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Scorpio long posterHow can you go wrong with Alain Delon as an international assassin who loves kitties? Burt Lancaster is his hitman mentor until Delon is hired to kill him.

Alain Delon outrageously sexy in Scorpio

Alain Delon as outrageously sexy international assassin; code name: Scorpio.

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 »

January Viewing Cropped

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 »

december 2012

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.

 

November 2012 movies

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!