I saw 13 new movies in the month of April. I didn’t start or complete any new lists.
I am semi-actively working on the following lists: Oscar Best Picture Nominees, the six 101 [Genre] Films You Must See Before You Die lists, and They Shoot Pictures Don’t They. All of these different lists can be seen by clicking on the names of them. They link to my Lists from Chip posts on them.
Here are the 13 new movies I saw in April. Highlighted films are ones to which I would give at least three stars out of five.
Oscar Nominees (0):
101 Genre (0):
TSPDT (3): A Short Film About Killing (1988), A Woman of
: A Drama of Fate
(1923), Port of
Shadows (1938) Paris
Other Movies (10): Captain
Winter Soldier (2014), An Amish Murder (2013), Escape Plan (2013), 30 for 30: You Don’t Know Bo
(2012), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), The Cheat (1915), 30 for 30: The Price of Gold
(2014), A Case of You (2013), Admission (2013), Cloud Atlas (2012) America
I saw so few films this month that I will just write a bit about each.
Winter Soldier (2014) – Shakycam invades the Marvel Universe. Not as good a film as the first one, but this
will be an important bridge to the movies that follow. 3 stars America
An Amish Murder (2013) – This was a TV movie I happened upon just as it was starting. It did a decent job with the story. Overall, it was okay. 2.5 stars
Escape Plan (2013) – Schwarzenegger and Stallone finally do their own film together. There were some good memories for a guy like me who saw just about every 80s action movie when they came to video. Ultimately, the spark just wasn’t there. This was an okay film. 2.5 stars
30 for 30: You Don’t Know Bo (2012) – Anyone not old enough to remember Bo Jackson should see this documentary. He was the best natural athlete of the last several decades and this shows you why. 3 stars
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) – The first one was entertaining enough, but this one falls a little flat. Almost all the same characters are back, so if you have a favorite you’ll probably see them. It was okay. 2.5 stars
A Short Film About Killing (1988) – More a “director’s cut” of the fifth Decalog episode than a real movie. It has about 20 minutes extra, mostly spent with the lawyer, added to the TV episode. While it adds more depth to that character I’m not sure that’s enough to recommend that anyone who has already seen the Decalog episode seek this movie out. 3 stars
The Cheat (1915) – D.W. Griffith film that plays on the stereotype of the Asian man out to prey on white women. It’s daring for it’s time, though. 2.5 stars
30 for 30: The Price of Gold (2014) – I was sick of hearing about the whole Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding thing not long after it happened, so I hadn’t intended to watch this 20 year retrospective documentary. I ended up being surprised that it kept my interest. Much like people have forgotten that Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her parents, so too do people forget that the only thing Harding was ever found guilty of was finding out after the fact that her husband planned the attack and then not telling the police immediately. 3 stars
A Case of You (2013) – Independent film that treads much of the same familiar territory as big movie studio romantic comedies. It was okay. 2.5 stars
Admission (2013) – This turned out to be a lot more serious than I expected. The trailer had made it look like a rom-com. It was okay. 2.5 stars
Cloud Atlas (2012) – A film that transcends space, time, race, and even gender. Six stories that on the surface are unconnected in fact turn out to be intimately intertwined in many different ways. Making it even better is that each of the six stories is presented in the style of other films in similar settings, from Moby Dick, to Merchant/Ivory films, to 70s political thrillers (with a dash of Shaft), to comedic old folks, to Logan's Run, to The Road Warrior. It would have made my Top 10 of 2012 had I seen it before posting the list. 4.5 stars
A Woman of
: A Drama of Fate
(1923) – When is a Charlie Chaplin film not a Charlie Chaplin film? When he puts a disclaimer at the front that
he will not appear and that he instead wants to do a serious drama. This is more melodrama than drama, but still
effective enough. 3 stars Paris
Port of Shadows (1938) – I was perhaps expecting too much from the team up of Marcel Carne (Children of Paradise) and Jean Gabin (Grand Illusion, La Bete Humaine), but this was still a decent movie. 3 stars