We didn't have anything planned for this past weekend so we did this thing where we would go out in the morning (usually for breakfast-okay for breakfast) then retreat from the heat/humidity for the afternoon in the cave we have created in our living room, and then went back out for the evening, we lived like some sort of urban lizards. What can I say, heat and humidity can be a deadly (duh) combination. But it allowed me/us to see a few movies, and hence, they have piled up waiting to be looked at:
21 Jump Street (2012) (35/50 movies)
Inside Deep Throat (2005) (36/50 movies)
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) (37/50)
Here is another shot of the cinematic wonder:
Magic Mike (2012) (38/50 movies)
The other weird thing was that one of the 5 dancers at the club was Kevin Nash, a professional wrestler. I guess it's not so weird on second thought, professional wrestling has got to be a cousin to male dancing/stripping
The Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012) (39/50
, Quvenzhané Walli also making an amazing debut. The People of the Bathtub live in trailers mounted above ground to fight the rising tides, and eat food culled from the animals that live alongside them, or pulled from the ocean, or taken from a seemingly endless supply of canned goods, most of which look aged and beaten, and some of which were never intended for humans in the first place. In school Hushpuppy learns about ancient beasts that might be reawakened if the ice caps melt and the waters rise once again. The people of The Bathtub are fiercely independent, and celebrates life to the fullest (unlike those "beyond the levees") . All these things in the movie coexist with each other (you see icecaps melting, and you see these enormous creatures), and things happened but aren't really explained, but the movie isn't really in the question-answering business or the explaining business. Hushpuppy is the narrator, so for me I took it as a look inside her head most of the time as she explains the story as she feels and sees it, extraordinary circumstances and all, even though real life events might be playing out, I mean, it's open to question if The Bathtub even exists. But it looks amazing, the last shot is one of the year's best, and it definitely does not hold your hand, it will let you decide what you've just seen. Which in this day and age, in and of itself is pretty interesting. It might not be for every taste but it's definitely something different and worth checking out.
Spanking The Monkey (1994) (40/50 movies)
Talk about a movie frozen in time. For whatever reason I had never seen David O. Russell's super darkly comic debut before. But this movie feels like such an artifact of independent cinema in the 90's, I enjoyed watching it for just that reason. I am surprised I didn't see this in college, because it FEELS to me like something I would have watched in college. A wonderfully weird Jeremy Davies (whose always wonderfully weird) plays a kid who is trapped at home, a place he definitely doesn't want to be he should be at an internship in Washington for the Surgeon General, taking care of convalescing mother after she broke her leg. Of course everyone in his family is nuts, particularly his father, and it's about that and dealing with being back in his small town which he obviously hated and wanted to get away with (at one point I noted it was Danbury, and hoped it was Danbury, Connecticut, because that would be so perfect)...anyway, I won't give away the sensationalistic hook to this whole thing, but, yeah it feels like the start, which it was for David O. Russell where he would go on, to me, what felt like a real hot streak.