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Just a few hours till the end of the month in New Zealand, so I thought I'd get the ball rolling. Managed 17 this month (including a number in the cinema), which is more than I thought given the very fine summer weather this month (clear skies with with ~30°C temps most days = 86 F). Should really be spending more time outside.
Also, so much for my new year's resolution to watch more older classics :cry: .

January
Last Kind Words (2012) 4/10
Goodbye to Language 3D (2014) 5/10
Eliza Graves (2014) 6/10
American Sniper (2014) 6/10
Two Days, One Night (2014) 7/10
John Wick (2014) 7/10
Fury (2014) 8/10
The Skeleton Twins (2014) 6/10
For Those in Peril (2013) 8/10
Unbroken (2014) 7/10
Before I Go to Sleep (2014) 5/10
The Imitation Game (2014) 7/10
Time Lapse (2014) 8/10
Confessions (2010) 9/10
Palo Alto (2013) 5/10
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) 5/10
Outcast (2014) 4/10


Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:24 pm
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Thanks, Nitrium.
1/1 The One I Love (8.5, 2014. Good indie film and available for streaming on Netflix)
1/2 A Night at the Opera (8.5)
1/2 A Day at the Races (5.5)
1/3 Carry on Constable (6.0)
1/17 The Official Story (9.0, 1985. Great film.)
1/18 Birdman (8.5 of 10)
1/18 Selma (7.5 of 10)
1/19 American Sniper (7.5 of 10)
1/19 Foreign Correspondent (8.5 of 10. Great and chilling speech at the end.)
1/23 Walk Cheerfully (8 of 10. Silent Ozu, a film noir that could easily be remade in America)
1/24 The Theory of Everything (7.5 of 10)
1/24 Whiplash (8, I guess. A hard movie to rate, but I was really absorbed by it.)
1/26 Tokyo Chorus (8 of 10. Silent Ozu. In a way, Ozu's "Modern Times.)
1/27 Belle de Jour (5.5, but great ending).
1/31 Hue and Cry (1947; the first Ealing comedy is sort of British Dead End Kids movie. 6.5)
1/31 The Monuments Men (7.0)

You can tell when Christmas vacation ended. Best film is The Official Story, followed by Birdman, A Night at the Opera and Foreign Correspondent.

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JANUARY 2015


1/1 - Dead Ringer = A-
1/2 - Slumdog Millionaire = A-
1/2 - The Odd Couple = B+
1/3 - Chupacabra vs. The Alamo = D
1/3 - Under Siege = B+
1/5 - The Maze Runner = B+
1/10 - A Better Life = B+
1/11 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest = A
1/17 - Gone Girl = A-
1/25 - The Two Faces of January = B
1/25 - Godzilla (1954) = C/C-
1/30 - Godzilla (2014) = C
1/31 - Fury = B/B+


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January 2015

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) (Roach) - 7/10*
Never Say Never Again (1983) (Kershner) - 6/10*
Die Mannschaft (2014) (Christ/ Gronheid) - 3/10
Stardust Memories (1980) (Allen) - 7/10
Enemy (2013) (Villeneuve) - 8/10
Lucy (2014) (Besson) - 7/10
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) (Ophüls) - 5/10
One-Eyed Jacks (1961) (Brando) - 5/10
Rocky V (1990) (Avildsen) - 3/10
Out of the Furnace (2013) (Cooper) - 6/10
The Limits of Control (2009) (Jarmusch) - 4/10
Boyhood (2014) (Linklater) - 9/10
Jerry Maguire (1996) (Crowe) - 6/10

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January 2015

Force Majeure 3.5/5
Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back* 3/5
The Imitation Game 4/5
Big Eyes 3.5/5
The Pink Panther(1963)* 4/5
CQ 2/5
Philomena* 4/5
Predestination 2.5/5
Big Bad Wolves 3.5/5
Birdman 2.5/5
Veronica Mars 3/5
The Fortune* 3.5/5
Throw Momma From The Train* 3/5
Radio Days* 4/5
Bunny Lake Is Missing* 3/5
Enemy* 3/5
They Live* 4/5

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January

1/2/2015: Under The Skin: 8/10.*
1/2/2015: Coherence: 7/10.
1/3/2015: X-Men: Days Of Future Past: 7/10.
1/4/2015: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes: 7/10.
1/4/2015: Ida: 8/10.
1/6/2015: The Guest: 8/10.*
1/7/2015: Calvary: 9/10.*
1/8/2015: Force Majeure: 8/10.
1/9/2015: Inherent Vice: 7/10.
1/17/2015: It Happened One Night: 8/10.
1/18/2015: It's Such A Beautiful Day: 10/10.
1/21/2015: History Of The World Part I: 4/10.
1/26/2015: The Warriors: 5/10.
1/27/2015: Borgman: 8/10.
1/31/2015: Song Of The Sea: 9/10.

*repeat viewing

Top three first-time viewings:

It's Such A Beautiful Day
Song Of The Sea
Ida

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Here's mine. 16 total...the most in quite some time. I don't remember the exact order, so I'll list theatrical releases followed by the movies from my Kontest.

Wild: ***
American Sniper: ***
Still Alice: ***1/2
Europa Report: ***
Drugstore Cowboy: ***1/2
Witness: ***1/2
Z: ****
Rubber: **
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.... and Spring: ***1/2
Crank 2: **1/2
Ida: ***
The Brother From Another Planet: ***
Eyes Without a Face: ***1/2
The Naked Prey: ***1/2
Mean Creek: ***1/2
The Intouchables: ***1/2

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FEBRUARY

Zero Motivation (2014) - 7.5/10
Beyond the Lights (2014) - 7.5/10
The Strange Little Cat (2014) - 8/10
Last Days in Vietnam (2014) - 8/10
Inherent Vice (2014) - 6/10
The Overnighters (2014) - 7.5/10
Inside Job (2010) - 8/10
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 (2014) - 6/10
Exotica (1994) - 10/10

Top 5 first watches:
Exotica
Last Days in Vietnam
The Strange Little Cat
Inside Job
Zero Motivation


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Another solid month for me (19), mainly due to me desperately trying to catch up on the Oscar nominees before the ceremony. Probably includes both a Top 5er for the entire year (A Story of Yonosuke) and a bottom 5er (if not outright bottom) (Warrioress).

February
The Guest (2014) 6/10
Still Alice (2014) 7/10
Dusk (2010) 7/10
Selma (2014) 6/10
Boyhood (2014) 7/10
Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) 8/10
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 6/10
Warrioress (2011) 2/10
Whiplash (2014) 7/10
Wyrmwood (2014) 7/10
A Story of Yonosuke (2013) 9/10
Very Bad Things (1998) 8/10
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 7/10
The Dead Zone (1983) 7/10
The Theory of Everything (2014) 5/10
Everly (2014) 6/10
Survive Style 5+ (2004) 7/10
Like Father, Like Son (2013) 8/10
Nightcrawler (2014) 8/10


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This month's been pretty pathetic, since I did my pre-Oscar viewing in January, and I had to catch up with season 2 of Ripper Street, No outstanding films, though I did like Kingsman
2/9 Sweet Sixteen (Ken Loach, 6.0)
2/14 Kingsman: The Secret Service (8.0)
2/23 Topaze (the 1933 Barrymore film. 6.5) Doesn't really get good until the end.
2/23 Counselor at Law (another Barrymore, rewatch and 5.5. One of those frenetic films that takes forever to get to the point, which is not all that interesting)
2/24 Corn's a Poppin (1956, 5.0) Cheapo production that is only of note because Robert Altman was one of the writers, and some of the songs ("On the Way to Mars" in particular) are really good. Little Cora, who was "introduced" in this film, deserved a substantial career. She was a talented singer and had a fair amount of acting ability which tended to be compromised in favor of cutesy scenes. Still, truly amateurish acting (outside of Cora), direction and production limit this to a 5.0.
2/28 Disraeli (1929, 8.0)

I also tried to watch Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet, which has a delightful opening scene, but which I had to give up after 20 minutes because I couldn't understand what anybody was saying, which made it pretty hard to follow the story. Probably a good movie, but I lost my patience. Criterion, if you're going to do these veddy British films, provide captions.

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February

Men Women And Children 3/5
American Sniper 3/5
Whiplash 3.5/5
Union Station 3/5
Operation Petticoat * 2.5/5
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)* 4.5/5
Tusk 2.5/5
The Bride Wore Black* 4/5
A Hole In The Head 3/5
Jupiter Ascending 3/5
Play Misty For Me 3/5

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FEBRUARY 2015


2/8 - Thor = C+
2/14 - Nightcrawler = A-
2/15 - When Harry Met Sally... = A
2/16 - Foreign Correspondent = A
2/21 - Cloverfield = B+
2/22 - Kill the Messenger = A
2/22 - Birdman = A-


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Slow month, but most of what I saw was pretty good (with the exception of Thor)

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February was an even more active month than the last. 18 total films, albeit only one in theaters.

Kingsman: The Secret Service-- ***1/2
'Night Mother-- **1/2
Tucker & Dale vs Evil-- ***
Dark Passage-- ***
The Ice Storm-- ****
Dear Zachary-- ****
Triangle-- ***
Big Fan-- ***
Free Fall-- ***
Stuck on You-- ***
Bullhead-- ***
The Hidden-- ***
We Are What We Are-- ***
Careful-- **1/2
Memories of Murder-- ***1/2
Enter the Void-- ****
Source Code-- ***1/2
Seven Samurai-- ****

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February 2015

Where the Wild Things Are (2009) (Jonze) - 5/10
The Giver (2014) (Noyce) - 5/10
Gone Girl (2014) (Fincher) - 7/10
Predestination (2014) (Spierig Bros.) - 6/10
In weiter Ferne, So Nah!/ Faraway, So Close! (1993) (Wenders) - 4/10
The Black Pirate (1926) (Parker) - 6/10
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) (Sirk) - 7/10
The Woman in the Window (1944) (Lang) - 7/10
Get on Up (2014) (Taylor) - 6/10
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) (Knappenberger) - 4/10
The Babadook (2014) (Kent) - 8/10
The Palm Beach Story (1942) (Sturges) - no rating
Dracula Untold (2014) (Shore) - 4/10
Seven Men from Now (1956) (Boetticher) - 6/10
The Equalizer (2014) (Fuqua) - 5/10
A Most Wanted Man (2014) (Corbijn) - 7/10


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March 2015

3/1 The Guv'nor (1935, 7 of 10)
3/4 Fargo (rewatch, 1996, 9.5 of 10)
3/6 The Triplettes of Belleville (rewatch, 2003, 7 of 10)
3/7 A Cat in Paris (rewatch, 2010, 8.5 of 10)
3/14 The Sundowners (1960, 9 of 10)
3/20 Port of Shadows (1938, 7 of 10)
3/21 Cinderella (2015, 6.5 of 10)
3/23 From Up on Poppy Hill (2011, 6.5 of 10)
3/25 Song of the Sea (2014, 8.5 of 10)
3/29 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013, 8 of 10)
3/30 The Violent Years (1956, 4 of 10)

Only one real turkey and three new ones that are really good. Not a bad month.

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MARCH 2015


3/7 - Animal = D+
3/21 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 = B
3/21 - Rosewater = C-
3/22 - Bridge to Terabithia = A-
3/28 - Deep Impact = B
3/30 - Into the Storm = C


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Pretty weak month in terms of quantity and quality. I was more focused on TV shows this month, what with House of Cards coming out, as well as most of the shows I follow (Justified, The Americans, The Walking Dead, etc.) being in full force, which would explain the quantity. As for the quality, well, Animal was my wife's idea, and she regretted it also, while we both thought Rosewater would be much better.

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With 21 films this is the best month for me in a long time, with mostly pretty good films too (15 with 7/10 score or higher). I've started playing the epic mega RPG Pillars of Eternity (PC game) that is shaping up to deliver Baldur's Gate levels of time suck, so I expect my April total will be a lot lower. Also all new Game of Thrones soon.

March
Paperhouse (1988) 5/10
+1 (2013) 6/10
Naked (1993) 8/10
The Presence (2010) 5/10
The Drop (2014) 7/10
Wild (2014) 8/10
Enter the Void (2009) 5/10
Barefoot (2014) 7/10
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013) 8/10
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013) 7/10
Come and See (1985) 7/10
Cut Bank (2014) 8/10
Set Fire to the Stars (2014) 7/10
Wetlands (2013) 9/10
The One I Love (2014) 5/10
The Shooting (1966) 7/10
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) 7/10
Say Anything... (1989) 7/10 (rewatch)
Winchester '73 (1950) 8/10
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) 8/10
Black Sea (2014) 6/10


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March 2015

All about Eve (1950) (Mankiewicz) - 8/10
November Man (2014) (Donaldson) - 5/10
Despicable Me (2010) (Coffin/ Renaud) - 7/10
Despicable Me 2 (2013) (Coffin/ Renaud) - 6/10
Casino Royale (1967) (Huston + four others) - 3/10
Who am I? (1998) (Chan) - 7/10
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) (Lawrence) - 4/10
Nightcrawler (2014) (Gilroy) - 7/10
A Walk among the Tombstones (2014) (Frank) - 5/10
Interstellar (2014) (Nolan) - 7/10
7 Assassins (2013) (Tsang/ Hung) - 4/10
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1939) (Curtiz) - 8/10*

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To my surprise this turned out to be a very good month with 22 films watched (mainly a result of particularly bad weather, that kept me inside more than usual). Saw one whole movie not made after 1990, but that's still better than most months.

April
The Big Sleep (1946) 7/10
Session 9 (2001) 7/10
The Tall Man (2012) 7/10
The Killing Field (2014) 5/10
Jupiter Ascending (2015) 8/10
Inherent Vice (2014) 5/10
Night Moves (2013) 6/10
Fido (2006) 7/10
The Voices (2014) 8/10
Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (2014) 6/10
Tell No One (2006) 7/10
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) 8/10
The Little Death (2014) 7/10
The House of the Devil (2009) 6/10
Open Windows (2014) 5/10
The Messengers (2007) 5/10
2 Days in New York (2012) 5/10
2 Days in Paris (2007) 7/10
Cake (2014) 7/10
Obvious Child (2014) 5/10
The Salvation (2014) 7/10
What If (2013) 7/10


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4/5 Three Caballeros (6.5 of 10, but very good in parts)
4/6 Through a Glass Darkly (4.5)
4/8 How to Train Your Dragon II (rewatch. 8.5 of 10)
4/11 Ballad of a Soldier (9 of 10)
4/12 Woman in Gold (6.5 of 10)
4/13 The Rape of Europa (8.5 of 10)
4/15 A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven) (9 of 10)
4/18 In Cold Blood (8 of 10)

I tried and failed to get through "Cranes are Flying". Annoying camerawork and sound.
I spent last week watching season 1 of Daredevil, so no movies.

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