2017 log (1)

(2 Jan) La La Land (2016, Damien Chazelle) 95
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(4 Jan) Silence (2016, Martin Scorsese) 91
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(6 Jan) Swiss Army Man (2016, Daniels) 94
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(13 Jan) Matilda (1996, Danny DeVito) 77
[ Somehow I’d never seen this ‘90s family classic, otherwise it would be one of my favorites from childhood. This is every bit as much as a live action cartoon as the “Home Alone” or “Addams Family” movies, maybe even more so, thanks to Danny DeVito’s eye-popping visual style. Mara Wilson is an absolute delight in the title role, especially as she learns to use her mutant powers, “X-Men”-style! ]

(13 Jan) Nelly (2017, Anne Émond) 85
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(18 Jan) Split (2017, M. Night Shyamalan) 76
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(21 Jan) The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola) [ review ] 100

(28 Jan) Sharknado: The Fourth Awakens (2016, Anthony C. Ferrante) 37
[ There’s a moment late into this fourth “Sharknado” in four years where Ian Ziering is in a Mech suit and Tara Reid is a Terminator/Iron Man-style robot, and they’re flying over Niagara Falls to get to a quantum box or something… And you know what, for that brief moment, it got just exquisitely silly enough for me to enjoy it. Otherwise, it’s more of the same: disaster porn, celebrity cameos, dumb references (often merely repeating famous movie quotes), CGI gore and yes, tornadoes of sharks. I hope we’re not supposed to care about these characters and all their kids, but hey, it’s on Netflix, and it’s watchable enough. ]