Friday, August 26, 2011

Colombiana, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Our Idiot Brother: Weekend Review

New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each

Colombiana - And you're saying this isn't The Professional?

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - I wasn't until you said not to.

Our Idiot Brother - Yeah, alright, ok, and other encouraging words.

Sometimes I wish I'd made it the 10 word weekend. Other times 1. Currently, I just wish I had a snow cone.

If you've seen The Professional, the plot for Colombiana is somewhat similar. Girl has parents. Parents get dead. Girl works for uncle as a hitman while seeking revenge. Course she's grown up, and not Natalie Portman, and her uncle definitely isn't Jean Reno. So I guess the similarities end there. Oh, and it's written by Luc Besson, who also wrote The Professional. Guess I probably should have started there. There's been some controversy as to how Colombians are stereotyped in the movie. Having not seen it I can't speak to that. I know it looks action packed, and I'm not one to be influenced by how a movie portrays a country or people, one way or the other. Alls I want in my action movie is to see bad guys get dead.

I'm a big fan of Guillermo del Toro. At least when he's actually involved in a movie his name is attached to. Man attracts more projects than honey does flies. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a remake of a 70's made for TV horror flick that Guillermo says he considers to be the scariest movie he ever saw as a kid. The plot in short is about a young girl sent to live with her father, discovers monsters living in the house. Coming from a man who's delivered fantastically horrific images in recent years, I'm more than game to see where Guillermo takes this updated version. 

Evidently, if he ever decides the movie business isn't working out for him, he can always open up a restaurant. If Mark Wahlberg and his brothers can sell "Whalburgers" than he should be able to start a Guillermo de Tacos chain.

The commercials haven't really won me over  for Our Idiot Brother. I enjoy Paul Rudd, and Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer is a bonus. It's gotten a lot of positive word from festivals it's hit. While I'll for sure wait till it's out of theaters, I think it'll be a good one to rent. 

Anyone else ready for summer to end? I'm done with it. I say bring on autumn. 

Have a great weekend everyone! 


  1. I think Our Idiot Brother looks good too. We'll see if Paul Rudd can carry this movie.

  2. I'm down to see Idiot Brother. I had no idea the dude who wrote the Professional is behind Colombiana...he's ripping himself off!

  3. I picked up a new vampire book by Guillermo del Toro called The Strain and it was excellent. Not your usual take on vampires, no sparklies here, promise!

    The second book's out already but I haven't had a chance to get to it yet.

    If his movies are half as scary as this book was, you can rest assured I'll be watching them through the worn cloth of my blankie.

  4. Might see Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. Or Fright Night. Not sure.

  5. @camel, It really is on him in this one.

    @MRanthrope, I know. It was so similar I was surprised to hear that it was Luc Besson going over the same ground.

    @Sarah, I've been meaning to try his books but haven't gotten around them yet.

    @Alex, That is a tough choice.

  6. As long as snow doesn't come any time soon, I'm ready for Autumn too. If you could swing that I'm in. :)

  7. Awesome intro line ...

    I don't think I can do idiot brother ... looks like a lot of "no don't do it don't do it! ...oooh." I get enough of that in real life.

  8. And here I was thinking, Colombiana was admonishing her dumb bro for being a child....
    Horror movies no no...unless they make me laugh....
    For us if Autumn is a dream, winter is where Santa's elves scream...enjoy your weekend.

  9. I can't see Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and not think about childhood classic series Are You Afraid of the Dark. Obviously, this movie has a lot to live up to.



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