Man, did I have a crazy week of movie watching. From thrillers to classic dramas to personal favorites, I saw a whopping total of nine and a half films. Obviously this includes Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, which I have written a review for here, but that also includes I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore., which I still have to finish, and will be reviewing later this week.
The week started off with the Paul Newman newsroom thriller Absence of Malice. If I’m being honest, I wanted to like this film more, but outside of the performances of Newman and Wilford Brimley, it was really just ok. I followed it up with the comedy classic Groundhog Day. I really enjoyed the film, even if it wasn’t as much as I wanted to, but I couldn’t handle how many similarities I had to Bill Murray’s character. It made me a bit uncomfortable. Based on a recommendation from my teenage teenybopper cousin, I checked out the 2014 remake of Endless Love, and guess what? It’s quite bad. It borders on unbearable. The only good thing I can say is it’s better than The Lake House, which I also watched and was equally bad, but in an uninteresting way. And a movie about time travelling lovers should in no way be boring. Luckily, I got my week back on track with Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which is one of the funniest films of the past few years. “Equal Rights” is such a phenomenal scene and song, I don’t know how anyone can’t laugh at it. I followed that up with George Clooney’s directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which isn’t perfect, but is certainly entertaining, and Sam Rockwell is awesome in it. I also spent a solid three hours watching Oliver Stone’s Nixon, which is about exactly what you’d expect when I say the words “Oliver Stone’s Nixon.” It’s a fine film, but filled with weird editing tricks that worked in JFK due to the confusing nature (I still hate that film though) but make no sense here, as well as incredibly on the nose dialogue. Still, there’s some great ideas that Stone’s grappling with, and James Woods, Anthony Hopkins, and Joan Allen are all fantastic. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and I ended my week watching Foodfight! Foodfight! is the worst animated film of all time, and the second worst film I have ever seen. It was my brother’s suggestion, and I’m not pleased with him for it, but I’m starting to recover. Keep me in your thoughts, you guys.
I haven’t watched too much television wise, just my usual ABC sitcom lineup. I’ve been watching Dancing With the Stars the past few weeks, but I stopped when the clear frontrunner and strongest dancer was sent home after receiving the show’s only perfect score. I want #Justice4HeatherMorris. Really, the only thing I’ve been focused on is 13 Reasons Why. I started watching the controversial show for a future review, and so I’ll save my thoughts until then. However, I will say that from what I’ve seen, every think piece you’ve read on the subject is wrong. Just don’t read think pieces. Oh, and I did watch some of the Yates hearing on CNN this morning, which was absolutely fascinating and infuriating to watch. If you tuned in, I’m sure you agree.
What about you? Did you watch anything great this week? Any classics, or anything weird? Do you have a vote for what I should start watching to get caught up television wise, Big Little Lies, Santa Clarita Diet, or Fargo? Let me know in the comments!