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Written by: Sam Fragoso on February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 | 10 comments | Featured, Old Format

February: The Romanticism

As opposed to other months,  I saw a good deal of truly great films. I hope you enjoy the following folks.

First Viewing

Beverly Hills Cop  ~ Murphy shines in perhaps his most recognizable role in his filmography.

It Happened One Night ~ Romantic 1930s film starring Clark Gable. It’s good fun.

Broadway Danny Rose ~ Another Allen gem in which he plays the most dedication manager in cinematic history. Three S’s

Art School Confederation ~ A quirky flick recommended by Matt Singer of IFC, that’s often peculiar, but perceptive.

Husbands and Wives ~ Part film, part documentary, it’s unsure what kind of film Allen had in mind here. Perplexing piece.

Humpday ~ An incredibly silly plot that manages to harness a genuinely touching relationship between two old friends.

Cinderella Man ~ A typically agreeable and wholly uplifting period piece that chronicles the return of an aging boxer.

Hannah Takes the Stairs ~ And that’s about it.

Woody Allen Documentary Part 1 & 2 ~ Necessary documentary for any true fan of master Woody Allen.

Crimes and Misdemeanors ~ Allen’s darkest film (that I’ve seen) – equally chilling and philosophically adept.

Reality Bites ~ 90s romance/drama through and through. Stiller in a watchable film? Surprise, surprise.

What About Bob? ~ What about Bill Murray’s career? Groundhog Day? Lost In Translation?

12 Angry Men ~ Perhaps the greatest directorial debut in the history of cinema.

BASEketball ~ Stone and Parker should stick to South Park.

His Girl Friday ~ Fast talking, quick witted, and romanticized journalism at its finest.

Repeated Viewings:

The Maltese Falcon ~ The awe continues.

Drive ~ Still worthy of the attention I gave it. It’s even more interesting about a second viewing.

Moneyball ~ Surprised by how much I enjoyed the film more upon a second viewing.

My Week With Marilyn ~ Simplistic, yet affectionate. Unlike its protagonist.

Psycho ~ She wouldn’t even hurt a fly.

Annie Hall ~ Allen’s masterpiece is becoming my favorite film ever created. Romantic, thoughtful, insightful, hilarious, cultural references aplenty, cynicism afloat, and love in the air.

Rudy ~ Extremely unimpressive and underwhelming football film that receives far too much recognition.

Bridesmaids ~ Nope, still not funny.

Press Screenings:

Coriolanus ~ People die. Politics live on.

This Means War ~ A lighthearted, enjoyable action/comedy affair.

The Lorax ~ Embargo. Embargo. Embargo.

Project X ~ Again … embargo, embargo, embargo.

Act of Valor ~ This is what you receive when mixing an ad to join the army with a game of Call of Duty.

Chronicle ~ Shot in “lost footage” documentary format, Chronicle‘s initial promise quickly dwindles into superficial action.

The Grey ~ An unexpectedly harrowing and existential mainstream endeavor.

Safe House ~ Denzel in another action picture. Unfortunately, it misses the mark with its faulty narrative.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ~ The first bad film of 2012 has arrived.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace ~ Only worth watching if one’s a diehard fan of the Star Wars mantra.

Films Seen: 33

Films Seen in 2012: 62

Films Reviewed in February: 13

The Essentials

12 Angry Men

Annie Hall

Crimes & Misdemeanors

His Girl Friday

The Maltese Falcon


What did you folks watch this past month?


There are 10 comments for this post.

  1. James Blake Ewing on February 29, 2012 6:52 pm

    Crimes and Misdemeanors is probably my favorite Allen right now. I like the questions it explores and I think the two stories compliment each other well in the grander thematic exploration.

    His Girl Friday is fantastic. There are some Hawks films I like more, but it’s top tier Hawks!

  2. Sam Fragoso on February 29, 2012 9:16 pm

    It’s amazing. I still want to hear your criticisms for ANNIE HALL.

  3. Andy Buckle on March 1, 2012 2:35 am

    You saw some great stuff this month. Lots that I haven’t seen, actually. Bridesmaids: Still not funny. Made me laugh. Glad you enjoyed Moneyball a bit more this time. I think it is fantastic. I should check out The Maltese Falcon again, because I was disappointed by it the first time round. I think you gave a bit too much credit to This Means War. I enjoyed it enough, but it is an awful film overall. Still, you are well ahead of me in the 2012 viewing tally. I got sidetracked a bit – barely saw anything for a week there, before bouncing back with the Argento.

  4. Sam Fragoso on March 1, 2012 11:19 am

    What’s was going through everyone’s head during the film?

  5. ruth on March 1, 2012 8:12 pm

    This is a cool idea to summarize your movie watching in a month… but mine would be embarrassing as I only saw barely half the amount you did, ahah.

    Oh I so want to see ‘It Happened One Night’ and that’s cool you got to see several press screenings. Did you review ‘Coriolanus’ yet? I’d be interested to read it.

  6. Sam Fragoso on March 1, 2012 11:30 pm

    I’m sure you have plenty on your plate Ruth. And yes, my review of CORIOLANUS went up a couple weeks ago. Check on the sidebar entitled “In Theaters”.

    Thanks for reading as always.

  7. Jandy on March 8, 2012 3:04 pm

    What a great bunch of movies! Still some I need to get to, like Husbands and Wives, Reality Bites, What About Bob, etc. I think my husband owns What About Bob – I’ll have to get to that. But His Girl Friday, It Happened One Night, Psycho, Maltese Falcon, 12 Angry Men, Annie Hall…damn. Awesome movie overload!

  8. Sam Fragoso on March 8, 2012 8:13 pm

    Don’t see What about Bob!

  9. Andina on March 9, 2012 6:18 am

    12 Angry Men seems like a great movie. I don’t really like Annie Hall though. Nice to see that you watched Reality Bites, one of my fave from the ’90s.

  10. Sam Fragoso on March 9, 2012 9:14 am

    What do you not enjoy about Annie Hall?

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