The last ten films I watched have two films that will certainly make my Top Ten for 2017 (Lady Bird and Coco), a pretty poor feature (Macabre Legends of the Colony), and a pair of movies that I’ve watched for a Christmas-horror film group (Better Watch Out and A Christmas Horror Story). And you heard it here first, Office Space and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad remain all-time masterpieces.
- Better Watch Out (Chris Peckover, 2016)
- The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan H. Juran, 1958)
- Macabre Legends of the Colony (Arturo Martinez, 1974)
- A Christmas Horror Story (Steven Hoban, Grant Harvey, and Brett Sullivan, 2015)
- Jabberwocky (Terry Gilliam, 1977)
- Coco (Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, 2017)
- Trash Fire (Richard Bates Jr., 2016)
- Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2017)
- J.D.’s Revenge (Arthur Marks, 1976)
- Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)
We caught Coco early enough that were victimized by the lamentable, 23-minute short, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers, 2017). Putting aside that it stars a thoroughly obnoxious and lamentably indestructible character and that it ends up taking space usually devoted to a brilliant Pixar short film, OFA was way too long and far too unrelated to Coco to have any place ahead of the feature film. My little one was one of the wide chorus of kids asking “What is this?”, “Where is Coco?”, and “When is this over?” By the time the feature started, his patience was understandably worn thin waiting for Miguel to get to the Land of the Dead and a pee-break was naturally necessary two-thirds of the way through Coco. Like Frozen, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was watched for the first time in what will be forever.