Some movies I’ve watched lately

A few quick reviews:

Love And Mercy: Really, really good. Watch it if you’re a Beach Boys fan, watch it if you like music movies, watch it if you’re a musician who had a breakdown of your own, or watch it if you just like good movies. It works on all of those fronts and more.

I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore: This just got released straight-ish to Netflix. Melanie Lynskey! David Yow! WHO! WILL! WIN? Pacing could’ve been a little better on it, but I’ll watch Melanie Lynskey in pretty much anything. Really, I need to see more of her stuff.

Bad Santa 2: Y’know, it certainly had its moments, and was better than I expected it to be, but something about it felt hollow. Terry Zwigoff directed the first one with so much heart, and this tried to echo that, but didn’t get there.

The One And Only: I’d completely forgotten this movie existed, until I found mention of it during one of my late-night “fall down the Wikipedia pages about pro wrestlers rabbit hole” sessions. Movie’s both ahead of its time and cringeworthy in parts in the present day (I’m finding that a lot of movies from all eras run into that unless they had a really forward-thinking script doctor), but Henry Winkler’s great in it (not exactly a surprise, he’s great in pretty much anything), Hervé Villechaize has some really great comedy chops that I wish we’d gotten to see more of in general, and it’s a pretty cool period piece (not just as a 1950s period piece, but as a “1950s as filtered through the 1970s” period piece).

The Usual Suspects: Seeing this for the first time in 2017 was almost a formality, like “OK, fine.” Wasn’t bad. Owed both Hitchcock and DePalma a living, though.

The Witch: What the fuck is wrong with white people?

 

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