By: Henry J. Fromage –
With a little extra off time and a bit more chill in the air, finally got back in the theaters to catch the Oscar hopefuls streaming in this month.
237. Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare
The one and only true Thor, yes, that’s right, Jon-Mickl Thor, directs and stars in the 80s hair metal/horror hybrid you never knew you needed in your life. Glam rock glam, half-second delay-levels of stilted dialogue, preposterously slimy gore effects, ORIGINAL SONGS, penis puppets, mind-blowing twists… this micro-budget winner has it all. Seek it out in the place you and I tube.
238. Just Getting Started
Bull Durham‘s Ron Shelton returns with is first theatrical film since 2003’s Hollywood Homicide, and, well… his skills have not been getting better. This geriatric comedy is a cut below even other recent examples of the genre, surprisingly cheap and amateurish to the point that it’s a surprise this got a wide theatrical release. I’d advise you to avoid at all costs, but let’s be honest. If you’re reading this, you were never even considering it.
239. The Disaster Artist
James Franco’s ode to the preeminent “so bad it’s good” movie ever, The Room, is far and away the best film that Franco’s ever directed, and his Tommy Wiseau, seriously, is perhaps his finest performance. He absolutely nails the bizarre accent, content, and cadence of his speech patterns, but as an actor and director does something far more wondrous- he finds the soul of a man who’s a willful cipher. The film surrounding this performance does travel a fairly conventional three act structure with a fair bit of artistic license, but as a love letter to the phenomenon that is The Room, complete with utterly sidesplitting recreations of its “best” scenes, it’s an absolute triumph.
240. Loving Vincent
This animated film starts with a message that it was hand-painted by nearly 100 artists in the style of Van Gogh himself- a disclaimer that is necessary because you would never have imagined anyone would try something so audacious. The results are gorgeous, and demand to be seen on a big screen if you still can. Beyond just the surfeit of eye-catching detail and easter eggs for fine art fans, the story itself, set a year after Van Gogh’s purported suicide as a young man tries to deliver his final letter to Van Gogh’s brother, is captivating in its own right. One of the finest animated films of the year (just too bad it came out in the year of Coco).