We interrupt the regularly scheduled set of movie reviews to bring you the following post:
I only saw 24 movies this month – a lot less than the last couple of months. I had some issues around the house that needed to be dealt with which took me away from movie watching. I also spent time re-watching Castle Season 4 (18 hours). Finally I was also in a reading mood. I think I read 10-12 books.
Currently, the two main lists that I am taking movie suggestions from are the 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list and a list I put together of every Oscar Best Picture nominee. You can see those lists by clicking on these titles: 1,001 Movies; Oscar Nominees.
So far in 2012 I have seen 310 movies that were new to me. Among those 310 films, 121 were from the 1,001 Movies list and 50 were Best Picture nominees.
Here are the 24 new movies I saw in September. An asterisk indicates the movie is from the 1,001 Movies list. A plus sign indicates it is a Best Picture Oscar nominee. Highlighted movies are ones to which I would give at least three stars out of five. I will single out the four and five star films in the paragraph below the list.
The Band Wagon (1953)*
Ma Mere (2005)
A Woman, Her Men, and Her Futon (1992)
The Lorax (2012)
High Plains Drifter (1973)*
Zorba the Greek (1964)+
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)*
Bad Day at Black Rock (1954)*
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Live and Become (2005)*
The Good Guy (2009)
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)+
Three Coins in a Fountain (1954)+
CNBC Reports: Porn, the Business of Pleasure (2009)
The Best of Youth (2003)*
Dark Victory (1939)+
Landscape in the Mist (1988)*
The Blue Angel (1930)*
I had no five star films in August. My four star films were Live and Become and The Best of Youth. Live and Become tells the story of a boy brought to
Israel from Ethiopia in the 1980s during the time that Ethiopian Jews were being rescued from famine by . The problem is that this boy has to hide that he is not Jewish. His mother sent him away hoping he could have a better life. The Best of Youth is actually an Italian TV miniseries. It’s six hours long. It’s worth the time it takes to watch it, though. In much the same way that The Thorn Birds did, The Best of Youth tells the story of multiple generations of a family against the backdrop of Italian history from the mid 1960s to the early 2000s. Israel
I didn’t see any really bad films in September. The worst was probably A Woman, Her Men, and Her Futon. It tries to be a modernist (for the 1990s) take on the independent woman, but it failed for me. The most disappointing film was Landscape in the Mist. It’s a Greek film from the 1001 Movies list that Netflix Instant Viewing described as “Runaway siblings trek to
in search of a better life with their long-lost father. On their journey, the brother and sister experience heartwarming adventures.” I needed something lighthearted so I watched it. About half way in I was wondering what the heck about it was supposed to be “heartwarming”. I decided that since nobody had tried to either kill or molest the kids that must equate to heartwarming for whoever wrote the blurb. Five minutes later one of those things happened. “Heartwarming”, yeah right. The thing is, it’s not a bad film overall. Had I been expecting a sort of downbeat drama I probably would have liked it more. By the way, the long description for the DVD on Netflix continues, “the kids also suffer a horrific ordeal that robs them of their childhood innocence.” You couldn’t have fit that into the short blurb Netflix? Germany
(We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming, already in progress).