Geez, writing that review of Persona 4 wasn’t easy. I liked how it turned out, though. Plus, I’m glad that my longest review thus far is of one of the very few games I would award a 10/10. This past month saw me reach both 100 film reviews and 200 game reviews. I never thought I’d make it this far, but here we are.
A curious incident occurs in the Mojave Desert when a policeman pulls over a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu. The driver is one J. Frank Parnell. When the policeman decides to examine the trunk, he is immediately vaporized by an unknown force, leaving only his shoes behind. Meanwhile, a punk rocker named Otto Maddox is fired from his supermarket job. Without a dollar to his name, he wanders the streets until an older man named Bud drives up to him. He offers Otto $25 to drive a car out of the neighborhood.
As anyone who has been following me for a significant length of time knows, I tend to be pretty stingy with 9/10s. This is because I feel many critics hand them out to every other film they like. As long as they’re consistent, that’s fine, but with my scoring system, I wanted to make creators well and truly earn every single point. You want a seven-point passing grade or better? You gotta work for it. Because of this, you won’t see me award this grade often, so when it happens, you can safely bet that I’m discussing a masterpiece.
And here are the rest of the 8/10s. Definitely see these films if you haven’t already.
Now that I’ve gotten the lowlights out of the way, let’s move onto the films that, if you haven’t watched, you absolutely should.
Well, it finally happened! As of last Saturday, I have officially reviewed 100 films. I’m not surprised that it took me less time to reach this milestone than for game reviews given that video games take a much longer time to review properly. Whereas the game review I’m working on for my 200 special will exceed 10,000 words, my longest film review doesn’t even go past the 3,000-word mark. If it’s a film that has a loose structure or a minimalistic plot, you can safely bet it’s going to be around 1,000 words. Epics, on the other hand, tend to be around 1,500-2,800 words.
Anyway, to celebrate, I thought I’d take a look at the worst and best I’ve reviewed so far. Unlike with my game review specials, I don’t intend to rank the films from worst to best. Instead, I’ll be covering films I’ve awarded one, two, three, eight, or nine points. This way, you can get an idea of the material I’ve covered in addition to getting the best recommendations quickly. So without further ado, let’s dive headfirst into the bomb pool and get the worst over with so we can end this special on a high note.
Hustlers is a tale set in the seedy underbelly of New York City. Although the city’s most violent period is behind it, there still exist many stories of people barely scraping by and having to resort to desperate measures in order to make ends meet. In the year 2014, journalist Elizabeth approaches a former stripped from New York City named Dorothy for an interview. Dorothy is initially hesitant to tell this story, not wanting to put her friends in jeopardy. Eventually, she relents, though she makes it clear that Elizabeth isn’t to probe certain subjects.
In July of 1969, history was made when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins manned the Apollo 11 space shuttle and touched down upon the moon. During this expedition, fellow astronaut Jim Lovell hosts a house party so they can witness the moment on television themselves. As they’re watching, Lovell tells his wife, Marilyn, that he intends to walk on the moon one day – having previously orbited it in the Apollo 8 spacecraft. Three months later, complications cause Lovell’s crew to fly Apollo 13 instead of the slated 14. It would appear that Lovell’s goal will come to pass sooner than expected.
Zak is a 22-year-old man with Down syndrome. Because he has no family that can take care of him, he was made a ward of the state and lives in a retirement home in North Carolina. There, he is cared for by a woman named Eleanor. He has made several attempts to escape the retirement home, but to no avail. Idolizing a professional wrestler who went by the sobriquet of The Salt Water Redneck, he dreams of entering the business himself. One night, he sneaks out with the assistance of his elderly roommate, Carl, and hides in a fishing boat.