Sunday, April 4, 2010

Warning - this post may contain spoilers!

While some of us spent Saturday night trawling the clubs and parties abound in Abuja, the rest of us spent the night recuperating from the effects of Friday (I know, I’m never drinking that much on an empty stomach ever!). Needless to say, there still had to some exiting action keeping me at home on a Saturday night (don’t worry not the type you think!).

So before I could get on this “action”, a few things needed to be sorted:

  • Appease the gods of NEPA
  • Make sure the microwavable popcorn has not been eaten
  • Create a movie playlist

Once all this had been taken care of, I plonked myself on the couch and let the magic of the movies take me away.........

First on my list was Black Rain, an 80’s action-thriller, starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia as police officers in a crime against a Japanese Mob. A typical 80’s cop movie, illustrating American police (the good guys) against Japanese gangsters (the bad guys), with your typical action soundtrack by Hank Zimmerman (you know the one with the loud drums and guitar). Unfortunately, the guy with good hair (Andy Garcia) dies, and his partner (Douglas) avenges his death. All in all, I thought was a good start to my movie marathon.

Next on my list was a romcom featuring Chris Rock and Kerry WashingtonI think I love my wife. This 2007 movie depicts your typical married couple, with kids, a stagnated sex life and a frustrated, sex-starved husband Richard (Chris Rock). An encounter with the sultry Nikki (Kerry Washington) suddenly casts doubt over his typically resilient self-control. Moments before it seems Richard will consummate his feelings for Nikki, he realizes how much he has to lose with the love he feels for his children and wife, so he runs out, leaving Nikki. He rushes back home and reconnects with his wife (Gina Torres). Like other Chris Rock productions, it definitely did not fail to deliver quite a number of good laughs and slaps on the knee. This falls in my “watch again” list (even though I have watched it like 3 times before).

The third contender, a 2007 thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino – Death Proof (you’ve got to have a Quentin Tarantino in any movie list!). The film centres on a psychopathic stunt man who stalks young women before murdering them in staged car accidents using his “death-proof” stunt car. The film is a tribute to muscle cars, exploitation, and slasher film genres of the 1970s starring Kurt Russell, ZoĆ« Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Sydney Tamiia Poitier,Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rose McGowan. An interesting film, don't think I'll be watching it again anytime soon though.

And last but not the least, one of my all time favourites, Scary Movie 2! A group of teenagers are tricked by their professor into visiting a haunted house for a school project. Starring The Wayan Bros, Anna Farris and Regina Hall. Unfortunately, they encounter a lot more than a bargained for i.e. a house filled with secrets and ghosts. A sequel to the first parody, SM 2 delivers more fun-poking at many horror films, including The Exorcist, Poltergeist, The Haunting, and What Lies Beneath. Although it wasn’t as good as its first counterpart, its crude, idiotic and vulgar humour garners a few good laughs and make for a "scarily" enjoyable watch.

So what did you all get up to on Saturday night?

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