Don’t Breathe

I was glad that I had the day off for the holiday.  I watched some television and walked out to the theatre to see “Don’t Breathe.”  It seemed a little late to go out and watch this, but there was nothing else in the theatres that was appealing at all.  The trailers before the movie were for “The Love Witch,” “Elle,” and “The Handmaiden.”  “Don’t Breathe” made me think back to movies like “Evil Dead 2” and “Wait Until Dark.”  Alex’s father’s security company doesn’t have secure features if the keys are lying about, easy to get to.  If all these houses are being broken into, the Detroit police should get suspicious, but in this movie, they’re not doing their job.  How does someone like Alex, who looks like he could have been in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” thirty years ago, fall in with these two friends of his, Rocky and Money?  It smells like a bad idea to break into a house where an Army veteran is living.  They don’t do too much research, rather like the thieves in “In Cold Blood.”  Stephen Lang is the veteran, a blind man without a name in the script, but I would say that he was scarier than Nick Nolte.  It seems like a terrible thing that in this movie, this blind man becomes the villain when these three teenagers are the ones who break into his house.  If you want to look at the story on a stupid level where you’re just reacting to everything, it is effective in its suspense, although this blind man’s abilities to move around and fight are practically supernatural, or something like what Daredevil does in the comic books.  The violence is too much for little children, I would think.  These teens were foolish in their break-in, especially Money, who was too loud and careless.  You know these three are headed for disaster.  Greed with be the death of them.  After all of this frightening stuff, some of it involving a dog, the blind man proves himself to be disturbed, and the situation brought to my mind Jaycee Dugard.  There is a really disturbing and disgusting scene that I think was too much for a lot of moviegoers.  At the end, the Detroit police sure didn’t show that they were competent.  There had to be all kinds of signs of something going on.  Alex should have been the link to a bigger story.  One thing I got out of the movie was how hard it was for people to keep quiet.  They have stupid impulses to speak.  People don’t know how to keep quiet, whether it is breathing hard or stepping on a creaking board.  One little bit of misdirection involved a shard of broken glass.  It was actually rather good that what I expected to happen with it didn’t happen.  The movie did avoid some of the predictable quality of most suspense movies.  Stephen Lang was the only actor in it who is older than me.  I would say this movie was a positive one for Jane Levy’s career.  The director was Fede Alvarez, who was born in 1978 in Montevideo, Uruguay.  He directed the remake of “Evil Dead,” which I haven’t seen.  It looks like he’s found a lot of success, and his next movie could be very big.  I wonder if he wants to make other types of movies.  “Don’t Breathe” was OK to watch if you don’t spend your time picking it apart for what’s wrong with it.  It’s not the type of movie that I want to watch every weekend.  I left the theatre ready to forget all about it very quickly.  I went over to the record store and bought used copies of “Cache” and “New York Stories” and went home.  I saw that Paul Anka was on The Sonny and Cher Show, and Dolly Parton was on The Merv Griffin Show.  I watched the season premiere of the Supergirl show.  If this was a show with a reduced budget from last year on CBS, I didn’t know what the difference was.  I left the radio on to the Giants game against the Cubs.  After the Cubs pitcher hit a three-run home run, I thought that was a sign that the Cubs were set to win the game.  The Giants pecked away for two runs, and the score was still 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning.  With Aroldis Chapman practically unhittable, I figured the game was over when he took the mound, but the Giants did score three runs.  The Giants quickly gave up two runs on a home run, and this game would go on for thirteen innings and five hours before the Giants broke through with the winning run.  It was exhausting just to listen to all of this on the radio, so I found it hard to imagine what the players on both sides were feeling.  I heard that Coco Crisp got a big hit for Cleveland as the Indians eliminated the Red Sox, which was a bit of a shock.  Josh Reddick dropped a ball in right field that hurt the Dodgers.  The other former A’s player, Rich Hill, also hurt the Dodgers with the home run he allowed the other day.  Some of the people who died on October 11 include Chico Marx (1961), Jean Cocteau (1963), Redd Foxx (1991), and Gil Stratton (2008).  Today is a birthday for Joan Cusack (54), Steve Young (55), and Daryl Hall (70).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for October 11, the musical “Oklahoma!” was released in 1955.  In 1960, “The Bugs Bunny Show” debuted on ABC.  In 1975, Neil Sedaka’s “Bad Blood” was Number One on the singles chart.  Also in 1975, “Saturday Night Live” made its debut on NBC with George Carlin as its first host.  In 1986, Dana Carvey’s Church Lady made her first appearance in a Saturday Night Live skit.  In 1991, Redd Foxx had a heart attack and died at age 68.

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