Here are some two sentence reviews of the movies I watched in December.
- Movies watched – 8
- Movies that were new to me – 6
- Christmas movies – 2
- Monthly Masterpieces – It’s a Wonderful Life, Casablanca
- Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) – The Madagascar movies are kind of second stringers to the big pixar stuff, but they are fun enough, and this one might even be the strongest. I just wish I could figure out how the fuck that tiger kept jumping through those rings.
- It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – Kind of a reverse Citizen Kane–this time the guy whose life doesn’t turn out the way he had hoped doesn’t let it get him down (or, he does, but he gets over it). One of those movies that will make you a little misty no matter how many times you see it.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – Dire attempt to capture that Dr. Suess style that succeeds only in capturing an object lesson in the dangers of letting your rubber faced star mug his way through the movie for 90 minutes. Or, however long this one is…I didn’t finish it and have no desire to do so.
- Star Wars – The Force Awakens (2015) – Pretty damn fun, with plenty of mindless (and well-paced) action and great new characters to make this one a blast to watch. But, seriously, couldn’t they have tried just a tiny bit harder to do something other than blow up another fucking Death Star?
- Casablanca (1942) – About as perfect of a movie as one can make, with just about every member of the dream team cast and crew turning in career best work. It’s just too bad about the ending–I know it couldn’t go any other way, but I still wouldn’t want her to fly off without me were I Bogie (which, is maybe why I’m not Bogie).
- Seven Beauties (1975) – The, at times, annoyingly stylish filmmaking makes it tough to tell exactly how “good” this film actually is. Ultimately I think it is a worthwhile artistic endeavor, if you enjoy artistic endeavors that sadistically wallow in the basest instincts of the human race.
- Tangerine (2015) – Popping with energy and style to spare, this film is far more than just a “filmed entirely on an iphone 5” gimmick. The story doesn’t break much new ground, but you will never be bored, that’s for sure.
- Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) – Perhaps ultimately a bit inconsequential, but there is no denying the craft with which it is constructed. Also, though it is a wordless movie full of throwaway sight gags, it still manages to outshine most of the soulless humor that is found in most modern animated fare.