No. I’ve arranged the movies I’m watching for my movie challenges in a loosely ascending order of personal preference. It’s not definitive and, here and there, I’ve pulled some out of order altogether (watching The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi much earlier in the month than my preference would dictate simply so they coincide with May the 4th - Star Wars Day - for instance), but by and large my favourites and five-stars will likely turn up in the last week of the month.
I’ve always loved OuaTiA but, this viewing, it felt overwrought and, tbh, a little bit of a chore at times. And the last half-hour or so felt absolutely interminable. Felt like three hours on its own, that exchange between Woods and De Niro. Sometimes you’ve just got to be in the right frame of mind for a movie; one of the drawbacks of committing to a specific movie on a specific day rather than sticking it on when you’re feeling it, you know?
It’s a big fat pile of nonsense of course, but it has a lot of nostalgia credit with me. Commando was the first pirate video I ever managed to acquire, from a car boot sale I think. It was over saturated and a roughly tenth-generation copy of a copy so all detail was gone and the sound might as well have been coming from the bottom of the sea, it was so muffled. But it was Arnie’s new film, Commando, on video! Now, I find most of it laugh-out-loud funny. My son and I were both yelling “Let off some steam, Bennett!” at one another in our best Schwarzenegger voices hours later.
It’s very close to one for me too. Probably would be on another day.
Just as Paris, Texas was close to those 5 stars and maybe should’ve had them, so Angel Heart was close to four and maybe should’ve had them. Knowing how it will play out doesn’t especially diminish things really imho, it just helps with that feeling of things moving to an inexorable conclusion, like bad dream you know you’ve had before but can’t change.