January 2018

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.

So, anyways…

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Review: Battle of the Sexes

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.

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Short Reviews: Heaven Can Wait, The Stunt Man, Cat People

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.

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