Long ago, I got tired of going out for New Years Eve, and when I moved near Vegas, I was even more certain that it wasn’t worth encountering drunk drivers just to count down the last part of a year in a random place. (Hi, I’m New Years Scrooge.)
So, like a lot of other people out there, I decided that the night would be perfect to pig out and have a movie marathon. Seriously, this is my idea of an awesome time now.
Oddly enough, I realized that last year’s choice of a main feature movie, SUPERBAD, couldn’t have been more prophetic for 2008, overall. (It was a good year personally, but across the board, not so good.) That’s why I decided to be more careful about what I featured this year.
Hence, I started the marathon with EQUILIBRIUM, which I hope will encapsulate 2009—a return of balance. Also, I chose it because I heard Christian Bale takes his shirt off, and any time I can see that is an excellent time. Except in THE MACHINIST, but that’s a whole other blog entry.
EQUILIBRIUM is a futuristic tale about a post WWIII society that has taken away human feeling by prescribing an emotion-leveling drug. Bale plays a “cleric,” a top government enforcer who sees that the rules aren’t broken…until he misses his own dosage. It’s part THE GIVER (one of the best books ever, whether you’re looking at YA or adult novels), part THX-1138, part THE MATRIX, and all about Christian Bale taking his shirt off, which is, in itself, very much enough to recommend it. But I liked this movie for more than that. It has a lot of suspense, twists, and my God, there are some fight scenes that put the MATRIX sequels to shame. In particular, there’s one within the first fifteen minutes that kicked my butt. Bale is such a hot rockin’ stud.
After EQUILIBRIUM was over, I popped in RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP, the horror sequel to SLEEPAWAY CAMP, which is a total scary masterpiece. (I’m really not kidding. That movie still disturbs the crap out of me.) This flick was merely okay, as it didn’t come close to living up to the original. I didn’t really expect it to, actually, because the first one was…. Well, there are no words except these. Still, part 2 had some pretty creative killings, if that’s why you watch scary movies.
The next movie, STEP BROTHERS, was never shown, because TERMINATOR was on ION and the lure of it was impossible to resist.
Anyway, here’s hoping for a balanced year for all of us. May the movie marathon predict the year accurately once again—but with better results this time!