Welcome to the first installment of The Watchlist – a new weekly column all about what I’m currently watching and what I thought about it.
My name is Erin Darling, and I’m a LA-based TV/web host, writer, and producer. For the past few years I’ve been mainly covering, reviewing, and hosting shows about movies, and as a result I end up watching a lot of ‘em. Between screenings, homework for projects I’m working on, and/or nights in with my Netflix account, I normally watch between 7-10 films per week. Some of them old, some of them new, some of them virtually unheard of outside of uber specific niche communities of which I’m clearly not cool enough to belong.
I digress. The point is, there’s a huge world of cinema out there, and it’s a fascinating world I’m constantly exploring. Now I’m here to share my discoveries with you!
Join me on this journey, send me your feedback in the comments below, and stay tuned for more weekly installments of The Watchlist on THEPOPFIX.com – where movie suggestions, opinions, and stimulating conversation are always welcome!
Sinners & Saints – The Watchlist
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson
TRT: 139 mins
Oh Aronofsky, how greatly I’ve missed you! Anyone that’s heard me wax poetic on AMC Movie Talk or It’s A Wrap is well aware that I have an affinity for visionary director Darren Aronofsky. With only seven features to his name, his body of work may be small, but there’s no denying it’s impact. His films never fail to capture my attention, break my heart, or and ignite my imagination. Although “Noah“ was received with mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike for it’s Biblical inaccuracies, and lack of pace, I fell in love with the movie for it’s scope, sound, and solid performances. I left the theatre impressed by the entire cast (particularly Emma Watson, whose performance as Noah’s adopted daughter Ila blew me away), moved by the score by frequent Aronofsky collaborator Clint Mansell with incredible editing from John Finklea, and so very glad that I got to see this movie on an IMAX screen. If you have the option, I highly recommend it.
“The Boondock Saints” (1999)
Director: Troy Duffy
Starring: Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery
TRT: 110 mins
You know how everybody has at least one classic film, or cult favorite that you’ve somehow managed to go through life without seeing? For me, that movie was “The Boondock Saints.” This week I finally had the opportunity to right this wrong, and I’m so incredibly happy that I did. Then again, how could I not love this movie? It combines three of my favorite things – the 90′s, 90′s action, and a thought provoking ending. My only regret was that I didn’t watch it on St. Patrick’s Day.
“Into The Abyss”
Director: Werner Herzog
TRT: 107 mins
And now for something completely different, I was also very impressed with “Into The Abyss” the Werner Herzog directed documentary on crime and capital punishment from the perspective of the people affected. Definitely not light-hearted material, but a rather compelling and comprehensive look at a very controversial topic. If you haven’t already seen this film, it’s absolutely worth checking out. Added bonus – “Into The Abyss” is currently streaming on Netflix.