out. Sam Neill joins the crew. He's the creator of the Event Horizon. It's a ship designed to fold space and thus jump to another far point in space instantaneously. It's uses an artificial black hole to power it's jump drives. They all want to know what happened, why was it gone? I'm not so sure I do, I know it's a horror movie out here, but I'll wait and see. In the movie world things go to pot right soon. I didn't have to wait so long. Turns out the ship has been, not to the end of the galaxy, but perhaps to another dimension. It's comeback all fucked up. Full of Evil, with a capitol E. Is it alive, or possessed? Who knows? Sam Neill thinks he does. Weird stuff happens and people start dying. There are lots of things happening at a brisk pace. It's a good looking film with great looking ship sets. The cast is good and the story gives them some good stuff to work with. It's held up to repeated watchings for me.