I was working on my Netflix queue yesterday and as part of this watched The Harder They Fall. It’s a pretty new western with all the named characters being black. (And yes, like the movie informs us in the beginning, there were plenty of black people in the so-called Wild West.)
Let’s talk about movie ratings.
Openly gay, atheist and communist in a society that found each of these unacceptable. No wonder I find Pier Paolo Pasolini one of my favorite directors. The thing is, his movies are not my favorites. They are fine and interesting, but not something I’ll go back and watch again and again.
I still haven’t seen even half of the movies from 2020 I usually see from a specific year, because… well… you know why, but I guess I’ve seen enough to make this list. At least I’ve seeen enough good movies. The situation did apparently mean that movies with smaller budgets rule this list, as the bigger ones were either pushed back or are behind paywalls I’m not interested in paying.
Note: Not the top 10 movies or anything like that. This is more about contemplating what we could teach by showing movies to kids. Well, teenagers in some cases.
Yes, I did actively save this to be the last movie I do in this series. If you have never seen it, you might not understand why, but I also bet there’s plenty of readers who are nodding right now in agreement, because this movie is something else.
So, it has finally come to this… Although, I don’t think this is an actual horror comedy, but we’ll get to that.
According to Kevin Bacon, at some point of his career, he called this the most fun he had had making a movie. It does have that kind of a feel. There is another story where he practically broke down about the idea of making such a movie he saw as a career low at the time. He went later on to do a TV series called I Love Dick as the titular character, so that might not have been the last time he felt that way. However, I do think Tremors is a good movie and definitely something to be proud of despite the creature-feature premise.
Sometimes independent movies are truly creative, because they need to be to stand out. At other times they just follow every cliché in a futile attempt to find an audience.
Not the kind of movie I usually actively seek out, but I actually do like it.