It’s been a pretty slow week for me, in terms of movie watching. I’ve been busy with work, and I’ve been helping my brother prepare to move, which has kept me from watching my usual amount of movies. Nevertheless, I do want to get through my backlog of reviews this week, and I don’t want to discount the fact that I saw Lynne Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here, a film that will likely sit as my #1 of the year for a very, very long time. So it wasn’t a total waste. You can look for that review later this week (hopefully sooner rather than later).
Meanwhile, my two big views of the week were both Westerns, as I’m currently on a genre binge and trying to see more of the best. I started the week with My Darling Clementine, which I was disappointed to find was a mediocre, cliché rendition of the O.K. Corral. Henry Fonda is a pretty good Wyatt Earp, but I’d take Tombstone any day of the week. Much better was McCabe & Mrs. Miller, which was a wonderful anti-Western that served as a metaphor for the downfall of American society. Warren Beatty and Julie Christie are both wonderful, and I am now convinced Robert Altman is one of my favorite directors. It’s definitely not one to sleep on.
As for television, I stuck to my usual shows. The Middle had another average episode as it continues to limp to the finish line, while black-ish is continuing to take major risks as its most recent episode was a visual and thematic send-up to Blue Valentine. Time will tell if this risky storytelling will pay off, but it’s certainly an interesting experiment. Meanwhile, the new Modern Family continued the show’s run of moderately entertaining episodes, even if it doesn’t quite live up to expectations anymore. And I ended my week by watching Donald Glover on Saturday Night Live, which is everything I wanted it to be when I heard “Donald Glover on Saturday Night Live.” And speaking of Glover, his new music video for “This Is America” is just art. Pure art. Watch it if you haven’t.
What about you? Anything you watched this week? Have you had a chance to see any of the films in theaters? Let me know in the comments!