Just some more odds and ends on Netflix
God Save My Shoes (2011) – Not rated
“The romance between women and one of modern fashion’s most celebrated elements, shoes, takes the spotlight in this revealing doc. Designers, fashion mavens and women from all walks of life discuss how shoes have become such objects of desire.”
I put this one on for my wife and daughter as, like most women, they love shoes. My wife and I very much enjoy documentaries. While they rarely transcend their genre, they are also rarely bad. This one is actually terrible – it lost our interest pretty quickly but we plowed through hoping for a recovery. It appears to be no more than a random assemblage of interview footage that goes off in many different directions – none of them flattering to the women involved. It works neither as an homage nor as an expose.
Crooked House (2008) – Not rated
“When Ben unearths an old door knocker in the garden of his new home, he learns it may come from a now-demolished house reputed to be haunted. So begins a journey through time that soon finds Ben in more dangerous waters than he’d ever fathomed.”
I don’t have anything really bad to say about this movie but, while I love portmanteau movies, this one didn’t capture my interest at all. The budget was obviously low but production values were fine. The whole thing was just kind of ho-hum.
War of the Dead (2011) – Not rated
“In 1942, Capt. Martin Stone leads an American unit on a mission to destroy an enemy bunker, joining forces with an elite platoon of soldiers. But the troops find themselves being attacked by the same soldiers they killed in an earlier ambush.”
With the utterly generic title, I half expected to see Asylum’s name in the opening credits. Barring this, I plunged on. A number of vintage settings are well-utilized and the era-appropriate equipment is wonderful. Acting, as befits this international production, is all over the map. Direction is not very good and special effects are rather low rent.
Strangely, in spite of this being set in Finland and headlined by an Irish actor (Andrew Tiernan) playing an American, War of the Dead is a Lithuanian film. While it was the most expensive Lithuanian film ever made in 2007, they still ran out of money and weren’t able to finish the film until 2011.
The finished product is not very good but not terrible either – worth a look if you like Nazi zombies and certainly better than Oasis of the Zombies and Zombie Lake.