February brought my movie total for the year up to 82, which is about 11 movies over where I need to be for reaching my ridiculous goal for the year. This despite taking several days off from watching anything. Even if you discount my first re-viewing of the year (I had to subject friends to the anti-wonders of “Contamination .7”) I have a comfortable buffer built up.
This month’s films tended heavily toward horror, although thematically they were all over. My slow re-watching of the Star Trek films took a detour to cover the most recent series. I’ll get back to “Star Trek 6” in March and start the Next Generation series.
I’d seen “Zardoz” at B-Fest, and it had impressed me as being deeply incoherent. I gave it a go while wide awake, and I’m pleased to report that it’s completely nuts. Sean Connery, dressed in a red battle diaper, has to put immortals out of their misery by jumping into a crystalline computer and… well, it’s not very clear.
The find of the month was “Lilo & Stitch”, which turned out to be one of the best movies to ever come out of Disney. Maybe I’m just a sucker for “found family” stories, but it’s really just warm and funny. Plus Stitch plays ukulele, which makes it all the better. Hell, Bogie simply having a uke in his closet was enough to make me adore “Sabrina”.
Lots of zombies, a rape trial, radical surgery, killer wheels, werewolves, crime rings, radioactive trees, axes, ghosts, demons, Nazis, wormholes, tyrannical logic — it was heady stuff!
Here’s to 10 more months of overdosing on the good, the bad, and the wtf!
The Accused (1988)
American Mary (2012)
Arson Inc. (1949)
Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan (2013)
Black Forest (2010)
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
Contamination .7 (1993)
Damnation Alley (1977)
Dark Touch (2013)
The Devil’s Carnival (2012)
Devil’s Pass (2013)
Extinction: The G.M.O. Chronicles (2011)
A Haunting at Silver Falls (2013)
The Haunting of Whaley House (2012)
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Loan Shark (1952)
Love and a .45 (1994)
The Magic Serpent (1966)
Miami Connection (1987)
The Monolith Monsters (1957)
Portland Exposé (1957)
The Reeds (2010)
Rites of Spring (2011)
A Safe Place (1971)
Shadow Man, aka Street of Shadows (1951)
Shoot to Kill/Police Reporter (1947)
Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)
Sling Blade (1996)
Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
They Were So Young (1954)
War of the Dead (2011)
World War Z (2013)
So did you dig Zardoz on the second viewing a bit more? I think seeing it awake helps a lot. My brother and I were skeptical at first but eventually embraced the insanity (it helps that for some reason we watched part with John Boorman’s commentary and the moment he said “we did a lot of drugs, you can skip this part” our hearts were won).
I’m at 27 films, and that counts two Poirot episodes-you must watch movies for me!
I adored it the second time. It’s a wondrous train wreck of ambition and drugged stupor. It’s a toss-up whether I’d show that or “The Holy Mountain” as my choice for most baffling movie. (Neither is the most confusing I’ve seen, but they’re the ones I’d most like others to see.)
I think Chad’s putting my viewing to shame, but I’ll soldier on and see the challenge through!
I’m glad you adored it the second time around. When they showed it at B-Fest I was very disappointed that such a wonderfully odd, whacked out flick was getting dissed so hard. Time slot is sometimes everything at the Fest.
Now I want to do a Zardoz/Holy Mountain Double Feature. Insanity!
Chad is a machine that none can hope to match.