Monthly Report: July 2013

01 Aug

Another month, another bunch of movies seen. Quality over quantity this time; I may not have watched all that much, but most of what I saw I really liked.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky, 2012)
Oh, I loved this one. Among the best coming-of-age movies I’ve ever seen. I felt for all the characters, I loved the music, and I was impressed by how the story was presented to me. This is the great movie that 500 Days of Summer and Submarine were really close to being. Terrific stuff, and the best film I’ve seen in months.

Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
I dug how this felt like it could have actually been from the 1950s, the time period in which it is set. Impressive. Julianne Moore‘s performance is also a strong point, as she comes off as utterly convincing in a transformative way. The film overall is decent, although the story tries to do a bit too much and doesn’t sufficiently flesh out all of its subplots.


It’s a Disaster (Todd Berger, 2012)
Funny film about eight people who meet up for couples brunch, only to find themselves in unusual circumstances and unable to leave the house. Similar premise have been done once or twice before – there are some resemblances to both Carnage and Right at Your Door, for instance – but Berger and co still make it feel fresh enough as they put their own spin on things, often of the more outright comedic kind. The last quarter or so of the film does drag a little, unfortunately, and the ending is more cute than narratively satisfying. Still, this one’s worth checking out if the idea sounds intriguing to you.

Your Sister’s Sister (Lynn Shelton, 2011)
Nice and touching movie, helped along to great degree by the trio of fully realized characters. The writing and performances ensured that I fully bought them at all times. I may not have liked all of them all the time, but that’s fine. Everyone’s flawed. This is a good film.

The Collector (Marcus Dunstan, 2009)
Oh, hey, a good horror movie. I didn’t know they still made those. This one features a stylized and stylish look, audio that slowly but surely envelopes you and pulls you into its atmosphere, and a neat focus on traps unlike what we’re familiar with from the Saw franchise – which Dunstan has also worked on. A film that went beyond my expectations.

Animal House (John Landis, 1978)
A professor in this film (Donald Sutherland) at one point says this about Milton while discussing Paradise Lost: “He’s a little bit long-winded, he doesn’t translate very well into our generation, and his jokes are terrible.” I could say the same about this film.

Brad Pitt;Jonah Hill

Moneyball (Bennett Miller, 2011)
Compelling stuff, even to someone like me who knows nothing about baseball. Equal parts character study and sports drama, with the latter being where the movie really shines. The actors do a good job, but it’s the willingness of Miller to do things in slightly offbeat ways to better serve the story that really makes the movie take off.

The Purge (James DeMonaco, 2013)
An interesting premise that unfortunately gives way to a standard home invasion horror flick. The few moments where it lingers on the implications of a nation-wide “everything goes” night are the best parts of the film, but that’s not enough to bring this one up to a passing grade. Main problem: repetitiveness.

Drive Angry (Patrick Lussier, 2011)
Compared to many other Nicolas Cage action films these days, this one is almost bursting with a sense of identity, thanks to its B-movie tone. There’s some fun to be had here to be sure, mostly thanks to the characters. Cage and William Fichtner play off each other well, and really ought to do more movies together. I also liked Amber Heard‘s feisty performance, even if nothing her character did made much sense. Drive Angry is a pretty dumb film, but it mostly accomplishes what it sets out to do.

Total # of new films seen: 9
Average score: 3.3 / 5
Best film of the months: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Worst film of the months: The Purge


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10 responses to “Monthly Report: July 2013

  1. Nostra

    1 August, 2013 at 08:22

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a great movie indeed. You mention Submarine which I have not seen yet. Is it worth checking out?

    • Emil

      1 August, 2013 at 09:41

      Oh yeah, Submarine is well worth a look. Funny in that bleak English way, and kind of affecting. If you’re into coming-of-age films, it’s definitely a must-see.

  2. liamdoesfilm

    1 August, 2013 at 11:52

    Perks and Moneyball are amazing films so good choices there, haven’t heard much of “My Sister’s Sister” so I’ll to check that one out. Nice post :)

    • Emil

      1 August, 2013 at 13:52

      Thank you! I hope you’ll enjoy Your Sister’s Sister.

  3. Movies - Noir

    1 August, 2013 at 13:46

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower – I also enjoyed this one and it grew on me while watching it. 4/5.

    Far from Heaven – I agree that they got the “look” down and all, but the film could’ve been better. I also gave it 3/5. The original, All That Heaven Allows (1955), is better.

    Animal House – Haven’t seen it in ages, but I didn’t find it very funny either. Around 2/5.

    Moneyball – I really enjoyed it, both of the times I saw it. What I liked was that it was about what’s going on behing the scenes and not so much on the field. +4/5.

    That’s all I’ve seen. However, I’ve had my eyes on The Collector, but always thought it was just another horror flick that misses the mark. Perhaps I should give it a chance. I don’t think it has anything to do with The Collector from 1965, which is an excellent film ;)

    • Emil

      1 August, 2013 at 13:53

      I don’t see you liking The Collector a whole lot, to be honest. But I could be wrong.

      • Movies - Noir

        1 August, 2013 at 18:11

        Ok, I appreciate your honesty ;) Can you compare The Collector with something else?

        • Emil

          1 August, 2013 at 19:04

          The closest would be Saw, though not so much in story content or gore as in atmosphere. It has a modern vibe to it, in a way.

          • Movies - Noir

            1 August, 2013 at 19:54

            Ok, I saw you mentioned Saw in your text as well. Well, when I feel like watching a horror flick, I’ll keep it in mind.

  4. Chris

    1 September, 2013 at 14:53

    Agree Perks is superb. “Heroes” is probably one of my favorite uses of Bowie’s music in a movie, the scene in the car is amazing.
    Up there with “Cat People” in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.


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