Sunday, September 4, 2016

Films I Saw in August

The Nice Guys

I finally started watching Game of Thrones last month (and preparing the 2011 SoundSpec Awards, which should be posted later this week), so I only watched nine films.

9. Equals
C+

8. Born to Be Blue
C+

7. The River
B-

6. The Intervention
B

5. The Lost Boys
B

4. Everybody Wants Some!!
B

3. The Lobster
A-

2. Point Break
A

1. The Nice Guys
A

12 comments:

  1. YASSSSSSS!!!

    The Nice Guys was brilliantly hilarious!!!

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    1. YAY!!! You liked it, you really liked it! The film is all over the place, but in the BEST way. And Crowe and Gosling are great together!

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    2. I really, really hope they do a sequel...or better yet, an HBO series. Snatch them Emmys, boys!

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    3. A series would be awesome!

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  2. The Nice Guys was such a fun movie, and I'm always up for The Lost Boys.

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  3. I wish so hard that The Nice Guys got more love at the box office, because it's fantastic. A firm leader for my favourite of the entire year!
    - Allie

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    1. It's near the top of my list! But I still have a lot to see. ;)

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  4. I’ve seen about half of these, some recently and some long ago. Everybody Wants Some was kind of fun, B is about what I’d give it maybe a B-. I was looking forward to The Lobster so, I love both Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, but it didn’t grab me and by the end I really didn’t like it. The acting was good but I’ll never watch it again.

    It’s been ages since I watched either Point Break or The Lost Boys, both are fun, ridiculous entertainments I’d rate as solid B’s. This is one of Keanu’s better performances even though the whole premise is so extreme. I wanted to see The Nice Guys but it was in and out of the theatres so fast I’ll have to settle for video.

    I saw quite a few last month, a great deal of it middling but there were a few standouts:

    Gertrud-I’m a bit conflicted on this. I liked the film quite a bit, and leading lady Nina Pens Rode was great, but because of the way the performers were directed to deliver their lines it had the feeling of a stage play which I found distracting.

    It Happened in Roma-Cute Italian comedy with Linda Darnell, Vittorio de Sica and Rossano Brazzi about a couple of strangers who both want the same incredible apartment and strike quite the bargain to share it. This has been a Holy Grail title for me for as long as I can remember being one of the last Linda Darnell movies I’ve yet to see, only four more!! and I’ll have seen her entire filmography. I would have watched it no matter what but it was a bonus that it was a pleasant view. Now if I could only find her other Italian endeavor “Angels of Darkness” where she co-stars with Valentina Cortese and Giulietta Masina I’d be giddy with delight.

    Contempt-I’m not usually a Godard fan but this one was very involving with probably the best Brigette Bardot performance I’ve seen.

    The Remarkable Andrew-Spirited comedy in more ways than one. An unbelievably young William Holden is an eager beaver efficient accountant who is almost railroaded for a discrepancy he finds in his company’s book until the spirit of his idol Andrew Jackson shows up and starts advising him, calling in other heavy hitters like George Washington along the way.

    Standing Room Only-This one is a comedy very much of its time, 1944, since it deals with the housing shortage during WWII in DC but it’s a charmer with wonderful performances by Paulette Goddard, Fred MacMurray and Roland Young.

    Plus two documentaries-What Happened, Miss Simone? & Tab Hunter Confidential. Both were extremely interesting, I liked the Tab Hunter one more, perhaps because it had a happier resolution but both well made.

    And then there were unfortunately some real dogs mixed in: These four were just headache inducing trash for various reasons-The Fat Spy, Aloha, Those People, and End of Days.

    The other two were just wreckage from two different eras:

    Lapin 360-Another Grail title which quite frankly I never expected to find and I’m not too thrilled that I did. Watched it strictly because it was one of Anne Baxter’s last films. Her part was small, made no sense-but then neither did the film-and she vanished midway through. I think the movie was about a man who was kidnapped and held prisoner in his own home but it was such a disaster I can’t swear to it.

    Ann Carver’s Profession-Wildly sexist and offensive. The main character is a high powered successful attorney married to a loser who can’t handle her success so turns into a souse and ends up mixed up in murder and somehow the movie insists it was all Ann Carver’s fault. I wanted to throw something threw the TV by the time it ended.

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    1. It looks like you had an interesting month of films.

      I thought Everybody Wants Some and The Lobster were a little overrated, but the latter had a very intriguing concept, even if the film felt like a small step down from Lanthimos' previous ones.

      I expected to like The Lost Boys more, actually. Point Break is pure cheese, but flawlessly so.

      Gertrud is on my watchlist, and I really liked Contempt, which I still find a tad overpraised. Standing Room Only and those two documentaries are some others I'd like to check out.

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  5. I think The Nice Guys is one of those movies I'm going to have to watch again to fully appreciate haha. Don't get me wrong, I liked it - just need to see if it improves on the rewatch.

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    1. Haha, it's a flawed film, but I embraced it, warts and all.

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