Sunday, November 16, 2008
I would love to review of a show about three likeable teenage youths from the inner city who hang out at the local dinner trading quips and hatching half-baked schemes to beat boredom. But this is a comic book site, so instead I’m going to review a movie about mass suicide instead.
Well, okay, I watched the movie with my niece while we were working on our comic so its kind of tied into comics. Or not. It doesn’t matter; the only thing I read this week was more HOUSE OF MYSTERY and I don’t want to review that again. And every one of our customers has been talking about it. Plus I’m feeling all MAVERICKY so here goes:
One time I asked Jeremy Waltman, the artist, if he could write me a Batman story. I figured writing a Batman story was just about the easiest thing in the world to do. Like there was no way to make a Batman story boring or lame. Unless maybe you just had Batman walk around an empty warehouse doing nothing.
Jeremy chose option B (don‘t worry, I fixed it). Just for the record, Jeremy is now a professional artist down in Florida while I work in a comic store.
Anywhoo, watching THE HAPPENING, I got a feeling of déjà vu. First you got this chick jabbing a hair pin into her neck (all I kept thinking was they would never let her take that onto a plane). I’m not ruining anything because they show it in the trailer. In fact they show every death in the trailer. Like the construction workers walking off the roof. The old ladie smashing her face through the window. They may not have shown the policeman and the people near him shooting themselves with the gun but you could see that coming a mile away. Oh, yeah, SPOILER ALERT.
The death scenes were both fascinating and horrific, although, like I said, you could see each one coming a mile away. So the movie was kinda like a FACES OF DEATH with a plot. Only watching that plot was kind of like watching Batman walk around an empty warehouse (see how I keep tying this to comics stuff?). And to top it off, I couldn’t watch Mark Wahlberg’s performance without thinking of “Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals” (you try it).
But I did like the scene where Mark Wahlberg’s character told his wife about flirting with the Pharmacist. That’ll teach her to have lunch with “Joey” behind Mark’s back.
All in all the movie creeped me out and kind of left me feeling depressed like that time I saw the video of the guy with no face. But why would I want to pay for that when there’s YouTube?
You can’t get this DVD at Bent Wookee Comix located at 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. But you can get the newest issue of Amazing Spider-Man and The Boys and any of hundreds of other titles. So see ya there!