Sunday 17 January 2016
This is it, the final batch of movies I watched in 2015.
186. (933.) 2 Guns (2013)
I remember this movie getting some bad reviews when it was released, largely because it's a pretty by-the-numbers action/revenge flick. The charisma of the stars, plus some pretty entertaining action sequences, more than overcome the predictability. C'mon. let's face it: no one watches a Mark Wahlberg movie to be surprised.
187. (934.) Pale Rider (1985)
I was certain that I'd seen this movie, but catching the beginning on AMC revealed otherwise. I love High Plains Drifter, and I most certainly would have realized that this was a derivation of that formula if I'd seen this before. In High Plains Drifter, Eastwood is a devil. Here, he's an angel. Same story, different ethics. Frankly, High Plains Drifter is better.
198. (936.) Dick Tracy (1945)
I assumed I must have seen this in the early 90s when my brother was on a big Dick Tracy comic kick. However, like Pale Rider, I had no memory of the actors or the action when I actually put my eyes on it. Unlike Pale Rider, which has some memorable scenes, I doubt I'll remember much about this movie a few months from now.
190. (937.) Despicable Me 2 (2013)
As good as the first? No. But still cute and clever and entertaining. Note to future sequel writers: get the characters right, and everything else will write itself.
191. (938.) The Terrorists (1974)
To cap off the 2015 appropriately, I saved this Sean Connery film for last. Marketed like an action film, I think it was intended to be more of a suspense film. There's remarkably little of either. I recommend against this unless you're a Connery completist.
So there you go, 191 movies watched in 2015. (If you were paying attention, you might notice that the numbering got wonky here at the end. I screwed them up waaay back in July and only noticed it in December. I was busy watching movies, not numbers.)
As a quick recap, note that the actor I saw most often in 2015 was William Powell. Seven William Powell movies in 2015 brings my total count of William Powell films seen to thirty! Long live William Powell. IMDb.com says he was in 96 movies over the course of his career. Obviously, I have to step up my game.