As I write this, it’s a brisk 16 degrees above zero on the last day of the year here in New York City. 2017 was seemingly a scenario for an end-of-days disaster movie, with hurricane after hurricane and one mass shooting after another, punctuated by daily insults to our sensibilities Tweeted by a former reality-show host from his Oval Office sandbox. It’s not easy dealing with all of this.
Tonight we’re seeing Happy End, Michael Haneke’s new film at Film Forum. He’s a great director, as evidenced by Amour (2012) and The White Ribbon (2009), to name but two.
The following clip is a montage of scenes from Universal horror films. It was initially designed as a promo for Universal’s proposed “Dark Universe” films, which would be reboots of these classic films. If The Mummy with Tom Cruise from earlier this year is any indication, they should drop these plans immediately. It rightfully tanked, so we may be spared. But I love this clip and am including it here for no particular reason other than it makes me feel really good.
Stay tuned for recaps of my favorite feature films, documentaries, and TV & cable shows for 2017. In the meantime, here’s Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton to take us out in exquisitely joyous fashion. Happy New Year! – Ted Hicks