movies: what we watched in June

Here is a condensed version of my movie blog – everything we’ve watched over the past month.

in the theater:

The Secret of Kells, 2009. 8/10 (Great). Like somebody made a feature film version of Samurai Jack.

– “Day & Night,” 2010. 8/10 (Great). Delightful, touching, and completely novel.

Toy Story 3, 2010. 8/10 (Great). Nearly the same caliber of film-making as Up and Wall-E, the same level of emotional impact.

on video/online:

– [re-watched] Superman, 1978. 7/10 (Good). A lot wrong with it, but fun anyway.

The Cosby Show: Season Six, 1989-1990. 7/10 (Good). Humor is still great, but now usually in the context of crap sitcom stories.

Mary and Max, 2009. 9/10 (One of my favorites). Sad and funny and beautiful.

– [re-watched] “Harvie Krumpet,” 2003. 9/10 (One of my favorites). Bonus feature of Mary and Max (which does similar things but better).

– [re-watched] Superman II, 1981. 5/10 (Indifferent). Silly camp.

– [re-watched] Red Dwarf: Series 1, 1988. 7/10 (Good). Most of the jokes aren’t funny. I like it anyway.

and from The Top 63 Marathon:

To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962. 8/10 (Great). Wanted more grown-up drama and less kiddie shenanigans.

The Pianist, 2002. 4/10 (Eh). No creativity or craft to the story, and no room for it.

The Lives of Others, 2006. 7/10 (Good). Tediously political. Drama at the heart of the movie is quite good.

The Departed, 2006. 8/10 (Great). Totally unlike Scorsese.

Paths of Glory, 1957. 6/10 (Okay). Beats you over the head.

– [re-watched] The Shining, 1980. 8/10 (Great). Has a sort of lumbering enormity that you can’t look away from.

– [re-watched] A Clockwork Orange, 1971. 6/10 (Okay). Silly and somewhat distasteful.


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