If you're interested, I've created a new blog called What the Kids are Reading. It's devoted to the books that I read to my kindergartners each day at school. There are some weird kids' books out there, man.
Primer: Don't even bother watching this movie unless you're really freaking smart. I'm not, so this film just left me with a major headache. Even after reading the film summary on Wikipedia I STILL have no idea what the hell went down in this film. I know that two geeks accidentally created a time machine that will only let you time travel back to the point when the time machine was turned on or, um, something like that. Anyway, the point of the film can best be summed up by Dr. Ian Malcolm, "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." I honestly have no idea how many stars to give it. It's obviously a good film, but I couldn't enjoy it because I didn't understand what the hell was going on. And when I did kinda figure out what was going on, they threw in some new puzzle for me to figure out. Ugh, now I'm getting a headache again!!
High Tension: Hardcore horror fans have probably all heard of this film. It's about two college girls named Alex and Marie who travel to the French countryside to stay with Alex's family. While everyone is asleep, a strange man enters the home and kills everyone in Alex's family. He hogties and kidnaps her without realizing that Marie is also in the home. Marie follows the man in the hopes of rescuing her friend and love interest. It's extremely gory and there's a twist ending that has been the topic of much debate. I'm still not sure if I buy it, but I guess it's all in how you interpret the film. 3 Stars. Thank God for the horror films of France. When is America going to get over its obsession with horror film remakes? However, this film reminded me A LOT of Intensity, a made-for-TV movie based on a Dean Koontz book about a psychotic serial killer (played brilliantly by John C. McGinley), who kills the entire family of a college student. Only her best friend manages to escape because he didn't realize that she was there at the time. She then goes on to follow him in his camper back to his house where she discovers that he has a young girl locked in his basement.