Rocketman-a more conventional musical than I was expecting. less formulaic than Bohemian Rhapsody, with an inferior, but still good lead performance. Uses the gimmick of having the songs illustrate different pivotal moments in his life without regard to when they were recorded, which is interesting, but sometimes weird (playing "Crocodile Rock" at the Troubadour especially). Not great, but watchable.
The Artist-this one sure seems to be forgotten, and with good reason, cuz it stinks. It's about a silent movie star who just can't cope with the advent of the talkies. thankfully short, but not funny or interesting. there's a cute dog, but nothing else here. Seriously, not even John Goodman is memorable. For some reason it uses the love theme from "Vertigo" at the end too, which completely takes you out of the picture.
Tokyo Twilight-finally found an Ozu that I didn't like. A pregnant girl has an abortion, finds out the mother who abandoned her as a child is back in town, gets into a fight with her prick boyfriend and then gets hit by a train. Fun times.
Howards End-in contrast, this isn't very dramatic at all. well-acted obviously and great to look at, but something was missing for me here. will try Remains of the Day next, though, which seems to be in a similar vein, but, well, livelier?
First Reformed-ooh, anyone see this? Paul Schrader movie with Ethan Hawke going all Diary of a Country Priest on our asses. Bleak as hell with a super gradual build to a crazy ending, which you'll either love or hate.
Clear and Present Danger-fine, but not as good as Patriot Games. I generally agree with the opinion that Jack Ryan doesn't really seem like a real person. Columbia drug cartel fare with a cool exploding car scene, but pretty predictable, although Willem Dafoe does go from good to bad to good again.
Sudden Death-oh hell yeah, Van Damme vs. Powers Boothe and his terrorists at a Pittsburgh Penguins game. total Die Hard ripoff, but still fun in a really dopey way. Our hero is a former goalie, and guess where he winds up. Saw this in the theater, and 12 year old me must've loved it.
DeepStar Six-basically Alien underwater, with a slightly fun cast carried by a manic Miguel Ferrer and a jokey future Lloyd Braun. The creature itself is cool looking. I guarantee I enjoyed this more than you will.
Dream House-far-fetched as #### story of a guy who might've killed his family, but then forgot about it, or something, featuring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts. How, I don't know.
Before I Wake-Kate Bosworth fosters a kid whose dreams come to life and then starts using him, because he enables her to see her drowned son regularly. Not as interesting as that sounds. Jump-scare central.
The Tall Man-nothing to do with the Phantasm movies, this is Jessica Biel living in a dire town where kids keep getting kidnapped by the mythical Tall Man. Or do they? Plot twist coming!
The Forest-Natalie Dormier as twins, one of whom is looking for the other, who got lost in that suicide forest in Japan. More jump-scares. There's a supporting character in here who after it was over I had no idea whether he was good or bad or whose side he was on or anything. Worst movie of the week!
Also, I moved Manhattan off The List. I wish the plot was as good as the beginning
These three directors are the first to be officially done:
Hitchcock (10 Wins/42 Losses):
North by Northwest
The 39 Steps
Strangers on a Train
The Lady Vanishes
Kurosawa (10 Wins/20 Losses)
High and Low
The Hidden Fortress
Throne of Blood
Tarkovsky (3 Wins/4 Losses)