February 1: The Post (2017)
February 2: Winchester (2018)
February 3: On Body and Soul (2017)
February 4: The Hurt Locker (2008)
February 5: Mudbound (2017)
February 6: Brokeback Mountain (2005)
February 7: Call Me By Your Name (2017)
February 8: The Thing (2011)
February 9: The Thing (1982)
February 10: Kong: Skull Island (2017)
February 11: Phantom Thread (2017)
February 12: I, Tonya (2017)
February 13: Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
February 14: Predator (1987)
February 15: The Ritual (2017)
February 16: The Prince of Egypt (1998)
February 17: Black Panther (2018)
February 18: Before I Wake (2016)
February 19: Lady Bird (2017)
February 20: Darkest Hour (2017)
February 21: The Florida Project (2017)
February 22: Hostiles (2017)
February 23: Annihilation (2018)
February 24: The Hateful Eight (2015)
February 25: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
February 26: The Godfather, Part II (1974)
February 27: The Truman Show (1998) and What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
February 28: Veronica (2017)
The Best of February: I, Tonya (2017) and Kong: Skull Island (2017)
I’m excluding The Godfather, Part II because it is the clear winner in almost any movie discussion and The Thing (1982) because I love the movie and I’ve also seen it many times. This was a hard choice because I watched a lot of really great movies this month. I, Tonya should have been nominated for best picture over a really weak genre film in The Post which probably only got a nod because of the Academy’s perpetual hard on for Meryl Streep. Meryl Streep’s performance was nothing remotely special and I, Tonya is stacked with top notch performances. Kong: Skull Island gets an honorable mention because it was an incredible return to form for the monster movie genre and I hope the continued monster universe they are creating continues along the lines of Kong rather than the last Godzilla movie which had one cool moment and an hour of swimming.
The Worst of February: Before I Wake (2016) and Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
Before I Wake was easily the worst movie I watched this month, but I felt the need to include Roman J. Israel, Esq as well. Before I Wake is a lousy horror movie that doesn’t do anything with its premise, but Roman J. Israel, Esq. is up for an Oscar and the movie is almost complete garbage. My expectations were much higher for an Oscar nominee than for a low budget horror movie with a terrible child acting performance. Denzel Washington does not deserve an Oscar nomination for being the most inept and unbelievable attorney ever put on film.
Corrections for March:
I have been very sick this month. I had a concussion midway through the month from a kick to the head. I had swine flu and possibly walking pneumonia. This has all really slowed me and it has obviously not been a good month for me health wise. I am trying to get healthy going into March.
The only movie I saw this month that I didn’t write a review for was What We Do in the Shadows. What We Do in the Shadows was a repeat viewing for me and is a great mockumentary done by the same group that made Flight of the Conchords. A documentary crew follows around the members of a vampire coven in Wellington, New Zealand. Hilarity ensues. Definitely see it.
I also watched the first season of Altered Carbon on Netflix. It is definitely worth a look if you are into science fiction / detective film noir that is set in the distant future. It started very strong with some really cool premises and action sequences. Some of the characters were as flat as a board. The ending was a little weaker than the rest of the show, but worth a watch if it sounds interesting. I think season two could be very interesting.
The formatting problems seem to have been largely resolved on the blog and I hope I am getting better at not writing in the passive voice.