I’m a bad blogger… give me a minute, I’m a very bad blogger.
In the same week when Univarn returned to say an official goodbye to the internet (at least as a film blogger) a year after his latest post I’m starting to think more and more about what I’m trying or wanting to do with the internet and this blog. I’ve stopped writing for about three other web outlets that I was working with last year. I’m still unemployed six months after deciding to return to Jamaica to try and be back home with my family. I read Univarn’s goodbye and wonder what it is that fuels my need to write about film and eloquently (or not so much as I know I suck and being good takey) discuss my feelings about films.
I’m thinking about it guys.
However, regardless of that stuffs. Here’s my last couple weeks of film watching:
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013) – An okay film of adventure, but the first half hour is really hard to love.
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (2013) – I like this movie a lot… I’m okay with this return to character
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (1977) – Wow those 3 hours hurt my brain
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993) – Wow I didn’t enjoy that one either
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013) – Hmmmmm…. cocaine spinach guys!!!
LATE SPRING (1949) – But I wanna be happy now…
1:1 THIERRY HENRY (2011) – Uninteresting through and through
THE TALE OF ZATOICHI (1962) – old samurai action that ins’t Yojimbo, but still fun
47 RONIN (2013) – some of the action is pretty good; everything else is what you expect.
THE GREAT BEAUTY - “Therefore… let this novel begin. After all… it’s just a trick. Yes, it’s just a trick.”
THREE KINGS – “Are we shooting?”
FROZEN – “Because I love you, Anna, I insist you run.”
PURPLE RAIN – “You have to purify yourself in Lake Minnetonka.”
COOL HAND LUKE – “What we got here is… failure to communicate.”
THE AVIATOR – “You don’t care about money because you’ve always had it.”
HUGO – “My friends, I address you all tonight as you truly are; wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, magicians… Come and dream with me.”
THE KING OF COMEDY – “Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.”
TAXI DRIVER – “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?”
ATTACK THE BLOCK – “Oh… is it? Why can’t he help children in Britain? Not exotic enough is it? Don’t get a nice suntan. Tsst.”
NOTORIOUS – “Bet you’ve heard that line often enough.”
THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT – “Well maybe Elmo thinks there is no right cookie, you just pick one and take a bite!”
STRANGER THAN FICTION – “I don’t *need* a museum. I need the infirm.”
My count for the year of 2014 is updated to 80 First time watches (13 from 2014); 47 Rewatches; 127 Total Films
What can I really say about this week? I’ve sat in three job interviews and am starting to feel that things might work out in the next few weeks. I know this is complete speculation which is worth as much as my psuedo-pay cheque that I’m cashing right now (i.e. I don’t have one), but it’s giving me some solace.
Otherwise I’ve finally completed watching House of Cards Season 2; I’m still torn about the second half of the season, why didn’t we keep in with the media stuff…. Also I’ve began my rewatch of Game of Thrones and I’m already 7 episodes in and it reminds how amazing the first season of this show is.
Anyways, here’s my week of film watching to enjoy:
THE HUNGER (1983) – I still prefer Only Lovers Left Alive as my “David Bowie” vampire film…
TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1983) – Loved it… discovered it’s a remake… love it so much
KICKING AND SCREAMING (1995) – Not perfect, but I like the weird humour of it
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (2013) – Acting is top notch, but sometimes hatred is hard to love
PHILOMENA (2013) – This movie is the perfect kind of sappy adorableness that works
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS (2002) – I love me some Chewitel… this movie was ok
UNDEFEATED (2011) – It’s the real life version of Friday Night Lights… and I love Friday Night Lights… so….
PATTON OSWALT: TRAGEDY PLUS COMEDY EQUALS TIME (2014) – Oswalt makes me laugh, but not as much as his previous specials.
VERONICA MARS (2014) – The show was fun dumb mediocre… extending the episode length didn’t help
THE SEVENTH SEAL – “We must make an idol of our fear, and call it god.”
FRANCES HA - “Oh yes, very undateable.”
RESERVOIR DOGS – “Hey, why am I Mr. Pink?”
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD – “Bread makes you fat?”
My count for the year of 2014 is updated to 71 First time watches (13 from 2014); 34 Rewatches; 105 Total Films
What can I say about the last couple weeks which the world hasn’t talked about already? There was the Oscars (congrats, 12 Years A Slave, while I didn’t have you to win you’re still my favourite film of last year and I’m proud you did it). I did manage the squeeze in a few other of the best picture nominees before the ceremony and while the front runners were always going to keep the spotlight throughout the show, I’m pleased that I finally caught up with these films. I still have three or so to catch up with and I will in due time.
Last week (when the blog went into complete chaos) I feel pretty horribly ill. If you didn’t catch this tweet, because God forgive me if I don’t tweet my life, I was completely out of it for about four or so days. It was kind of sucky, but I’m over it and back to relative normalcy.
Also a couple of days ago marks my first official job offer I’ve gotten after five months of unemployment. We’ll see how it goes as I’ve yet to decide if I’m going to accept the offer, I’m sure I’ll let you all know (that’s why I have twitter)…
Anyways here’s the last two weeks of films:
BAD MILO! (2013) – I want to have more faith in Ken Marino, but that seems about right
SERPICO (1973) – Damn… how have I waited this long to watching this
OUT OF THE FURNACE (2013) – They were all making Batman jokes right?
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013) – Haven’t decided… 2nd round may feel better
THE LEGO MOVIE (2014) – An amazing interesting mess that refuses to be perfect
NEBRASKA (2013) – We love you Bruce Dern
AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013) – We love you Jennifer Lawrence even more!!!
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (2013) – There were lady bits…
12 O’CLOCK BOYS (2014) – Didn’t seem to add much to me, or my feeling of Baltimore
TAKING WOODSTOCK (2009) – Dear God, can we strike this movie from existence?
THIS IS ENGLAND (2006) – More to come on TUMP
BILL BURR: YOU PEOPLE ARE ALL THE SAME (2012) – Bill Burr you make me laugh too much
ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY – “the voice that could make a wolverine purr”
PHONE BOOTH - “Don’t you get the game yet?”
CONTAGION – “Someone doesn’t have to weaponize the bird flu.The birds are doing that.”
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON - “Only by letting go can we truly possess what is real.”
PRISONERS – “Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.”
My count for the year of 2014 is updated to 62 First time watches (11 from 2014); 30 Rewatches; 92 Total Films
I guess I don’t really have much to say today about the week gone by. In the constant state of unemploy as I am now it’s interesting to see how time goes by so quickly. It’s almost six months since my last day of employment, and residence, in Trinidad and if someone said it’s only been a month I wouldn’t argue with them too harshly. Which only goes to prove my little “sandwich” theory as it relates to time. Time, though remains a constant throughout all our lives, always feels heavier the more you put/accomplish with it. I’ve been doing not much… working mainly on myself in a very contemplative mode. Trying to figure out what’s up with my brain and all my “problems” that I’m certain many would call lovely quirks.
Anyways, otherwise I’m back at coding more projects… let’s see how far I reach before I flip on the PS3 and forget I want to try and accomplish something and push some more meat into my time sandwich.
Regardless, here’s this week’s serving of films watched:
THE BUTLER (2013) – it’s mostly what I expected and also not the worst thing to happen to movies
SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (1927) – more on this tomorrow people.
MARVEL ONE-SHOT: AGENT CARTER (2013) – I’m so happy Marvel is taking a page out of Pixar’s book and making nice shorts to couple with their films…
KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM (2014) – Not bad enough to be good, not funny enough to work on being bad..
PUSHING HANDS (1992) – Insightful and contemplative. More culture clash from Ang Lee.
BREAKING NEWS (2004) – Didn’t go 100% into media manipulation, but still fun film.
OLDBOY (2013) – One day we’ll talk about this movie honestly
SUNSHINE ON LEITH – “I would walk 500 miles”
ROBOCOP (1987) – “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me”
THE DARJEELING LIMITED – “Let me think about that. I’ll tell you the next time I see you.”
My count for the year of 2014 is updated to 50 First time watches (9 from 2014); 25 Rewatches; 75 Total Films
It says something that while I’ve amassed 8 films of 2014 so far seen, this week is the first week of the year that I’ve visited my local cinema. I think we’ve reached the future. I’m not saying I like it, and let it be known that part of this phenomenon is not just due to selection but also because I’m not working and avoiding the cinema as best I can, but it’s interesting. Even already as a permanent “out of towner” when it comes to movies living in Jamaica I always feel like the local selection is against me. But VOD is honestly going to be my savior for many years to come I feel, and as long as I don’t find myself living in a Toronto or NYC type of city I look forward to it being my savior for many years to come.
With some writing yet to be done that I’m starting to get late on I did complete some writing this week gone by that seems to have hit with you all. Glad you liked my random and completely weird idea of a screencap post, Every 10 Minutes, that I debuted this week gone by… I look forward to banging my head against the wall searching for a film that works just as well as The Host did in the first post.
Anyways, here’s my week’s watch tally:
ROBOCOP (2014) – A lot better than expected… even with the “rebranding” and PG-13-ification, the film still works for the most part.
M.A.S.H. (1970) – I want to watch it again… but funny as all hell. I want Eliot Gould to roast me when I’m older
THE HOST (2006) – Surprising how funny the film felt given it’s nature
PARIS, TEXAS (1984) – possibly the most real feeling film that seems unreal
GRAND PIANO (2014) – the tight thrilling ride I expected, nothing more, nothing less
GRIGRIS (2013) – I want to show all of Jamaica this film… this is how you do it without feeling big but important.
STRIPES – “Okay, Mr. Push-ups, let’s hear your story.”
CASABLANCA – “If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”
THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD: PART I – “Stand-up philosopher. I coalesce the vapors of human experience into a viable and meaningful comprehension.”
My count for the year of 2014 is updated to 43 First time watches (8 from 2014); 22 Rewatches; 65 Total Films