I finally broke down and joined Netflix, the online DVD rental company. I had been putting off joining for months because its like $10 a month. (Hey, I'm cheap, but I'm not easy...) If you are an armchair movie critic, like myself, its a good deal. They mail you a movie, you watch it at your leisure, then send it back in a pre-paid envelope (which was the final selling point for Yours Truly, El Cheapo), and then they send you another one. I was essentially rented 2 movies a month from the video store for about the same price, and if I average 4 a month, that's a bargain.
My first DVD came today, and so I went and whipped up some hummos and flatbread (it's so much tastier and healthier than popcorn) and prepared to watch The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I collect obscure horror films and was expecting another mindless post-modern horror flick like The Ring. (FYI...The Japanese version of The Ring is so much better.) The Exorcism of Emily Rose was surprisingly thought provoking, as it was an odd hybrid of legal drama (regular rules of civil procedure apparently took a holiday) and horror film (regular rules of horror films also took a holiday). The acting was also phenomenally good; I was pleasantly surprised. I might go buy it and add it too my collection, and that's saying a lot when it comes to horror films that are not in black and white. I think this movie would be a great showing for a theology class on Medical/Theological Ethics.
The Archer gives The Exorcism of Emily Rose 4 Arrows (out of 5). (And I will insert yet another sentence in parentheses here for no apparent reason.)