By every possible scenario, Men in Black 3 should absolutely not work. The original Men in Black, released in 1997, was a box office blockbuster that caught everybody by surprise. On the other hand, its first sequel, released ten years ago, was a out-and-out disaster. Despite still being a box office success, many moviegoers felt cheated by what was essentially a rehash of the first movie with a weak villain (played by the usually capable Lara Flynn Boyle). Despite the issues with the second film, I was willing to give the new sequel a chance. After all, I already knew that if it was at least a step up from Men in Black II, then it would have already done its job. Well, surprise, surprise, the new sequel is not only a step above the previous movie, but it is also something else: A film almost as good as the original.
I’m going to describe a movie. It’s a sci-fi movie from the early seventies. Charlton Heston is in it. He is the last man on Earth. He wears a track suit and speeds around post-apocalyptic L.A. in a convertible, battling albino zombie mutants with a machine gun.
Sounds awesome, right? It is. The movie is called The Omega Man, and it will blow your mind.
A watermelon-themed musical goes up against a guy with anger issues:
The Hole from director Ming-liang Tsai is one of my favorite movies. I’ve attempted to watch his film The Wayward Cloud several times in the past, but failed to get beyond the first ten minutes or so. This is due to a semi-pornographic scene involving a woman in a nurse uniform and a watermelon. At best, I find eroticism and food to be queasily incompatible. That gloopy stretch at the beginning proved too much to handle for my delicate sensibilities. Now that I have mustered the will to surmount the viewing obstacle, I can say that The Wayward Cloud is similar to The Hole. Just a lot less fun.
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