Movie Round-Up: January 19, 2004

Alien (1979)
I saw this on DVD for the first time, finally, thanks to my new Alien Quadrilogy boxed set. I had forgotten what a good movie it is. Some of the model shots and creature effects look a little hokey these days, but the movie still gets my heart pounding like no other. It’s hard to believe this was only Ridley Scott’s second feature film (and he followed it with Blade Runner).
Evil Dead II (1987)
I’m watching the Evil Dead movies in reverse order, thanks to Felicity (who remedied my inexcusable lack of having seen Army of Darkness, thus sending me into paroxysms of Raimi/Campbell-induced joy). I was a little worried, because low budget horror movies are among my least favorite things ever, but Evil Dead 2 is great. It’s outlandish, hilarious, stylish, and displays Sam Raimi’s incredible talent for pacing as well as Bruce Campbell’s unmatchable talent for hamming. I was really impressed by the quality of the production as well. This one’s definitely worth watching.
May (2002)
Easily the creepiest movie I’ve ever seen, bar none. Imagine Edward Scissorhands if Tim Burton had been less Disney and more H.R. Giger, with a lesborific Anna Faris instead of Winona Ryder and a Grimm Brothers ending instead of cookies and snow sculptures and happy children. Then, once you’ve imagined all of that, imagine something even darker and more twisted with a lazy eye and a sewing hobby. That’s May. What a great movie.
Sexy Beast (2000)
There’s a real glut of British gangster movies, some of them good, most of them terrible. This one is somewhere in between. It’s another one of those movies that I liked while I was watching it, but which doesn’t really amount to anything in the end. I didn’t mind it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it again. It’s worth noting, though, that Ben Kingsley is a bad motherfucker.