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Written by: Sam Fragoso on May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012 | 4 comments | Editorial

After coming off my most prolific month of the year, May marked a low point: cinematically that is. Perpetually busy with school, end of the year projects, and finals, I barely got over the 20 film hump. In my defense, I have been catching up on a few invaluable television programs. Mainly Louie, Girls, Veep, and Community. Regardless, Summer is drawing near. I’m already day dreaming. Who’s with me?

New Viewings:

Heathers ~ 80s cult hit did nothing for me.

The Freshman ~ The Broderick and Brando combo is ostensibly a good one, but the film adds up to nothing.

Sound of My Voice ~ Metaphysical exploration with infinite implications. Possible modern cult classic. Needs a second viewing.

M ~ Fritz Lang’s psychological thriller was the base of the genre. Haunting and ingeniously photographed, Lorre chills.

Analyze This ~ Essentially a one joke film. Thankfully, Crystal and De Niro make the ride an enjoyable one.

Repeated Viewing

Hannah and Her Sisters ~ Another wonderfully romantic tale from Woody Allen.

Bull Durham ~ My favorite depiction of America’s past time.

Pom Wonderful: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold ~ Never comes full circle, but still entertaining.

Contagion ~ Blu-ray is flawless, the film is far from it.

All The Presidents Men ~ Again, in terms of favorite films that delve into the world of journalism, this is at the top.

State of Play ~ Another finely tuned journalistic film with Crowe, Affleck, and McAdams giving powerful performances.

Groundhog Day ~ I got you babe.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D ~ Marijuana, mafia, drugged up babies, 3D, clay animation, and half headed Santa.

Crazy Stupid Love ~ Stil lacking romance and relatable characters. Carell is heartfelt.

Press Screening:

The Avengers ~ A blockbuster epic that intertwines intellect and entertainment.

Dark Shadows ~ Another Tim Burton and Johnny Depp  style over substance project.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ~ Relentlessly contrived and consistently overly sentimental.

The Dictator ~ More Borat than Bruno.

Battleship ~ Awful. Mind numbingly awful.

Men in Black III ~ Shoddily constructed, punctuated with Smith’s tiring shtick.

Snow White & The Huntsman ~ (review up tomorrow)

Films Seen In May: 21

Films Seen In 2012: 147

Film Reviewed In May: 9

The Essentials

"All The President's Men"

"Bull Durham"

"Groundhog Day"

"Hannah and Her Sisters"



There are 4 comments for this post.

  1. Steven Flores on May 31, 2012 1:14 pm

    Bull Durham I think is a film that is essential viewing when it comes to the art of making a great movie about sports, particularly baseball.

  2. Sam Fragoso on May 31, 2012 2:40 pm

    Definitely Steven. It’s one of my favorite films ever made.

  3. James Blake Ewing on May 31, 2012 2:48 pm

    Glad you caught up with M, a fantastic film.

    The Freshman is a fun film, but inconsequential.

    Also, I don’t envy your press screenings.

  4. Sam Fragoso on June 1, 2012 11:45 am

    Exactly my thought “inconsequential”.

    I don’t envy them either.

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