J: Have you finished that leftover cider yet?
M: I have not. I'm getting close.
J: Are we doing shots?
M: Um... um... I'm going to go see what I have. That will determine. [laughs] JESUS. We have Kaluah, Everclear, or Jameson.
J: Um... I know you're not supposed to shoot Everclear, but what if I added... WE added some to our beers?
M: [makes appalled, terrified face]
M2: God, you guys' decision making is poor.
M: I'm gonna vote that no one should drink Everclear, ever. Clearly.
M: It's just organic, it just came out.
J: Well then. How are we going to finish it?
M: Finish the Everclear?
M: We could get some more gummy bears.
J: Oh yeah, we did use Everclear with those...
|Lucy stares at Tom bewildered, |
as he ponders an email he sent earlier that day.
M: It did not work. I still blame the bears, though.
J: Damn bears. Always ruining everything. Well, I don't want to waste your Jameson on BWAB again, so maybe we'll just stick with das beer.
M: Matt, would you like a shot of Jameson? No?
[discussion of Harrison Ford in the 90s]
[M2 starts Terminator 2]
J: So we have to talk about this movie eventually.
M: Lemme drink some more.
J: I hate to say it everyone, but this didn't quite live up to our year-old hopes.
M2: I feel like Terminator 2 is trying to talk to you about your blog. "Do you even care?" "You're wasting your time!"
M: I had a feeling that it might fall short. But everything I read online, the director, who I think also wrote it, no one had anything but really great things to say about it.
J: Admittedly, the style was sort of ground-breaking in terms of the way the actors were prepped and the way it was filmed. Plot-wise, though, we thought it had a few holes.
M: So, I've been thinking about it. And I really think that the entire moral of the whole film...
J: Bold words...
M: Is that if you even dare to contemplate sneaking to a remote hotel to have premarital sex with a man you just met two weeks before, you will be tortured and possibly killed.
J: There was a very strong force keeping them from getting to the hotel, that's for sure. Whether it was god or a madman, we'll never know. That's a lie. We know. But we're not telling you. Actually, we had a big argument over the purpose of the third character (there were really only three). If you end up watching it, you should really weigh in. A couple of drinks are on the line.
M: I do like that there were only three characters. I think that's the mark of, if not a good film, oftentimes a good script maybe? Or at least strong actors? It lends a sort of theatrical air.
J: We saw this with Retreat, which was similarly disturbing yet difficult to forget.
M: They had Billy Elliot, though. These guys got stuck with Branson.
J: Poor Branson.
M: Sweet, sweet Branson.
J: Interesting the similarities, now that I think about it.
M: Ooh, dare I ask, which one you liked better, or why?
J: Hmm... I do think I have to say Retreat, simply because of the history between the main two characters. It gave the film a depth it maybe didn't deserve but definitely needed to make it as a horror-drama. In Fear was more of an experimental horror film, something like the Blair Witch Project, but much more interesting.
M: [nods] I would have to agree. And the ending of Retreat was absolutely more satisfying than the ending of the Fear. The In Fear. Whatever. Marky Mark's in Fear.
|Are you even looking at the road?|
M2: Have you ever seen Cape Fear? [laughs]
J: I don't even remember the end of Retreat, which makes my recommendation that much stronger.
M: [laughs] [drinks cider]
J: Should we reveal the cool thing about the way it was filmed?
M: Um, I think it is sufficient to say that the "Making Of" special feature is worth watching. Maybe even more worthwhile than the film itself. More interesting, perhaps.
J: I hit play on the special features out of desperation to understand what the hell was going on at the end of the movie. It is infuriatingly unsatisfying.
[everyone watches Terminator 2]
[Sarah Conner pulls some sh*t]
|Mmm corn syrup. Tasty, tasty corn syrup.|
M: On that note, where does BWAB go from here?
J: We've actually had a couple recommendations, including a show about a cranky, alcoholic bookshop owner and an old movie with James MacAvoy that I've been meaning to see for ages. We may attempt one of those!
M: Or both of those! Any closing thoughts about the film, Jenna?
J: I did really like the actors and the way they portrayed the characters, even when they made really stupid horror-movie decisions. And I would certainly watch more movies in the "Irish horror film" genre, provided we can find some.
M: It has been good so far. Grabbers was especially entertaining. But this one really wasn't all that bad, all things considered.
J: Not at all, just more "art-house" than I was expecting.
["Come with me if you want to live."]
[Terminator 2 continues]
M2: Now it gets all slow. I kinda just wanna see some sh*t get wild.
[More Terminator 2]
M2: I could do without this.
J: We've only got 10 minutes till Jimmy Fallon. We've gotta wrap this up!
M: I'm so glad you remembered!
J: Bottom line, the brogue was great, the movie was thought-provoking and pretty frightening.
M: Branson was lovely. And creepy.
J: That smile... it's haunting me...
M: Until next time!
|Do you want to live?|