my movies june 2014When you’re on a plane to Beijing, you will watch just about anything. With the in-flight movie selection improving and number increasing this allows for fast work of a 12 hours flight.

58 – We Bought a Zoo – stop precocious kids
59 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – high hopes dashed
60 – The Wolf of Wall Street – surprising, engaging hubris
61 – Ender’s Game – over-simplified, lacks context62 – Thor – The Dark World – Norse mythological fun!
63 – Chef – sappy studio ending
64 – X-Men Days of Future Past – complicated plot success
65 – The Fault in Our Stars – sucker for Shailene

my movies may 201446 – We’re the Millers – raunchy, funny enough
47 – Neighbors – wives shallow too
48 – Iron Giant – still touching wonder
49 – The Vow – yep, dopey weeper
50 – Martha Marcy May Marlene – abrupt, disappointing ending
51 – Moonrise Kingdom – charms remain potent
52 – Enough Said – Holofcenter lightens up
53 – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – dumber than expected
54 – Snake Eyes – Crazy Cage canon
55 – Lola Versus – becomes upsympathetic, unlikable
56 – Monuments Men – lacks focus, fun
57 – Anchorman 2 – not weird enough

EbertI miss Roger Ebert.

My family is a movie family. One of the great moments in my family’s history was when my parents got a VCR in 1984. Every weekend we would go to the neighborhood video store. I, my younger sister, and my parents as a couple would each pick a title. There was one more stop Read the rest of this entry »

Discarded LoversSomewhat shoddy murder mystery clocking in at just under an hour, making it seem like a sloppily written episode of Murder, She Wrote presented via kinescope through an aquarium wall

The 1932  Tower programmer kicks off quite well with an extended shot on a Hollywood soundstage and Read the rest of this entry »

Please Murder Me Lobby Card

PLEASEMURDERMEA tight noir that moves its three principals briskly and efficiently through their paces right to their respective dooms, Please Murder Me offers Raymond Burr – practically auditioning for Perry Mason as a defense attorney – as the dupe and Angela Lansbury as the matronly but adulterous wife and femme fatale. Both performances register as Read the rest of this entry »

Robert Duvall as Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Robert Duvall as Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird.

I’ve never really understood the magnanimous praise heaped on the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. To be honest, I’m not even that Read the rest of this entry »

 

April Movies

 

32 – Divergent – Four Four Four
33 – In a World – slight but cute
34 – Wanderlust – meh blah forgettable
35 – The Great Gatsby – manic 20′s works
36 – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Fiennes’ delightful cad
37 – Prisoners – killer’s mighty vengeance
38 – Pussy Riot Punk Prayer – eloquent, passionate sisterhood
39 – The Aviator – Blanchett’s grating Hepburn
40 – Rififi – heist movie provenance
41 – Kinky Boots – huge musical potential
42 – Tootsie – love the reveal
43 – Gosford Park – superior to Downton
44 – The Way Way Back – quietly endearing charmer
45 – Battleship – aliens just misunderstood?

One of Sasha's best: drunken Spike awakens on Angel's patio to golden rays of sunlight and his arm on fire.

One of Sasha’s best: drunken Spike awakens on Angel’s patio to golden rays of sunlight and his arm on fire. This is a light-up dispay!

Spike’s back for a brief visit in s3, but he’s not the renegade from School Hard or even the deceptively defeatist vamp from Becoming Part 1. In his unglorious return to Sunnydale, he’s lovelorn and dejected, played for almost entirely for comic relief, and while I’m down with him as Read the rest of this entry »

The Quebec version. Does this mean it's still another DV?

The Quebec version. Does this mean it’s still another DV?

Dubbing! I love it and I hate it, but either way it unquestionably fascinates me, now more than ever. I am re-re-watching s3 of BtVS and have elected for my third round of viewing to experience the Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s a callback to the BtVS episode I Only Have Eyes for You, one of my all-time Buffy favorites, which showcases the title-inspiring song with its gorgeous 1959 version by The Flamingos, whose harmonies send me into an almost dream state. I also love the intimacy of the lyrics, Read the rest of this entry »

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