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Scorecard: April 2012

[At the end of every month I post a rundown of the movies I saw that month, tallying them according to how much I did or didn’t like them. You can always see my recent watches here and my ongoing list of bests for the whole year here.]

AKA, the TCM Classic Film Festival edition. There are a few others mixed in, but the majority of these are from that Fest. Which means it was a damn good month of moviewatching. Oh, and apparently my two favorite new-to-me films were both silent. I honestly do not try to do this, people. It just happens that way, I swear.

What I Loved

Girl Shy

I wouldn’t say Harold Lloyd is a recent discovery for me as I continue my odyssey through silent film; I saw Safety Last quite a while ago and always included him as one of the great silent comedians. But beyond that obligatory name-checking, I hadn’t had a lot of exposure to his work. I was very grateful to put that to rights this month with not one but THREE Lloyd films seen at the TCM Fest and at Cinefamily, and the presentation of Girl Shy at the Egyptian Theatre will definitely go down as a lifetime filmgoing highlight. This film is awesome, taking the nerdy, girl-shy Harold through a series of misadventures whereupon he meets a girl and overcomes his stuttering shyness as he tells her about his book – which is about how to get all kinds of women to fall in love with you. It’s extremely charming and quite funny, and all capped off with one of the most incredible chase stunt sequences I’ve ever seen, and yes, I’m including Keaton’s motorcycle chase in Sherlock Jr. in that assessment. Just when you think Lloyd has done about all he can do with this gag, he tops himself and does something even more gasp-worthy. Insta-favorite. Full review on Row Three.

1924 USA. Director: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor. Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Richard Daniels, Carleton Griffith.
Seen April 14 at the TCM Film Fest, Egyptian Theatre.
Flickchart ranking: 372 out of 2930

For Heaven’s Sake

My other Lloyd experience was a double feature (the other one is a bit lower on the list) Cinefamily and the Silent Treatment showed in honor of Lloyd’s April birthday. These were actually before Girl Shy, and were already enough to solidify my Lloyd fandom, I liked them so much. Particularly this one. Thoughtless millionaire Lloyd accidentally funds an inner-city mission, but his apathy turns to extreme interest when he meets the preacher’s lovely daughter. I really enjoyed this film, which has two fantastic extended chase/action sequences – one with Lloyd provoking all the street thugs he can find into chasing him right into the mission (where he wins their loyalty by nonchalantly passing the collection plate to rid them of stolen jewelry before a police search), the other with Lloyd trying to corral a group of five drunk friends and get back to the mission for his wedding. Both are filled with physical gags and insane stunts, all done with a charm and physicality that belies Lloyd’s milquetoast first impression.

1926 USA. Director: Sam Taylor. Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Noah Young.
Seen April 4 at Cinefamily.
Flickchart ranking: 512 out of 2930

Cabin in the Woods

I’ve been looking forward to this Joss Whedon-penned horror film for literally years now, as it went through distributor hell along with everything else MGM owned as they fought bankruptcy. In fact, I’ve been watching its progress so long that I remember being disappointed that I was going to have to watch a horror film to keep up with Whedon, because I wasn’t into horror films yet. Thankfully by the time it came out, I had overcome that hurdle and managed to see and enjoy most of the films Cabin in the Woods references, plus this film isn’t really going for scares as much as laughs and meta in-jokes, which are precisely up my alley. I had a great time with this film, which is extremely clever in the way it plays with expectations, horror tropes, and manipulation. I won’t go as far as some in saying that revolutionizes the horror genre – it doesn’t do that so much as celebrate it, poke loving fun at it, and layer a great workplace comedy in on top of it. It’s a lark, not a deep satire, and that’s fine. I laughed a lot, gasped some, and had a ginormous smile plastered on my face the whole time.

2012 USA. Director: Drew Goddard. Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams, Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins, Amy Acker.
Seen April 21 at AMC Burbank 16.
Flickchart ranking: 534 out of 2930

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Featured Video: The Brothers Bloom Trailer

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Brick, 2006’s brilliant juxtaposition of high school and film noir? I probably have. If you’ve ever talked to me about film in real life, I’m sure I have. Well, Brick was director Rian Johnson’s first film, and The Brothers Bloom is his second. It looks entirely different, and yet still totally awesome. The studio has pushed its release date back so many times that even though it’s been set for May 15th for a while now, I’m still wary. But whenever it comes out, I’m there on opening weekend. I mean, Rian Johnson + Rachel Weisz + Mark Ruffalo + Adrian Brody + zany con artist story + globetrotting? How can I NOT be?

Notable Linkage 9/30/08

Since I’ve taken off the sidebar section with the asides, which is where I used to highlight notable things on other sites, I decided I should start collecting some notable links together into larger posts. Mostly because this will discourage me from simply sharing things on GoogleReader or linking them on Friendfeed, which is not especially effective since many of my repeat readers don’t use those tools. (However, if you do happen to use Friendfeed and I haven’t found you already, hit me up. I’m there, like, ALL THE TIME now.)

Spoutblog has a good (and positive) review of Brick director Rian Johnson’s second feature The Brothers Bloom. It’s been playing some festivals (so there are other reviews floating around, both positive and less so), and I think it’s set to open in limited release in December. They keep moving the release date around, though. Which is annoying.

Film School Rejects has info on a new Sherlock Holmes movie in production. I did not know about this movie before, but I have these things to note: A) They’re making a Sherlock Holmes movie! B) Guy Ritchie is directing it! C) Robert Downey Jr. is playing Holmes! C) Jude Law is playing Watson! D) Rachel McAdams is playing Irene Adler! (Adler is the only person to ever outwit Holmes, in “A Scandal in Bohemia.” She’s also the heroine of Carole Nelson Douglas’s revisionist Holmes series, and I hope the film brings in some characterization from Douglas.) There is no way this film is going to be anything but awesome.

I mentioned the new Criterion editions of some of Max Ophuls films; now there’s a restored version of his only color film, Lola Montes, about to hit theatres on October 10th. Hopefully a good DVD will follow; for now, check the theatrical schedule on Rialto’s site.

Reverse Shot devotes their newest issue to Hou Hsiao-hsien, a director I definitely need to get to know better.

A bunch of stills from Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland film. And when I say upcoming, I mean “not coming until 2010.” But I’m already excited about the concept. Johnny Depp’s on board as the Mad Hatter.

Trailer Watch!

Haven’t done one of these for a long time, but I defend myself on the grounds that there hasn’t been hardly anything released yet this year worth watching. And Debbie, I promise I will write about American Idol tomorrow.

 

Baby Mama

Apparently this is the response to all of last year’s unplanned pregnancy movies.  Don’t ask me to explain why I guiltily want to see this.  Probably something to do with my untold love for 30 Rock.  Opens April 25th.

Son of Rambow

This has been knocking around festivals for a year or so, and just because it has a release date now doesn’t mean I’m overly optimistic about it coming near where I am. Ah well.  The festival reviews have been glowing, and it looks as endearing as anything. Opens May 2 in limited release.

Speed Racer

So when I first heard about this movie, I wrote it off as another stupid kids-TV-series-to-kids-movie thing.  But then I saw the trailer.  And remembered that it’s the Wachowski brothers making it.  And it looks so totally awesome that it’s pretty much my most highly-anticipated movie right now.  Look at it!  It looks so gorgeous, like a futuristic 1950s. Opens May 9th.

More after the jump.

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