SCOTT’S FILM GEEK JOURNAL – Day 1: Singing, Dancing and Stripping

Scott’s Film Geek Journal is a daily account of all the films I watched in a given day. No full-length reviews here (unless they’re being linked), these are brief rundowns of my daily viewing habits. Some films I’m seeing for the first time, some I’m seeing for the hundredth. Some days will only have one or two entries, some will have more. But this should give a clearer picture of where I’m at on a daily basis. Hope you enjoy it!

DAY 1: JANUARY 1, 2013

cosmopolis_480COSMOPOLIS (2012)first viewing – David Cronenberg’s film about a Master of the World and his inevitable date with destiny.

No rundown here. Why don’t you check out my full review instead?

my_fair_ladyMY FAIR LADY (1964) – Based on PYGMALION, this is the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical about a man who turns a cockney flower girl into a lady. She in turn teaches him that just because he teaches her to be a lady, that doesn’t mean he knows how to treat a lady.

Just a classic musical. Audrey Hepburn is iconic. Rex Harrison, already a big star, was so good it afforded him the opportunity to act like a horse’s ass to producers for the rest of his life. I’m also quite a big fan of Stanley Holloway as the elder Alfred Doolittle. His exit could not be more epic.  ★★★★ (out of ★★★★)

camelotCAMELOT (1967) – Make it a Rogers and Hammerstein double feature (courtesy of TCM). This is the epic story of King Arthur, from the day he meets Guinevere all the way to his death.

Let’s face it, the film isn’t perfect. But at times, it comes awfully darn close. Great light-hearted music from a fine cast. Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave often get the main raves, and they deserve them. I’m also a huge fan of Franco Nero as Lancelot (“C’est moi!”) and David Hemmings as the diabolical Mordrid. I still believe the perfect King Arthur film has yet to be made. But for some reason, this bright film always makes me want to watch EXCALIBUR again.  ★★★½ (out of ★★★★)

magic_mike_480MAGIC MIKE (2012) first viewing – Channing Tatum plays a self-proclaimed entrepreneur who makes his money stripping at an all-male review. He brings a friend (Alex Pettyfer) into the business and as the new kid on the block soaks in the spotlight, the more seasoned performer begins to see this chapter of his life close.

Steven Soderbergh is one of our more interesting filmmakers. Even his failures are interesting. Thankfully, this film works for the most part, much better than I expected. Unfortunately, Soderbergh’s cinematography (under the alias Peter Andrews) is a sore point here. He was obviously going for a specific look, but all the daytime scenes look like they were filmed from the bottom of a dirty toilet bowl. You made my neighborhood look bad, Steven! Good performances all around. I especially want to give props to Cody Horn as the Kid’s big sister – keep an eye on her.  ★★★ (out of ★★★★)

 Total films watched in 2013 so far: 4

My soundtrack for January 1, 2013 – “I’m not black, but there’s a whole lot of times I wish I could say I’m not white.”



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