Friday, March 21, 2014

Perflix of the Day


The Day (2011) stars (briefly, until he meets with his unfortunate end) Dominic Monaghan, one of Frodo's friends in Lord of the Rings apparently (remember Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck? yeah, neither do I).  I'm all for post-apocalyptic cannibal movies, or any post-apocalyptic movie for that matter.  My wife Liz hates zombie/cannibal/disease/nuclear holocaust movies but I love 'em!  Lately it's probably 20% of what I watch (there's a lot to choose from).   I was looking forward to watching The Day but was very disappointed.  Skip it.  The production quality is poor and judging by the single set (on a friend's farm?), very low budget.  It was a good idea but, aside from The Road, these cannibal movies never quite capture the desperation that would precede cannibalism.  I mean, being a cannibal would suck.  It would make you feel terrible about yourself.  And even if you became a cannibal, wouldn't that be your last resort for every meal?  I consider myself a survivor, but if the only food left on earth are other people, I'm offing myself.  The diabolical cannibals in The Day are straight out of Mad Max and hungry for "meat".  Dumb and Dumber describes this film well.  Don't waste your time on it.

American Hustle is, in a word, fantastic.  It's not perfect (I'm embarrassed to say that I actually fell asleep at one point, which goes to the pacing that I prefer) but it is a great great movie.  The cast is immense with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence headlining, and Jeremy Renner (as Mayor Polito) and Louis C.K. turning in fine supporting performances.  Robert DeNiro shows up briefly as an intimidating mobster.  Can I just say that Amy Adams is stunningly great and sexy as hell in this film, and that's coming from someone who has been in love with Jennifer Lawrence since The Hunger Games.  Lawrence is great as usual, though Silver Linings Playbook is far and away my favorite.  She is so damn hot that I can't even write about her I'll just get frustrated.  But the real brilliance emanates from Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper who put on an acting clinic for us.  I didn't believe that Bale gained all that weight for this film and suggested to my wife that it was a body double and prosthetics, but I looked it up and The Washington Post reports that he did gain 43 pounds.  I am looking forward to watching Out of the Furnace, another recent movie of his that also stars another favorite of mine, Woody Harrelson.  Cooper brings the energetic style we know him for from Silver Linings Playbook to the role as the frenetic FBI agent behind the ABSCAM operation.

Gotta get some sleep, but next I'll be writing up Blue Jasmine (which despite the hype I found to be a real yawner), Moon, and Man of Steel.  My pre-K son is on spring break next week so I expect I'll have to tell you about The Lego Movie or the new muppet movie...
  1. Alien
  2. Top Gun
  3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  4. The Road
  5. Warm Bodies
  6. The Shining
  7. School of Rock
  8. Say Anything
  9. High Fidelity
  10. Fight Club
  11. Risky Business
  12. Star Wars
  13. Brokeback Mountain
  14. Animal House
  15. Jerry McGuire
  16. Silver Linings Playbook
  17. Dallas Buyers Club
  18. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  19. No Country for Old Men
  20. Tangled
  21. Children of Men
  22. War Games
  23. 28 Days Later
  24. The Graduate
  25. From Dusk Till Dawn
  26. Lost in Translation
  27. The King's Speech

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