Happy New Year, everybody! It’s that blessed time of the year when we all recover from our hangovers, growl at diet commercials, and guilt ourselves into exercising more. (Statistically speaking, the growling is more likely to occur than the exercising, but I guess it’s a little early in the year for cynicism.) It’s also the time when — if you’re constantly running behind schedule, as I am — to post the very last of your Year in Review posts. To that end: my 2014 Movie Superlatives!
Read on to discover who won 2014’s Most Fabulous Fashion, Chief Asshat, Creepiest Moment, Best Fight Scene, and more.
It feels like cheating to write up a Baby Review for my last official noir of the year, but I’m not sure I have much to talk about here. (Also, I may be cheating.)
Despite the lack of depth I have to bring to the table, though, I really enjoyed Murder, My Sweet.
I watched my last modern noir of the year.
I like Drive — it’s stylish and well-crafted — but I don’t love it the way I might have hoped.
Mekaela and I have designated this November as Mystery Month, for reasons that I’ve already forgotten. So it seems the right time to jump back into those noir films I’m continuously behind on.
I like parts of Kiss Me Deadly. But it’s definitely not one of my favorites.
I’ve never had a real firm opinion of the Coen brothers. Some stuff I really like (O Brother Where Art Thou), some stuff I mostly like (True Grit), and some stuff I don’t particularly like at all (Fargo). And then, of course, there are also the films I could never quite make up my mind about (No Country for Old Men). So I kind of figured well, anything goes when I sat down to watch the Coens’ big screen film debut, Blood Simple.
It’s not without its problems, but for the most part, I enjoyed this film.
Whoops, looks like I’m perilously close to falling behind schedule again. Guess I better watch another film noir.
Today’s movie: Double Indemnity. It’s, well. Let’s just say it’s unlikely to snag the top prize this year.
You may remember that the last noir film I watched, Touch of Evil, took place in a border town and dealt with racial politics. You may also remember that I didn’t care for it very much. Or at all. Coincidentally, my next film, Lone Star, also took place in a border town and dealt with racial politics.
Thankfully, this one’s a strong contender for my favorite noir of the year.
Well, I finally watched Touch of Evil.
It’s easily my least favorite noir to date. Blasphemy!
Noir is well-known for private detective protagonists, down-on-their-luck protagonists, and just generally kind of surly protagonists. It’s also, unfortunately, a genre made up almost entirely of white protagonists.
And then we have Easy Rawlins.
I watched Devil in a Blue Dress last week, and it’s definitely one of my favorite noir films of the year.
All right, people. The TV season is done. (Well, sort of. I just made a list of, like, eight summer programs I plan to check out, but at least three of those are reality or variety shows of some kind, so they don’t really count.) No excuses anymore — it’s time to go back to my list of film noir flicks. Up today?
It’s probably not the kind of movie I could watch all the time, but overall, I enjoyed Sunset Boulevard.