Monday 1 December 2014
Only 12 movies in November. (I've been busy!) So let's get started.
186. (723.) The Internship (2013)
Google swears they didn't pay to be in this corporate promotion disguised as a workplace teamwork comedy (if "comedy" is the right word). I don't mean to say it didn't have a few laughs (though I can't think of any off the top of my head), but it is not the best work of anyone involved, Google included.
187. (724.) House of Dark Shadows (1970)
Vampire soap opera? What will they think of next! Thankfully, it doesn't take itself too seriously.
188. (725.) Night of Dark Shadows (1971)
I'd only associated the Dark Shadows franchise with Barnabus Collins' vampire/love story, so I was surprised that this reworking of the series' second season presented a ghost/love story. Interesting.
189. (726.) The Fog (1980)
Can you tell I had a lot of leftover Halloween movies on my DVR at the start of the month? This is a much better ghost story than anything Dark Shadows offers. I like director John Carpenter. He is a lean storyteller: never any dull filler in his movies. According to IMDb, there are only 4 Carpenter directed films I haven't seen yet. So be on the lookout here for Someone's Watching Me, Prince of Darkness, In the Mouth of Madness, and The Ward once I've tracked them down.
190. (727.) The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
As much as I love Wes Anderson, this film felt cold and hollow, devoid of the heart of Royal Tannenbaums or even Moonrise Kingdom, like this was an abstract exploration of the trappings of a Wes Anderson film. Don't get me wrong, I liked it. It's just not my favorite.
191. (728.) American Hustle (2013)
What the hell was wrong with everyone in the 1970s? Did fashion die for a decade? Good film. Lot of fun. But, duh-aym, its world was ugly.
I'll save the other 6 November movies for another week. More to come.