Thursday, January 31, 2013

January in Movies

This month has literally been a whole year wrapped into 31 days. I swear everything has happened. The biggest thing, of course, was going to Japan, which feels like it happened in a whole different life (how I miss it). Mind you, when I got back, I basically had a whole new love: in the space of a few days I got tickets to an Ed Sheeran concert, bought my first car and got another job. Wow. The school holidays we had weren't really holidays for me, as I was working for most of it, and when I wasn't working I was sleeping, and when I wasn't doing that I was trying to blog or watch movies. I never really got anything done, and then all of a sudden we started school this week. Now that was another thing - going back to school as Head Girl. It was insanely daunting, and already the work is piling (though I am on top of it). I don't even wanna get started on how crazy this weekend is going to be, but I will be seeing Silver Linings Playbook at the end of it (hopefully) since there aren't ANY showing times in which I can see Zero Dark Thirty in the next week. That makes me sad. Alas, here's my rather sparse film-viewing for the month, which is pretty alright considering I went ten days without seeing a movie.

Movies I hadn't seen before until the month of January...

American History X - The first movie I saw this year. A good way to start the year, methinks.
American Gangster - While we're on the subject of America. This movie was really good, if a little too long.
Detachment - One of the greatest accidental discoveries I've ever made.
Cosmopolis - I don't really remember much of this since I checked out around half an hour in. I just wanted everyone to shut up. I like how this movie has quite the fanbase, and I'm sad that I can't join it.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - Decided I may as well give this a go before I went to Japan. It made me crave sushi. Until I actually had it...yeah, that wasn't my favourite.
Goon - Finally got to see this. Man, that was bloody. It was also bloody funny.
Pitch Perfect - Enjoyed this so much. It was annoying because everyone on the plane was watching it and when I was watching something else, I got distracted by the screens that were watching this movie.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - I cried. I got the soundtrack. I still cry.
Lawless - Jessica Chastain on the plane! This one was okay. Loved Tom Hardy's grunting in it. It was rather violent. Guy Pearce's character was annoying. And yeah, quite a few problems, but overall it was enjoyable.
Beasts of the Southern Wild - I'd like to watch this again some time, since watching it on the plane didn't really do it justice. Quvenzhane Wallis was really good.
End of Watch - I still can't get over this bloody movie.
Les Miserables - Thinking of doing a one man performance of this musical sometime this year. Will you all come see it? Thanks.
Lockout - Guy Pearce is hot in this movie. I wish he'd do another badass action movie like this...but with better material (it was still very entertaining though).
The Devil's Double - Still can't get over Dominic Cooper in this movie. And the fact that it is directed by the guy who directed Once Were Warriors. There's hope for us future NZ film makers!
Dazed and Confused - I didn't love it, but Richard Linklater is awesome.
Coriolanus - I reserved this copy in the morning and it didn't come back until 7pm. So I had to walk up to the shop in the heat to get it. I know Dannevirke ain't big but man, it was a hassle getting this movie.
Safety Not Guaranteed - This movie was so cool. Mark Duplass is one of my new favourite people.
Django Unchained - I cannot stop listening to that soundtrack. And I need to get my 'Team Waltz' t-shirts asap.
Not Suitable for Children - Decided to give this Aussie comedy a go. I liked it. Sarah Snook was so cool...and her character had the same name as me (that's a rare occurrence, let me tell you).
Birdsong - Just because I have a major crush on Eddie Redmayne now.
A Woman Under the Influence - A little long, but so tremendously good. The performances by Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands were just amazing.
Silent House - Well, that went slowly but then it escalated way too quickly. That was not a safe altitude.
360 - I have no idea what that movie was about.

Movies I've seen before but felt the need to watch again because I'm cool like that...

Bernie - Just because the trailer was getting to me at work so I had to watch it again.
The Lincoln Lawyer - Just because Matthew McConaughey.
Looper - Everyone was also watching this on the plane and it was distracting me so I gave it another spin. Absolutely love this movie to pieces.
The Help - After we went and saw Django Unchained I went and stayed with my friend and we decided to watch a movie. Always have to pick the Jessica Chastain one. Which was not a good idea because they thought I was weird when I got so excited when she showed up on screen.

What do you think of these movies? Did you see anything good this month?


  1. I'm glad you liked Goon It was a real gem in my opinion. I'm glad I ramdomly came across it since it was so hilarious.

    1. It is quite the gem, isn't it? Glad I finally got to see it.

  2. I saw two Kubrick films this month! Woohoo! 2001 and A Clockwork Orange. I started a Clockwork Orange once, but this time I finished it - loved them both.
    Ah, I reeeally wanted to see Not Suitable for Children when it was playing here, but never got around to it. I'll have to grab a DVD or something soon.
    Once again, I'm so glad you love Perks as much as you do. I knew you would.
    And have a car before me, I still don't even have my license, yeah, no biggie.....herm...

    1. Yay! I haven't seen 2001 (I keep avoiding it) but I did like A Clockwork Orange.

      Not Suitable for Children is actually rather good. Definitely check it out.

      Haha, I have had my learners for two and a half years. That's far too long.

  3. I love so many of these. You had a great month of films. I really need to see Goon and Dazed and Confused.

  4. Tom Hardy has been grunting a lot in the past year... Lawless, TDKR, Warrior ahah :D

    I have yet to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower, been hearing so many great things about it. Can't wait!

    And... you don't like Sushi???

    1. Haha, Tom Hardy is a professional grunter. Yay him.

      I do not like sushi. Well, I don't like raw fish. Yuck.

  5. I wasn't a huge fan of American Gangster. I thought it was a bit underwhelming. Really need to watch End of Watch and The Devil's Double. Don't know what it is with Cosmopolis, I haven't seen it, but I have heard so many negative things from people. Very few people have I personally talked to that actually liked it. I should probably see it. Always, enjoy hearing love for Looper! Thought it was brilliant.

    1. Cosmopolis is just endless talking. While I don't mind that, so little of it makes sense. It is just a really poor film with too many ideas but no idea of how to execute them.


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