Happy Golden Globes Day everyone – and more importantly, Happy 100th! It’s a busy day here at the Camp David of Oscar coverage, what with reviews, lists, and more, and I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you. But that hasn’t stopped me from watching movies, including Vice, which I will be reviewing later this month. It’s a pretty decent film, although I had issues with some of the filmmaking decisions, but it’s certainly interesting, and worth the watch.
Speaking of interesting films, I had a second viewing of Sorry To Bother You, as part of an attempt to finalize my Top Ten list for the year. My thoughts remain pretty similar to my first viewing: the middle is a little rough, but that first and third act are nearly flawless. Similarly, I watched Eighth Grade for the second time. However, unlike Sorry, this film moved up in my eyes, wowing me once again with its brilliant writing, moving performances, laugh-out-loud moments, and more. Hell, I even liked Jake Ryan more – his performance became more real and grew on me (and I was able to focus on his choices as opposed to his similarities to me at that age this time around). Look for that one on my Top Ten list in coming weeks. Meanwhile, in an attempt to clear out my DVR, I watched the 1940s horror classic The Curse of the Cat People, and wow did I enjoy it. It’s a much better film than its predecessor, Cat People, no matter how much that film may be a classic. And then, in the granddaddy of them all, my brother and I hosted our End of the Year Bad Movie Night by screening The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. Oh my God is it bad. It’s so bad. One of the worst of all time. And yet…I kind of love it. It’s enjoyably bad, making you question all notions of sanity and reality with is off-putting terror. It’s a must see for any fan of bad movies. Oh, and I also saw portions of a couple different films, just not enough to call it a “viewing.” My family watched The Commitments over the weekend, which I was in and out of the room for, and still believe is a solid film. I also saw the first half of Sicario: Day of the Soldado as I finish off my 2018 viewings, and boy, for a film that well-made, it’s pretty not good in every other regard.
On television, I’ve continued my march towards a Top Ten Television list with a ton of 2018 TV. I watched all of Succession and Homecoming, two shows I started kind of hesitantly and ended up falling in love with by the end (Succession in particular – while Shiv and Roman are my favorites, it is impossible not to like the Tom-Greg dynamic). I started Sharp Objects, which I am already becoming obsessed with, even though I am not a fan of whatever Patricia Clarkson is doing on that show. And in terms of individual episodes, I got my first viewing of Teddy Perkins from Atlanta, which was as good as everyone’s been saying, as well as the “Mort Crim” episode from Detroiters, which, as a Detroit native, I found to be sheer perfection. Oh, and I absolutely watched New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, although it was a bit of a bummer – just a great Christina Aguilera number and then an hour of Jenny McCarthy griping about vaccines. Oh well. C’est la vie.
Well, that concludes “What I Watched, What You Watched” #100! I’ll be back next week with more write-ups on the Best of 2018, and hopefully I can get a few more lists and reviews up soon (look for Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book towards the start of this week). Until then, you can comment below on the films I watched, let me know what films and shows you’ve been watching, or just let me know if you have any thoughts on the direction of the site. See you all real soon, and make sure you watch the 76th Golden Globe Awards tonight at 8:00!