2017 log (8)

(2 Aug) Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento) 96
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(5 Aug) Dirty Dancing (1987, Emile Ardolino) 77
[ This here is a bona fide dancing movie musical, where the story is almost an afterthought, an excuse for all the dance scenes. Those are the moments through which the characters are defined, as they move their bodies, on their own or with each other… As such, this is not unlike a porno (it’s “dirty” dancing, remember?)… Or like a martial arts movie, more unexpectedly, what with all the training montages, the elusive special move the protagonist only masters during the final showdown (the lift!), etc. Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle is the missing link between John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever” and Mark Wahlberg in “Boogie Nights”, with a touch of Elvis in “Tickle Me” (look it up). And Jennifer Grey is cute and fun as the rich daddy’s girl who slums it with him. Set in 1963, the movie is filled with great music from the era (Be My Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me, Wipe Out, etc.), plus a few anachronistic but amusingly cheesy ’80s numbers (Hungry Eyes, She’s Like the Wind, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life). Good times! ]

(10 Aug) Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017, Anthony C. Ferrante) 36
[ Often, I figure I should stop watching these dumbass movies every year, but then there are always some moments here and there that make me smile or downright laugh out loud. This fifth episode is a whole lotta noise and nonsense, starting with an “Indiana Jones” homage and working its way to a rip-off of the “Back to the Future” ending, all the while destroying landmarks around the world, from England to Australia, Brazil, Italy, Japan and Egypt (I’m probably forgetting a couple). It’s kinda hilarious that Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are the stars of a franchise in the 2010s, and there are tons of cameos, my favorite being Bret Michaels as a Doof Warrior-type and Dolph Lundgren as [SPOILER]. The latter made it more obvious than ever that I’m going to watch the next movie! ]

(12 Apr) Hot Fuzz (2007, Edgar Wright) [ review ] 92

(11 Aug) Moana (2016, Ron Clements & John Musker) 80
[ Amazing Polynesian mythology, gorgeously bright and colorful animation, wonderful songs (by Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda)… And maybe most of all, we really love these characters, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) and Maui (Dwayne Johnson). ]

(17 Aug) Logan Lucky (2017, Steven Soderbergh) 86
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(20 Aug) Interstellar (2014, Christopher Nolan) [ review ] 92