2018 Review: December

So here we come to the end of the line for 2018, as December finally draws to a close.

Mandy – a decent Nic Cage movie? Its like my whole world-philosophy has come crashing down.

Witness for the Prosecution– Billy Wilder never fails.

Ant-Man and the Wasp– hey, this was quite fun and cunningly ingenious in its effects/execution. All too often these days we tend to dismiss visual marvels as ‘clever CGI’ as if that’s the simplest thing in the world, but sometimes I have to just step back and consider just how tricky some of this stuff must be to pull off. The damnedest thing is how they make it seem so, well, casual, almost.

Creed– this was particularly interesting, partly as a film in its own right but also as some kind of commentary on film franchises and our connections with them over decades, as if there was some kind of meta-reality at work. Possibly the farthest thing from the creators minds, or maybe not, but it did lend this film a particular sense of pathos that was quite effecting.

The First: Season One– a ‘Martian adventure turned into decent tv show’ shocker. I only hope we get to see a second season, because if this thing gets cancelled the irony will be written all over those inferior tv shows about Mars that got sophomore outings.

The China Syndrome– I appreciate he leaves some cold, but Jack Lemmon in a film I haven’t seen before is an experience I find irresistable and rather life-affirming, like an extra-special Christmas present- which was rather apt considering I watched this in December, I guess.

The Equalizer 2 – inferior to the original, but interesting enough to warrant its existence, and Denzel finally going the sequel route. Just goes to show, Hollywood gets them all, in the end.

Star Trek: Discovery – its a sci-fi series, Jim, but its not Star Trek, at least not as we know it. Shame that.

Cam– a surprisingly above-average thriller with a Black Mirror vibe.

Bird Box – while its apparently inferior to A Quiet Place, which I haven’t seen yet, I did enjoy this.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch – there’s really such a lot of meta-reality/nature of reality/PKD shenanigans going on in this interactive film, in which the interaction itself is some kind of commentary on the themes and subtext of the thing, really, its enough to induce a headache.

So anyway, that’s the end of this 2018 Review. I’ll leave the stats totals for number of posts/visits for another post later on, but the immediate big news, mind, is this- that Bandersnatch review was my 103rd review for something ‘new’ this year. Yes indeedy, strike up the fanfare- I passed the 100 milestone for just the second time ever on this blog.  Considering some of the things going on in the Real World Out There, on a personal level that’s really some achievement. And no, that doesn’t mean I’m going to target some damned fool number like 150 next year.




3 thoughts on “2018 Review: December

  1. Hurrah! Congratulations on surpassing 100!

    I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t watched Bird Box… and maybe I am, because apparently it was Netflix’s most-watched original movie ever in its first week. It’s funny seeing which Netflix originals catch on and which slip by barely noticed. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.

    1. That must be such a confounding thing for Netflix regards programming, Although in the recent past it has concentrated on genre stuff in the sci-fi and superhero realm, it clearly isn’t the Sci Fi Channel #2 and needs to find its own niche, even if, ironically, its being a jack of all trades/master of none, by being a place for sci-fi/horror/mainstream/comedy etc. trying to please everybody. I think its worldwide programming, with a clear sign of foreign movies and tv shows filtering through, is quite exciting and intend to delve into that material more this year (have you seen that Perfume crime/thriller show teased on there?).

      I still rather wish that, while I liked the show, that Altered Carbon hadn’t happened and that Netflix might have been tempted to spend all that money on a BR2049 spin-off instead, because the one thing I do love about Netflix stuff is how very often, for good or bad, it’s just simply its own thing and less inclined to be influenced by studio/executive meddling. Letting some great creatives loose in the BR universe for a ten-part series both adult and provocative and mind-bending is just an intoxicating thought, but I guess we’ll just have to put up with comics and anime for awhile.

      And thanks re: passing the 100. I really didn’t see that coming and was quite surprised when I totalled things up. Of course it was actually some way beyond that as a few things slipped by unreviewed or commented on- I guess in all honesty, and with some irony as I was a late/reluctant subscriber it was the Netflix Effect. And I still haven’t seen Stranger Things, the one show other than Altered Carbon that I took the plunge for in the first place.

      1. I was aware Perfume was on there now (must’ve been recommended somewhere), but don’t think Netflix have specifically pushed it at me. Though, to be honest, I have no faith in their much-fêted algorithms — whenever they release stuff I’m looking forward to, they never seem to recommend it to me!

        I’ll be interested to rest your thoughts on Stranger Things when you get round to it — for all its popularity, there seem to be a lot of people who think it’s a vacuous nostalgia-fest. I’m definitely more in the pro than anti camp for the show, but it’s not the greatest thing since sliced bread like some make out.

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