Monday 14 May 2012
Movies to start May:
108. Water for Elephants (2011)
This movie pulled a psyche-out on me. It starts out like a gender-switched Titanic with a circus replacing the boat. However, when you reach the point where Jack is supposed to drown, an elephant intervenes. The circus still sinks and lots of rubes die, but everything ends "happily ever after." My head is still spinning.
109. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Sidney Poitier can do no wrong. Was he ever in a movie that wasn't about racism?
"They call *me* Mr. Pibb!"
110. It Happened in Hollywood (1937)
Believe it or not, I'd never seen a Richard Dix movie before. I know! This movie is another A Star is Born variant, focusing on the falling star of cowboy Dix without ever becoming morose. Good-natured fun at the expense of Hollywood cliches.
111. Ordinary People (1980)
Huh. I remember reading Mad magazine's parody of this film back in the day, but there's no humor on this screen. I've seen the themes herein better explored in the years since, but I can't fault the performances of this stellar cast.
112. The Change-Up (2011)
Jason Bateman strikes again! Stop me if you've heard this one: two men with opposite personalities and lives switch bodies and learn to be better people. Yeah, that's this.
113. Song of the Thin Man (1947)
I will see the rest of these Thin Man movies. So enjoyable, I'm angry that I haven't seen them all already.
114. Cars 2 (2011)
The homage to classic spy movies (and Bill Murry's The Man Who Knew Too Little) felt spot on. Everything else seemed a bit ham-fisted. Are you just in it for the cash now, Pixar?
115. It's Pat (1994)
As you might expect, this Saturday Night Live skit-turned-movie is the same joke over and over and over. And over. Eventually I found that the joke had beaten me into submission, and I laughed and laughed. Head trauma does that, but Dave Foley in drag helped a lot.
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