Movie Snippets / by Joel Goodman

In January of 2019, I started keeping a spreadsheet to track the movies I watch. I assign a rating from 0 to 10 (with 5 being the average, or expected value) and write a little snippet with some quick opinions on the film in question. Here, I’ll post a few of those snippets at a time for your enjoyment.


Deadwood: The Movie (2019)


This marks the end of HBO's best series that isn't the Sopranos. Set ten years after the show's third and final season, this film ostensibly chronicles the assassination of Charlie Utter at the hands of George Hearst and all the drama that follows, but it's true raison d'être is to give us fans the closure we've been denied for the past 13 years. All the characters that were alive at the end of the show make an appearance and we get to see the conclusion to all of their stories. It lives up to the show's standard of excellence, but when the credits roll it's hard to shake the feeling that there should be another 10 or 11 episodes left to watch. Nevertheless, superb movie.

It (2017)


I recently watched this at home in my living room and it definitely wasn’t as fun as it was in the theater. That said, I must admit that this is a pretty entertaining flick, and much better than the TV miniseries from the 90s. "That scene" from the book was (mercifully) omitted. No really what I would call "high cinema", but it is never boring and the Swedish feller that plays Pennywise is really good.



The Dirt (2019)


Based on the book of the same name, which is an oral history of Mötley Crüe. When the book came out, everyone I knew made the trip down to Powell's Books to pick it up and it's all everyone talked about for weeks. Sadly, nobody will do the same for the adaptation. This movie sucks. It's got the worst acting I've seen so far in 2019, perhaps with the exception of Gotti but it gets pretty close. Netflix could have put more money into this movie and gotten a better script and better actors but they didn't and the product shows it. It's not even that entertaining. At least Gotti was entertaining.