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I was going thru the channels and heard someone say that a horror movie that's out right now made some outrageous amount of money at the box office.

Although horror films aren't my favorite genre, part of my problem is they really don't make them anymore.

I remember getting talked into seeing Hostil. The picture I saw in a movie magazine made it look scarey; kids captured staying at hostils, and tortured by rich people that wanted to kill them. It was basically just a gore fest. Which is fine, I guess. But why not have people jump out at you? I mean, the Sixth Sense is probably the last movie I saw that had scenes that scared me. And nobody would even consider that a horror film.

What happened to movies we had in the 70s? Sure, I was a kid at that time, so they may have seemed scarier. But Rosemarys Baby, The Shining, Exorcist....we stayed up for days after watching those.

But anyway, when I heard that some horror movie was doing so well at the box office, I thought about what a shame it is that small pictures like Sunshine Cleaning, are probably not even breaking the $5 million dollar mark. And it's a good film.

Of course, Roger Ebert gave it a bad review. But his taste in movies is awful. And, as usual, he got a fact wrong in it (he wrote that Amy Adams had an illegitimate child with Steve Zahn, her high school sweetheart; but they never say who the childs father is).

Zahn has an interesting role, as a womanizing police officer. I thought he was good in The Great Buck Howard (another small film that is worth seeing). But he was playing that usual Zahn character...big mustache, a bit stoned, talking goofy. It was great to see him do something different.

Alan Arkin plays almost the same character he did in Little Miss Sunshine (although he's the one involved in get rich-quick schemes, unlike Little Miss, where he makes fun of his son for doing them). He's one of the funniest comedic actors ever (go rent the original In-Laws).

Amy Adams, who was so good in Doubt, does a great job in this movie. And I loved the relationship with her slacker sister, that would rather smoke dope and go to clubs, than start a business. Because, usually a character that's written that way has no redeeming qualities. But this sister actually does work, and isn't such a bad character. It makes their relationship a lot more interesting and realistic.

If you want to go see a good movie, catch it this week. It won't be at the theatres much longer.

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I liked Sunshine Cleaning as well, and it's getting good reviews in general. But I have to say, I'm a little bored with Amy Adams' acting already. She's starting to look pretty limited, to me. Her repetoire of facial expressions? That unsure-of-herself, inappropriate smile that she does to show that her character is trying to be "brave." Starting to be annoying.

Reminds me of this cutesy little song (from Disney, I think), that I learned when I was a kid:

"Wheeeeeeeenever I'm afraid, I hold my head erect And whistle a happy tune So no one will suspect that I'm afraid."

That kinda seems to be her usual character interpretation, in a nutshell.

Can you point me at anything where she's NOT doing that?

April 11, 2009

That's a great point, anti. I thought the same thing about her in Doubt. There was a scene or two, where I said "Okay, okay...we get it. You're confused. You don't know if he's molesting the kid or not. Now, get that look off your face!"

April 12, 2009

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