I had the past week off work, so for many of the days I had a double feature. Suffice to say, our editor isn’t happy about it, but I sure am. Let’s talk about what I saw this week!
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Here’s a surprise. This was a first time watch but, maybe less of a surprise, I loved every minute of it. Big, theatrical, and just all around wonderful. It’s a beautiful film with great performances. I don’t think Nicole Kidman or Ewan McGregor ever looked better. I went around asking if McGregor has always been this pretty because he’s almost distractingly so during that incredible Roxanne sequence. I never saw the film growing up, had I, I would not have appreciated or understood Luhrmann’s style as I do now. Speaking of which…
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
After one of his features, I decided to continue the theme and watch his adaptation of one of the greatest books ever written, The Great Gatsby. It is a book I’ve read about 3 times over but have only seen parts of this adaptation in the past. Now that I can appreciate what Luhrmann’s style is like, I gave it another go, and as I imagined, what Luhrmann does with the story is wonderful. It’s a truly great adaptation. My only gripe is using modern music throughout the film. While I understand that this is Baz making a point by comparing the jazz age to our modern hip hop age, using songs from the Jay-Z & Kanye West collab album “Watch The Throne” didn’t mesh well for me.
Also, funny story. The blu-ray contains an “alternate ending”, and I laughed at the idea, until I watched it and realized that the “alternate ending” was actually two deleted scenes that took place after the death.
Hardcore Henry (2016)
Directed by Ilya Naishuller
Go read Jeffrey’s review.
While it seems his review comes from a place of being against the typical video game tropes, my issues are due to the fact that I couldn’t understand what was happening about 40% of the time. I truly think the stunt work in this is incredible, but I just wished I was able to see it. The scene that took place in the hotel was the exception as it was done exceptionally well.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
I want to sound sophisticated when writing about this movie, but in all reality, that ending still scares the shit out of me. And I knew it was coming this time.
Eddie The Eagle (2016)
Directed by Dexter Fletcher
What can I say that I haven’t already said? As this marks the third time I’ve seen it in the theatre, it still worked with me. I was still ready to cheer and cry whenever the film asked me to do so, and they ask often.
Eyes of Fire (1983)
Directed by Avery Crounse
The only film I went into completely blind to see this week, and it’s also the only movie that was shown on actual 35mm film. I enjoyed it a lot. It was a lot better than I had expected. The acting was relatively good, considering the budget. The film feels like a spiritual ancestor to the recently released The Witch, and as I loved The Witch, it makes sense I would enjoy watching this film.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
It’s finally on blu-ray and I finally got my hands on it. The Hateful Eight was one of my favourite movies of last year, and so it was an absolute pleasure revisiting it. Nothing will ever give the same feeling of watching the roadshow 70mm version, but a crisp brand new blu-ray sure makes up for it.
Blue Ruin (2013)
Directed by Jeremy Saulnier
First, I should have watched this before The Hateful Eight so that Hateful Eight would have been the eighth film I saw this week (and 100th overall this year). I watched this in anticipation of his next film, Green Room.
It’s mesmerizing what Saulnier does with these quiet moments among all the bloodshed.
Simply put, if his next film is half as good as this one, I’m in for a hell of a treat. I can’t fucking wait for Green Room.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
A friend of mine tweeted about how, as she’s watching Jaws, she couldn’t help but be on the side of the shark. After I told her that I think she’s the only one that happens to be on the side of Bruce, merely thinking about the movie made me watch it again. Sorry Gwen, you appear to be alone in this.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Directed by Steven Spielberg
I find it a bit bizarre that a film hits me more now than it ever has before. I was devastated throughout the final act, even though I knew about how everything ends, and it’s bittersweet ending, I was a crying mess.
“You must be dead, because I don’t know how to feel. I can’t feel anything anymore.” That line is so incredible.
The Jungle Book (2016)
Directed by Jon Favreau
While the Disney live-action films started with a whimper, both Cinderella and this film make a strong argument for why Disney continues to make them. Not only that, they make them well enough to warrant more.
Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Directed by Sam Raimi
In case you haven’t heard, it’s another Director’s Week here, and this week, we’re tackling Sam Raimi. So, in order to get ready for this week, I decided to start with a pretty good choice, Drag Me To Hell.
What a great film. Just full of adrenaline and wonderfully well made. The ending, no matter how many times I’ve seen it, is fucking perfect. So perfectly set up. You’re there watching in horror alongside Clay.