To me, any movie made after 1992 is a new movie. Jurassic Park? New. Jurassic World? Even newer. So I just assume everyone has seen all the same movies as me, and in fact way more than me for all the new movies made since I graduated from high school. I still haven't seen Titanic, yet.
So I'm always a little surprised when I'm talking to someone in their 20s and they haven't heard of all the same movies as me. What do you mean you haven't seen Demolition Man? Everyone saw that! You can probably still get it on the new release shelf over at Blockbuster. Hurry! Before they're all rented!
And Demolition Man is indeed a fine movie that everyone should see. Stallone! Snipes! Sandra Bullock's first! I think? It's actually been a while as I check the calendar. Whoa! 23 years? Okay, go see it, whippersnappers. But that isn't actually my pick for this week.
My pick this week is Fallen, from 1998. I'm not sure it even did that well back in the day, and quite a few people I rave about this movie to haven't even heard of it. Denzel Washington! John Goodman! It's about demons and possession and I guess is kind of a supernatural horror thriller in that sense, but there are no screamin demons with terrible 1998-era special effects. This is much more of a psychological thriller.
Denzel is a homicide detective who put away a serial killer, sees him executed, and then tries to figure out what the hell is going on when the killings start all over again with the very same signatures.
"Let me tell you about the time I almost died," Denzel narrates in the opening scene. To say any more would spoil it, but trust me, if you haven't seen it before, watch it right now. And if you have seen it before, watch it again!
And um, could you lend me your copy? I can't seem to find my neighbourhood Blockbuster anywhere it's like they're hiding from me.
- Nathan Waddell