Monday, September 4, 2017

Movie Month: July and August 2017


The Media I've Consumed
Summer 2017

Flicks

July 1st-11th


"The Beguiled"
"Jerry Maguire"
"Clerks"
"Sleepless in Seattle"
"Blade Runner"

My wife was finally feeling better from her surgery, so we got out to the movies and saw Sofia Coppola's version of "The Beguiled," on which we were both pretty high. Just a great piece of cinematic atmosphere with stellar performances. Ran across "Blade Runner" (Final Cut version) for cheap on Blu-Ray at Wal-Mart. Finally made it through. Do enjoy it. Still...very slow though. We randomly decided to subscribe to STARZ, so that would explain the 90s trio in the middle. Greatness.

June 12th-15th


"Logan"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"Crazy Stupid Love"
"Punch-Drunk Love"
"The Big Sick"
"The House"

Re-watched "Logan" and loved it even more. Good God! Ended up with a 2017 comedy double-feature. I wrote a great pan (if I say so myself) of "The House," which just failed on so many levels. Can't go wrong with a Wes Anderson interlude, especially when closely followed by the Crazy Stupid Punch-Drunk double feature, inspired by my recent purchase of both on Blu-Ray. That Punch-Drunk Criterion is sweet! 

June 20th-28th


"20th Century Women"
"Dunkirk" (IMAX70)
"Dunkirk" (70mm)
"Big Daddy"
"Midnight Run"
"Silver Linings Playbook"

"Dunkirk" twice (see: THIS). "20th Century Women" is still great. "Big Daddy" is not as much. And "Silver Linings Playbook" is still one of my favorites ever. I'll spend the rest of the time talking about my July Blind Spot, "Midnight Run," which I DID see and DIDN'T write about (because I suck at keeping up with my Blind Spot movies this year!). It is so freakin' awesome! De Niro and Grodin a perfect together in what is just a fully confident action buddy road comedy. A true all-timer that I am so glad I caught up with.

August 1st-7th


"The Dark Knight"
"Atomic Blonde"
"Inception"

Got back to work for the school year just after a brief trip to Philadelphia for a baseball game. So very much needed and a great way to spend my wife's ___th birthday. I also started in on this great podcast called "Blank Check," which is two dudes (the film critic David Sims and actor Griffin Newman), who go through director's filmographies one movie at a time. They're doing Nolan right now, so I played along. Such an experience. Directed by... post on Nolan on deck. "Atomic Blonde" was good enough. Great soundtrack and action sequences. 

August 8th - 14th


"A Ghost Story"
"Insomnia"
"Interstellar"
"The Prestige"

"A Ghost Story" can't be more underrated (or under-seen) this year. And I couldn't have personally underrated "Interstellar" more than I did back in 2014. That movie is a goddamn masterpiece, and I adore it. It will be up there in my decade ranking without a doubt. "Insomnia" doesn't hold up as well. And, to be honest, neither does "The Prestige," for all its trickery is not as good on so many re-watches. No doubt it is certainly an amazing film.

August 15th-August 21st


"The Dark Knight Rises"
"Dazed and Confused"
"Everybody Wants Some!!"
"Logan Lucky"
"Wind River"

I so wish I could have had the time to really write about Taylor Sheridan's "Wind River," which is just a powerhouse of a little movie. Renner and Olson are so great, and the writing in that thing, ultimately a tale, like "Hell or High Water," of simply a forgotten American people, is nothing short of awe-inducing. Not a single line or moment is wasted. "Logan Lucky" is unfunny bullshit that makes fun of Southern people while being completely tone-deaf about life in the South, and the heist is as much a bait-and-switch as the movie's marketing campaign. "The Dark Knight Rises" is better than you remember. 

August 22nd - 31st



"Ocean's Eleven" (2001)

To wash the "Logan Lucky" out of my brain. 


Tunes



So, yeah, Haim's new album came out, and it is amazing. Not near as good as their first album, but they are continuing to make pop music like nobody else. Just great great stuff. I also found myself deep into Beck's "Morning Phase" again. Such a stellar album. Beautifully melodic and soulful. Great acoustic guitar work on that thing. 

Reads


I wish I was reading at a bit of a stronger rate, but Jeff Vandermeer's "Southern Reach Trilogy" is mad brilliant. I am loving the second book. I'm nearly done. It is just a superb blend of erudite and mysterious. 

6 comments:

  1. I should mark down all the films I have watched:) Logan is quite good and so not like the X-Men. I still have to see Dunkirk and the Ghost movie sounds unique. Interstellar is excellent but what a drug trip near the end.

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  2. I'm glad your wife is feeling better! You had a good few months. I love what you said about Wind River briefly, such a good film.

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  3. I still need to see Dunkirk. Everyone is raving about it. Sadly, I don't think I'm going to get to watch it on the big screen, though. I don't even like Blade Runner, but might watch it again because Blade Runner 2049 does look interesting.

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  4. A lot of excellent films here, man.

    Over the past 2 months, I've watched A TON of movies. In theaters, I saw Despicable Me 3 (good); Spider-Man: Homecoming (excellent); The Big Sick (excellent); The House (hilarious); War for the Planet of the Apes (amazing); Dunkirk (a masterpiece); Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets (awesome); A Ghost Story (amazing); Atomic Blonde (awesome); The Little Hours (hilarious); Detroit (amazing); Brigsby Bear (amazing); Logan Lucky (hilarious); The Glass Castle (disappointing); Wind River (a masterpiece); Good Time (excellent); & Ingrid Goes West (excellent).

    At home, I saw T2 Trainspotting (excellent); MacGruber (hilarious); The World's End (hilarious); Tour de Pharmacy (hilarious); The Amazing Spider-Man (good); The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (good); Rise of the Planet of the Apes (excellent); Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (excellent); Memento (a masterpiece); Following (excellent); Insomnia (excellent); The Prestige (excellent); Inception (a masterpiece); Interstellar (a masterpiece); The Boss Baby (bad); Nine Lives (hilariously bad); Collateral Beauty (shit); Power Rangers (shit); Song to Song (SHIT); Zero Dark Thirty (amazing); Argo (amazing); An Inconvenient Truth (excellent); The Master (amazing); Gone Baby Gone (a masterpiece); The Virgin Suicides (a masterpiece); & Traffic (a masterpiece).

    I also rewatched Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (hilarious); Clerks 2 (hilarious); Arrival (a masterpiece); Short Term 12 (a masterpiece); (500) Days of Summer (excellent); 20th Century Women (twice) (still the best film ever made); Green Room (amazing); Don't Think Twice (excellent); Birdman (amazing); Room (a masterpiece); The Spectacular Now (a masterpiece); Little Miss Sunshine (a masterpiece); Inglourious Basterds (a masterpiece); Hell or High Water (a masterpiece); The Nice Guys (a masterpiece); & Sicario (a masterpiece).

    Haven't listened to a specific album or artist lately, although I have been listening to some music by Sufjan Stevens.

    On TV, I started watching Rick & Morty (hilarious) & finished the revival of Twin Peaks (a masterpiece).

    I haven't read anything lately, but I really wanted to read The Glass Castle before seeing it; however, I didn't get around to it.

    This month, I've seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind (a masterpiece), & I've rewatched In the Loop (hilarious). Before the end of the month, I will see: It; Mother!; Kingsman: The Golden Circle; The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Battle of the Sexes; Stronger; & American Made.

    Here are my top 20 most anticipated films for the rest of 2017:
    20. Molly's Game
    19. Wonderstruck
    18. Suburbicon
    17. Mudbound
    16. Battle of the Sexes
    15. Mother!
    14. Blade Runner 2049
    13. The Meyerowitz Stories (New & Selected)
    12. Darkest Hour
    11. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
    10. The Florida Project
    9. Downsizing
    8. The Shape of Water
    7. Last Flag Flying
    6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    5. The Post
    4. Call Me By Your Name
    3. The Disaster Artist
    2. Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled film
    1. Lady Bird

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    1. Also, I'm glad your wife is feeling better.

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  5. I'm glad your wife is feeling better. You watched some pretty amazing films. I envy you so much for seeing Dunkirk twice, I still need to see it.

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