A strange movie experience

Published 7:00 am Thursday, January 22, 2015

Monday night, I found myself standing in front of a Redbox with my husband contemplating renting a movie.
I’m generally not a fan of the latest releases. In my opinion, the quality of screenplays and acting has decreased in the past few years.
There are a few diamonds in the rough though. I prefer to watch a good drama on HBO, Showtime or the F/X channel.
The majority of the time we watch Netflix.
So, my husband insisted we rent a movie named “Tusk.”
He told me it was funny and written and directed by Kevin Smith of “Clerks”, “Chasing Amy” and “Jersey Girl” fame.
I’m not a diehard Smith fan, but my husband listens to the podcasts and watches his AMC show “Comic Book Men.”
The movie starred Michael Parks, a staple of Quentin Tarantino movies, as an eccentric older gentleman with numerous stories to relay about life on the high seas.
Justin Long starred as a podcaster who was visiting Canada looking for interesting people to interview.
Well, the first part of the movie wasn’t too bad.
The movie seems to be a foray for Smith into the comedy slash horror category.
Then came the walrus. It was Parks’ character’s intention was to turn Long’s character into a walrus.
I won’t go into the rest of the movie’s plot. Needless to say it was disturbing but Parks’ performance was amazing, as was Johnny Depp’s. Yes, I said Johnny Depp, which was one of the more redeeming qualities of this movie.
It’s an odd movie filled with scary noises, some light horrific scenes and a few laughable moments.
If you’re a fan of Smith’s work, check it out. And even if you aren’t, it’s still something you will probably enjoy at least once.
What did I glean from this movie experience?
It will be a long time before my husband chooses our next cinematic feature

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