Once again, I’ve put together a roundup of all the movies I saw last year. I exceeded my goal of seeing one movie per month and mostly liked everything I saw.
I note that because, unlike the killjoy, jaded critics, I still find going to the movie theater a magical experience.
Also, I think it goes without saying, but there are spoilers.
I believe this was the first movie I saw in 2013. I’m sure a lot of people have had enough of zombies, but I really enjoyed it.
Yes, it’s essentially Zombie Romantic Comedy, but Nicholas Hoult was great–even when handling stunted zombie dialogue. Rob Corddry was also pretty good in a supporting role.
I guess the one thing I didn’t get were the Boneys. They are skeletal zombies that have lost any trace of humanity. See, the normal zombies move pretty slowly, but the Boneys, who supposedly are a step beyond the zombies, move at a clip comparable to an NFL running back.
What? How do they move at all without any remaining muscle mass?
Yeah, yeah, suspension of disbelief…
The Place Beyond the Pines
Boy did I get hornswaggled when I went to see The Place Beyond the Pines. The trailers and the commercials really played up Ryan Gosling’s carny anti-hero character. It seemed to me as if it were being sold as Drive on two wheels.
This movie also does something that I love.
The first part of the movie is set in the near past, but without explicitly saying it does. I gathered that it takes place in the late 80s. The cut of the jeans and the amount of un-ironic windbreakers tipped me off at first but repeated references to Hall and Oates sealed the deal.
All snark aside, I actually enjoyed it.
Generally, if I take the effort to go out and see a movie, I’m going to like it. Evil Dead was an exception, though. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to like it. I really did.
I think I’m too close to the original. I’m a big fan Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi, and I guess I liked the combination of horror and goofy slapstick in the original.
The reboot had nice homages to the original that I was happy to see, like the Michigan State sweatshirt (Campbell and Raimi are from Michigan) and the Oldsmobile Delta 88. It suffered, in my unprofessional opinion, from just going too crazy.
It’s something a lot of current horror films do. Essentially, “Hey, maybe if we just make it bat shit insane we’ll shock people into liking it!” It was just off-putting to me.
Also, get off my lawn.