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THIS WEEK ON MONSOONVISION
Monsoonvision is taking a break due to the Super Bowl and the Oscars the next couple of weeks. Don’t fret. It will return on February 16th with something tasty for your eyeballs.
MOVIES WATCHED THIS WEEK
Wings of Desire (1987)
“An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.”
I always saw still shots of this film and thought it was a 30s or 40s era film. I was surprised when I finally came across it and realized it was from 1987. I also learned this was the awful movie City of Angels with Nic Cage and Meg Ryan was based on. Within a few scenes, I was wrapped up in this story. The library scene alone was engaging with a haunting feeling and an incredible score. Overall, the film is a bit long for my taste but Wim Wenders’ directing and Bruno Ganz’s performance are worth the watch. While watching, I felt like there was a heavy Tarkovsky whiff to the film and then it ended with “Dedicated to all the former angels, but especially to Yasujiro, François and Andrej.” So, that explains a lot. (4.25/5)
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
“After experiencing what they think are a series of “break-ins”, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.”
I enjoy this series. It is one of those where you have to completely turn off your brain and have fun with the silliness. The “scares” are done well enough to be effective at times while being pretty quick and to the point. I can appreciate what they are able to do with so little. (3.25/5)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
“After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor’s trap.”
I haven’t seen this since I was a kid. Maybe around 8 or 10 years old and I should have left it that way. I’m doing my first ever chronological watch of the series and this made what to go back the prequels. This wasn’t fun or well, good. I didn’t realize when I started it that this version had the CGI additions and they were awful. No one was particularly good in this but Harrison Ford stood out as he seemingly overacted every line and mannerism. There isn’t a lot I can say positive here. The final showdown is still really good. I just wish that was all they focused on at the end instead of Endor. I get why but I just think it being solely about the Luke and Vader conflict. Lastly, they never should have removed Vader’s helmet. Bad idea. (3/5)
SHOWS WATCHED THIS WEEK
Started and finish season one in a day. I enjoy the 30-minute episodes. Bill Hader is really likable as are most of the other characters. Henry Winkler and Anthony Carrigan (Victor Zsasz on Gotham and the guy in the gif without the eyebrows) are scene stealers. Started season 2 and I am hooked.
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