So, you should know this about me. I rarely watch movies. Somehow I got out of the habit of my teenage years, where like most teens, I spent every weekend binge-watching movies (before binge-watching was a term, I believe). Part of it is ADD–isn’t that supposed to get better as you get older? Part of it is just that movies are getting SO MUCH LONGER. It’s a chore to stay in a seat for that long. I’m up, I’m out, I’m roaming the theater.
But, I kind of miss movies. I love the world-building that goes into them. Shot for shot, it seems that most movies pack in more immersive detail than a television show. Budget, I presume.
The point of this confessional being that I’ve taken a vow to watch at least 1 new-to-me movie a month. Can’t hack the theater that much! Too loud, too long, too slow, too cold, too much freaking 3D. But there’s a whole slew of movies I’ve missed and I’m daunted by the selection. Mostly what I’ve seen in the past few years have been the Marvel blockbusters–all spectacle and well-choreographed violence. Though I did watch Resident Evil: the Final Chapter, and enjoyed it. Which tells you a lot about my tastes, I bet.
Help me out! Tell me what SF/F movies you’d recommend.
I’m not a huge fan of “gritty”, especially when it feels shoehorned in for the sake of it. Do not get me started on my opinion of Seven. (shorthand–I loathed it. LOATHED.) I don’t like characters making multiple dumb choices. Despite Res Evil up there, I’m not a fan of zombies. I will not watch anything that could be labeled “torture porn”. Just not my cuppa. My brain is enough of a horror show; I don’t need to give it more material. I don’t like movies that take place almost entirely in the dark; that’s a technical thing. I watch movies on my computer and I just can’t SEE the dark movies very well. I made the mistake of watching Immortals (so many mistakes there), but the most irksome one was that I physically could not see what was happening in a whole bunch of scenes.
I like competence in characters. Leverage was my TV jam. I will watch movies that are badly flawed if they’re interesting anyway (Jupiter Ascending, I’m looking at you.). I especially like movies that have significant roles for women. I love witty banter. I get very tired of the one-liners that pass for witty banter. Anyway, if you feel inclined, throw some titles at me. Please, pretty please?