HAPPY SACRED WALLOWEEN, EVERYBODY! That’s right, it’s time for the most wonderful time of the year, Sacred Walloween, where the fall crispens the air, the best Oscar-contenders and scary movies come out, and those of us not on a diet can enjoy a glass of apple cider or a Pumpkin Spice latte (I hate you all). I’ve been out of town for the better part of a weekend, and therefore don’t have much to share in terms of my What I Watched segment today. However, there are a few films I can write about, and perhaps even one I can review in the near future. That would be Love, Gilda, which will round out a current documentary piece I’m working on about how the best documentaries of 2018 are about good people helping others. Look for that in the coming weeks.
While I won’t be reviewing it, I also went to the theater to see A Simple Favor, which I absolutely adored. It’s a clever little noir that plays it incredibly straight while still adding in a healthy dose of tongue in cheek. Oh, and Blake Lively was remarkable, as were her costumes. I followed up that modern comedy classic with a much older classic: the Eddie Murphy breakout vehicle 48 Hours. Unfortunately, I must report that I was a little disappointed in the film, finding the idea much more clever than the execution. Still, there were a handful of good scenes, including a perfectly executed, hilariously blunt scene involving Murphy inside a redneck bar. And to close my week out, I watched the 1954 A Star Is Born. And my God, is it stunning. Not only is James Mason great, and not only is Judy Garland impeccable, but the sheer scope and execution of the film is dream-worthy. I adored this film, and I hope either of the remakes can hold up to its legendary status.
On TV, many shows had their returns this week, and I managed to catch up on all the ones worth caring about. This includes Modern Family, which was fine, South Park, which was great, and Last Man Standing, which essentially amounted to ten out of twenty one minutes of jokes about the cancellation and eleven minutes of a mildly decent episode. It’s better than anything they did in their previously last season, I can say that. However, if there’s one show I want to give props to, it would be It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which came back swinging after two decent-but-meh episodes with two daggers. “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot” had some clever commentary while remaining content with just making a funny episode, but I really want to talk about what Kat Coiro, Megan Ganz, and a shockingly game cast managed to accomplish with the hauntingly brilliant episode “Time’s Up For the Gang.” I’ll save most of my thoughts for its inevitable placement on the list of Best TV Episodes of 2018, but all you need to know is it is dark, funny, and poignant, as well as endlessly quotable. Meanwhile, I ended up missing most of Saturday Night Live due to being at the bar with friends, but I did manage to catch up on a few sketches, and my biggest takeaway is that Adam Driver needs to be a regular cast member on top of being an Oscar winning superstar. The old-timey oil baron sketch is to die for, as is his Vermontian White Supremacist character. Oh, and if you need a good laugh after a long week, check out How Did This Get Made’s episode on Blues Brothers 2000, which is so funny I had to pull over to the side of the road to keep from crashing.
That’s it for this week. Next week’s edition should be a good one, thanks to upcoming screenings for A Star Is Born and Venom. And you can expect my first Sacred Walloween updated this Saturday, with reviews of my first week of horror movie watching. See you all then, and in the meantime, feel free to leave a comment about the films I watched this week, or tell me about what you’ve been watching! Can’t wait to hear from you all!