What I Watched, What You Watched #79

It was another quiet week here at the Sacred Wall, although you could call that the calm before the storm. I’ve spent several days this week putting the finishing touches on articles and reviews, and I’m hoping to have those up sporadically throughout the week. Not only will this include reviews left in the back burner for quite some time, but also three reviews based on movies I saw this week: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and Christopher Robin. I won’t spoil the upcoming articles for you, but I will give you a brief rundown: one film is truly great, one is dumb but fun, and one is really, really strange, but in a good way. More on these films to come going forward.

At home, things have been fairly quiet and simple. I started the week with the 1931 Academy Award winner Cimarron, which I liked just a bit more than I thought I would, but I still wouldn’t call it a “great” film. It’s a bit of a mess at times. I did, however, turn things around with my second viewing of Isle of Dogs. It’s not quite my favorite Wes Anderson film, but it is still damn enjoyable. And I concluded my week with two foreign masterpieces. The first was Man With A Movie Camera, the famous 1929 Russian documentary. If I’m being honest, I didn’t “love” the film the way I wanted to, but it is still a stunning work, and knowing that most great cinematography and editing comes from it makes it all the more remarkable. And I concluded my week with The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, the 1972 Luis Buñuel comedy. I adored this film, finding it much smarter and much less irritating than The Exterminating Angel, and would easily call it one of the best of all time. It’s definitely worth seeing, if you ever get the chance.

What about you? Did you watch any great movies this week? Any TV shows you think I should start watching? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you all here next week!

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