Good Movies, May 2021
- Mortal Kombat, 2021 - ★. I think it’s time to just give up the copyright and let anyone make Mortal Kombat movies. These should be the most fun, dumb, easy-to-enjoy action flicks on the planet. The first one got that. Why is this so hard? Why are we getting worse at making fun things?
- Remember the Night, 1940 - ★★★. “People aren’t responsible for what they say in Niagara Falls!”
- Can You Ever Forgive Me?, 2018 - ★★★★. I’m probably learning the wrong lessons here but I just may never get myself cleaned up to play the game.
- Dear Heart, 1964 - ★★. It’s one of those movies where you really wish the characters would just say what they wanted instead of having to watch them be awkward for 90 minutes. It takes Angela Landsbury showing up, so sure and so committed to what she wants, to knock the whole thing loose.
- The Comeback Trail, 2020 - ★★★. I’m here for this bugs bunny bullshit.
- A Kiss Before Dying, 1956 - ★★★. Pretty good, but can we get a B picture that takes place at the Pago Pago. I just miss tiki bars is all.
- Dance, Girl, Dance, 1940 - ★★★★. I love the paparazzi in this, just undercutting any and all dramatic tension, making these arguing doinkies pose mid-fight all movie long.
- The Sword of Doom, 1966 - ★★★★. Relentless violence and madness. It doesn’t all add up. So many character arcs seem abandoned. At one point, someone shows off a gun, only for it never to be seen again. Major characters disappear. But it’s all for the mood.
- The Hot Rock, 1972 - ★★★. Someone make this a tv show where they lose the diamond at the end of every episode and run it for eight seasons on ABC.
- Easy Living, 1937 - ★★★. 300mph classic classist screwball.
- The Wild Bunch, 1969 - ★★★. Maximum carnage.
- We Broke Up, 2021 - ★★★. It’s under 90 minutes. What are you all complaining about?
May 28, 2021