Austin 2014 - Day 5

AKA. The day we watched the worst movie we've seen in a looooooong time.

In the morning, Diana and I decided not to attend round one of the screenings, so we dropped Razor Ramon off at the Drafthouse and rested at home a bit more. Then we ate brunch at East Side King, which serves Asian fusion dishes. Super delicious.
Tori meshi (Thai fried chicken with rice), beet home fries, and Poor Qui's buns.

Then we all met up back at the theater and began our screenings for the day.

JOHN WICK

This is easily Keanu's best film since THE MATRIX, and the best American action movie in years. Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (both coming from a stunt background, with second unit experience, but this is their debut) build a stylish, but believable criminal underworld. Small, but fun details abound: there's a hotel where assassins can sleep, drink, and mingle in safety. They use their own currency (gold coins). And everyone seems to know (and is afraid of) John Wick, even the police. The film is also filled with characters that could star in their own movie, such as Willem Dafoe's sniper and the hotel owner played by Ian McShane. I want to see sequels and spin-offs in this world. This could be the MCU of assassins! 5 out of 5.

Recurring themes: animal killing (dog), reluctant hero, headshots galore

NORWAY

Don't let the title fool you, this movie is actually from Greece. It's about a vampire who must dance to keep his heart beating. What you imagine in your head is probably 100 times better than the film. The worst part about NORWAY is that it's boring. How do you take the concept of a dancing vampire and make it boring? Plus, there are plenty of scenes in the movie where he doesn't dance, and he's fine. He doesn't drop dead from not-dancing. In other words, fuck this movie. 1 out of 5.

Recurring theme: 80's soundtrack

IT FOLLOWS

Parents, if you want to prevent your kids from having sex, show them this movie. Here's the premise: a relentless, unstoppable spirit is transmitted like a STD. Once you have it, you can only get rid of it by passing it on to someone else through sex. The spirit itself can look like anyone, and only those who are being pursued can see it. And once it touches you, you're dead. Clever premise, strong characters, and great production design make this one of the top horror films of the year for me. 4 out of 5.

Recurring themes: 80's soundtrack, mama loves/hates you

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