Movie miscellanea 2012
Random movies seen in the past few weeks:
Before I forget… “Surviving Progress” & “No Impact Man” are macro- and micro-examinations of sustainability. SP looks at how our world society is quickly running out of ways of sustaining our current rate of consumption, and how no single national economy can easily survive if several foreign economies plummet. NIM examines one man’s quest to consume next to nothing for an entire year, save for food and medicine. Best of intentions, and I was intrigued by his workaround for toilet paper (even if I’m squeamish to try it myself), but I think he, his wife and their daughter could have done a LOT more had they moved away from midtown Manhattan, rather than retrofitting their (his) new lifestyle into their current dwelling.
Saw “Silver Linings Playbook” last month. It was good, though would have made a better rental. Goes along nicely with Russell’s other movies, “Three Kings” and “The Fighter”.
Saw “Warm Bodies” on Superbowl Sunday. Meh. It’s a rental if you’re a fan of “Zombieland”. Otherwise pass. Nowhere near as good as “Shaun of the Dead”.
I forgot to include “Skyfall” in my 2012 movie roundup. It was a very good movie, almost as good as “Casino Royale”, but definitely better than nearly all the non-Connery Bond films. Craig is now my favorite Bond, Barden was a great villain (more canny than his Chigurh in NCfOM) and the final scene at Bond’s boyhood home was one of the best scenes from any Bond movie. It has grossed almost $300 million domestically and around $1 billion internationally – a huge (and deserved) return for a 50-year old film franchise.
Last weekend I watched a pair of foreign films on Netflix – “Code Unknown” and “Certified Copy”. Both star Juliette Binoche, who I’ve always felt looks like my good friend Katya if she were 10 or so years older. CU was directed by Michael Hanecke, whose “Amour” was nominated for Best Picture this year (it’s a near-lock to win the Best Foreign Film category). Very similar to his 2005 suspense film “Cache” which also starred Binoche.
Saw “Brave” last week. Okay movie, but not in the same league as “Finding Nemo”, “Ratatouille” or “Wall-E”. I hear Disney is planning a sequel to “Monsters Inc” and “Finding Nemo” and might want to make a fourth “Toy Story” movie. Geesh!
Also saw “Celeste and Jesse Forever”. Ugh. Wasn’t worth my money nor my time. Rashina Jones and Andy Samberg are capable of so much more, if only they hadn’t been given such clichéd and eye-rolling material to work with. I watched this movie and I just felt sorry for them, except for the bit where they meet at a bar and Jones states she’s dressed like a cat lady. The only genuine laugh in the entire movie.