Dave’s Cinema Digest 2012 – Week 36

So the original plan was to have a monthly post where I run down all the movies I’ve seen that month and give a brief review of each. However, as I started putting together the September post, I realized that there was perhaps too much for one post. On average, I see between 6 – 10 movies per week so a monthly blog post would contain anywhere between 24 – 40 reviews. As of today, I’m at 20 so far. I don’t want to bog you guys down because the point of these reviews is to be brief and having to read reviews of 36 different movies in a single post both defeats the purpose and sounds intimidating. There’s also the issue of timeliness. For instance, I recently saw The Master and I don’t want to have to wait for what could be a whole month to tell you what I thought of it. So after much soul searching, debate, and committee meetings, I’ve decided to make this a weekly post every Monday. The week number in the title is in reference to the week of the year which is why I’m starting with 36. Since I’ve already gone to the trouble of writing reviews and finding photos for September’s movies, I’ll be posting reviews from the past few weeks leading up to Monday and this current week’s reviews.

Enough blabbering. Let’s get to the movies.

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Curse of the Headless Horseman (1972)

A bunch of dirty hippies move onto a ranch and soon after, a headless horseman is splashing them with blood from severed heads (accompanied by a hilarious “whish” sound). Incredibly incompetent, this is plotted like a really terrible episode of Scooby Doo. There’s an out of nowhere acid trip, one of our protagonists (a dead ringer for John Lennon) molests a girl twice, and the infrequent narration is either incoherent or inconsequential.

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The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008)

Rollicking and enthralling action. Shot with great energy that rarely stops to take a breath. Enormous amounts of fun to be had here for fans of both Korean action and spaghetti western films.

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Haywire (2012)

Finally! A movie where the impact of a fight scene isn’t completely lost in a flurry of camera movement. These fights are brutal and beautifully choreographed. More than that, the script is tight and no-nonsense, helped immensely by a fantastic cast and Soderbergh (as always) directs the hell out of all of it.

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Monkey Shines (1988)

Somewhat silly but Romero is able to pull some scares out of this in the tense third act and there’s no denying that it has some genuine pathos.

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The Lorax (2012)

Comes right out of the gate swinging the sledgehammer of environmentalism and then never bothers to tell a decent story. The world is bright, colorful, and Seussical but the songs are lame, the humor mostly non-existent, and every character is aggressively one-dimensional.

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What did you think of this week’s movies? Let me know in the comments.

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