Beginning a new, monthly feature here at CCC, "The Month in Review" will be a topical thread for each month in which people can discuss the films they saw in the past month. The emphasis is on theatrical but I do know that a few of you, and especially one of you--a certain Kiwi--may not go to the cinema particularly often, so if you wish to discuss films you've viewed in the comfort of your own home, then be my guest.
Ultimately, "The Month in Review" feature is about the films that you saw, which ones stick in your mind, possibly ones that don't (if you can readily remember them that is a good indication that they stick; of couse, a month isn't a very long period of time, but we are in the shallow summer season of movies where many movies have all the substance of cotton candy, and, needless to say, there are movies of this type all throughout the year) and which ones you loved (if there were any), liked (if there were any), were lukewarm towards (if there were any) disliked (if there were any) or hated (if there were any... gosh, I'm tired of typing that parenthetical clarification).
Films I saw theatrically in the merry month of May: Iron Man and My Brother is an Only Child on the same day (May 2); Speed Racer; Up the Yangtze; The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Roman de Gare; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
I enjoyed Iron Man a good deal because it was a lot of formulaic fun. I think I'm sort of in love with My Brother... because it's such a beautiful love letter to the history of Italian cinema, and a deeply prodigious coming-of-age film that seemingly are better made in Italy than anywhere else. Speed Racer, I liked parts of it and the critics are too rough with it, but it was too long with a pummeling schematic paradigm made by the Wachowskis. Up the Yangtze was a splendid documentary with startling imagery. Prince Caspian I had completely forgotten about, and it took me several hours after posting this to remember having seen it. From now on: consult my calendar (which has all of the films I see, theatrically and otherwise, written on it). Guess it wasn't so hot. Roman de Gare, a mind-bending psychological thriller by Claude Lelouch--fascinating experimentation, if not wholly successful. A lot to admire, though. Indiana Jones is the most pure fun I've had in a theatre this year thus far, though I certainly recognized its flaws as a movie. Where the film takes off makes up for those flaws, however; Spielberg's obsessions are present, and welcome.
Overall, a very solid, perhaps even very good month, actually. Not exactly the fullest month for me at all when it comes to visiting theatres, but there have been leaner months in the past as well.
The one film I want to see in a theatre again, at least once, is Crystal Skull.
Please discuss your May!