A Few Good Movies (and a Few Bad Ones...) - Christmas Edition

I’ve got a bit of a backlog going so here’s a list of movies I watched over the last couple weeks:

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

I’ve seen this one before, but this was the first time watching it in 35mm. It’s an amazing film - one of my favorites - and an excellent representation of a dream. Aside from the spot-on everything (cinematography, lighting, score, acting, storytelling), it’s also arguably, one of the best Christmas movies. I’m sure one day I’ll do a Kubrick write-up and discuss more.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Feels weird following a Kubrick film with… this. I don’t have much to say about this flick. It was cute, I guess?

Krampus (2015)

This was the second time watching this and I think I liked it better this time around! Very atmospheric. Fun story. What’s not to like?

Elf (2003)

2003?? Can you believe this came out 15 years ago? Still holds up excellently though. Every time I watch it, I catch something new. And now, living in New York, I can watch it and recognize buildings and New York-y things. A Christmas classic.

Vice (2018)

I didn’t like this movie. The cinematography was fine, but the story telling was horrendous. I was bored, confused, and felt absolutely no emotional attachment to any of the characters. There was no motivation for anything anyone did. I was so bothered and distracted by the storytelling (or lack thereof) that I was ready to walk out about half-way through.

Black Mirror - Bandersnatch (2018)

Just got done watching this and wow! This is the future of filmmaking. It was equally entertaining as it was thought-provoking. I found all the characters very balanced and the pacing was good. We ended up going through most of the scenarios - my favorite was the meta Netflix path. It’ll be exciting to see where Black Mirror goes with this.

The Editor (2014)

Am I currently watching this as I write this review? Yes. There’s probably something against doing that, but oh well. This is hilarious. Like crying laughing. If you like filmmaking and you like bad, dubbed over Italian horror movies from the 1970’s, you’ll like this. So many color gels must have been used making this - each scene is a technicolor painting. A few rapid fire notes: Everyone is smoking all the time. Liberal use of (bloody) practical effects. Pointless use of split field diopter. It’s really really funny. Also, tons of boobs.