Monday 12 March 2018
Today's movie list is a little longer than usual as I finish off February, so bear with me.
32. (1261.) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
I might be the only person in America who still resists The Rock as an A-list actor, but his charisma is undeniable as the centerpiece of this teenager adventure fantasy. My enjoyment was much improved by the fact that the night before watching this, I started playing Far Cry 4, which might as well be the video game the movie makes fun of.
33. (1262.) Heist (2015)
Who doesn't enjoy a stripped down, European-style action film? It started so slowly that I almost gave up on it, but I'm very pleased that I stuck it out. Fun.
34. (1263.) A Passage to India (1984)
Amazing cinematography frames a story best described as "Life Sucks for Everyone." Beautiful.
35. (1264.) The Joneses (2010)
David Duchovny and Demi Moore star as heads of a fake family planted in suburbia in a corporate guerrilla marketing exercise. I would have liked a little more bite — what Paddy Chayefsky or Billy Wilder couldn't have done with this concept! — but what I got wasn't entirely unsatisfying, thanks largely to the stars.
36. (1265.) Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Another musical I'd seen most of in clips but never in one sitting. Great songs marred only by Betty Hutton's often overly-broad performance more suited for the stage than the screen.
38. (1267.) Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
There was a lot of talk about this musical mystery movie back when I was in elementary school. I'm glad I didn't watch it then. It takes some tarnish to understand the nostalgia and appreciate the weirdly bittersweet ending. (Also, speaking in hindsight, it's fun to see Joey Pantoliano wearing a bald cap and wig.)
February turned out to be a pretty good month for movies. Let's see if March can raise that bar.