Video Picks Archive
Reviews by Eugene Kopman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This week my picks are Shrek (2001 - ) and Frankenstein (1931 - ).
Halloween is here and for those who are not going to parties
or those who are inviting friends over, don't be afraid to
tell them to bring kids, because my first pick is one of the
best movies to come out this year: Shrek. This DreamWorks
computer-animated film can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
This is a story about a misunderstood monster: an ogre named
Shrek (Mike Myers), who was never respected because he was
ugly. He is summoned by an evil dictator, Lord Farquaad
(John Lithgow), to go and fetch Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz)
so Farquaad can marry her and become king in exchange for the
deed to Shreks' swamp. Along with a talking donkey named
Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek goes on the mission. This is
a beautiful fairy tale with cameos from very familiar fairy
tale and literary characters. This story also has an
unpredictable twist, but most importantly it'll make anyone
laugh. The kids will love the fun story and lovable
characters, and the adults will laugh out loud to some
great dialogue filled with numerous punchlines, puns, and
After the kids go to bed, pop in a classic. I'm talking about what many consider to be the best horror film of all time: James Whale's 1931 version of Frankenstein. The Monster, who has been immortalized by Boris Karloff, is also misunderstood because of his looks. Everyone knows this story: Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) creates life, but it all goes wrong when everyone believes that the Monster killed a little girl and the whole village hunts down The Monster. By today's standards, Frankenstein is not that scary considering we have seen films with Michael Myers, Jason, Pinhead, and Freddy Krueger, but Frankenstein can also be appreciated as an art film. I recommend renting the restored version instead of the original, because in the restored version, a very important deleted scene has been put back into the movie, which makes more sense when it comes to understanding the Monster. I wouldn't recommend this movie for little kids, because it is psychologically disturbing. Sequel: Bride of Frankenstein.
Enjoy Shrek and have a scream with Frankenstein. Happy Halloween!
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