_shmoo (_shmoo) wrote,

Love means never having to say you're sorry

It's been a looong time since my last update, so here's a long one, touching only briefly on each entry.

Marty - 1955 Best Picture winner about a middle aged man finding love after he'd given up on it. Pretty good.

The Private Life of Henry VIII - 1933 biopic with Charles Laughton in the title role. Not great.

Fallen Angels - Wong Kar Wai's film about a professional killer. Not bad.

The Big Clock - Good noir film starring Ray Milland. Later remade with Kevin Costner.

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - One of Ruiz's young adult novels from the 1990s. Easy read. Fun but not great.

The Three Caballeros - Disney film starring Donald Duck, as he learns abut Mexico and Brazil. Fun.

Love Story - Decent dramatic love story. What ever happened to Ryan O'Neal? Also, this film features Tommy Lee Jones in a small role (his first listed on IMDB).

Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem - I enjoyed this novel about a former child actor in a somewhat surreal version of New York City.

Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons - Classic 1980s sci-fi novel and its sequel. I liked it.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - Young adult novel about a boy who learns he is not what he thought. It was alright.

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Presumably you know what this is. It was okay. Not as good as the first film.

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - A short ghost story novella. It was okay.

Hercules in New York - Arnold Schwarzenegger's first film, from 1969 (long before he became a star). So dumb, so funny.

Crash - I had heard how this was the worst Best Picture winner ever, but it was not as bad as I was expecting. It features a lot of cars on fire and a lot of people who are not afraid of guns.

L'Age D'Or - 1930 silent film from Luis Buñuel. I didn't get it.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (parts 1 and 2) - Two-part animated film released in 2012 and 2013, adapting the classic 1980s mini-series. Pretty good.

The Great Animal Orchestra by Bernie Krause - Krause, former member of the folk band the Weavers, lectures about soundscapes and how humans are ruining them. I'm not opposed ot the message, but this was preachy and repetitive.

San Francisco - 1936 film starring Clark Cable, Jeanette MacDonald, and Spencer Tracy, set in 1906 San Francisco (ending with the earthquake). It was okay.

Superman: Unbound - Another animated film, this one about the first meeting of Superman and Brainiac. Fun but not great.

Jezebel - Bette Davis plays a completely unsympathetic character. Didn't love it.

Gilda - Rita Hayworth's most famous role. Pretty good.

One Million Years B.C. - Cavemen (including Raquel Welch) try to survive (in a world populated with dinosaurs and giant iguanas). Not great. Apparently a remake. Maybe I'll seek out the original.

The Wizard of Oz - This is a 1925 silent film that predates the famous musical. Decent costumes and special effects, actually. Heavily altered plot.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox - Another animated film, in which the Flash finds himself in an alternate universe and must figure out how to set things right. It was okay.

Stage Door - 1937 film about a boardinghouse full of aspiring actresses, including Ginger Rogers and Katherine Hepburn. I liked it.

Marnie - Hitchcock film with Sean Connery. Not great.

Big Hero 6 - Recent animated film. Lots of fun.

Inside Out - Even more recent animated film. Not as much fun, but still pretty good.

The Big Heat - Five years ago this film showed up in a U Chicago alumni magazine in which a professor selected his ten favorite noirs and his ten favorite westerns. I've now seen all the westerns but, even after this one, still have two more noirs to see. Anyway, I liked this.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - It took me forever to read this recent Pulitzer winner, but I quite enjoyed it.

Smokey and the Bandit - Dumb fun with Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.

The Theory of Everything - Recent biopic of Stephen Hawking. Pretty good.

Scoop - Woody Allen, Ian MacShane, Hugh Jackman, and Scarlett Johansson. Still, not great.

Barbarella - Wacky sci-fi movie with Jane Fonda. Definitely so bad it's good.

Top Secret! - I'd somehow never seen this parody film (from the makers of Airplane!) growing up. Either I didn't miss much, or I saw it too late.

The Martian by Andy Weir - This MacGyver-style story set of Mars is getting a lot of hype lately (partly due to the upcoming film). I liked it a lot though.

Moby Dick - This is the 1998 mini-series starring Patrick Stewart as Ahab. It was okay.

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