Here are some two sentence reviews of the movies I watched in June.
- Movies watched – 8
- Movies that were new to me – 5
- Ratio of superhero movies to rom coms – 2:3
- Monthly Masterpieces – It Happened One Night, Invasion of the Body Snatchers
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) – It’s nice to see the X-Men franchise continues to hang on to the new life it found with First Class, this is another entertaining and overall smartly made film. It even makes the time travel/alternate futures stuff somewhat plausible, so, well done on that!
- Heavenly Creatures (1994) – True story of an intense friendship/love affair between two teenage girls in Australia. I tend to dislike films that use this many crane shots, but the excessive stylistics and bold directorial choices end up working in this oddly charming film’s favor.
- It Happened One Night (1934) – Classic rom com “slumming it” road trip movie that is probably the best work from everyone involved (which is high praise considering the cast and filmmaker). Every scene positively glows, literally in the case of the almost “fantasy” night lighting.
- Caught (1949) – Melodrama about a woman who marries an absolute monster. Ophuls’ camera is as delightful as ever, though the ending is lessened a bit by jumping through about ten too many hoops to please the censors.
- Hit and Run (2012) – Dax Sheppard is kind of like a less douchey Dane Cook, and he brings a bit of his unlikely charm to this rom comesque film he made with his real life wife Kristin Bell. It perhaps bites off a bit more than it can chew in places, but overall the good stuff smooths out the rough spots (of which there are more than a few).
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – Terrifying horror film that milks the “last sane man left on earth” premise for all it’s worth. It’s a shame they have to tack on the happy ending–the original ending is easily one of the all time greats.
- Amazing Spider Man 2 (2014) – Garfield and Stone are still pretty cute, but otherwise the lazy, stupid, and completely unbelievable script completely kills this one. Also, I really don’t think that’s quite how magnets work.
- The Wedding Planner (2001) – Though Mcconaughey and Lopez are pretty charming, the skeevy meet-cute (coupled with the frustratingly imbecilic romantic competition from the Italian guy) really takes this down a few notches. Not the great rom-com everyone says it is, but not without its merits either.