Shockingly enough, I’m still behind, but I haven’t quite fallen beyond my 4-weeks-and-out deadline. This marks Week 18, and I have watched 15 films. Can I pull myself out of this hole? Only one way to find out….
Week 12: Rear Window. The Hitchcock classic is classic for a reason – it’s really, really freaking good. I’ve seen scenes from it in film classes, but finally rented it, and wow. I think North by Northwest is still my favorite Hitchcock, but Rear Window is up there. The treatment of paranoia, loneliness and just the urgent need to take action is both subtly powerful and extremely applicable to today’s society, and the treatment of gender roles and the reversal of the typical 50’s gendered dynamic is both surprising (coming from Hitchcock, one of the more…paternalistic directors ever to get behind a camera) and deftly handled. Overall, really a great piece of film, in case you didn’t know.
Week 13: The Hunger. Vampire movie? David Bowie? Susan Serandon? Freaking BAUHAUS?!?!? This movie was made for me!
Boy, was I wrong.
And not only is that the worst cutting of Bela Lugosi’s Dead I’ve ever heard, that is legitimately the BEST part of the movie. Seriously, it’s all downhill from there. It’s not even worth going into a plot summary. Just….don’t see it. Ever.
Week 14: Terminator 2: Judgment Day. I saw this back in the day, I was probably 12, but I really didn’t actually remember it at all. I own it, because I saw it for $7 at Target and figured that it would be worth having. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you I was right! What an iconic and great action movie. The ending fight is, I think, a little unnecessarily long, but that’s pretty much the only problem I have. Robots are, after all, wicked cool. If you’re interested in the franchise, there’s actually a really solid article from a recent Wired talking about it, check it out!
Week 15: The Great Escape. The original, mind you! Like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, I watched this a couple of years ago for the first time, and in another intriguing parallel, I again did not remember how freaking long this movie is. Damn. But, again, totally worth it. A brilliant ensemble cast (including Steve McQueen! He’s so dreamy!), great pacing, genuine tension throughout the film, and a really powerful ending sequence (including Steve McQueen riding across all of Europe on a motorcycle while being pursued by Nazi’s). Most excellent. A great lazy-afternoon-with-nothing-to-do movie..
Ah, the rankings, as of 5/3/2009. If I manage to watch 2 movies a week for the next month, I will get back from the brink of failure…
- Milk (Week 1)
- Watchmen (Week 11)
- Gran Torino (Week 2)
- Push (Week 10)
New To Me!
- Rear Window (Week 12)
- The Exorcist (Directors Cut) (Week 7)
- Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Week 8 )
- Hellboy (Week 3)
- Serenity (Week 5)
- Formula 51 (Week 6)
- The Hunger (Week 13)
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Week 9) tied w/The Great Escape (Week 15) – Don’t make me choose!
- Hook (Week 4)
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Week 14)