By George Rose
September 29, 2009
Welcome to Take Five, your weekly list of five random movie recommendations. Most people don't have time to watch five movies in a week. Most people don't even have five minutes to take a break and relax. Take Five is here to quicken your search for reliable entertainment (or at least movies that I deem entertaining) so you can enjoy what little free time you have. And really, who reading this article doesn't want to spend their free time watching movies? It's not like you're on a sports Web site.
Since I've been sick this last week with a sinus infection, thanks to the dreadful weather that is always present in the early stages of the fall season in New Jersey, I've actually had lots of time to watch movies in the past few days. Any week where I can watch more than one movie is a great week. Any week where I can watch a few movies AND watch an entire season of television is a week to die for. Since my illness doesn't seem to be going away quickly, this might very well be that week. Read on and find out.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Oddly enough, I was also sick the week Hellboy II came out last summer. I had a throat infection that left me hospitalized and on bed rest for almost an entire week. I couldn't eat. I couldn't sleep. I couldn't move. That didn't bother me, though. What nearly killed me was being denied the ability to go see one of the summer's big action sequels to a comic book property. If I had had the strength to drink a glass of water, I might have had enough fluids in me to cry. Instead, I just laid there in my vegetative state cursing the gods. I could have gone to see it the next weekend but once I miss opening weekend a movie becomes irrelevant. With each passing summer week, a new movie worth seeing is released. Miss one week, miss one movie. It didn't help either that after Hellboy II came The Dark Knight and, well, I had to see that four times in theaters to get the full effect.
Luckily I stumbled onto Hellboy II this week while resting up on the couch. Sure, I could have gotten the Bluray from Netflix any day of the last year but it just slipped my mind. As soon as the movie started, I was reminded why I wanted to see it so badly to begin with. The first Hellboy was great, full of action and humor. Guillermo del Torro was and is a great director, and since he's helming the upcoming Hobbit films I feel compelled to support his work. The worlds he creates (both in Hellboy and his Pan's Labyrinth) are beautiful and haunting at the same time, and any film that can balance the two is worth watching, even if only on mute. Hellboy II was no different.