Life Isn’t Always Easy

I have added the following reviews of 2013 pictures:

Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

Grade: F+

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Ain't them bodies saints

Grade: B

Killing Season

Killing Season

Grade: D

Additionally, I have added three reviews to the Yesteryear section. They are: Vertigo (1958); The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928); and A Clockwork Orange (1971).

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16 thoughts on “Life Isn’t Always Easy

    • It is one of the most negative I’ve seen, too. Most people really like that movie, a fact that continues to baffle me. Often, when I’m this against critical and audience consensus, I reevaluate to see what I’m missing. Intellectually, I can understand why others like Behind the Candelabra, of course, but that doesn’t mean I can feel it, which means I didn’t change my score. 🙂

      Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is very good. I hope you like it.

    • 😉

      My grades just have a different meaning than most critics’. I didn’t really set out to do it that way, but I started grading with a Bell Curve in mind and that’s just the way I’ve continued. So a C is average, not bad. B is good. An A is great. D means not particularly good but still mostly watchable. An F means bad.

      Which is where I think Behind the Candelabra falls. But I realize I’m very much in the minority.

  1. The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vertigo, and A Clockwork Orange are three of my all time favorites with the first residing in my personal top 5 movies. Still need to see Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.

    • At the risk of repeating the reviews, I don’t really like A Clockwork Orange. Which isn’t to say it’s bad – I recognize its genius. Just to say I didn’t enjoy it and won’t be watching it again, despite its artistry. Joan of Arc is amazing. It might be in my Top 10 of all time. And I really like Vertigo, just not quite as much as some of Hitch’s other work.

      Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a quality film.

    • It’s definitely the one I like the most. I watched Killing Season for the Tyson and Mark’s blogathon; De Niro is really good in it, but otherwise there’s little reason to touch it.

      And, obviously, I don’t like Behind the Candelabra.

      • You read the vast majority of my reviews, so I’m not going to care about whether or not you miss one here or there. 🙂

        And you can tell just from the F+ I gave it that I pretty much hate it.

    • There are a handful of folks who’ve commented in the review itself that have agreed with me. But yes, those of us who dislike it are certainly in the minority.

      It took 11 Emmys out of 15 nominations earlier the year and has a 95% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. Behind the Candelabra is widely praised.

      I just don’t agree. 🙂

      • That’s OK, each to his own.
        Who knows, I might not like it either. :), but generally like to watch films I end up feeling that it was at least OK, watchable, if not great.

      • I usually do, too. Even a D grade still means watchable. It just means not good.

        Behind The Candelabra, though? I wish I could reclaim those two hours.

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