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Saturday 27 July 2013
It's been like 2 weeks since I last posted about the movies I'm watching, so you're probably in withdrawal by now. Here is every movie I've seen so far this month that didn't start with the word "the."
107. (414.) With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)
Family comedy, late 60s style. This is George Carlin's first movie role, but Mom was far more excited to notice Eddie Haskell in a bit part.
108. (415.) Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Believe it or not, I'd never seen this whole movie before, just some of the musical scenes. It's not bad, but there's too much obvious fiction in this biopic for my tastes.
109. (416.) Romeo Must Die (2000)
This action film tries to compensate for its brainlessness by incorporating some pretty entertaining special effects and fight scenes. It would be better if there was less talking and more fighting.
110. (417.) 2-Headed Shark Attack (2012)
Oh, poor Carmen Electra. Are you reduced to roles where you pose as cheesecake for an hour before dying while awkwardly kissing Jerry O'Connell's brother in front of a green screen? So sad.
111. (418.) Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
I had to call my father and tell him that Burt Lancaster, Wyatt Earp in this film, reminded my of his father: tall, quiet, methodical, wearing his belt around his armpits. I suspect that Grandaddy's similarities to Lancaster's behaviors probably are no coincidence.
121. (428.) Monster House (2006)
The computer generated renderings in this film are handled in a unique way. It's like the skin is all too thick, more akin to claymation than typical motion capture. The characters seem to be hiding behind rubber masks. As a result the textures don't look rendered, they look carved. It's an artistic choice, but why would anyone expect realism in a movie about a house that eats people?
124. (431.) Christmas in July (1940)
Preston Sturges delivers again! The endlessly repeated slogan "if you can't sleep at night, it's not the coffee, it's the bunk!" is pure comedy gold.
125. (432.) To Have and Have Not (1944)
This film is desperate to recapture the magic of Casablanca, but succeeds primarily in providing a great launching platform for the career of Lauren Bacall. She's amazing. Mom tells me that she was her father's favorite actress, and it is easy to see why.