Fellini Satyricon (1969) – All the lush beauty you expect from Federico Fellini with all the perverse hedonism you expect from an ancient Roman erotic satire. I have yet to regret a trip to Scarecrow Video.
The World According to Garp (1982) – I say it a lot, but Robin Williams was at his best when he was scripted, possibly because he knew how to pick scripts better than he could improvise them.
I’m really surprised I hadn’t seen this before now. I hadn’t even heard much about it, and there’s so much to discuss. Why haven’t you guys been talking more about this? It’s been more than thirty years. For fuck’s sake, it had a sensitive, unsensational portrayal of a trans character.
Suffice it to say, this may be my favorite movie this Lent.
The Warriors (1979) – Not a bad adaptation of a Greek epic, but you really need to keep that in mind or it becomes less good and watchable.
The Holy Mountain (1973) – After seeing Jodorowsky’s Dune, I wanted nothing more than to see that movie made, but then El Topo made me wonder whether Jodorowsky was capable of the coherence and self control needed to adequately tell a story. The Holy Mountain convinces me that he is truly capable of being watchable while still retaining his signature insanity. Someone resurrect Salvador Dali and Orson Welles so that Jodorowsky’s vision can be realized as a miniseries on, I don’t know, HBO.
Moonstruck (1987) – Nic Cage, in case you were wondering, didn’t suffer a fall into insanity. He was always like that, at least as early as 1987. When Cher is the grounded, down-to-earth presence in a scene, you’ve really got something there.
The Station Agent (2003) – Characters! They sure are wacky and fascinating with their existential crises and their longing for human connection! Whee!
The Day of the Jackal (1973) – I love a good thriller, and The Jackal provides some nice equality in the nudity it provides.
With that, we are now officially halfway through Lent.
Doctor Zhivago (1965) – An overture, an intermission, and an entr’acte? How decadent. There’s enough movie here to house thirty families.
I am a couple days behind at this point, and likely won’t see another movie this weekend, so I’ll do this now, just ahead of the halfway point. The final film will be God’s Not Dead, on Saturday, April 4. Let me know if you’d like to join me.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – Well that was painful, and not in the dramatic way they seemed to be trying for. I have had the plot of the novel described to me, and I think I’d rather have been bludgeoned with that book instead.
The Interview (2014) – Well, that’s definitely on a lot of people’s IMDB pages forever. And yet, nobody’s careers seem to have been ruined. Pretty much every major actor has other things in production. There weren’t even any Razzie nominations, which may turn out to be the greatest snub in awards history.