There was too much happening this week for me to put together a post. Reviews should resume next week.
It keeps happening. Does anything change, in the long run?
While going through old posts for the suggested viewing, I found even more movies about police officers acting outside the law to get the bad guys than I expected. Dirty Harry is the archetypal fairy tale of why law enforcement needs to be lawless, but we’re so accustomed to the narrative that “hero” cops bending or breaking the laws that are meant to keep us safe from the misuse of their authority are rarely visible. I recall how badly I hoped that Bad Boys might at least end with the bad guy actually imprisoned instead of executed. Because the unspoken superpower that fictional police have but real police rarely do, is that they are magically always right by being the heroes of the story being told. That doesn’t even begin to discuss the problem that modern law enforcement has with the kind of people who are attracted to the authoritarian, “I Am The Law”, consequence-free state of modern policing.
And I don’t have my own words about Do The Right Thing, but that is highly recommended as well.
People have been dealing with a lot of change and redirection lately. Not everything expected to happen gets to happen. This week I expected to review a movie and then that didn’t happen. Yesterday’s Movies will be back next week.
The mood for this week includes
- The Music Box, the classic Laurel and Hardy short about carrying a piano up a steep hill, again and again and again.
- The Money Pit, a young couple’s dream home project spirals out of control.
- The Long, Long, Trailer, a young couple pulling everything they own behind them, learning a lot in the process.
The house lights are raised in the theater this week due to the blowing-stuff-up holiday. Enjoy the explosions.
I find myself without the time to review a movie because of some movie-making business coming up suddenly, so here is a selection of reviews about movies about movie-making:
- The Cameraman, a Buster Keaton slapstick spectacle
- After The Fox, Peter Sellers scams a small European town by making a movie with them.
- Bowfinger, Steve Martin scams Eddie Murphy into making his movie with him.
- Lost in La Mancha, a movie about failing to make a movie.
- This Film Is Not Yet Rated, a movie about the movie industry’s failure to rate itself fairly.
Put together a refrigerator turkey sandwich with some Yesterday’s Movies seasonal favorites.
- Nobody makes Thanksgiving movies like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. It doesn’t happen.
- Die Hard is popular any time of year, but especially this month.
- The World Is Not Enough is even more perennial.
- If you can find Fitzwilly, you should see Fitzwilly.
- I’m not in a rush to see White Christmas because Holiday Inn was good as it was.
- Give One Magic Christmas another chance.
Regular reviews resume next week.
I’m sick in a sleepy and achy way that clashes with critical thought, so I have to put this project aside this week and rest.
I just learned today that the comic relief boffin sidekick from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jacob Batalon, was also the comic relief boffin sidekick in Rooster Teeth’s horror pastiche Blood Fest, less a lot of hair. I knew he looked familiar from something.
Unexpectedly busy this week, caught without a post.
I recently came across Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press, and I think it’s fascinating, if that’s something you’re interested in.
There will be no review this week due to unforeseen circumstances.
You should go see Black Panther or A Wrinkle In Time if you haven’t yet.