I’m confounded by the box office failure of DREDD, which reminded one of just how satisfying a well-crafted B-movie can be. There was much discussion on how much of a debt DREDD owed to THE RAID: REDEMPTION and vice versa. In the end, it hardly mattered: they were both highly entertaining, super violent fun that will have a long life on disc and cable.
As always seems to be the case, I was not able to catch as many documentaries as hoped this year. Of what I did see, the highlight was easily Ron Fricke’s outstanding display of natural wonders, SAMSARA. Along with Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER, its 70mm cinematography provided a stunning reminder of just how amazing celluloid can look. I’m mystified by the outpouring of acclaim for THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, which was far more Reality TV show than documentary. Like all of the Reality TV I have suffered through, I despised everyone onscreen and was neither enlightened nor entertained by the experience.
RESIDENT EVIL: RESURRECTION (3D) (Alliance)