Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Plenty of movies are set on or around New Year's Eve, but few have attained classic status.
Two of the best are both at least 50 years old:

The Apartment, Billy Wilder's excellent comic drama about a passive office drone (Jack Lemmon) and fellow lowly patsy (Shirley MacLaine) who both find themselves on the short end of the stick -- but at least they're there together.

After the Thin Man, the follow-up to the Christmas-set The Thin Man, finds Nick and Nora solving crimes amidst New Year's cheer in this witty mystery that also features a great turn by an oh-so-young Jimmy Stewart.

Nick Charles: Have you made any New Year's resolutions?
Nora Charles: Not yet. Any complaints or suggestions?
Nick Charles: A few.
Nora Charles: Which?
Nick Charles: Complaints.
Nora Charles: All right shoot.
Nick Charles: Well, you don't scold, you don't nag, and you look far too pretty in the mornings.
Nora Charles: All right, I'll remember: must scold, must nag, musn't be too pretty in the mornings.

What are some recent New Year's set films you've enjoyed? Or other older classics I've missed?
Do tell...

New to our shelves this week:

The American

George Clooney stars as the titular American in this Euro-vibed and set espionage thriller, directed by Anton Corbijn (Control).

Resident Evil: Afterlife
Milla's back in this fourth installment, just to prove that Angelina isn't the only female action star around.

Handsome Harry
A crime thriller involving Vietnam veterans, starring Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, Bill Sage, Campbell Scott, John Savage, and Aidan Quinn.

Joel Schumacher directs some hot young things in this drug-addled drama.

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement
A documentary chronicling a 42-year relationship.

The United States of Tara - 2nd Season

- 1st Season
The new series by the twisted (brilliant) minds behind Frisky Dingo.

Next week's blog:
We're going to be talking Best of...
Best new movies of 2010 as well as the best new DVD releases.
We'll include some of our thoughts about what these "best" films are, but we'd love to hear your thoughts, too. So start thinking about your lists now and then next week, we'll devote our comments section exclusively to a discussion of everybody's best (and possibly worst) of the year that's just passed us by!

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