So, since I last did one of these I’ve watched Prometheus (which got a whole blog entry all to itself), Kick Ass, Martha Marcy May Marlene and Alien.
I’d forgotten how good Kick Ass is. It was one of those films that came out of the blue, was irreverent, funny, wince-inducing and knowing without being smug, predictable or shambolic. It holds up well to repeat viewings and it was fun to note how quickly Chloe Moretz has grown up since the film was made.
I’d been looking forward to Martha Marcy May Marlene since missing it when it was on theatrical release, and I wasn’t disappointed. Very indie in feel, it has a superb central performance from Elizabeth Olson as Martha and explores ideas of cultism, abuse, family and broken relationships. It was creepy, chilling and heartbreaking in equal measure and I would very much recommend you see it without knowing too much more about it than that.
I watched Alien when we got home from watching Prometheus and it really brought home how astonishing Alien was and is. The design still looks astonishingly timeless, with the possible exception of the haircuts (although if I’d been in space that long I think I’d have a 70s style beard and barnet too), and the film is a stripped-down masterclass in tension and horror. The spaceship feels like a real environment – something I particularly noted this time was the oily scrape as the hatches in the air conditioning ducts were opened and closed – and the characters are built up carefully for the first hour of the film before anything really happens, making the impact when things do start to happen much greater. Prometheus was a bit too sterile, too un-real, too futuristic to convince in the way the Nostromo and its crew do. If you haven’t watched it recently, I highly recommend that you treat yourself and do so.