DOA

I watched this movie as part of a film noir series by The Roxie theater. I didn’t make it to the discussion because I had a lot of schoolwork during the week and I didn’t get to the second film.

DOA is about a man who is trying to figure out who killed him. He arrives at the police station to report the murder and the story is told in flashback.

Parts of the movie are a little confusing for a while, but it all comes together at the end. I would recommend the movie to anyone who likes a good mystery. There’s not a lot of action for most of the movie, but it still kept my attention.

The Shape of Water

I had to write about an editor for my film class, and Sidney Wolinskey was the one who was chosen for us. I listened to a podcast featuring an interview with him, and it referred back to the movie, The Shape of Water, multiple times. I had never seen it, and I had heard mixed reviews on it.

I decided to watch it, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was an interesting movie, and I did follow it. I guessed the ending about halfway through, but it wasn’t too difficult to figure out. The scenery was great. The director did a great job putting us back in the time that it was supposed to take place. I can see why it won awards, but, I still would only give the movie an “eh.” I don’t plan on watching it again, but I am glad that I did see it once, just to see what the hype was about.

The Chase

This was an interesting film noir that I watched for the series that The Roxie theater put on over the last few months. It was played with another movie that had a dream sequence, also.

This movie was unusual because it doesn’t have a typical film noir ending. It still is a murder mystery, though. Just a twist to the ending that I didn’t see coming. About halfway through, I started getting a little confused, but then the story brought me back.

I do recommend the movie. It’s worth watching.

Laura (1944)

I had to watch this film, Laura, for my film appreciation class. I hadn’t watched too many movies in the Film Noir genre, but this one was very interesting to me.

I certainly wasn’t expecting the story to unfold as it did. I truly enjoyed it. It was interesting to me to see Vincent Price in the role of boy toy/gigolo in the movie. I am so used to seeing him in the horror genre, so I had a hard time with that. If I hadn’t been told it was him in the role, I would never have believed it.

Because I liked this movie so much, I went on to join the Roxie theater in its Film Noir discussions on Tuesdays. I’ll be writing about those movies, soon.

Laura is definitely worth a watch. I highly recommend it.

Today’s Showtimes

I’ve had several movies to watch for my film appreciation class. Most have had deadlines, which I’ve met, but several are for extra credit or for my final paper, so I have a while to get the work done.

My daughter had to watch a movie for school, also, so she asked me to join her. I had a lecture on Zoom at 3, so we had to schedule around it. I was trying hard to figure out how everything was going to be watched, so I had to write it out.

I ended up writing a schedule and I’ve been calling it the marquee. At least I entertain myself. Also, if I don’t get to the last movie, at least I have another few weeks to finish it. I got a chunk of homework done today already and I feel accomplished.

I had popcorn delivered to me before the show.

Get Out

I finally got around to seeing Get Out. Actually, I was informed that I was going to watch it with my daughter.

I knew that the movie was kind of creepy, but I was under the impression that it was a full on horror movie. It was not. It was definitely a thriller, but not bad enough to keep me awake at night, since not much popped out me randomly.

It did give me cause to think, since it was about racism. It was done well. I recommend the movie. It’s worth seeing. Don’t be forced to watch it like I was. Just watch it.

Princess bride virtual reading

Princess bride virtual reading

So you want to run a fundraiser. Your first step is to find a location. Your next step, if you’re the author of the above linked article, is to find the cast of The Princess Bride and have them do a reading of the script.

I love that they are all getting together for a cause. I’m just happy that they are getting together. Unfortunately, Andre the Giant will be sorely missed. I wonder how they are going to do that part.

Films Roger Ebert Hated

Films Roger Ebert hated

Here’s the list mentioned in the above linked article. I have seen a few of these. Some of them I actually liked. The article, though, show’s Ebert’s actual comments. Some of them are funny. It’s worth reading the article.

1. ARMAGEDDON (1998) // 1 STAR

2. THE BROWN BUNNY (2003) // 0 STARS

3. JASON X (2001) // HALF STAR

4. MAD DOG TIME (1996) // 0 STARS

5. THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995) // 1.5 STARS

6. DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO (2005) // ZERO STARS

7. MR. MAGOO (1997) // HALF STAR

8. SPICE WORLD (1997) // HALF STAR

9. GOOD LUCK CHUCK (2007) // 1 STAR

10. FREDDY GOT FINGERED (2001)// 0 STARS

11. CORKY ROMANO (2001) //HALF STAR

12. CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2000) // HALF STAR

13. MANNEQUIN (1987) // HALF STAR

14. EXIT TO EDEN (1994)// HALF STAR

15. HOCUS POCUS (1993) // 1 STAR

16. TOMMY BOY (1995) // 1 STAR

17. THE VILLAGE (2004)// 1 STAR

18. THE LOVE GURU (2008) // 1 STAR

19. SHE’S OUT OF CONTROL (1989) // 0 STARS

20. SUMMER SCHOOL (1987)// HALF STAR

21. CLIFFORD (1994) // HALF STAR

22. NORTH (1994) // 0 STARS

23. 200 CIGARETTES (1999)// HALF STAR

24. DEATH TO SMOOCHY (2002) // HALF STAR

25. SAVING SILVERMAN (2001) // HALF STAR

26. THE JAZZ SINGER (1980) // 1 STAR

27. ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE (1994) // 1 STAR

28. STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT (1992) // HALF STAR

29. THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (2005) // 1 STAR

30. GODZILLA (1998) // 1.5 STARS

31. THE BUCKET LIST (2007) // 1 STAR

32. DIRTY LOVE (2005) // 0 STAR

33. BATTLEFIELD EARTH (2000) // HALF STAR

34. THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS (2000) // HALF STAR

35. PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) // 0 STARS

Movie Flops

Movie flops

It is interesting to me that the movies named in the above linked article are considered flops. There are a few on the list that I’ve wanted to see, but I wasn’t able to get to them in the theaters. They haven’t been as much of a draw to me to bother to find them on TV or online, though, so I guess they could be considered flops.

I don’t like the way that this website loads up, so I will share some of my thoughts on some of the movies listed.

Gemini Man is one that I really wanted to see. Never got to it.

Dudley Do-Right. How can you go wrong with these two?

I think I saw Monkeybone, but it didn’t leave enough of an impression for me to remember it.

I really did enjoy Tomorrowland, and I have seen it twice.

I missed Dark Phoenix, but I have loved the rest of the X-Men movies.

I don’t think the rest of the movies listed here were even worth commenting on.