Tuesday, September 28, 2004

The Station Agent

The Station Agent was an absolutely wonderful film according to pretty much everybody but Chris Hewitt, the critic from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and I thank Erik for referring it to me - I really enjoyed it and I think Rotten Tomatoes is spot on with their 95%. Of course Chris Hewitt really enjoyed S.W.A.T. too, so who knows what the hell he's thinking. The basic premise of The Station Agent? Short guy train enthusiast's friend dies and leaves him a train station - he learns to enjoy his life and the people he meets. Right there you can tell that it's going to be significantly better than S.W.A.T.

I also saw Shaun of the Dead on Sunday which I didn't enjoy as much as the Dawn of the Dead remake or The Station Agent, but which was still pretty darn good - it reminded me very much of the sort of campy horror movies that become classics, like American Werewolf in London and The Evil Dead. Chris Hewitt liked this one - so maybe he just has consistency issues, or maybe he's afraid of little people. I should check his ratings for Lord of the Rings.

Next up for me, via Netflix, Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter - I kid you not. It's not even important enough to rate a splat or a fresh on Rotten Tomatoes - I can't wait.

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