Friday, January 18, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
PODCAST! "Valerie and Her Week of Wonders" (1970) - It's a "New to me" extravaganza with AmyC and Ryan
Format: Amazon Streaming
Country of Origin: Czechoslovakia
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We welcome you to join Ryan as he bears witness to a "new to him" movie as Amy brings a 1970 film from former Eastern bloc nation, Czechoslovakia! A meditation and tone poem on the transition from girlhood to womanhood - forces internal and external, allegorical and real, secular and religious. Vampires, live human bonfires, magical earrings and a polecat.
This movie has everything.
The Magic Yard - Luboš Fišer, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders OST
AmyC Cinema Select Series
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Monday, January 7, 2019
Format: Amazon streaming
We hit the post "Avengers" doldrums with Iron Man 3, a box office smash that just sorta, kinda works. Jamie and Ryan take a look the final Iron Man stand-alone movie and talk about how it fits in, how it didn't do what they wanted it to do, and seasonal superheroics.
Avengers Chronological Countdown
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Format: cable on DVR
A lot of this movie worked for me for what it was. I suspect the less than amazing box office (a total domestic take of $9.6 million - no international numbers reported) for the movie may be attributed to the oddball place it found itself in, demographically. Had this movie arrived in the early 00's, I think it would have been a $60 million or more earner, but the approach hails from the 90's and 00's - where the structure is utterly predictable, it's far more about what the movie hangs on that skeleton via gags and jokes. The stars of the film and pop scene isn't really the focus of Gen-X'ers, and, to be kind, the view of Millennials re: pop music seems to be a hearty embrace, free from irony and with a big thumbs up to being marketed to.
But, yeah, if you're into Andy Samberg's brand of humor, this is that. For 90 minutes. And there are so, so many cameos, many of which are almost funnier just based on the timing of when and how the star appears (hats off to Mariah Carey, in particular). And, Tim Meadows, as always, the most underutilized, funniest guy in anything.
This is in no way essential viewing, but Jamie watched it once and said "yeah, it's better than you think", so we watched it. And, yeah, it did the trick for a second movie on a Saturday evening (especially after Thor 2).
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Format: Noir Alley TCM on DVR
Viewing: Unknown. 4th? 5th?
Whole books have been written about Double Indemnity (1944), so I'll keep it brief while the more scholarly pursue it's winding journey through the souls of a couple of grifters. And Eddie Muller's intros and outro's were, as ever, insightful, knowledgeable and refreshing.
Format: MST3K on Netflix
It's not often you see a movie and you think "this isn't a patch on Robot Jox". Made for... someone? by The Asylum - which raises the question about the market and outlets for movies like this in 2019.
Yes, this was a quick cash grab by The Asylum to make some coin off the dummies who think Pacific Rim and Atlantic Rim (2013) must be related, and probably honestly can't tell the different between the two, anyway. I do wonder what has to happen to you along the way to decide this is going to be what you do for money, but I also don't blame them.
In closing: I am pretty sure they made the movie up as they went along and the cast was drunk through 40-60% of the movie, and I'm not kidding. Our lead seems pickled a huge amount of this movie.