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Monday Movies: Nymphos!!!!

Movies watched this weekend:

  • Shock Corridor — Brad asked if I’d seen this one, and feeling uninspired by my queue, I decided to put it right at the top. What an absolutely horrible movie — but fun to watch. This week’s subtitle comes from an undermotivated scene where the main character, who fakes insanity in order to solve a murder committed in a mental hospital and thereby win a Pulitzer, wanders into the woman’s ward. His assessment of the patients proves accurate, as they all gang up to sexually assault him. Another great moment: a character who otherwise has no lines suddenly proclaims, “I’m impotent, and I like it!”
  • Crazy Heart — Jeff Bridges’ character was great, but I could detect no plot worthy of the name.
  • Post Grad — the saga of an unemployed recent college grad played by the star of TV’s Gilmore Girls, this film basically made no sense at all. Michael Keaton put in a decent performance as the father, and the second-string QB from Friday Night Lights put in a nearly unwatchable performance as the platonic “just friend” who is passive-aggressively angling for more — and is bizarrely vindicated when his love leaves her dream job to follow him to law school. Along the way, there are like 50 abortive B-plots that are unceremoniously abandoned. And yet Carol Burnette did play a good grandma.

What did you watch, dear readers?


February 7, 2011 - Posted by | Monday Movies


  1. When we watched Crazy Heart, my wife and I both wondered how he got in such bad shape when he so completely and thoroughly defeated alcoholism the last time with (the movie’s editing seemed to suggest) relative ease.

    I watched some more instant streaming movies on Netflix, including Time Bandits, Full Metal Jacket and Paranormal Activity. Time Bandits was partly inspired by Adam’s comment about Gilliam films, partly by my wife talking about how much her family hated it when they saw it in the theater – back when she was a kid and the family going to the movies was a big deal. I was not a fan.

    Full Metal Jacket was one of those movies that annoys me because so many guys think it’s cool and quote the R. Lee Ermey parts too much. I thought Vincent D’Onofrio overdid Pvt. Pyle’s freakout scene and I generally lose interest in the movie overall after they’re out of boot camp.

    Finally, I commend the demon in Paranormal Activity for having the reserve to not kill the couple much, much sooner.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | February 7, 2011

  2. _the 400 blows_ and _Bed and board_, 5 stars

    Comment by read | February 7, 2011

  3. I watched Even Dwarfs Started Small which, bat shit crazy and near-plotless as it was, engrossed me with all the captivated voyeurism of a fatal car accident.

    Then, because this was at about ten on Saturday night, I watched the first season of Eastbound and Down so I could sleep free of visions of anarchist, mutilating little people.

    Comment by ebolden | February 7, 2011

  4. I’m glad you jumped enjoyed watching Shock Corridor. The declaration “NYMPHOS!” sent me into a fit of laughter rivaled only a week later by my viewing of Kick Ass. (One also has to wonder if the film prompted Dave Chappelle’s classic KKK sketch.)

    As I reported elsewhere, I found Kick Ass to be basically a much better version of Watchmen. Later that night I also watched Mario Bava’s Blood & Black Lace. The latter is a film that only a film geek could really & truly love, but it has its moments for even the casual viewer. As one might expect from Bava, there were many gorgeous shots & atrocious dialogue. Best to watch muted.

    Comment by Brad Johnson | February 7, 2011

  5. Brad mentioning Kick Ass reminded me my wife and I also watched Let Me In, which I loved. I loved that the kid wanted a friend so badly he was willing to overlook the fact that the friend presented to him happened to brutally murder people right before his eyes. There were a few more things I really enjoyed about it, but I try not to do spoilers for what I consider to be good movies.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | February 7, 2011

  6. Muddy River – Oguri
    Summer Clouds – Naruse
    A Taste of Tea – Ishii
    Love of Sumako the Actress – Mizoguchi

    Comment by bob mcmanus | February 7, 2011

  7. I’ve been sick, but it hasn’t helped me whittle down my Netflix queue any. In a desperate search for off-queue popcorn fare, I skimmed 2012 for the money shots. Unfortunately it is about 2 hrs out of 2 1/2 hrs money shots.

    Also dozed in and out of La Vie en Rose, which conformed in my half-attentions to the conventional wisdom: Marion Cotillard acting the hell out of it, not otherwise that much good.

    Comment by k-sky | February 7, 2011

  8. I rewatched The English Patient last night. It turns out that it’s kind of ridiculous, a fact I overlooked when I was obsessed with that movie in my teens.

    Comment by jms | February 7, 2011

  9. I’ve also watched the BBC Pride & Prejudice miniseries about six or seven times over in the past week, because of a bout of moderate insomnia and also kind of an ongoing emotional meltdown. It’s amazing how watchable this thing is, even if Mrs. Bennet’s voice is so grating I have to turn the tv to mute when she speaks. It’s commendable how the miniseries manages to reproduce the two key characteristics of the novel — its charmingness and its near-total opacity to the modern audience.

    Comment by jms | February 7, 2011

  10. I watched The Trotsky yesterday, which was pretty good, although inevitably didn’t live up to the synopsis (its about a teenager who believes he is the reincarnation of Trotsky and leads a revolution at his high school). It goes in various different directions, but doesn’t fully embrace any of them; it’s partly a high-school comedy, but has too much of an indie style to take on every genre convention; but it doesn’t really take the details of Trotsky’s life seriously enough to be a film about Trotsky (indeed, it doesn’t seem to really understand what Communism is about; the Trotsky character’s actual politics are basically just liberalism, and I don’t think capitalism is mentioned once).

    It’s a shame, as if it had taken both aspects as far as it could, it might have ended up as Mean Girls with jokes about permanent revolution, which would pretty much be my perfect film.

    Comment by voyou | February 7, 2011

  11. Just watched The Station Agent last night, which is almost parodically “indie” — offbeat theme (a dwarf… who’s really into trains!!!), a meandering non-plot, an ending that doesn’t make sense…. I enjoyed it, though, and I will be careful not to stare at dwarves in the future.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | February 9, 2011

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