Conjurer of cheap tricks
A little meandering compared to the first and more plot-driven Cheech & Chong movie, but it saves itself from a lower rating with a perfectly ridiculous ending. While Up in Smoke holds together better as movie, the characters are a little bit more fully realized here and the dialogue is a lot wittier. Somehow it’s fitting for a Cheech & Chong movie to be so unfocused, with dozens of random subplots that go absolutely nowhere.
If you are confused about why I gave this a five star review, I want to reassure you that I do not think this is a good movie. It’s not, it’s truly, awful in a very bizarre and specific way, as if it were made by an alien who has never seen real humans interact. I know Tommy Wiseau gets all the “so bad it’s good” publicity, and there are a lot of similarities between this and The Room, but…
Week 15: Auteur - Oldřich Lipský
Well, this was a wild ride. There are a handful of jokes that don't age super well; even if it is meant satirically, rape jokes and blackface are still tough asks for me. That said, this movie is both an homage and a deconstruction of silent era pulp serial Western genre conventions, and I am all here for its weird and subversive sense of humor. Plus the whole thing is shot and edited with incredible style. It's like Blazing Saddles by way of Godard.
Week 14: Composer - Akira Ifukube
He’s King of the Monsters for a reason. While I do enjoy the campy sci-fi excess and silliness that comes to define many of the later Godzilla movies, the somewhat low-key and mournful horror tone of the original let’s it stand out heads and shoulders above the rest.