We take a quick break from Happiness Week or Month or whatever this is to sum up the 16 new movies I saw in April. From best to worst, here's what I watched.
Kolya (1996) - Usually I'm not much for "kid warms old man's heart" movies, but I was impressed by how non-sappy this one was.
Diabolique (1955) - Great mystery/thriller story, almost Hitchcockian in its feel and its slow build. Glad I finally got around to watching this one.
Divided We Fall (2000) - A wonderful Czech film with a fascinating cast of characters.
Hitchcock (2012) - As far as biopics go, this one is fun. It does a good job of really making Hitchcock a person rather than just a figure.
Premium Rush (2012) - Totally silly, totally fun.
Blow Out (1981) - Pretty typical 80s thriller, but well done and fun.
Videodrome (1983) - Fascinating concept and some great visuals, but the ending didn't really do anything for me.
Lincoln (2012) - For all the great people involved in this movie, it was surprisingly... monotone. There was absolutely nothing exciting in it at all. And there should have been.
Life of Pi (2012) - Meh. It's fine, and it looks lovely, but I'm irrationally bored by movies with animals in them.
Persona (1966) - I was far too frustrated by the fact that I couldn't tell what was physically happening in this movie to have any actual opinion on it.
The Conversation (1974) - I don't understand Francis Ford Coppola's directing style at all, but I have to admit it had a pretty cool ending.
Django Unchained (2012) - Not nearly as much Tarantino-esque dialogue as I like. I never realized how much I really count on that to mellow out the violence in his other films. This isn't as violent as Inglourious Basterds, but it felt more so.
Burn After Reading (2008) - The only reason to see this is for Brad Pitt.
Stalker (1979) - OH MY GOSH NOTHING HAPPENED IN THIS MOVIE.
Hotel Transylvania (2012) - A thoroughly uninspired and unfunny kids' flick. Not worth it.
The Long Goodbye (1973) - I think it might be time for me to give up on detective noirs. I haven't liked one since... ever.