Netflix recently struck a deal with Criterion to make some of the finest films of the last century available on their Watch Instantly service. In honor of the occasion, my wife and I ignored all of those classic films and watched the original “Clash of the Titans” last night. “Clash of the Titans” was really funny. Too bad, because it wasn’t supposed to be.
Near Dark, made in 1987, was the first film to put Kathryn Bigelow’s name on the map. It’s a vampire film chockful of name actors in early appearances, including Bill Paxton and the Martian-like Adrian Pasdar. Like all of Bigelow’s films, it’s an above average genre exercise that’s wildly overpraised because it was written and directed by an attractive woman. Still, Near Dark is well worth seeing for Bill Paxton’s awesome overacting alone. He’s a big ol’ hamball, and it’s fun to watch.
Margot Kidder plays a French Canadian chick with a twin sister that’s KER-RAAZZZZYYYYY!!!! As the crazy sister, it’s almost like Kidder is rehearsing for 20 years down the road, when she was found in LA pissing on somebody’s bushes. This movie blew me away, and you should watch it and become a better person. It’s bloody, it’s exciting, it’s filled with great visual flourishes (the split-screen sequences are awesome) . . . See the damn thing!