(Mink Stole. She’s not a part of this list but I needed her encouragement.)
My goal is to update every Friday. Goals, however, can be tricky. That observable and/or measurable part usually gets me into trouble.
Congratulate me for my first Friday update!
1. SWING (2003)
My mood after: Disappointed. The promise of Barry Bostwick nudity never came to fruition. This was definitely not a film to kick off my year of movie watching. (Disclaimer: I never read anything that mentioned Barry Bostwick nudity. I think Four Loko was still affecting my judgement.)
2. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
My mood after: Floaty. I absolutely love this movie and make a point of watching it at least once a year. No Hobbit nudity.
3. THE LORD OF THE RINGS; THE TWO TOWERS (2002)
My mood after: Exhausted. I used to have better Frodo stamina. I needed a nap after this one.
4. LEGION (2010)
My mood after: I know I’m not drunk. I have no idea who greenlit that project or why Paul Bettany felt he needed to be in it, but this movie was a hot mess. Made zero sense. Didn’t look good. The positive? Well, I didn’t want to punch anyone after watching it. I really just wanted to hug the writer & director and whisper in their ear: “I think Wal-Mart is hiring.”
5. VERY YOUNG GIRLS (2007)
My mood after: What a waste. I love “gritty” docs that make me cry at the end. This wasn’t gritty enough for me and I wanted to smack a lot of the subjects. Hope that doesn’t make me a member of the smackaho tribe ‘cuz that’s not my gig. It also felt like the filmmaker wasn’t just a casual observer of events — you know what I mean?
6. PEPPERMINT CANDY (1999)
My first Korean film of the year. I will write something about it later. EXCELLENT!! My first movie cry and stomach ache.
7. THE AGE OF STUPID (2009)
My mood after: Perplexed. Why did Pete Postlethwaite need to be in this doc. (Disclaimer: I watched this doc the evening before Mr. Postlethwaite died.) Another doc about how we’re killing the earth with our consumer foolishness. It took an interesting approach by interviewing subjects around the globe — instead of just English-speaking countries.
8. THE ART OF THE STEAL (2009)
My mood after: Anti-Art Museum. A man spends his life and money accruing an awe-inspiring collection of art and the rich folk steal it after his death — against his written wishes!! This doc has been on my to-see list for a while. Highly recommended.
9. WITCH HUNT (2008)
My mood after: I want to punch dance. Another doc about a town accusing neighbors of being child molesters. This is almost as good as CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS. Check it out.
10. A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984)
My mood after: Nostalgic. I love epic films released in the 80s. I can’t help it. This is David Lean’s last film.
11. MICKI + MAUDE (1984)
My mood after: Calgon take me away. I honestly don’t remember all of the screaming and squealing in this movie. Add to that I don’t necessarily have a love for Dudley Moore and we’ve got a receipe for disaster. Not one of my favorite Blake Edwards films.
12. F IS FOR FAKE (1974)
My mood after: L is for Love. I prefer this film to EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP. Yes, I said it!
13. UNTHINKABLE (2010)
My mood after: Where’s my checkbook? It’s apparent that Samuel L Jackson has burned through this Hollywood movie because he is becoming less and less discriminating when choosing roles. OK, so this was supposed to be edgy and topical but I found it tedious. The idea was interesting. The execution failed.
14. LEGEND (1985)
My mood after: Glittery. This was the first time I re-visited this film since its original theatrical release and I got to see it in 35mm!! You get Ridley Scott, bubbles, unicorns and Cruise crotch. See this movie if you haven’t already.
15. BEING THERE (1979)
My mood after: Giddy. I love Hal Ashby. I love everything he did. Add Ashby and Peter Sellers and I’m a giggling puddle. See it. Buy it. Live it.
16. MACHINE GUN MCCAIN (1969)
My mood after: Let’s do the Cabbage Patch. Folks, it’s John Cassavetes! “Even the Mafia calls him Mister!”
17. GROWN UPS (2010)
My mood after: WTF? I don’t know if I’ve seen such a waste of comedic talent* ever. (*Talent does not include Rob Schneider or David Spade….well, and that Kevin James guy.) This was my punishment for not completing my movie tally in 2010. New Tallyteers, please take note. This can happen to you if you don’t finish your tallies!
[I’m not even providing the IMDB link for this one.]
18. EDDIE MURPHY RAW (1987)
My mood after: Leather suits were never cool. Kids, back in the 80s Eddie Murphy was funny…..really funny…..dirty, filthy funny. What happened to him? He started talking to animals and picking up tranny hookers. I like DELIRIOUS just a little bit more, but after GROWN UPS, even watching BIRTH OF A NATION would have made me laugh.
Well, that’s it. 18 films in the first 6 days of January.