Last month, I noticed that a few of my fellow LAMBs listed all of the movies they had watched the previous month. (Evidence can be found here.) I liked the idea, so this October I decided to keep a detailed account of every film I watched.
My final count was 48, which, to be honest, seems about average for me. I usually see 3-4 movies in the theater a week (on top of what I watch at home), but I wasn’t impressed with what Hollywood was putting out (am I ever?), so I stayed home and watched some piss-poor Eastwood, some remarkable Hanake and a whole lotta horror.
The following list is spilt into three categories: theatrical films, new movies I hadn’t seen and old movies I rewatched. I’ve picked the best and worst of each bunch with brief comments for each film. Thanks to Andy and Sam for the inspiration. Enjoy!
Dream House – A god-awful waste of time. Unintentionally laughable in all the worst ways.
50/50 – I doubted myself for not liking this movie at first, but now that some time has passed, I’m confident in calling 50/50 as average as I initially thought.
What’s Your Number – Can I get an Eternal Sunshine memory wipe of this one?
The Ides of March – A great, quick political thriller that will undoubtedly be forgotten come awards time.
Melancholia – A fucking brilliant epic from the mind of a madman. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
Footloose – I’ll take the original any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Drive – Third time seeing it, third time loving it.
Paranormal Activity 3 – I saw this the best way you could: at midnight, in a sold out theater, drunk… and it still wasn’t that scary.
WORST: What’s Your Number
The Eiger Sanction (1975) – Slugging your way through Clint Eastwood’s directing filmography can be rather trying.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003) – This had two things going against it: it’s a musical, and it’s animated. A rare example of how uninformed perceptions can result in a film that is simply miraculous. Watch it. Now.
Heavenly Creatures (1994) – Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet killed it in this flick. A genuine surprise.
The Gauntlet (1977) – Eastwood. Again. Boring.
The Seventh Continent (1989) – Michael Haneke’s goddamn devastating first film is arguably his best. Literally jaw dropping.
Heartbreak Ridge (1986) – I’m almost done with Eastwood, I hope.
Trust (2011) – David Schwimmer’s sexual predator film floored me. A must see.
Benny’s Video (1992) – Not quite as good as The Seventh Continent, but Haneke’s second film rocked me all the same.
Dogtooth (2010) – I took a break from Haneke and Lars von Trier to watch this brilliant mindfuck of a film. Justly deserved its Oscar nomination last year.
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994) – Haneke does it again. Calm and deliberate before it rips your guts out.
Eight Men Out (1988) – Not a terribly good film, but David Strathairn, mind you, is terribly good in it.
Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (2000) – The second-best Haneke film I watched this month.
All Good Things (2010) – Pretty much how I’d thought it be: decent movie, great Gosling.
Ma Vie En Rose (1997) – Hidden French flick about a young boy suffering through a sexual identity crisis. Tender and, at times, brutal.
At Close Range (1986) – Sean Penn and Christopher Walken can’t save this muddled mess of a film.
The Thing (1982) – Great make-up, ridiculous movie.
The Long Goodbye (1973) – Robert Altman’s neo-noir, private detective thriller started off great, but steadily fell to laughable obscurity.
Red State (2011) – If you asked me two days ago whether or not I’d like Kevin Smith’s most recent film, I would’ve laughed in your face. How wrong could I be? Very, it seems.
BEST: The Seventh Continent
WORST: Heartbreak Ridge
Decalogue: Parts XIII-X (1989) – Simply divine.
Half Nelson (2006) – It's difficult to fully appreciate Ryan Gosling until you’ve seen this flick. One of the best acting performances of the last 10 years.
Bronson (2008) – Apparently, I thought I liked this movie more than I did.
Chopper (2000) – The film Bronson wants to be.
Footloose (1984) – It simply never gets old.
Hunger (2009) – A gut-wrenching, no-holds-barred masterpiece. If you haven’t seen it, then do. If you’ve seen it, then see it again. Can’t wait for Shame.
Anger Management (2003) – I was hungover. I’m not proud of it. (The watching of the movie, I mean. Not the drinking of the booze.)
Gangs of New York (2002) – If you have Encore, then you know they basically play this movie on repeat.
Sexy Beast (2001) – “Yes yes yes yes yes yes!”
And as part of my Halloween Horror Movie Marathon I rewatched the following, which I have discussed more in-depth here, here and here.
The Shining (1980)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
High Tension (2003)
Halloween H20 (1998)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
WORST: Anger Management
So there it is, 48 films in total. For November, I’m doing something I’ve wanted to do for a long time: putting a dent in my Netflix Instant queue. Any movie I watch this month (not in theaters) will be from my queue. Should make for a very eclectic mix of flicks.