What I Watched, What You Watched #75

It’s been a pretty good week of movie watching. I’ve seen a couple of classics and listened to a great podcast. I even managed to get to the theater to see two great films: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? And First Reformed. I won’t be reviewing Won’t You Be My Neighbor? just yet, although I can confirm it will be positive (I really loved it), but you can expect First Reformed later this week, and get ready, because it’s a film I really loved.

My biggest viewing of the week would have to be the two James Bond films I managed to see on the big screen: From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. It’d been a long time since I’d seen the latter, and the first time I’d seen the former. With Russia, I found the film a gorgeous visual treat, but a bit lacking in the story – there wasn’t anything altogether that interesting about it. Goldfinger, however…my word. What a helluva great action film. It looks great, the plot is tight, and Honor Blackman is every bit Connery’s equal. I see now why so many people consider it the best Bond film ever. At home, I started my week by finishing Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory. And I was struck by how absolutely remarkable it is, from beginning to end. It is truly one of the greatest films ever made. Every decision is so delicate and precise, and every shot has significant weight. You can rest assured it is yet another update to the Greatest Films series. And speaking of, one of the two films I started watching on the 4th of July might shake that entire list up in the best possible way. I won’t name it until I finish later this week, but you can be sure it’ll go high on the list if it remains consistently great throughout. The other film, which I did finish, was 1989’s Miss Firecracker. Overall, the film isn’t very good, but it does have a solid second half once the pageant starts, and Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins are legitimately great in it. I’d say if you see it on TV and it’s the second half, it’s worth turning on briefly.

Once again, I haven’t had a chance to watch too much TV this week, but I did turn on HBO in time to see the second half of The Devil Wears Prada. That is still a fun, delightful movie, and all four of the leads are terrific in it (note: both of the love interests are awful and Andi should have ended up with a better man who supports her dreams). And in terms of podcasts, Unspooled covered Bonnie and Clyde, one of my all-time favorite films, as well as interviewed Robert Benton, the screenwriter. The entire episode is great, and if you haven’t started listening yet, you should start now.

That does it for this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched. I have a big week ahead of me, but I’ll make sure to get a few articles up onto the site, and hopefully I’ll have the chance to see a few new films in theaters. Until then, let me know in the comments what you think of the films I watched this week, let me know what you’ve been watching on your own, and I will see you all next time!

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