Day 166 & Day 167 – Event Horizon & Tootsie / Pop Chart Lab Scratch #8

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Movie Title: Event Horizon

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie and Kyle

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Event Horizon is a thrilling science fiction horror tale with a great cast. The Event Horizon was a spaceship sent to explore the boundaries of the solar system. It disappeared without a trace. Seven years later a ship has been dispatched to explore the Event Horizon which has suddenly reappeared. Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill) is the inventor of the ship who reveals that the story behind the ship’s disappearance was just a cover story. The ship has an experimental drive that folds space and theoretically could transport the ship anywhere in the universe. Something has gone terribly wrong with the ship’s design. Weir is placed on the crew of Captain Miller played by Laurence Fishburne with the task of recovering the ship.

After boarding the ship it is immediately apparent that something terrible has happened and the crew begins suffering intense delusions. Entire surfaces of the ship’s interior are coated in blood and visions of loved ones in horrible physical conditions appear to torment the crew. The ship seems to actively conspire against the crew and lays out warning after warning regarding the supernatural aura the ship now possesses. This builds up to a truly horrifying conclusion in which space and time blend together into a menacing villain that tests everyone’s sanity.

The movie’s sets are beautiful if not always practical. The special effects do not always hold up well and some of the CGI elements from 1997 certainly have not aged well. Some of the music choices are strange. But, the whole picture is excellent and is more about the ride than the destination while paying homage to Alien at various points.

Verdict:

Event Horizon has not aged well in all regards, but is a terrific genre movie. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Tootsie (1982)

 

Movie Title: Tootise

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 56 min.

Rated: PG

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is one of the biggest divas in New York. He considers himself to be an artist. He teaches acting classes. He goes on auditions constantly. He doesn’t get any parts. To make ends meet he works as a waiter. No one wants to hire him because he feels the need to correct everyone and is openly hostile to any and all directors. After a fight with his agent, he decides to change it up.

He cross dresses as Dorothy Michaels (Dustin Hoffman) and auditions for a soap opera. He takes criticism from the director demurely. He stifles his personality and gains notoriety. He is helped along in this scheme by his roommate Jeff (Billy Murray) who works on his costumes and gives him critiques. In turn Dorsey uses his first paycheck from the soap opera to fund Murray’s new play in which he will also star. He also takes this opportunity to fall for his co-star Julie played by Jessica Lange while also seducing an old friend Sandy played by Teri Garr. This is not a one way street as some male members of the cast start to fall for Ms. Michaels. The rest of the cast is solid if unremarkable with a nice turn from Sydney Pollack in a minor role. This convergence of relationships results in both humor and drama as the circumstances dictate.

Verdict:

Tootsie is an interesting movie that serves as an interesting precursor for Mrs. Doubtfire and other movies of its ilk. See it.

Pop Chart Lab: Eight Scratch

Tomorrow’s Movie: Tag (2018)

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