Movie Diary 4/29/2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood, 2009). Why is it the more explanation we get of a comic-book hero’s angst, the less interesting he becomes? This movie’s a lot better than Van Helsing, by the way. (full review 5/1)

Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008). Not a pleasant horror movie, but there are a few actual what-the-hell-is-happening-here? moments in this straight-to-video French-Canadian production. Not quite enough to make it worth seeking out, or enduring. The director gets points for apologizing in his filmed intro for the DVD.