Hmmm, and it’s been a while since I listed the movies I watched. Let’s get right to it because several of these are really good. True, one blew, but what are you gonna do?
Life of Crime (2014). Based on Elmore Leonard’s The Switch, this is one of the more successful
Escape From New York (1981). I had my way with this one here.
The Magnificent Seven (1960). It’s a classic, and it still holds up. As I’m sure most of you know, this is a remake of The Seven Samurai, and a product of the bridge era between horse operas
L.A. Confidential (1997). Among the small handful of best crime fiction films. Not a missed beat:
Romancing the Stone (1984). Not as good as I remembered it from its original release, but not a waste of time, either. Fluff, a semi-parody of romance novels that could have been held together better, but the audience it was intended for wasn’t about to notice too much of that.
The Big Lebowski (1998). First half of the New Year’s Eve double feature with The Beloved Spouse. One of my comfort movies. We watch it at least once a year and laugh just as hard every time.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). The second half of the New Year’s Eve twin bill. It’s been a while since last time, but it won’t be again. It is a silly film, but our anarcho-syndicalist commune need not waste time at its semi-weekly meetings to ratify another watching of this one.
Spy Game (2001). Robert Redford is the retiring spymaster and Brad Pitt is his protégé who may have gone rogue. There’s internal CIA intrigue and plenty of twists but, by the end, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Enjoyable throughout, it ends and one is left with a “So what?” feeling.
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). A plot Donald Westlake would have been proud