This month I watched 16 films. There were a few great films in there, but for the most part they eere just good. There were a couple of stinkers, of course.
- Taking Off
- The Lodger
- Do the Right Thing
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- The Parent Trap (1998)
The actual best thing I watched all month: The Leftovers (Complete series) Continue reading
2017 was kind of a bad year for humanity, and it really wasn’t an especially good one on a personal level either (to put it mildly). So more than ever, the movies became an escape. I wouldn’t just watch anything that I came across, I looked for things that would either make me feel good, end at the very leadt on hopeful note, or somehow enrich me.
I found all this, even in the most unlikely places. Mudbound was not so something that I would have anticipated this particular year, but went ahead and watched it because it was a Dee Rees film. It was not an easy sit, but by the end, although it obviously didn’t change me, I felt like I had a new valuable experience in my life. I even found value in something like Home Again. I can see the problems that people who dislike it have with it, but my viewing experience during a particularly bad day was so much fun that I couldn’t help but fall for it. Continue reading
Only watched eight new films this month. They were all okay at the very least, with the exception of The Disaster Artist, which is an abomination. So, this month I’ll only do a top 5.
Sorry I didn’t post this earlier- I kind of forgot. It was a very good month. Out of the 21 films I watched only two were bad.
The year began with a renewed sense of hope, but it only took a few hours to realize that the world is still on fire. At least when it comes to movies, things started of excellently. Thanks to Moviepass I was able to go to the theaters 11 times (to watch 9 films), and I used streaming services plenty of times. In the end I watched 26 films for the first time, and I onky had big reservations about three of them.
There is no denying that the televised “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Briggs (portrayed in the film respectivelh by Emma Stone and Steve Carell) was an important event in the ongoing struggle for equality among men and women. The story of how it came to be doesn’t make for compelling cinema.
One of my goals for 2018 is to write more even if I’m not content with how things turn out. I don’t know if I’ll actually keep up with it, but I guess I’ll give it a shot.
Heaven Can Wait (Warren Beatty, 1978)
For my first film of the year I wanted to watch that’s more than 20 years old but also something fun so as to not start out the year on a downer, so Warren Beatty’s Heaven Can Wait seemed to meet this criteria. For the most part it was a perfect choice. For most of its running time it’s a simple, fun comedy about a guy who gets to have a second chance at life in the body of another person after being taken too soon. The scenes where Beatty’s Joe Pendelton as Leo Farnsworth toys with his cheating wife and lover are easily the highlight of these early bits.
As always, I didm’t watch as many older films as I would have hoped, with only 73. But there were some excellent ones and I hope 2018 will be better in this regard.