Last week was pretty quiet across the board as I did my best to review the many decent films in theaters right now. I’m still finishing The Death of Stalin from a few weeks ago, and that should be up soon, but before that will be my review for A Quiet Place, which I hope to have up later today. No spoilers, but if you’ve heard good things about it this weekend, you heard right. I also saw the newest Tommy Wiseau film, Best F(r)iends: Part One. I’m not sure if I’m going to review it (or even how to), but I will say I was really quite fascinated with what I saw.
At home, I watched a few different films. In honor of Easter, I watched Pasolini’s classic The Gospel According To St. Matthew, and I was stunned in its brilliant filmmaking. It’s a gorgeous, thrilling film that brings the Biblical stories and themes to life, and its use of the Kuleshov effect throughout should be studied in every film school. I also continued my Film School Education by watching Once Upon a Time in the West, and found myself floored by Sergio Leone’s use of panoramics and sound. To be honest, as an overall film, I wasn’t as impressed as I was with the Dollars Trilogy, but it’s still great filmmaking nonetheless. As for the rest of the week, I gave myself the blessing of a little bit of fun, thanks to three comedies and romances. The first was Galaxy Quest, which features one of the best ensembles I’ve ever seen to tell a breezy, entertaining story. I followed it up with Sleepless in Seattle, a film I watched while inebriated and found myself openly weeping through by the end. While I think I prefer You’ve Got Mail, Seattle is clearly the better film. And I closed my week out with Bound, the Wachkowski Sisters’ premiere film noir that felt light, entertaining, and sexy all at the same time (also: Joey Pantoliano!)
I really didn’t watch that much on TV; just Modern Family, which was pretty good, The Middle, which was pretty meh, and Roseanne, which was stunningly bad after a pretty decent premiere. I mean, if that’s the direction they plan on going…yikes. However, while my television binging has started to fall behind, I have had a chance to enjoy more podcasts, having officially started Dirty John. A cross between Serial and The O.C., Dirty John is the sort of ridiculous true-crime story that I tend to love. It helps that Christopher Goffard is a great narrator on top of reporter. And I closed out my week with Kacey Musgraves‘ newest album, Golden Hour. Man, that girl is talented. Easily the best country album in a long time, and performed with a voice to match. It’s for sure worth a listen if you get the chance.
That’s it for this week’s update! I’m hoping to get a few more classics crossed off the list in the coming week, and I’m hoping to get up a few reviews for you all. In the meantime, you can let me know in the comments what you watched, enjoyed, or hated. See you all next week!