TOP 7 MOVIE MOMENTS OF 2017
By Jenny Orosel (author of “And Now the Streaming Starts”)
I don’t get to go to the movie theater as much as I’d like to. Life sometimes happens that way. Luckily between streaming, digital media, and my occasional ventures into the outside world, I can still indulge my love of film. It’s just that I have to be a more creative about how I go about it. This year I compiled a list of my top seven movie moments of the year, whether theatrically, streaming, or otherwise.
7-CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: A huge part of this movie making it to my top list of the year is how low my expectations were going into it. I knew little about the books, just that my then five-year-old loved them. I figured this would be like most kids’ movies where I’d be bored most of the time and laugh once or twice. There were parts where I was laughing as hard as my kid, so much so that as soon as the movie ended she turned to me and said, “See, Mom. fart jokes are funny.” Yes, yes they are, child.
6-FINDING A STREAMING VERSION OF THE STRANGE CASE OF SENOR COMPUTER: I used to watch this with my friends back when I lived in Los Angeles. It’s a fun, quotable movie, and seeing it again reminded me of some great times and is just as funny now as it was then.
5-PICKING UP A USED DVD OF TOMMY WISEAU’S THE ROOM: THE ROOM is a lot like CASABLANCA–one of those cultural touchstones I never got around to watching. Glad I did, even if the movie is horrible. Now I not only get all the references made, but I can finally see THE DISASTER ARTIST and truly appreciate it.
4-DARREN ARONOFSKY’S MOTHER!: A lot of people have said this movie is horrible. They’re wrong. It’s not an easy movie to sit through. I’m glad I got to see this one in the theater, though. Seeing it on a large screen with a great sound system immersed me in its world in a way I haven’t experienced since seeing UPSTREAM COLOR.
3-FINDING OUT ABOUT WAKALIWOOD MOVIES: A friend introduced me to WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX and, thus, to the Ugandan action movies directed by Nabwana I.G.G. and I was hooked from the get-go. I’m still blown away with how fun of a movie he was able to put together with scraps and a couple bucks. Best good time movie I’ve seen in ages.
2-THE VINEGAR SYNDROME BLU-RAY RELEASE OF LIQUID SKY: I had a hard time deciding if this would be number two or one. The only place I’ve been able to see LIQUID SKY in the past 35 years was on either grainy bootleg VHS, slightly worse quality bootleg DVD, or sketchy YouTube uploads of those same quality bootlegs. Vinegar Syndrome’s Blu-ray remaster is gorgeous and I’ll willing to bet the visual quality is better than its original theatrical screenings. I am so glad to finally be able to see this flick in all its neon glory.
1-ENDLESS POETRY: As much as I love LIQUID SKY, ultimately it cannot dethrone an Alejandro Jodorowsky movie. Being able to see it in the theater where Adan Jodorowsky was present to introduce it and lead a question-and-answer session afterwards was the cherry on top. This is the second part in what is rumored to be a five-film autobiographical series. I do hope he makes the other three, but if for some reason he cannot, I am forever grateful to have been able to see both this and the previous installment, DANCE OF REALITY, in a theater the way it was meant to be experienced.
© Copyright 2018 by Jenny Orosel