I seriously apologize for the last 2 months. I’ve been seriously busy, and this blog was the first commitment I’ve let slip. Sorry…
So I thought I’d put out a post detailing some of the stuff I’ve watched in my absence without writing about.
Daredevil is one of the best superhero adaptations in any media, of all time. The defining moment of Marvel, the apex of what they’d done. Or it was until the next item on the list. Although we all know how great Jessica Jones was, and how mildly disappointing DD Season 2 was, there’s no denying that Season 1 is among the best superhero media, featuring not only the best action but the best character work. Everyone’s great here. The kid from Stardust is all grown up, and he’s pitch perfect as the blind lawyer by day, super-perceptive vigilante by night Matt Murdock. One of the Mighty Ducks makes up the other half of Nelson & Murdock, Avocados at Law, while Deborah Ann Woll rounds out our heroes (sorry, literally no idea what else she’s been in). They’re up against Vincent D’Onofrio as manbaby Wilson Fisk, who’s brilliantly over-the-top, as usual.
Season 2 is…fine. It’s actually really good, action-wise, and a certain character from Season 1 makes a surprise return (no spoilers), and there’s a lot of great stuff, but it goes on too long, and it’s kind of way too overstuffed. Punisher’s awesome though.
Jessica Jones is goddamn brilliant. It benefits from perhaps an even stronger cast than Daredevil, deeper themes, a richer world, and even better character work. Krysten Ritter is brilliant in what is probably her best role. She was apparently also great in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. Dunno, haven’t seen it. But I’d believe it because she’s amazing as Jones, the hard-drinking, superpowerd PI with a bad past and worse memories. David Tennant is creepily charming and oddly funny as the insanely evil Kilgrave, and the supporting cast are also spot-on. Just some of the best 13 hours of television to come out of 2015. Can’t wait for Season 2.
Blahbitty blah, classic of English cinema, blah blah blah. It’s actually quite good. Bit long, but Alec Guinness is phenomenal.
Not as good as I’d hoped it’d be, quite honestly. It was fairly entertaining, with a unique and fundamentally interesting sci-if premise, and Jim Carrey was undeniably great, but i just didn’t love The Truman Show.
Is it bad that I like this better than Escape from New York? I do recognize NY as the better film, but it’s super bleak and depressing, while LA is an insane yet fun action movie which ends with (SPOILER) the hero setting off the Doomsday Machine. Plus, Steve Buscemi plays a post-apocalyptic maps-to-the-stars tour guide. And Snake Plissken goes surfing. Seriously.
One of the all-time great heist films that I somehow missed out on. Surprisingly plausible yet refreshingly original, with one of the best heist plans, and great performances from Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Christopher Plummer.
A good old time. A fun tribute to 50’s sitcoms and a bit deeper than you might expect. I’d recommend checking it out.
After a year and a half, I finally had enough time to bang out the rest of Firefly. And it’s brilliant. Every minute of it is sublime. Which is why it’s ultimately unfulfilling as a viewing experience. Season 1 is an introductory piece, there’s so many threads left dangling at the end of it. The finale doesn’t even feel like a season finale, let alone the unplanned series finale that it ended up being. It’s so good that ending like it did makes it much worse. Can’t wait to watch Serenity.
Traffic is a Steven Soderbergh film. I’m beginning to think he doesn’t have any bad films outside of Ocean’s Twelve. Then again, Ocean’s Twelve is bad enough to count for at least 3 or 4 bad films. Traffic, while not my favorite of his, is an excellent ensemble story; you know the type, the ones that cut between different storylines. However, the film assists you in keeping the stories straight: each story looks different, from the cold, steel blue of upper-class rich kids doing drugs to the warmth of crime-ridden southern California, to the gritty grime of Mexico. Benicio Del Toro is great here.
The Ref is hilarious. Is it great? Not really. But is it a fun time with fantastic interplay between Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, and Judy Davis? Of course it is. Might be the best Christmas movie of the 90’s.
The Forbidden Kingdom is not great, but it has one great scene: Jackie Chan vs Jet Li. Not worth checking out, just look up the fight on YouTube. Seriously.
Footloose is dumb. It’s the Top Gun of high school movies. Brilliantly choreographed dancing thrown in the middle of a dumb plot with somewhat nonsensical characters, forced morals, obvious themes, and a phenomenal Kevin Bacon performance. Check it out, maybe? It has a pretty rocking soundtrack.
We Were Soldiers is a solid latter-day Vietnam movie, and a solid latter-day Mel Gibson movie. Great performances and a gritty, ground-level view of the war that humanizes both sides, surprisingly, We Were Soldiers is a better-than-average historical film.
The Graduate is brilliant. As a coming-of-age-film, it’s unparalleled. As a romance, it’s phenomenal. Socially, it was groundbreaking, and it had the courage to analyze the consequences of the typical rom-com “grand romantic gesture” in the MOST BRILLIANT FILM ENDING of ALL TIME. You know what I’m talking about.
Dustin Hoffman is wonderful here, disaffected and detached. Katharine Ross is also top-notch, and Anne Bancroft is at a career high. Everything’s perfect, the soundtrack is one of the best, and it’s all around a great film.
Sorry again for the long wait, I hope this post wasn’t too little too late. Be back soon (seriously).