2017 Movie #106: Point Break (1991)

2017 Movie #106: Point Break (1991)

Despite being over a quarter of a century old, and despite some major plot issues, Point Break is a pretty kickass movie. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, in what I would consider to be her first great movie, Point Break blends action sports with crime thriller, with a dash of transcendentalism thrown in for good measure.

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2017 Movie #105: Gerald’s Game (2017)

2017 Movie #105: Gerald’s Game (2017)

Wholly not ‘For Me’… But effective for what it is. Has a pretty baffling ending, which still manages to be more coherent than the normal I’ve come to expect from Stephen King. Carla Gugino is good but not a film I’d recommend unless you’re either really into the psycho-horror-thriller genre or you’re a Stephen King completionist.

2017 Movie #104: Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

2017 Movie #104: Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Without question one of the more perplexing documentaries in recent memory, Exit Through the Gift Shop has certainly become an essential element of the larger cult following of anonymous street artist Banksy. If nothing else, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a treasure trove for the cultists who see Banksy’s secret identity as a game, a secret meant to be uncovered. This is a film that features a plethora of documentary footage of Banksy, that follows an artist who may or may not be a hoax, who is an acolyte of Banksy; and of course, the auteur crafting this film for our enjoyment is Banksy himself. So maybe it’s all hogwash.

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2017 Movie #103: The Book of Henry (2017)

2017 Movie #103: The Book of Henry (2017)

The most horribly misconceived movie in recent memory. A complete and total creative misfire on every single level, I could go into each and every way that this movie is horrible, how it tries to be emotionally manipulative but fails, how preposterous it is even on just the most basic plot level.

I’m not going to subject any readers, or myself, to that. So I’ll leave it at this:

This film is a crime against humanity.

2017 Movie #102: Sexy Beast (2000)

2017 Movie #102: Sexy Beast (2000)

Jonathan Glazer’s debut film, Sexy Beast, is a stylish cliche of the British crime drama trope that largely gets its vibrancy from a couple of spellbinding performances. Starring Ray Winstone as an over-the-hill ex-con and safecracker, Sexy Beast checks about a dozen boxes that you expect it to check, only surprising the audience with the occasional moment of surrealism.

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2017 Movie #101: Blue Steel (1990)

2017 Movie #101: Blue Steel (1990)

Kathryn Bigelow’s Blue Steel is, if nothing else, a fascinating film… The exploration of a killer’s psyche, years before this kind of psychological examination became the norm, and the traumatic interplay between hunter and hunted, is innovative to be sure.

This is a well-made film, one that Bigelow has a strong technical grasp for, and Jamie Lee Curtis is an effective dramatic lead. That said, something about this film still left me feeling cold; I feel like that’s at least partially intentionally, but I still just couldn’t get into this film the way I might have hoped.

2017 Movie #100: Okja (2017)

2017 Movie #100: Okja (2017)

Bong Joon-ho is one of the more idiosyncratic and imaginative filmmakers to come onto the world stage in recent memory. Films like The Host and Snowpiercer have captured our imagination with their intelligent critiques of modern society, and Okja follows in that tradition as an exploration of the practices that lead to our food, and specifically the meat industry.

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