Month in Review [February 2014]

In order of viewing:
1) First Blood [1982] – 7/10
First Blood [1982]

2) Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky [1991] – 8/10
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky [1991]

3) Miami Connection [1987]* – 8/10
Miami Connection [1987]

4) On the Road [2012] – 6/10
On the Road [2012]

5) No Country for Old Men [2007]* – 10/10
No Country for Old Men [2007]

6) Good Night, and Good Luck. [2005] – 8/10
Good Night, and Good Luck. [2005]

7) Say Anything… [1989] – 8/10
Say Anything… [1989]

8) Drug War [2013] – 8/10
Drug War [2013]

9) Fast Times at Ridgemont High [1982] – 8/10
Fast Times at Ridgemont High [1982]

10) The King of Comedy [1982] – 9/10
The King of Comedy [1982]

11) Election [2005] – 7/10
Election [2005]

* denotes rewatch

Video Games Completed:
1) DmC: Devil May Cry [PS3] – 8/10
DmC: Devil May Cry [PS3]

2) F.E.A.R. 3 [Xbox 360] – 6/10
F.E.A.R. 3 [Xbox 360]

3) Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken [PS Vita] – 5/10
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken [PS Vita]

TV Shows Finished:
1) The Sopranos [Season 6A] – 10/10
The Sopranos [Season 6A]

2) The Sopranos [Season 6B] – 10/10
The Sopranos [Season 6B]

3) Dexter [Season 7] – 5/10
Dexter [Season 7]

4) Eastbound and Down [Season 2] – 7/10
Eastbound and Down [Season 2]

Books Read:
1) “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy – 10/10
"No Country for Old Men" by Cormac McCarthy

Best of the Month: Ignoring rewatches, the best film I watched was easily The King of Comedy. My take on that one will be up later this week. I was also quite impressed with Johnnie To’s Drug War, which would likely make my top 10 of 2013 if I revised my list. For games, DmC was a nice surprise: a hack ‘n slash adventure with a deep combat system. And, of course, the final season-and-a-half of The Sopranos was incredible. The ending was absolutely perfect.

Worst of the Month: On the Road was a mediocre adaptation of one of my favorite novels. Rocketbird was a painfully mediocre side-scroller that I only finished due to its short length. The worst offender last month, however, was clearly Dexter. I’m only finishing the series for the sake of completionism, but I am regretting that decision every second. Amazingly, as bad as season 7 was, the finale is even worse. What a shame.

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22 thoughts on “Month in Review [February 2014]

  1. ckckred says:

    Glad to see high scores for NCFOM and The King of Comedy. I love the finale of The Sopranos as well, the ambiguous note really worked for me (though I know plenty of people were upset). As for Dexter’s conclusion, it was really bad. Nice round-up.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Yeah, I love how there are still so many theories and in-depth discussions about the final scene of The Sopranos. I’m always a sucker for ambiguous endings, and that one is one of the best I have ever seen.

  2. ruth says:

    WOW, you love No Country for Old Men that much eh? I’m afraid that’s a skip from me, I just don’t think I’d enjoy it, plus I’ve been warned that it’s super violent, you know I can’t stand that stuff. I do want to see Good Night, and Good Luck though, that one sounds good!

    Btw, I just caught up on The Americans, a spy series with a twist, which I’m very impressed with. That’d be one I’d highly recommend, Eric.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Ahhh, that’s too bad about No Country for Old Men. It is pretty violent, but it’s one of the better thrillers from the last decade or so. Hope you do get to see Good Night and Good Luck though.

      Nice to hear some praise for The Americans! I just noticed that it’s on Amazon Prime so I hope to start it soon. Seems like a really cool concept.

  3. jackdeth72 says:

    Hi, Eric:

    Looks like you’ve had a busy month.

    Good catch with ‘The King of Comedy’!

    Dedicated to one of the unfunniest comedians on Earth. Rupert Pupkin!

    Jerry Lewis was brutally honest and snarkily funny in ways I’d not seen before.

    Never got the “hook” of a connected mob guy talking to a shrink in ‘The Sopranos’. Though the show excelled in support and guest stars. In an update on a Shakespearean morality play to modern life.

    Latest book read: ‘The Porkchoppers’, by Ross Thomas in the early 1970s.

    If you want to learn how Unions win elections by any means necessary. This is your story!

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Hey Jack, great to hear you’re a fan of The King of Comedy. I’m surprised that it is “second tier” Scorsese to so many people; I would personally rank it as one of his best now. De Niro just kills it as Pupkin, and Jerry Lewis is in rare form. I’m always a sucker for dark comedies, and that one really hit the spot for me.

  4. The Blog of Big Ideas says:

    I am one of those that has not watched a single episode of The Sopranos….oh the shame! But I do intend to correct that sooner rather than later. In fact, I’m always late for critically-acclaimed shows. I was late for Breaking Bad and I only started watching from the very beginning once the series had ended…and what a ride it was! Same thing with Lost, which I started one or two years after the finale, and that was yet another thrill of a ride, especially binge watching the entire thing in like 2 months.

    I haven’t heard of Drug War, I’ll definitely check it out since you enjoyed it so much.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Don’t feel too bad about The Sopranos — it took me years to finally finish the show. I think in general I prefer watching shows after the series has been completed. There’s nothing like binge watching an entire series over the course of a couple months.

      Drug War is a wild ride, and I highly recommend it. It’s available on Netflix Instant as well.

  5. Andrew Geary says:

    Weird, I was planning on watching “The King of Comedy” and I also happened to come across your blog. Anyway, I’m not a big fan of TV shows but I do love me some Sopranos. One thing I don’t get though was your love (and everyone else’s for that matter) of “No Country for Old Men.” The movie is okay but a lot of the characters make really dumb decisions (especially the main character and Tommy Lee Jones’ character) that are just frustrating to watch regardless of whether it’s keeping with the theme of the movie or not. Also Javier Bardem’s character came across as too unbelievable to me. There’s some interesting ideas that surround him like when he talks about flipping the coin, but for the most part I thought he was more of a weird cartoon than an actual human being, thus making the implications about the nature of evil (that it’s unstoppable and random) less frightening when they come from his character. But maybe that’s just me.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Hi Andrew, thanks for stopping by. I can see where you’re coming from with No Country for Old Men. There are dumb decisions by many of the characters (especially Josh Brolin’s), but I would argue that they are somewhat expected given the extremes of the situation. I would also consider Anton Chigurh as one of the great cinematic villains, simply because he seems to be unstoppable (and he has such a unique weapon). I found I enjoyed the film even more after reading the book, too, even though the film skipped over a few moments.

      Hope you enjoy The King of Comedy!

  6. Chris says:

    Agree about On The Road, I’d give that a 6/10 also, the cinematography was nice, but the ending of the movie was just so flat, and Sam Riley was rather anonymous in the lead.

    wow, 10/10 for No Country for Old Men, I really need to give that another shot, been awhile.

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