Isaacs Picture Conclusions

BENEATH THE DARK (2010) I LIKED IT

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Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way – I liked this movie but I don’t know if  a lot of people will. I mean, its very, very slow (which never bothers me), the plot has been done before (I’m not going to spoil, so this may go shorter than usual), you’ve kind of seen this story done a few times in recent years (shrugs) and the ending might put people off but – this place is what it is and I kind of liked it, so I report back to you in honesty. It won’t blow your mind and make you want to get naked and run down the streets screaming in ecstasy or anything (believe me I just cut that sentence short), or even, I don’t know, go get naked and sit in the back yard – but, this was OK to me. Apparently this also goes around town using the name WAKE – which, if I had seen this sitting around with THIS poster, I would have jumped on this in a second:

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One of the problems I tend have with my five “top hat” rating systems (you could see how that came about HERE) is an inherent problem with a five point system. Just yesterday I gave American Mary a four mark – and I probably would this one too, but they are totally different movies. Mary was slick and stylish and somewhat gross. This is slow and through and has a little religion in it. But I liked them both. I guess, if you don’t want to click on that link, here’s this:

1 TH = THIS IS A BLIGHT IN MY LIFE

2 TH = DECENT ENOUGH

3 TH = REASONABLE 

4 TH = GOOD STUFF THAT I WOULD TOTALLY WATCH AGAIN

5 TH = THIS HAS MADE MY LIFE MORE ENJOYABLE

This was better than reasonable but I don’t need to rush out and see it again, so, in the end, I suppose this would be a 3.5 type of job.

Anyway, Josh Stewart and his squinty eyes:

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and Jamie-Lynn Sigler and her white tee-shirt:

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are travelling to somewhere in California for a wedding when she gets the – um – “spirit” – and decides to get her make out on while they’re driving down a dark highway. It’s not clear here, but once the male of the two gets his – um – tower erected – or something – they careen off the road and narrowly escape a grisly death!! SHIT!!! Beat, the decide to hole up in a seedy (but clean) Mo-tel run by this dude with a sorry haircut. In a non linear twist of movie making, we also see the sorry haired fellow being dropped off at work at some other job by his wife who is clearly miserable:

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I’m not going to go into the full plot here, but this movie eventually takes three different story lines, weaves them all together very nicely and we get to the end that may or may not disappoint people. The more I think about it, since I’ve watched this, the more I think I like it. I still don’t think I need to rush out and see it again, but thinking about it for this write-up is giving me pleasant memories.  I also really liked this character:

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He uses words like “consigliere” which makes me happy. In the end, this isn’t going to blow you away or be your favorite movie, but it’s not a bad way to kill an hour and a half. If you’ve seen this – please don’t spoil it in the comments.

29 comments

  1. Slow never bugs me, provided the story is worthwhile.

    I definitely would like to check this out. I see what you are saying with a rating system. Not the same movie, but you enjoyed it, and that counts. Looks interesting.

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  2. Jamie-Lynn is looking pretty good in that pic… I love slow-burns, might be my favourite sub-genre. I’m definitely considering checking this one out, since you spoke so sincerely and professional about it, it seems like it reached you in a more mature way lol.

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