Tuesday, October 07, 2008


Katie and I each made a list of five films we wanted to introduce the other to:

My list of films to introduce Katie to:
Life is Beautiful
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Shawshank Redemption
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Katie's list of films to introduce me to:
The Notebook
P.S. I Love You

Tonight we watched Cloverfield. Now I understand the appeal of certain cult films which will give away little snippets of information to the priveleged few who pay regular monthly payments to that particular film's offical fansite and so have a far more learned understanding of the background to the underlying concepts surrounding said film. You know the types: "Oh yes well if you look very closely in the second chapter Detective Marconblad passes a man on the street who is wearing a blue tshirt with a yellow and red penguin symbol on the chest. The very same symbol that the Neptune Corporation used when they first released the Goden Virus into the monkey enclosure four years before the movie is set. Ooooh YAAAAAARRRSSS!!!" This is all well and good but I would still expect that film to let me know what the heck is going on by the time I get to the end of it. Any film that requires a masters in background study just so I can begin to get a grasp of the plot is simply too much like hard work to be entertaining. Cloverfield (much like it's televisual cousin, Lost) tells you NOTHING!!! However, if you spend the next hour or 3 accessing the appropriate websites and YouTube videos then you're allowed a glimpse into what was actually going on.

For those who are interested, it is actually a satellite dish falling into the sea which causes the monster to awaken. I would call this a spoiler except it's not revealed at any point during the film. Whew! But seriously, it's a good film. You should check it out.

10 days to go!


plumsauce10 said...

How could you possibly have anything bad to say about Cloverfield??

Awesome film, and as for the satelitte dish?? Didn't really need to know, came out of the film knowing there was a monster on the loose, doesn't really matter how it got there when the reason doesn't affect the plot in the long run.

I would have given it five faces if I had been reviewing then.

Anonymous said...

Good to have you back blogging glyn!