Movie Review: The Man With Two Brains

 

Last night, I was in the mood for another movie. I didn’t want anything too serious; you might say I wanted to watch something brainless. Sad to say, I got what I wanted.

A brain surgeon marries a living woman but falls in love with the brain of his deceased wife.

From the beginning, it tries to be Young Frankenstein. You have the mispronounced surname, running gags, brain trouble, and all that jazz. It isn’t Young Frankenstein, that much is obvious and painfully so at times.

I admit that one of my quirks is that I’m literal-minded at times. I expect that the title of a movie has to relate to the content of the film or at least name-dropped somewhere, with some exceptions. Here, I expected a man would undergo an operation and have two brains, a plot that would be funnier in some aspects. Nope. I waited and waited but it never came to fruition.

During the runtime of ninety minutes, I had three small chuckles. The subtitles gag was one of them and I forget the rest, probably because I stopped paying attention. That is not a good ratio. For a film that’s labeled as a “comedy”, it fails to live up to the label.

I suppose it’s no big loss. It only cost me fifty cents at Salvation Army. Right now, it’s sitting in the donate pile that will go to Half Price Books, when I feel like it. Just give me Abby Normal instead.

P.S. How is this my 150th movie review? I can’t believe I’ve reviewed that many films.

2/10

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Movie Review: Wavelength

Wavelength (1967 film)

Wavelength (1967 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does this even count as a movie? It’s forty minutes of a camera zooming into a picture of an ocean while some tones increase in frequency. Oh, and someone dies. Spoiler alert. I’m the guy who usually digs the experimental and avant-garde stuff, but not this time. I never intended to see it but since it was one of the 1001 and a relatively short run time, I figured I could squeeze it in and mark it off my list. Nope. This left me frustrated as to how this is a must-see movie.

Apparently, it’s Art with a capital A. This minimalist structured film is more about what happens in a room, even if nothing (all-too frequently) happens. I could take security footage from a fixed position and randomly put color filters in the sequence just to spice things up and put people off-guard. But I didn’t.

The soundtrack, if you can call it that, is just some tones increasing in frequency. The consistent noise is uncomfortably numbing as it rings in your ears as the piece ever so slowly inches forward. The only thing more minimal that comes to mind is if there were no soundtrack, just the sounds of silence.

The creator did release an abridged version that’s only fifteen minutes. I haven’t seen that yet but after this, I’m not so sure I want to. If you’re doing the 1001 Movie quest like I am, this is a one-and-done deal.

2/10

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