What I Watched, What You Watched #118

I hope you all had a happy Fourth of July weekend! I’m wrapping up a successful week of movie viewing, which included two films for review. By now I’m sure you’ve read my thoughts on Spider-Man: Far From Home, which I found to be extraneous, yet enjoyable. And as for my thoughts on Midsommar, you can expect a review either tomorrow or Tuesday. All I can say now is I dug the hell out of this weird little nightmare.

I started my week with a trip to the theatre to see Do The Right Thing on the big screen, on celluloid, in an old school movie palace. I consider Do The Right Thing to be one of the greatest films of all time, so this was a big deal for me, and I’m happy to say it remarkably works, in every single way, no matter what year or how many times you see it. I also finally finished Robert Altman’s Nashville in honor of the 4th of July, and I’m so elated to report that it is one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen. From the acting to the writing to the direction to the music to the editing, everything he throws up onscreen is perfection, capturing a specific time in American history with honesty, pathos, and comedy. Oh, and I’m starting a new project where I make my Baby Boomer parents, who have literally never seen a Marvel film outside of Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2, watch all 23 of them, and recording their thoughts for an article in the future. I’ll keep you posted on both my thoughts and theirs but I will say we all enjoyed Iron Man to varying degrees – even my sci-fi hating father (his feelings will make this series the most entertaining). Stay tuned.

At home, things are pretty much same old, same old. Big Little Lies continues to shock and entertain me (The Slap!), while Euphoria is so bad I find myself physically hitting objects to unleash my anger while watching. Oh, and in honor of its 30th anniversary, I enjoyed a Seinfeld marathon Friday evening, which culminated in a first viewing of both the terrific “The Merv Griffin Show” and the iconic “Serenity Now.” Both are all-time great episodes of an all-time great comedy.

That concludes this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched. Let me know in the comments what you think of the movies I watched this week, as well as what you’ve been watching. I’ll see you all here next week – near-same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel.

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