Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November in Movies

Thanks to study leave starting on the 4th, I got to watch quite a few movies during the 'breaks' I took from studying. Now, for the rest of the holidays, movies will probably be my only source of entertainment. Oh well, that's not a bad thing. It's hard to believe that there's only one month left of this year!

Movies I'd never seen until the month of November...


Bridesmaids - Everyone seems to love this movie, apart from me. I admit that I found it funny in places, but I thought it was extremely over-rated and far too long. I still like Kristen Wiig, though, because she's the only famous person who has the same birthday as me.
The Tempest - I had a strange dream about Felicity Jones last night. She decided to hang out with me for a day, and then she suddenly became a jockey. And there was something about her being surprised that she won the Breakthrough Award over Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene at the Gotham Awards. I have problems.
Three Colours: Blue - I actually started watching this in October, but the DVD crapped out so I had to get sent another one. It was still cool, though.
Three Colours: White - I felt so cool spending the last night of school watching a foreign arthouse movie. I live an exciting life.
The Trip - Finally! A movie that came out in cinemas in the preview drawer! It's such a rare occurrence I had to seize the opportunity with both hands.
Centurion - I decided to introduce Mum to my fifth husband, Michael Fassbender. What did we take away from the experience? They swore back in 140 AD. Didn't know that.
TrollHunter - Only got it because it was in the preview drawer and I had heard of it. Again, I had to seize this rare opportunity.
Cars 2 - Meh. I've already forgotten about it.
Wrecked - A nice enough debut feature using the ever-popular 'let's focus on one person' storyline. Adrien Brody plays a guy in a car-wreck. Unfortunately, it wasn't all that interesting.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil - Probably the funniest movie I've seen all year. No jokes.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - I know I wasn't that bored yesterday because I didn't feel low enough to watch this gobshite again.
The Double Life of Veronique - I really liked this movie, even though it would probably take me like 500 watches to fully 'get'. Unfortunately, I can't find the DVD anywhere!
Three Colours: Red - Decided to treat myself to watching this after a huge day of studying for the English exam. What a nice treat that was.
Super 8 - I know that Steven Spielberg only produced this, but it felt like a Spielberg movie. And I'm having a bit of a Spielberg phase at the moment. I just don't like how everyone hates him because he's already at the top.
The Red Shoes - I'm so glad I bought this movie 'blind'. It's definitely in my top 5...maybe even my top 10.
Meek's Cutoff - I won the DVD, which was pretty exciting because I never win anything! It was quite a good movie, too. I felt pretty guilty for glugging back water during it, though.
Bad Teacher - It appears that I'm the only one who found this mildly entertaining. Wow, I'm getting unpopular when it comes to comedies.
Contagion - I loved how somebody coughed during it, then another person, then another person, then my friend, with me finishing it off. So much fun at the cinemas.
Clueless - Nope, I've never seen it before. I'm glad I have now, though, because Paul Rudd is the best.
City Lights - Woke up early on Friday morning to watch this for my Drama exam. It was such a beautiful movie. Especially that ending :')
sex, lies, and videotape - I'm so glad that this was the beginning of independent cinema.
Modern Times - Another cute Chaplin film. Seriously, I'm like, in love with him.
The Green Mile - My friend gave this to me about four months ago, but I just could never find three hours to watch it. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it was cool.
The Hangover: Part II - I really disliked this movie. There'll be a review up some day soon, but it just rubbed me up the wrong way.
Beginners - Just came back from seeing this. I loved it. Christopher Plummer for all the awards. Review will be up soon (keeping in mind that I lose a day or two because of the ball).

Movies I've seen before but I felt like watching again because I'm cool like that...


Carrie - No matter how many times I see it, that ending always scares the crap out of me.
Memento - It was on TV. And when my favourite movie of all-time is on TV, I have to watch it. It's so weird that it was on, though, considering that it's not even available in NZ.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Finally found a copy of it, so I made Mum buy it for me as an 'early Christmas present'. I think that everyone should see this movie at least once in their lives.
The Social Network - I wish there was a movie this year that was as quotable as this one (there probably is, but I won't get to see it until halfway through next year...)
The Tree of Life - Way better the second time. Way better on Blu-Ray. I still feel like a whole lot could have been chopped out of it, though, because I thought it worked well as an 100 minute coming-of-age tale.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Still Amy Adams' best performance, in my opinion. This is such a fun movie.
Schindler's List - Decided that after a hard day of English study, I would treat myself to watching my second favourite movie. I cried...a lot.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - I felt pretty crap about the Maths exam, so I snuggled up to a blanket and my puppy and we watched this. It always cheers me up.
The Double Life of Veronique - Just had to watch it again before I sent it back.
Fight Club - It was on TV. I felt compelled to watch it as I hadn't for over a year. I love every second of this movie.
(500) Days of Summer - It was also on TV, so of course I had to watch it. Even though I own the DVD and have seen it thousands of times.
Three Colours: Red - Got up on a Tuesday morning and decided to rewatch this before I sent it back. What a pleasant way to start the day.
Zombieland - It, too, was on TV. I just watched it because I couldn't be bothered doing anything else. Or be bothered watching Boy A on the other channel (it's a good movie, but it drags). I can't believe I picked Jesse over Andrew!
Peacock - Felt like watching it again. Cillian Murphy is amazing in that movie. I wish more people would see it.
Singin in the Rain - After the awfulness of The Hangover: Part II, I had to watch something good to get it out of my brain. I had to play eenie-meenie-miny-mo to choose between this and Casablanca. I just felt like watching a movie about Hollywood, in the end.

So, hows about you? Seen anything good this month?

10 comments:

  1. Great set of movies, I wish I had time to see so many! Here's hoping December will be kinder to me :) Have a great month!

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  2. Wowsers, so many films!

    Yaay for most of these films. SOme great ones you got there like Clueless and Sex, Lies and Videotape, and Scott Pilgrim, which I miss.

    I did watch The Red Shoes today after your review. I commented on it again, and will write about it soon.

    What film will be as quotable as TSN, pray tell?

    Also even I would watch Zombieland over Boy A.

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  3. I've seen quite a few good things, but nothing actually new as such, only new to me. Saw your favourite, Inception, the other night, found it actually did pretty much live up to the hype. And, frankly, I watched Armageddon too, but we'll try to pretend that didn't happen.

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  4. Also, glad to find you're discovering Chaplin. You'll want to try and find his early short films (particularly the 12 he made for Mutual), but finding good copies of them is hellish hard.

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  5. Wow, you've watched a lot of films this month, and really quality ones too!

    Man, I think I've only watched a few films this month - albeit two very good ones - but I have been swamped with so much work for work/college work/illness and finding myself in the middle of nowhere on weekends that I haven't really had the time to watch anything (which I am going to change come the new year!).

    I really need to watch sex, lies and videotape again, I think, as I watched it a couple of months back pretty out of it, and just laughing, along with a friend, at the terrible mullets they have in that film. God, even thinking about it *shudders.*

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  6. Nice list of movies you watched! I am delighted and impressed with many of them. Glad you saw SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, that's one of my favourite indie films. I love how much it says without literally saying anything. However, in terms of classic 80s indie films, there is one film that's better than that one; one film that is now in my top ten movies of all time, and that is STRANGER THAN PARADISE.

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  7. So glad you enjoyed Beginners. I loved it, thought it was very well made.

    You're right about Bridesmaids - everyone does seem to love it but it certainly didn't live up to my expectations. Expectations, I must add, that were created by all the hype. Kristen Wiig is definitely talented - both as a writer and actor - but as you say the film is far too long - 20 minutes too long if you ask me.

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  8. Great selections Stevee, I wish I had seen half as many movies this month. I really need to get on The Red Shoes, my friend reviewed it for me last year and I really was intrigued.

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  9. Aziza - I hope it is! You have a good month, too!

    Nikhat - Gosh, I know. And I had exams, too!
    I don't know if there'll be a film as quotable as TSN this year. I was just commenting on the sucky release dates next year. But I assume Moneyball has some good quotes since it's written by screen-writing Gods Steve Zallian and Aaron Sorkin. I wish I were them.
    Yeah. Zombieland was far more enjoyable.

    James - I'm glad you liked Inception! And I haven't seen Armageddon...but I'm not sure I want to either!

    James - I saw some shorts on YouTube while I was trying to find good videos of him for study. He's awesome!

    Cherokee - Illness? I hope you're okay! I'm glad my 'busy life' is over...well, it's officially over after the ball. Then I just get to work so I can pay for Christmas presents, which isn't too bad.
    Haha, the mullets are pretty bad. What ever were they thinking back in those days?!

    Tyler - I must add that too my queue!

    Pete - Because Fight Club is awesome :D

    Dan - It was very well made. I fell in love with it.
    Yeah, it was way too long. The extended gags got a bit too much for me. It was so disappointing.

    Ruth - Haha, I don't know how I managed to watch so many! And definitely watch The Red Shoes...it's amazing!

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