This is my first non-Criterion collective post, so these movies have been watched at random times over the past 3 weeks or so.
#41. Wet Hot American Summer
With all the advertisements from Netflix, I figured it was time to check out the movie, and then the show, First Day of Camp. WHAS is an absurd, over-the-top, slightly surreal day at camp where we spend our time bouncing from one bizarre storyline to the next. With an exceptional cast, who were mostly unknown at the time (Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, and many others,) the movie is viciously funny, though subtle. It is definitely a comedy that gets funnier each time you watch it, and the spin-off/sequel-series is just as funny and fun.
#63. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
I hadn’t seen this movie in years and maybe that just made it all the more funny. With endless quotable material, Holy Grail has stood the test of time (40 years this year) and seems to only get funnier each time you watch it. After watching two other Gilliam films, this one still is the undisputed masterpiece (though I should rewatch Life of Brian.) Whether your favorite is the Knights Who Say Ni, the Holy Hand Grenade, or The Black Knight, these moments still have the ability to make you burst into laughter with the sheer oddness of it all.
#64. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
If stoner flicks are your thing, Harold & Kumar is probably one of the best in the last decade or so. It isn’t as action-y as Pineapple Express, but it still has far out there moments like the cheetah scene to make any smoker chuckle with delight–the NPH cameos also help. John Cho and Kal Penn have such fun banter and chemistry that they make an excellent duo. Their night of antics ensues just because they want White Castle (which I desperately want to try now.)
#67. Dead Poets Society
A year after Robin Williams’ death and a lot of us still haven’t accepted it yet. Having watched it last year following his passing, it did not quite hold as much emotional impact on a rewatch a year later. That does not mean the movie itself loses any of its beauty or spirit, but Williams leaving the classroom at the end isn’t as much as a goodbye as it was last year. Watching it, you realize how beautifully every element meshes together. The gorgeous cinematography, entrancing score, Williams’ (and everyone else’s) performances, it just is a simple, perfect movie that has aged gracefully.
Anybody who knows me knows I love Rocky. I watch them–if lucky–once a year. Yes, all 6 of them, even though 5 has the unfortunate distinction of it being the absolute worst of the series (that final punch…) Rocky, though it may not have deserved the Oscar over Taxi Driver, is still a damn fine movie. You cannot deny your blood starts to pump during the workout montage. Nor can you deny that you’ve probably reenacted that stair climb as well as shouting “YO ADRIAN” at least once in your life. Sylvester Stallone made it big here, and you can argue that it did not need sequels, but it did and they are mostly fantastic. Rocky is one of those movies that you can never get tired of–at least that’s the case for me.