Monday, April 30, 2018

Films That I Saw: April 2018

Well, this has been a pretty crazy month as there was a slew of major deaths this month from R. Lee Emrey, Barbara Bush, Verne Troyer, Mitzi Shore, Milos Forman, and Bruno Sammartino. It’s like a repeat of two years ago in a strange way while there’s so many things that is happening that is just fucked up. Even as the White House has become a mess with so much happening and everything going to absolute shit. It’s getting harder to try and escape from the realities of the world as there was that horrific attack in Toronto by an asshole who listens to a sick misogynist. It just goes to show how fucked up things are as well as a reason to continue to fight for what is left in the world that makes it good. Even as there is comfort to know that Bill Cosby is going to prison as I hope he enjoys those puddin’ pops he’s been forcing us to eat for all of those years. Serves that motherfucker right.

In the month of April 2017, I saw a total of 34 films in 21 first-timers and 13 re-watches. 10 of these first-timers were directed by women including a trio of short films by Lucrecia Martel that I saw for my Auteurs piece on her as part of the 52 Films by Women pledge. The highlight of the month has definitely been my Blind Spot for the month in L'Argent. Here are the top 10 first-timers that I saw for April 2017:

1. A Taste of Honey

2. Tampopo

3. Isle of Dogs

4. Avengers: Infinity War

5. Band Aid

6. Maudie

7. Andre the Giant

8. L'Auberge Espagnole

9. Arthur Miller: Writer

10. New Wave: Dare to Be Different

Monthly Mini-Review

What Happened to Pink Floyd? The Strange Case of Waters and Gilmour

This was the only thing on YouTube that I saw in April as it was a 2011 BBC-funded documentary about Pink Floyd’s post-Wish You Were Here period that lead to the band’s growing dissolution and split in the early 1980s as well as the war over the Pink Floyd name between bassist/vocalist Roger Waters and guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour who were the driving forces of the band. While it doesn’t offer anything new that fans knew about the reason for the band’s split, it does offer some insight into the recording sessions for The Final Cut as A Momentary Lapse of Reason in why both of those albums have garnered mixed reviews among Floyd fans. It’s a film for fans of the group who know a lot has happened since this doc’s release though everyone agrees that Floyd will never reunite despite surviving member are on good terms with each other and have no intentions to reunite.

Top 10 Re-Watches:

1. Fantastic Mr. Fox

2. The Beguiled

3. Animal House

4. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

5. Inherent Vice

6. Lord of the Rings trilogy

7. Private Benjamin

8. Revenge of the Nerds

9. Dinner for Schmucks

10. Confessions of a Shopaholic

Well, that is all for April. Coming in May will be the Cannes Film Festival marathon that will begin on May 8 to the 19 while I’m not sure what theatrical releases I’m going to watch as I want to see Deadpool 2 and Tully. Other than a Blind Spot and the Auteurs piece on Lucrecia Martel that is nearly half-finished at the moment. There’s a couple of Brian de Palma films that I’m re-watching as I’ll write reviews on and some films in my never-ending DVR list. Until then, this is thevoid99 signing off…. And continue to laugh at this motherfucker….

© thevoid99 2018


s. said...

oh man, I could not sit through new The Beguiled again :)

Chris said...

I liked L'Argent, despite the acting style stripped of theatricality, a powerful story with a haunting ending. Cosby is a comedy genius, yet I’m glad justice was done, the guy shouldn't be allowed to be around women. I think you’re right Pink Floyd will never reunite and I don’t think they need to, but look what just happened with ABBA who are doing new songs together.

thevoid99 said...

@Sati-I understand. It's not for everyone.

@Chris-I actually like the acting style as it felt real. I saw clips of Cosby's comedy schticks and honestly, it sucks. I don't think he's funny at all. That "Spanish Fly" joke was just dumb and not funny at all. I really despise him for being a hypocrite in the way he lashed out at other comedians like Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy for using profanity. At least they were being honest in where they came from and weren't going to try to conform to what society wants. Fuck Bill Cosby and I hope he enjoys them puddin-pops in prison.

Anonymous said...

You watched some good stuff. I recently saw the Lord of the Rings trilogy again. Still so arresting.

thevoid99 said...

@vinnieh-Yeah, it was on Starz! I wish they would show the extended editions as I think they're superior to the theatrical releases as it help give more context to some of the characters in the trilogy. It makes me forgive Peter Jackson for what he did with The Hobbit trilogy which should've just been one film.