The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
You know there some movies that are masterpieces, movies that are so bad it’s good, and this one falls somewhere in between. It’s not a masterpiece in sense of the world, but it’s better than most movies that are classified so bad it’s good. My setting while watching this movie may have influenced my opinion on it. I watched this movie on a rainy day on a big screen in the dark, so I had a blast. I really enjoyed watching it, it’s a 80s slasher flick you know what you’re going to get when you hit play. It wasn’t anything better outside the genre, but I think it’s probably one of the better ones in the genre. I recommend, but if you watch I think on a rainy day would be the best day to watch it on.
Night of The Comet (1984)
I had never heard of this movie before this month. I had only heard of it because I read that Stranger Things season 3 would feature an inspired montage from the movie and as I was patiently (not really) waiting for Stranger Things season 3 to drop I decided to check this movie out. Night of The Comet is 80s fun, it’s not a masterpiece by any means, but I can see why Stranger Things took inspiration from it. It’s a entertaining movie with strong female leads and it mostly takes place at a mall. What’s there not to like? It’s cheesy sure, but that’s what is apart of it’s charm. It’s a charming inconsequential movie. If that’s your thing I recommend.
While everyone else this month was checking out Jon Favreau’s other movie in theaters, (The Lion King) I was watching his indie movie from 2014 about well him being a chef. Chef is a sweet, funny, and touching movie. Not only did Jon Favreau direct and star in the film he also wrote it, so you can tell that he cared a lot about the movie and put in a lot of effort into it. I believe that’s what makes the movie a joy to watch, someone put their heart into this film and it shows. The movie is a love letter to chefs and their passion for creating art with food. Another big part of the film is the lead’s relationship with his son as if the movie needed more heart to it. The movie also features a great Robert Downey Jr. cameo. Overall I had wonderful time watching Chef, albeit a little hungry (okay a lot). I recommend, just not on an empty stomach.
La La Land (2016)
I knew when I watched Moonlight last month, I would watch La La Land this month. The two movies are so intertwine with one another I knew I had to and watch La La Land for myself now that I’ve finally seen Moonlight. There’s not a lot I can say about La La Land that hasn’t already been said. I thought the movie was stunning visually and beautiful in every other aspect. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are great duo as proven by Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011). It’s no wonder why they were brought back for La La Land. The scene with them tap dancing with the old Hollywood music brought me chills in the most perfect way possible. La La Land will be remembered forever for being a masterclass in the art of filmmaking. I recommend, because if you love films this is one you cannot not watch.
How Stella Got Her Grove Back (1998)
This is one of two movies this month that I had never planned to watch, but it was on television so why not?How Stella Got Her Groove Back is one of those movies I had ever only known of because of the title. It’s a pretty memorable title, the movie itself on the other hand is just fine. It would be an okay, but forgotten romance movie if it weren’t for the lead perfomance from Angela Bassett. Angela Bassett is what holds this movie together through all of the movie’s downfalls. Which includes bad accents, ageism, and too long of a runtime. Without her I’m not sure people would remember this movie at all, but Angela Bassett being the national treasure she is, she keeps the movie from falling apart. If you like romance movie and Angela Bassett I would give this one a shot, but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend.
This is the other movie I had never planned to watch, but it was on television so I did. Colombiana is a weird one because it’s an action movie that neither excels in the genre or is worse than any of the worst movies in the genre. It’s just there, it neither good or bad. Zoe Saldana is good, but there’s nothing else of note. Zoe Saldana is good, the action is fine, the story is nothing you haven’t seen before. It’s an okay action movie with good performance by the lead actress. Nothing less and nothing more. I will say that this movie gives a good endorsement of Zoe Saldana if she ever wanted to play Catwoman. It’s a okay movie, but it’s nothing special. If you’re not an action movie junkie, then I wouldn’t recommend.