Movie Diary 6/20/2011

Cars 2 (John Lasseter, 2011). Was Lasseter exposed to Grand Prix early in his life? Still not sure why cars are so big with the Pixars, but here’s a sequel. (full review 6/24)

They Live (John Carpenter, 1988). Well, good to see something that stands the test of time. It seems like more of a B-movie than ever, and that’s part of the reason it works so well. I reprinted my original review at What a Feeling!, here.

The Ghoul (T. Hayes Hunter, 1933). Not sure where this movie has been all my life: Karloff, Egyptian curse, old dark house, grave robbing, magic ring. It was a British production slotted in amongst the Universal classics, which might explain its absence from late-night TV packages. It looks great, and Boris is quite exercised, and the supporting cast includes Ernest Thesiger (trilling about Karloff’s “queer fancies”), Cedric Hardwicke, and Ralph Richardson.

Vincent Wants to Sea (Ralf Huettner, 2010). German whimsy. I could go on, but you get the idea. (full review 6/24)

Bride Flight (Ben Sombogaart, 2008). Dutch TV-movie-style saga that actually works pretty well for a while. Rutger Hauer briefly turns up at the beginning, looking not entirely sure about being in a Dutch film again. (full review 6/24)

Over at What a Feeling!, a look back at Hellraiser, back when you could basically understand what was going on in that series.