Tuesday 28 July 2015
I'd better go ahead and dump the final batch of movies watched in June before I get to July!
114. (861.) Black Belt Jones (1974)
Jim Kelly stars in this blacksploitation karate movie that entertains despite itself. There's nothing approaching real-world logic here, but plenty of crazy action (and a bunch of brothers who love them some McDonald's).
115. (862.) Easy Rider (1969)
I've intentionally avoided this movie for years and years. (I'm no fan of drug culture movies or motorcycle gang movies, so this never seemed like the movie for me.) Now that I've seen it, I'm not entirely sure what it was about. I get the impression that Fonda and Hopper didn't have a much better idea when they made it.
116. (863.) Harold and Maude (1971)
Show this to your kids. Show this to your kid's kids. Nothing else I have seen in 2015 has come close to evoking the joy I felt while watching this film. I can relate to Harold and I can relate to Maude. I can even relate to Tom Skerritt's put-upon highway patrolman. I wish I could have seen this 20 years ago so that I would have had more time to enjoy it before now. (Props to Mom: she recommended I watch this once while I was in high school, but I never found a copy. Good call, Mom. Good call.)
117. (864.) John Dies at the End (2012)
Actually, John dies much closer to the beginning, but time does funny things in this genre-defying sci-fi-horror-comedy. It reminds me of Buckaroo Bonsai in all the best ways.
118. (865.) Macbeth (1948)
Now King Lear is the only major Shakespearean tragedy I haven't seen a big-screen version of. I can see how purists might not like Orson Welles' expressionistic take on this classic, but I liked it. (When do I ever not like Orson Welles?)
Ok, now I've cleaned the slate for July's movies, coming next month! (I promise that there will be more blacksploitation and less Shakespeare. A man's got to have his priorities!)