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Monday Movies: Many

This week marked a return to form on the movie front, as mailing problems were resolved and a “morning movie” schedule was instituted. Sadly, the quality of the films was not as consistent as one would like.

  • Night Moves — I got this because of Gene Hackman, but apparently even he sometimes appears in bewildering, poorly-paced movies. I think there’s fundamentally something I can’t understand about 70s action/thriller films.
  • Bad Lieutenant — Several friends have recommended the Herzog quasi-remake, so I decided to watch the original. It felt like a Scorsese movie with everything turned up to 11 and a lot more sex. Highlight of the film: when he’s driving around and the baseball game doesn’t go his way, so he pulls out his gun and shoots the car’s radio.
  • Heartbeat Detector — A recommendation from Anthony, this Haneke-esque movie was, in a Haneke-esque way, not directly “enjoyable,” but it will stick with me for a while. The big differences from Haneke were a lack of strong female characters and the occasional intrusion of Lynch-like surrealism (for instance, the unannounced inclusion of a dream).
  • The Kid — A good Tramp film from Charlie Chaplin, which followed the typical plot arc of the Tramp lucking out and then being threatened with having his good fortune taken away. Having watched several silent films lately, I’m starting to see how a lot of the dialogue in “talkies” is pretty superfluous — maybe this will teach me to pay more attention to other things.

We also got about halfway through Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which leaves me wondering: “Who are those guys?”

What did you watch, my dear dwindling cadre of readers?

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June 21, 2010 - Posted by | Monday Movies

7 Comments

  1. i watched Up and Bright Star and liked both,
    great movies, crying inducing
    i even cried together with the heroine when she receives the sad news that JK passed away and what stupid moral norms were back then, she must be so regretted that she let her fate to slip away just because of some stupid norms about when and how one should marry and what requirements for one’s marriage there should have been, the suitable income most importantly, and the genius young poet had to starve to death because of that, such a crime against humanity it was, it felt like
    the movie felt very modern, or real, not like other period British dramas which seem all very archaic on the purpose
    a very moving scene when she founds him outside the house in the grass, that’s how one was so moving to her asking salvage collecting all his might, heartbreaking

    Comment by read | June 21, 2010

  2. The Bad Sleep Well, which was excellent.

    Comment by ben | June 21, 2010

  3. I finally finished Little Murders, which sat inexplicably in the DVD player for a week at the 55-minute mark. This monologue is my favorite part — it concludes with the aphorism “It’s dangerous to challenge a system unless you’re completely at peace with the thought that you’re not going to miss it when it collapses.”

    Comment by k-sky | June 21, 2010

  4. “The Goods” certainly lived up to its name, let me tell you that. Andy Bernard as a member of “man-band” was a fantastic idea–as was his exceptionally contemporary hair. As with all movies of this genre, the “love interest” angle was dumb. And, finally a movie where Rob Riggle wasn’t annoying, but only because his character was a ten year old boy with a pituary problem. Remember when Jeremy Piven was John Cusack’s loser best friend (e.g., “Gross Pointe Blank”)?

    Comment by Craig | June 21, 2010

  5. Charlie Chapman? Didn’t he assassinate John Lenin?

    I saw A Serious Man, and was really disappointed there were not more links with the Shtetl at the beginning and the rest. The Coens to be trying a bit of the Soderbergh, do something commercial and then something ‘auteur’ but it just wasn’t self indulgent enough, as Soderbergh allows himself to be. The tornado at the end was great though.

    Comment by Gabe | June 21, 2010

  6. Exactly where the fuck was Ben on that misspelling?!

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | June 21, 2010

  7. I was misspelling “strange” over at An und für sich.

    Comment by ben | June 21, 2010


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