Saturday 14 March 2015
Only 14 more movies to cover until we get through February. What can I say? The couch is comfy in the middle of winter.
29. (776.) The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
A direct line can be drawn from this movie to a modern Adam Sandler comedy. Good comedy has to be unexpected. This is not good comedy.
30. (777.) Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
A cute movie about relationships and a tiny bit of science fiction. I liked it a lot, especially the way the ending made me think about what I had already seen. (I figured it could only end one of two ways, and it chose the "happy" path. That wasn't a bad decision.)
31. (778.) Morituri (1965)
There seem to be two Marlon Brandos. There's the brilliant actor of On the Waterfront and the scenery chewer of Mutiny on the Bounty, and it's not as quite easy to differentiate them as dividing them between early and late periods. I'm pleased to say this tense thriller and it's strong anti-war message (though how many Hollywood features really glorify war, really) benefit from the good Brando.
32. (779.) The Sweet Ride (1968)
I'm not really sure why this movie was made. It's part mystery, part beach movie, part exploitation film. There's a lot of promise at it's core about exploring the directionless youth half-heartedly embracing 1960s counter-culture, but somehow fails to deliver with weak cinematography and a general lack of focus that echoes the theme of its characters. Was that the point?
33. (780.) Hitchcock (2012)
There is no drama, artificial or otherwise, in this movie about the making of one of the best suspense thrillers ever made. Go watch Psycho instead.
34. (781.) Modesty Blaise (1966)
Wow. I dig the color and style of this attempt at a female James Bond, but I prefer my action movies to make a little more sense. (And for a movie with such a strong female lead character, how did Terence Stamp end up with all the best parts?)
35. (782.) Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
This movie seems to have a very pro-torture bias. If it was really this effective, why did it take a decade to get Bin Laden?
More to come.