Friday, January 18, 2019
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
Anything with Lucille Ball pre-I Love Lucy is a weird watch.
I do not know what to do with Sexy Lucy.
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
It's been a few days since 2018 wrapped, so it's fair to call it a year and take a look over the list of movies we watched and name a few as outstanding and a few... we'll still say "outstanding", just, you know, in a different way. I'll mostly discuss "new to me" movies, of which I watched over 100 (my life is a shallow, meaningless parade of nothing-better-to-do). This list might look different in a month, so, you know, this is what I think today.
You can see the complete list from 2018 here. Check the tabs for filtering by categories.
As always, there were movies I had to go back and look up and say "what was that again?". It happens. But this is why I write them up. There aren't that many "this is terrible" movies because I generally don't go to see movies unless I *think* they'll hit the mark for me, but fate is a funny thing and it happens. Also, unless RiffTrax or MST3K is involved, I turn off movies I'm not enjoying, which disqualifies them from consideration.
With that - Let's consider this the "Krypto Awards" for 2018.
Did Not Like
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.
Today marks the 105th birthday of George Reeves, the second man to play Superman on the screen, and star of the six-season series The Adventures of Superman. Frankly, I think George is pretty great in the show - a kid's show in need of a an amiable Superman, pal to children and child-like folks like everyone's pal, Jimmy Olsen.
Go back and watch him sometime. He makes being Superman look like some Grade-A fun.