Weekly Update: Some more randomness in the doldrums of mid-September movies.
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250. Monster House (2006)
Dan Harmon’s stab at writing a kid’s movie culminated in this fascinating and genuinely creepy family film. Monster House manages to blend child-friendly themes with just enough horror to keep things fresh, and Harmon’s trademark sense of humor. Fans of Community and Rick & Morty will be surprised how well Harmon’s comedy translates into PG territory, and the unique visual style makes the lower-budget computer effects feel compelling even years after its release.
251. Out of Sight (1998)
This heist film stars George Clooney as Jack Foley, a suave thief who literally charms the pants off of the Federal Officer tracking him. Marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez) is kidnapped by Foley during a prison break, and the two immediately appear to have a mutual attraction for each other. Sisco escapes, and Foley embarks on a scheme to rob the home of a wealthy inmate with whom he shared prison time. Sisco is faced with the difficult challenge of her loyalties; to her job or to spur of the moment (but passionate) romance. Director Steven Soderbergh’s direction gives the movie a dynamic flow that keeps it from feeling like the well-trod territory it really is.
252. Wonder Woman (2017)
Color me shocked that after a run of horrific failures from Warner Bros and DC in their attempts to establish a “DC Cinematic Universe”, they would manage to create a genuinely good movie. Director Patty Jenkins clearly had a more compelling vision for her film than that of Zack Snyder or David Ayer, and treats Wonder Woman with just enough grace and dignity without forgetting to address some of the inherent silliness of the premise. As a result, the movie feels far more akin to the better Marvel cinematic universe films than it does to its own brethren. Hopefully the Justice League movie strikes a similar balance as deftly.
253. The Big Sick (2017)
The true story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon is fictionalized in this film written by them, changing a handful of details (including Emily’s last name for some reason). In The Big Sick, Kumail is a struggling Chicago-area stand up comedian who is trying to launch his career while his mother constantly brings Pakistani girls over to attempt to arrange a marriage. Kumail isn’t interested in this tradition and searches for romance on his own, eventually finding love with girlfriend Emily. When a misunderstanding divides the couple, though, her sudden and life-threatening illness sends her into a coma and Kumail finds himself drawn to her hospital bed, and spending time with her parents. This is a very worthwhile comedy-drama that approaches romance from a genuinely original angle.
254. 9/11 (2017)
So… Charlie Sheen and a few other characters are stuck in an elevator of the World Trade Center on 9/11, and who cares because this movie is every bit as moronic as that first part of the sentence sounds.
255. It (2017)
It really works at times, particularly when it is focused on the child characters being haunted by it. When it gets really weak is in dealing with the horror elements itself, which can’t seem to escape the tropes of jump-scare filmmaking. It gets tiring as a result, but overall it is an ok movie.