Sunday, January 15, 2006

Movies for $1

Well, actually for $1.50, but who's counting? The horrible old Hickory Hills theater (which was $6.25 a year ago until they put the new theater in) shows discounted movies, now. I went with my wife to see Aeon Flux last night, and I think we were both pleasantly surprised. I don't guess we went in with any expectations, but it was just a good sci fi action film. It was a bit dark, which shouldn't surprise me. Back when it was a "first-run" theater, I saw Hulk there, and couldn't see most of the night shots (though considering the quality of the movie, that probably didn't matter), and probably missed 90% of Aliens Versus Predator since it took place mostly underground. Anyway, even though the night shots were difficult to see and we spent about 15 minutes watching the top 1/4 of the screen appearing at the bottom, it ended up being pretty good. I know the critics have been knocking it (it currently has a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes), but even Krista, who shies away from science fiction in a major way, enjoyed it. Not that it would win any awards in our book, but it's the kind of film that can keep your attention, doesn't get overly complicated, and just delivers a good solid 80 minutes of entertainment. Would we have had the same opinion if we had paid full price? Who knows, but we both still thought it was better than the popular opinion.

[To compare, Gigli has a 6% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. We'd probably go along with that - it's just about the worst movie we've ever seen, but Aeon Flux isn't even in the same universe, in my opinion.]

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