Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Movie Monthola: January


In the movie world January has been notoriously known as "the dumping ground" for film releases. It's usually filled with titles that would never stand a chance to get any kind of Oscar... or generate much box office in one of the chilliest of months for most of this country. And not to mention the financial fall-outs of the previous month's Christmas shopping extravaganza. Attendance is usually down, and so the lack of quality. It's had been improving over the years. Primarily with some Oscar hopefuls catching a break with wider releases... 2010's Blue Valentine expands, finally!  But then again, so does the dire let's watch Gwyneth Paltrow pretend to get down with the people country music vehicle, Country Strong. This past weekend saw the releases of a potential superhero movie hit with the new Green Hornet. Perhaps to rebound the box office from the clutches of such why did they bother releasing this in the first place fare as the previous weekend's Nicolas Cage vehicle, Season Of The Witch. And for the rest of this month we're hit with the possibilities of some good: The Company Men (which I'm looking forward to seeing and hoping it's much more relevant than Up In The Air pretended to be) Barney's Version starring acting dynamos Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman and Peter Weir's latest effort, The Way Back. But then it's all downhill from there as we have to deal with: No Strings Attached, The Dilemma, The Rite, The Mechanic, The Factory and who knows what else junk that starts with The. 2010 had a lot of similar quality pictures in January (The classics: Leap Year, Daybreakers, Legion, The Spy Next Door, Extraordinary Measures, Tooth Fairy, When In Rome) So yeah, not a whole lot has changed.

To return back to the positive, here's a list of movies that have been released over the last 30 years in January (not including expansions) that actually rock. A good deal of them being genre films...

Heart Beat - 1980
Scanners - 1981
Vice Squad - 1982
The Boogens - 1982
The House On Sorority Row - 1983
Angel - 1984
Broadway Danny Rose - 1984
Tomboy - 1985
Tuff Turf - 1985
Blood Simple - 1985
Fandango - 1985
The Falcon And The Snowman - 1985
My Chauffeur - 1986
Down And Out In Beverly Hills - 1986
YoungBlood - 1986
Wanted Dead Or Alive - 1987
The Stepfather - 1987
Outrageous Fortune - 1987
Radio Days - 1987
Five Corners - 1988
Promised Land - 1988
Parents - 1989
Internal Affairs - 1990
Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer - 1990
Streets - 1990
Sweetie - 1990
Warlock - 1991
Once Around - 1991
Men Of Respect - 1991
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle - 1992
Juice - 1992
Hard Promises - 1992
Man Bites Dog - 1993
Matinee - 1993
Body Snatchers - 1994
Blink - 1994
Red Rock West - 1994
Before Sunrise - 1995
Miami Rhapsody - 1995
From Dusk Till Dawn - 1996
Angels And Insects - 1996
The Relic - 1997
Waiting For Guffman -  1997
Fallen Angels - 1998
Deep Rising - 1998
Zero Effect - 1998
My Name Is Joe - 1999
Children Of Heaven - 1999
The Pledge - 2001
Sugar & Spice - 2001
Storytelling - 2002
The Mothman Prophecies - 2002
The Son - 2003
7th Street - 2003
In The Mirror Of Maya Deren - 2003
Final Destination 2 - 2003
Lost in LA Mancha - 2003
Yves Saint Laurent - 2004
Head-On - 2005
Hostel - 2006
Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World - 2006
Comedy Of Power - 2007
Seraphim Falls - 2007
Teeth - 2008
Cassandra's Dream - 2008
Rambo - 2008
Taken - 2009

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