Wednesday 16 July 2014
Brace yourself. Here comes the final list of movies watched in June.
100. (637.) Shoot First, Die Later (1974)
This Italian revenge film was not exactly what was advertised but still entertaining enough. (The third act "revenge" was limited to the last 10 minutes.) It's mostly about how Crime Doesn't Pay.
101. (638.) Hit Man (1972)
This is an American version of Crime Doesn't Pay in which Crime Pays So Long As You Stay Away From Children. For the record, I had no idea that action star Pam Grier was so willing to flash her dirty pillows to the camera. Not that I'm complaining.
102. (639.) The New Guy (2002)
I think DJ Qualls must fill some necessary niche in contemporary Hollywood in the same way Peter Lorrie did in the Golden Era. I mean, I like the guy, but he's always playing the role defined in the script as "geek/loser."
103. (640.) Shock Treatment (1964)
Speaking of typecast, here Roddy McDowell plays a crazy. But then, so does Lauren Bacall. This whole film could have been an extended Night Gallery episode. I liked it.
104. (641.) Hardbodies (1984)
I was raised in the 80s, so it should be no surprise that I have an affinity for the decade's sex comedies. This film falls somewhere between Meatballs and Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise. I'm not going to lie; I could watch this again.
105. (642.) Spring Break (1983)
This, however, shouldn't have been watched once. Boring cliche beach movie with less skin than Summer School and less comedy than One Crazy Summer. It's one redeeming feature is the blatant product placement for Coca-Cola.
106. (643.) Life with Father (1947)
I think this movie meant to portray familyhood as a heartwarming, positive thing, but all I could see were reasons to never ever get married or have children.
107. (644.) The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)
I'd seen bits and pieces of this Beatles-parody mockumentary before, but never the whole thing. I was glad to see George Harrison was in on the joke.
108. (645.) Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
There's nothing worse than a comedy that isn't funny, but an action film with bad choreography isn't much better. These films don't need actors with range (see: Bronson, Charles or Segal, Steven), but we do expect them to have some gravitas and the necessary ability to convince us that they have the will and physical skills to do the things we see them do on screen. Kristen Kreuck was simply not up to this role. Avoid it if you can.
Whew! That's 30 movies in 30 days. Back soon with more.