There is one excellent chase ending with a boom at a construction site; the rest of this Michael Winner film tends to Read the rest of this entry »
I know, it’s March. I haven’t slacked off on my screen time. It’s been winter, after all. I just need to catch up with accounting for my hours.
Louis C.K. All Chewed Up: This is one of Mr. Lousy’s picks. I mostly enjoyed the stand-up, and it does make me appreciate his television show more. As much as he manages to offend, he usually turns his aim back on himself. (2008)
The Scalphunters: Where to begin? I can’t fathom a summary, so I’ll just run down the cast of this 1968 Sydney Pollack western. Burt Lancaster is an illiterate, hard-drinking fur trapper. Ossie Davis is a highly educated runaway slave finagling his way to Mexico. Telly Savalas is the hard-drinking leader of a band of Read the rest of this entry »
So this is how it ends. I think my December is a fairly good reflection of all the movies I like – classics, documentaries, heavy dramas, smart comedies and those movies I just never got around to before. I thought about coming up with something insightful and clever about my movie habits. But I don’t feel like it. I’m feeling very optimistic for 2013 and dwelling on 2012 seems antithetical to that purpose.
I will say this – I’ve never kept track of how many or which movies I watch. I always knew I saw more than most but even I am surprised to find that I watched 134 movies. That’s 11.16 movies a month, 2.58 movies a week. I’m surprised I’ve managed to do anything else. Because I know I also watch an awful lot of television and I’d like to think I read a fair amount. As a holiday bonus, I’m listing the books I read this year too. So here it goes – the last list for 2012.
120 – Street Fight – politics + race = scariness
121 – Trespass – Schumacher must stop
122 – 50/50 – not too goofy
123 – Waltz with Bashir – harrowing, frightening, gobsmacked
124 – Mulan (Disney) – cute little dragon
125 – Hitchcock – fun, light, entertaining
126 – Looking for Richard – Pacino’s gross ponytail
127 – The Killers – Lancaster is foxy
128 – Shaun of the Dead – smart, funny z-story
129 – State and Main – so that happened
130 – Lincoln – DDL is god
131 – Skyfall – best Bond cinematography
132 – This is 40 – it kinda is
133 – Life of Pi – reading the book
134 – Central Park Five – depressing power abuse
My Books – 2012 – Don’t Judge, It’s Just a List
1 – My Lucky Star/Joe Keenan
2 – E-Myth/Michael E. Gerber
3 – James and the Giant Peach/Roald Dahl
4 – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?/Mindy Kaling
5 – The Graveyard Book/Neil Gaiman
6 – Spain/Rick Steves
7 – Tale of Sand/Jim Henson
8 – Shenzhen/Guy Delisle
9 – The Hunger Games/Suzanne Collins
10 – Moneyball/Michael Lewis
11 – Neverwhere/Neil Gaiman
12 – Divergent/Veronica Roth
13 – The Book Thief/Marcus Zusak
14 – Matched/Ally Condie
15 – Insurgent/Veronica Roth
16 – Eat, Pray, Love/Elizabeth Gilbert
17 – American Gods/Neil Gaiman
18 – A Discovery of Witches/Deborah Harkness
19 – Act Like a Man, Think Like a Woman/Steve Harvey
20 – World War Z/Max Brooks
21 – Shadow of Night/Deborah Harkness
22 – Fifty Shades of Grey/EL James
23 – I Feel Bad About My Neck/Nora Ephron
So about 2 books a month. Again, I don’t really know how much other people read but I feel pretty good about that number.
Overall I think 2012 was a better year for movies than 2011 and I generally liked the books I read this year. There are always some stinkers but I finished them all and liked more than I disliked. You can’t really complain about that.
2013 – bring it.
Getting back on track again with my movie watching. Colder weather and a holiday usually do the trick. My family are movie people – over Thanksgiving we saw a movie a day – Argo, Silver Linings Playbook and Death at a Funeral. I’m trying to get through my Netflix queue. There are a lot of classics on there and a ton of documentaries. I’m trying to balance it out so I can get through my queue – a classic, a doc, something fun. My only rule is if I get a DVD and I’m not feeling it or I know I’m not going to watch it in a week I send it back and but back on my queue. I’ve got enough going on – I don’t need Netflix guilt too.
Ok here we go –
108 – From Here to Eternity – Crushing on Lancaster
109 – Casino Royale – Bond Craig refresher
110 – Quantum of Solace – despite Craig, dull
111 – Skyfall – Beautifully shot Bond
112 – Cool Hand Luke – Anti-hero’s hero
113 – The Debt – lies gonna getcha
114 – Helvetica – love specific docs
115 – Argo – Affleck can direct
116 – Silver Linings Playbook – Russell consistently great
117 – Source Code – kinda dumb, confusing
118 – Death at a Funeral (original British version) – beats American version
119 – The Rock – Cage, Connery – FUN!