So unless a good idea hits me between now and New Year’s, I think I might have attended my final new release screening last night. There are still lots of 2014 titles that I’d like to spend time with over the next ten days…and even a few rep screenings that I hope to get to, but there doesn’t seem to be anything new playing on my local screens that I see myself making time for over the busy days ahead.

In a way, that leaves me a little bit sad.

I’m not sad that I won’t be going to the movies for a few weeks, or even that we’re closing the book on the year. No, I’m sad that my final screening of the year was given over to the remake of ANNIE. I’ll have more thoughts on ANNIE on Monday, but for now just let me say that I didn’t enjoy it.

What interests me about that is that it touches on something I’ve been thinking about a lot this year; how things end. It came to my attention when someone in my row was talking to me at the Cardinals game I attended in St. Louis. When my seat-mate found out I was trying to see baseball games in every American city, he asked if I’d thought about where I wanted the tour to end. That’s the funny thing about trying to complete a series, right – the tendency is to go for the most desirable first, and then leave the dregs until last.

But then you end on a down-note…like finishing a year with ANNIE.

Basically, I guess I’ve learned why Lynyrd Skynyrd end every show with “Freebird”, and next year I’ll look for a better selection to close out the year with. At the very least it’s going to make that Lightbox showing of PATHS OF GLORY on New Year’s Eve that much more special.


Here’s The Week at Hand…


INHERENT VICE – Motto panukeiku!
THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARVIES – More on this tomorrow, for now just let me say that I’m happy to be done with Middle Earth
ANNIE – That’s gonna leave a mark

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
MALCOLM X – I sorta miss when Spike Lee painted on canvases this big
CLOSER – Inspired by Candice’s “Know Your Enemy” answers.

Boxscore for The Year
274 First-Timers, 187 Re-Watched
104 Screenings
462 Movies in Total

How’s about you – seen anything good?