Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Everything I Saw in the Second Half of 2016

31.12 The Witness (2016) [Netflix]
30-31.12 Twin Peaks s.2 e.1 "May the Giant Be with You" (1990) [DVD]
29.12 Loving (2016) [cinema]
29.12 Toni Erdmann (2016) [cinema]
27.12 Fences (2016) [cinema]
25.12 Lion (2016) [cinema]
21.12 Rogue One - A Star Wars Story (2016) [cinema]
12.14 - 12.16 Sausage Party (2016) [Blu-Ray]
13.12 Miss Sloane (2016) [cinema]
10.12 A Christmas Story (1983) [Blu-Ray]*
7.12 Manchester by the Sea (2016) [cinema]
7.12 Twin Peaks s.1 e.7 "The Last Evening" (1990) [DVD]*
6.12 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) [cinema]
2-3.12 13th (2016) [Netflix]
3.12 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) [Blu-Ray]*
2.12 Twin Peaks s.1 e.6 "Realization Time" (1990) [DVD - second half]*
29.11 Allied (2016) [cinema]
29.11 Moana (2016) [cinema]
29.11 Inner Workings (2016) [cinema - animated short]
25.11 The Innocents (2016) [Blu-Ray - second half]
24.11 Cafe Society (2016) [Amazon Instant]*
22.11 Moonlight (2016) [cinema]
20.11 Arrival (2016) [cinema]
16-17.11 Indignation (2016) [Blu-Ray]
9.11 Doctor Strange (2016) [cinema]
3.11 The Innocents (2016) [Blu-Ray - first half]
2.11 Twin Peaks s.1 e.6 "Realization Time" (1990) [DVD - first half]*
2.11 Twin Peaks s.1 e.5 "Cooper's Dreams" (1990) [DVD - second half]*
29.10 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) [cinema]
27.10 The Lobster (2016) [Blu-Ray]
25.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.5 (1990) [DVD - first half]*
20-22.10 The Sound of Music (1965) [Blu-Ray]*
21.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.4 "The One-Armed Man" (1990) [DVD]*
19.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.3 "Rest in Pain" (1990) [DVD]*
16.10 Certain Women (2016) [cinema]
15.10 X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) [Blu-Ray]
12.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.2 "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer" (1990) [DVD]*
8.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.1 "Traces to Nowhere" (1990) [DVD]*
6.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.1 "Traces to Nowhere" (1990) [DVD]*
6.10 The Birth of a Nation (2016) [cinema]
5.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.Pilot "Northwest Passage" (1990) [DVD - second half]*
1.10 Stranger Things s.1 e.5 "Chapter Five:
The Acrobat and the Flea" (2016) [Netflix]
1.10 Twin Peaks s.1 e.Pilot "Northwest Passage" (1990) [DVD - first half]*
1.10 Mulan (1998) [DVD - first half]
29.9 Stranger Things s.1 e.4 "Chapter Four: The Body" (2016) [Netflix]
29.9 Stranger Things s.1 e.3 "Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly" (2016) [Netflix]
28.9 Captain America: Civil War (2016) [Amazon]*
24.9 Stranger Things s. 1 e. 2 "Chapter Two:
The Weirdo on Maple Street" (2016) [Netflix]
24.9 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) [Blu-Ray]*
23.9 Stranger Things s.1 e.1 "Chapter One:
The Vanishing of Will Byer" (2016) [Netflix]
22.9 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) [Hulu]
21.9 Snowden (2016) [cinema]
17.9 Inside Out (2015) [Blu-Ray]*
17.9 Lava (2015) [Blu-Ray - animated short]*
16.9 The Nice Guys (2016) [DVD]
25.8 Captain Fantastic (2016) [cinema]
25.8 Hercules (1997) [DVD]
24.8 Hell or High Water (2016) [cinema]
17.8 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) [DVD]
12.8 Pocahontas (1995) [DVD]*
10.8 Eye in the Sky (2016) [Blu-Ray]
10.8 The Lion King (1994) [Blu-Ray]*
5.8 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) [Amazon Instant]*
4.8 The Bourne Supremacy (2004) [Amazon Instant]*
2.8-4.8 The Bourne Identity (2002) [DVD]*
31.7 Star Trek Beyond (2016) [cinema]
31.7 Cafe Society (2016) [cinema]
29.7 Jason Bourne (2016) [cinema]
26.7 The Infiltrator (2016) [cinema]
22.7 Beauty and the Beast (1991) [DVD]*
19.7 Ghostbusters (2016) [cinema]
12.7 Midnight Special (2016) [Blu-Ray]
12.7 The Rescuers Down Under (1990) [DVD]
5.7 Puss Cafe (1950) [DVD - animated short]
5.7 Finding Dory (2016) [cinema]
5.7 Piper (2016) [cinema - animated short]
2.7 Swiss Family Robinson (1960) [DVD]*

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

One of the great things about Star Trek, be it any of the series or many of the feature films, is the way it has always put ideas at the forefront of its stories, valuing philosophy and political science above action and swashbuckling. Even First Contact, my absolute favorite of all the movies, found a way to work some excellent action sequences into a film that was mostly about ideas and really developed some of the characters.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Bourne Ultimatum Movie Review

Matt Damon never smiles in The Bourne Supremacy. I think that’s also true in The Bourne Ultimatum, which is the darker and slightly more sinister installment in the trilogy. It picks up where the previous film left off, after Bourne has tried to achieve some redemption by apologizing to the young woman whose life he altered when he murdered her parents. Most of the movie cleverly, it turns out, takes place between that apology scene and the epilogue of The Bourne Supremacy in which he calls Pam Landy and insinuates that he’s looking at her through her office window.

The Bourne Supremacy Movie Review

If The Bourne Identity was the grounded, relaxed version of an action spy film, then its first sequel The Bourne Supremacy is the next step in kineticism, ratcheting up the energy as Bourne remembers more about his past and becomes more deeply embroiled in layers of cover-ups he can’t understand.

It picks up two years after the events of the first film. Bourne and Marie are hiding out in India until an assassin (Karl Urban) shows up and accidentally kills Marie (Franka Potente) instead of Bourne. Meanwhile in Berlin, Pamela Landy (Joan Allen), a CIA bureaucrat, is working a case to uncover a mole within the organization. Someone is also setting up Bourne as a rogue agent. The old Treadstone project that made Bourne has become Blackbriar. Landy is kept at arm’s length by Abbott (Brian Cox, returning in his role as the head of the Black Ops program).

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

From My Collection: The Bourne Identity Movie Review

I’m revisiting the original trilogy of Bourne Movies after seeing Jason Bourne. I guess that’s backwards, but the inspiration didn’t strike until I found myself disappointed in the new movie. Seeing how frenetic the editing was, I felt that Paul Greengrass had taken his style to an extreme. I didn’t recall that the two he directed were similarly edited.

Cafe Society Movie Review

There’s not much left for Woody Allen to say in his movies, is there? He’s already been walking the same ground for decades, hitting the same themes and even repeating (or so it feels) zingers and one-liners. After fifty plus films in as many years, how could he not? He puts out a new movie every year like clockwork. Sometimes it’s as if he’s going through the motions and occasionally he gives us something inspired, as with Midnight in Paris or Blue Jasmine. His latest is CafĂ© Society, which is far better than the recent misfire of Magic in the Moonlight but still falling short of genuine genius.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Jason Bourne Movie Review

Jason Bourne’s story was told through a trilogy of films that concluded nearly a decade ago. From The Bourne Identity, which saw Matt Damon playing the title amnesiac trying to figure out who he was, why people were trying to kill him, and how he was so capable with his fists, his language, automobiles, and weapons, to the capper The Bourne Ultimatum in which he remembers everything and handily exposes the CIA program that made him who he was we saw Damon and director Paul Greengrass (for the two sequels) reinvent the action spy thriller for the new millennium. Bourne’s story being complete, the franchise attempted to skew in a different direction with Jeremy Renner starring. Now Damon and Greengrass have reunited, I suppose catching on to the popularity of series reboots that have cropped up all over Hollywood in recent years.