December Summary

December 1st: Your Name. (2016)
December 2nd: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
December 3rd: Sorry to Bother You (2018)
December 4th: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
December 5th: Toy Story 2 (1999)
December 6th: Toy Story 3 (2011)
December 7th: Office Christmas Party (2016)
December 8th: The City of the Dead (1960)
December 9th: Eighth Grade (2018)
December 10th: The Stepford Wives (1975)
December 11th: M (1931)
December 12th: The Sting (1973)
December 13th: Incredibles 2 (2018)
December 14th: The Breakfast Club (1985)
December 15th: The Third Man (1949)
December 16th: American Beauty (1999)
December 17tH: The Lives of Others (2006)
December 18th: American Psycho (2000)
December 19th: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
December 20th: Princess Mononoke (1997)
December 21st: Inside Out (2015)
December 22nd: Black Mass (2015)
December 23rd: The Equalizer 2 (2018)
December 24th: Gone With The Wind (1939)
December 25th: Krampus (2015)
December 26th: Hotel Artemis (2018)
December 27th: Kin 2018 / Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
December 28th: Mile 22 (2018)
December 29th: Dredd (2012)
December 30th: This Is The End (2013) / 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
December 31st: Snowpiercer (2013)

The Best of October: American Beauty (1999) and Sorry to Bother You (2018)

The classics I watched this month were mostly very disappointing aside from The Grapes of Wrath and The Sting both of which were great movies. But, I didn’t need to leave either out to make these picks.

American Beauty has terrific performances. Spacey’s performance rivals that of his turn in The Usual Suspects and it is just an overall terrific ride with a commentary about American life that is hard to ignore. It is still very pertinent today.

Sorry to Bother You features some great performances and an artistic style that gives it real panache. I didn’t see the movie taking such a science fiction tilt and it was like a breath of fresh air. As the movie trends more into the realm of magical realism it gets more interesting. It also represents the corporate America that we all get to live in today.

The Worst of October: Gone With The Wind (1939) and Mile 22 (2018)

Gone With The Wind is historical garbage, romanticizes a way of life built on the backs of slaves, all while sanitizing the very south that brutalized African slaves for generations. it is disgusting enough for that reason alone. I don’t understand why it is not classified with The Birth of a Nation for its openly racist agendas. The second half is dull and could have used an editor or six. It is a well made movie and Clark Gable is terrific at times, but all of its many flaws do not make it worth placement in the canon of great American movies.

Mile 22 is as derivative as it gets. It is on the same level as the Slender Man. There isn’t anything in particular wrong with it. It is just the most mediocre middle course you could take with a movie. It also featured former MMA star Ronda Rousey and did nothing with her talent. Wahlberg is Wahlberg, but there is no need to see this movie.


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