By: Henry J. Fromage –
This is pretty much the first week of the year I’ve set my sights on 2018 films, catching a few big releases in the theater and prepping for another.
50. Game Night
I never knew I needed a starry Hollywood comedy riffing on the thrillers of David Fincher, but here we are, and turns out I did. Avoid the trailers if you can, because they do ruin a disproportionate amount of the laugh lines, but watch this regardless if that description sounds at all appealing to you. Jesse Plemons for the win. Two Beers.
51. Super Troopers
It’s been 10 years since a saw this last, fulfilling Ken’s original rules of the 365 game. Shit, it might be closer to the 17 since this came out- the fact that Super Troopers of all films would be an elder statesman comedy getting a decades late comedy is more than a little mind-blowing. Anyway, it’s impossible for me to evaluate this movie- I have to have seen it 10 times in the few years after its 2001 release, and practically have it memorized, still. The wife wasn’t terribly impressed, though. Three Beers?
52. The Death of Stalin
The latest foul-mouthed, exceedingly droll political comedy from Armando Ianucci, this one documents a frat boy conception of the power struggle in the vacuum caused by Stalin’s passing. Steve Buscemi and Simon Russell Beale as Kruschev and Beria respectively are particularly entertaining as they amusingly and viciously jockey for the ascension of one and the likely death of the other. A Toast.
53. Faces Places
‘Delightful’ is really the only word necessary or fitting to describe the 89 year old Nouvelle Vague legend Agnes Varda and hotshot young artist JR driving around rural France and pasting literally larger than life images of the people they meet along the way on buildings as an homage to their innate beauty. Just delighful. Two Beers.