Thor: Ragnorok (2017) – The Marvel movies are operating at peak efficiency now, churning out amusing set pieces and a constant stream of amusing wisecracks
Horse Feathers (1932) – This short Marx brothers film set at a college finds them operating at their peak. Some of the jokes fall a little flat, and some of Harpo’s rapier moments are a little cringe-worthy, but overall this is one of the good ones.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) – This is supposedly some kind of great masterpiece, but goddamn was it a chore to sit through. This is so pretentious, it makes Antonioni seem like the Farrely brothers in comparison.
Possession (1981) – This comes off like a cross between Lynch and Bunuel (albeit without quite the same amount of talent as either of them) as a simple tale of marital strife escalates VERY quickly (and doesn’t stop for the entire run-time). Even if I suspect this isn’t as deep as the director wants it to be, it will still grab you by the throat and not let go–you will find yourself chortling in disbelief at how astonishingly over the top it all is.
The Road to El Dorado (2000) – There is a bit more story here than most animated fare (though, as usual, none of it holds up to scrutiny) in this tale of conquistador con men and a city of gold. Kline and Branagh’s banter provides a few smiles, and there are scattered fun moments in between the juvenile shit–so, overall, this was a pleasant diversion.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – Stunningly beautiful, this nails the retro-future dystopian atmosphere the first film captured so brilliantly. Unfortunately the plot just kind of wanders around and makes a few digressions into potentially interesting side stories and then lets it all fizzle out like this is only part one of a larger movie.
My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) – There are scattered decent moments, but overall I found very little to distinguish this from the equally unimpressive TV show. All in all, the 1986 MLP movie was a stronger film.
Thunder and the House of Magic (2013) – Slightly low budget (animation consistently falls just on the wrong side of impressive) movie about a kitten abandoned at the house of an eccentric magician. It was fun enough, but the plot seems to have obviously been cranked out without much enthusiasm, and the “bad” rabbit antagonist stuff drug on far too long.
Mr. Boogedy (1986) – Basically just a TV pilot (for a show that never got picked up) about a doofus dad and his family who move into a haunted house and decide NOT to get the fuck out. The script is reasonably taut, but pretty much only nostalgia will find anything else nice to say about this one.