Monday, January 21, 2019
Format: Amazon Streaming
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Jamie and Ryan finally get to - and keep it short - as they slog through the second installment of the Thor trilogy of films "The Dark World", which we thought was "Into Darkness", which was not the only "Star Trekkian" business we saw in this mess of a film that no one remembers and fewer people care about.
Avengers Chronological Countdown Playlist
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Format: MST3K on Netflix
A mash-up of The Abyss and every space station movie you've ever seen, with terrible acting, hilariously bad lighting and direction, set-design right out of a high school play and your two leads played by "that guy" from 1970's television and Felix's wife who gets killed early on in License to Kill. And some adorably bad puppets.
The courage it took to make this on the heels of The Abyss is just... man...
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).