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.
I really don’t like to miss a week so close together, but I’ve got two deadlines weighing down hard on me and I simply don’t have the time to review a movie this week.
I know I already made the last cancellation post about Net Neutrality, but this week the FCC made their vote, ignored the overwhelming criticism, and voted to reclassify the internet out of Title 2, allowing internet service providers to treat their customers’ data differently depending on what they want to encourage and what they want to gouge for, throttle, or totally block, which is a power they should not be allowed to have even if we were not in an age of service providers owned by entertainment giants that also own streaming video services that compete with other services.
The FCC was not going to be swayed from their reckless decision, but the courts and Congress will have the last say about it. You can help by calling or writing a unique letter to your representatives, donating to the EFF and ACLU, and if your state is not among the states suing the FCC, calling your state government officials and demanding to know why.