The Monthly Report: June-July 2011

I’m a bit late with this one, but here’s the last two months of movie watching summed up for you:

Jun 01 X-Men First Class (2011) 4/5
Jun 02 Roman Holiday (1953) 4/5
Jun 03 Another Year (2010) 3.5/5
Jun 04 The Fall (2006) 4/5
Jun 05 The Days of Wine and Roses (1962) 3.5/5
Jun 09 Hall Pass (2011) 1/5
Jun 10 Super 8 (2011) 4/5
Jun 12 Infernal Affairs (2002) 2/5
Jun 12 Cedar Rapids (2011) 3.5/5
Jun 13 Rubber (2011) 4.5/5
Jun 15 Broadcast News (1987) 4/5
Jun 15 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 3.5/5
Jun 16 The Company Men (2011) 2.5/5
Jun 17 The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) 2.5/5
Jun 17 Source Code (2011) 3.5/5
Jun 17 Ceremony (2011) 3/5
Jun 18 Days of Heaven (1978) 2.5/5
Jun 18 Summer Stock (1950) 3/5
Jun 19 Happythankyoumoreplease (2011) 3.5/5
Jun 19 Unknown (2011) 1/5
Jun 22 Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 3/5
Jun 22 Footloose (1984) 2/5
Jun 23 Season of the Witch (2011) 1.5/5
Jun 25 Casino Jack (2010) 0.5/5
Jun 25 The Comedians of Comedy (2005) 2.5/5
Jun 26 Straw Dogs (1971) 4/5
Jun 27 Afterschool (2008) 3.5/5
Jun 27 Scenes from the Suburbs (2011) 2.5/5
Jun 29 Le Mans (1971) 4.5/5
Jun 29 Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (2011) 3/5
Jul 03 Green Lantern 3D (2011) 2.5/5
Jul 04 Barry Lyndon (1975) 2/5
Jul 06 Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) 4/5
Jul 06 Arthur (2011) 2.5/5
Jul 07 Take Me Home Tonight (2011) 3/5
Jul 08 Barney’s Version (2010) 4.5/5
Jul 08 Marie Antionette (2006) 4/5
Jul 10 13 Assassins (2011) 4.5/5
Jul 13 Joint Security Area (2000) 4/5
Jul 15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (3D) (2011) 4/5
Jul 16 Ghett’A Life (2011) 2/5
Jul 17 Submarine (2011) 1/5
Jul 17 Blade Runner FINAL CUT (1982) 4/5
Jul 22 The Seventh Seal (1957) 5/5
Jul 22 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 3D 1/5
Jul 23 Horrible Bosses (2011) 3.5/5
Jul 25 Peep World (2011) 2.5/5
Jul 26 Super (2011) 3/5
Jul 27 Eyes Wide Shit (1999) 4/5
Jul 28 Friends With Benefits (2011) 3.5/5
Jul 29 Rio (2011) 0.5/5
Jul 30 Insidious (2011) 2.5/5
Jul 30 The Music Never Stopped (2011) 3/5
Jul 31 Vanishing Point (1971) 0/5

The Year’s Tally: 2011 First Time Watches: 163 Films/51 Films from 2011

June’s Tally: 30 Films/14 Films from 2011
July’s Tally: 24 Films/15 Films from 2011

Highlights from June – July 2011

X-Men: First Class (2011): I’ve been waiting for this kind of a comic book movie. It’s not reaching for The Dark Knight level of brooding intensity – and yes I’m getting a little tired of comparing ever comic-book movie to TDK – and at the same time was a really great character study of Professor Xavier and Erik (aka. Magneto). The performances from pretty much the entire cast was brilliant and is probably my favourite comic-book film of the summer so far.

Rubber (2011): It’s probably the most out there movie I’ve seen so far this year. It gives itself and unfair out with its opening monologue, but even without that the film remains one of the most entertaining (and definitely polarizing) experiences I’ve sat through since 2011 graced us with its presence. I appreciate the whimsical cult story of a tire rolling around exploding things with its “mind” and how the film enters an element that allows it to talk directly at me and critique me as I watch the film. It’s a great experience.

Straw Dogs (1971): I love films that live on its tension building. This is a movie about a young married couple who move to rural England so that the man of the house can work on his research. After being constantly harassed by the locals he’s finally had enough and will defend his home from a siege when he refuses to give up an alleged rapist. The final garrison scene is what makes this movie special in its own right and worth every minute of build up.

Le Mans (1971): I’m not a car person, however with that said somehow Lee H. Katzin was able to give me almost a plotless film about a 24 hour race and make it engaging and exciting. I loved every minute of it and it definitely didn’t hurt to have the man Steve McQueen playing the lead in the film.

Marie Antionette (2006): Sofia Coppola gets a bad rap for doing films about nothing. Here however she takes a look at a historical figure and puts her own personal eye on her life. Where every other filmmaker would’ve made it more about what was going on around her (which isn’t quite ignored anyways) she decides to pay attention to Marie’s inner anguish in having to leave everything she knows behind to be this prince’s wife and keep a peace that she really doesn’t care about anymore than any other regular woman other than she’s told to. It’s probably the most out of place period piece movie and I love it for what it is every moment of it.

13 Assassins (2011): Takashi Miike is a brilliant prolific Japanese director and now he’s shifted his talents from the world of horror to fuedal Japan at the end of the Shogunate. There’s a really bad guy out there and these 13, now useless, samurai are going to end his life for the betterment of the nation. I love this movie for the very same reason I claim to love Straw Dogs above, it’s brilliant setup to a brilliant near 50 minute long action sequence of 13 samurais taking on near 200. It’s one of my favourite movies of 2011 so far.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999): As probably the only self-proclaimed cinephile on the internet who isn’t completely in love with Stanley Kubrick and his meticulous nature I couldn’t help myself fall in love with this unsolved mystery. I guess part of the allure at the moment is that I don’t think I quite got it all. There’s trouble in the home of the Harfords and one night Bill heads out and hears about this secret society which he finds his way into. It’s this big mystery now and Bill tries to figure it all out, but he doesn’t get very far. The film’s pacing and meticulously put together stream of consciousness is what has drawn me in and I can’t wait to revisit this movie with a more critical eye as to how this odd event affects this character.

What’ve you seen in the last couple months?



The Monthly Report: May 2011

It’s the beginning of June and that means it’s time to let you know what films I’ve been keeping myself busy with last month – as if you don’t know already or really care – through this nice little post that I’ve added some more editorial to. Let me know what you think of my viewing habits below:

May 01 Psycho (1960) 5/5
May 06 Thor 3D (2011) 4/5
May 07 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) 1.5/5
May 08 Stagecoach (1939) 4/5
May 08 Senna (2011) 5/5
May 15 The Italian Job (1969) 4/5
May 18 Bridesmaids (2011) 2.5/5
May 20 Limitless (2011) 3.5/5
May 21 Pride & Prejudice (2005) 3/5
May 22 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3D (2011) 3/5
May 22 I Am Number Four (2011) 2/5
May 24 The Other Woman (2010) 2/5
May 24 Vanishing on 7th Street (2010) 1/5
May 26 Badlands (1973) 4/5
May 28 Kaboom (2011) 0/5
May 28 The Hangover: Part II (2011) N/A
May 28 Drive Angry (2011) 3/5
May 29 Kung Fu Panda II 3D (2011) 3.5/5
May 30 Wit (2001) 4/5

The Year’s Tally: 2011 First Time Watches: 109 Films/22 Films from 2011

May’s Tally: 19 Films/10 Films from 2011

Highlights of May

Senna (2011): There’re very few documentaries that are able to present a story in such a unique way. Usually when you get into a documentary it intercuts between footage as well as talking head interviews. This film is presented entirely through archival footage, which has never been seen before, with the occasional voice over interview which are all archival I believe. I remember reading a review by the Mad Hatter (from The Dark of the Matinee) and he said “the feeling isn’t that we’re looking back on a life, instead that we’re watching a life unfold” which I completely agreewith (read his full review here). If you like learning about interesting people in our history then this is one of those films for you.

The Italian Job (1969): Every once in a while I’ll be seeing a film that has been remade into a more fun version recently. The Italian Job was redone in 2003 in a very Ocean’s Eleven (the remake) style. Each character had a very well plotted out purpose on the team of thieves for this big heist. In the original 1969 version of The Italian Job however, spent a lot less time on each character doing there job and was more about Charlie getting the heist done and you don’t have to worry about each character’s eccentricities. It allows for the movie to be a lot more entertaining and the end that this movie decides to hang itself on is so hilarious that I can’t help but fall in love with it. It’s completely different from the remake which is why I can openly love both without trying to compare them and I like that.

Badlands (1973): It’s the first film by Terrence Malick (the filmmaker everyone bows to for epic dramatic cinema every decade) where he takes the road movie and makes it a bit differently. When Kit and Holly fall in love they decide that they’re meant for each other, or at least Kit does, and they run off together outlaws just trying to live. Soon enough bodies start to pile up and while the acting and the filmmaking is spectacular, or at least Martin Sheen is awesome, the film suffers from a few problems that any filmmaker would run into on their first big project. However, I still appreciate the film for what it is and can’t wait to revisit it after rewatching True Romance to see if I can find a lot more similarities.

What did you see last month?

The Monthly Report: April 2011

It’s the beginning of May and since I’ve become a fan of these really short update posts I’m going to start, every month, just posting my list of new films I’ve seen in the previous month. Also I’ll be putting my official rating for each film below and links to any film that I wrote a review for.

To be perfectly honest April is one of the few months this year that I’ve seen less films, but here’s what I’ve seen.

Apr 02 Sucker Punch (2011) 0/5
Apr 03 Fair Game (2010) 2.5/5
Apr 03 They Live (1988) 3.5/5
Apr 07 The Man From Nowhere (2010) 3.5/5
Apr 10 Rope (1948) 4/5
Apr 10 Hanna (2011) 4/5
Apr 11 Paul (2011) 3.5/5
Apr 13 White Material (2010) 1/5
Apr 13 Middle of Nowhere (2008) 2/5
Apr 16 Scream 4 (2011) 3/5
Apr 20 Marwencol (2010) 3.5/5
Apr 23 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 4.5/4
Apr 24 Blow Out (1981) 4/5
Apr 25 Vertigo (1958) 5/5
Apr 26 Fast Five (2011) 2.5/5
Apr 28 The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010) 2/5
Apr 28 United (2011) 3/5

The official count for the year of 2011:

2011 First Time Watches: 90 Films/12 Films from 2011

April 2011: 17 Films/6 Films From 2011

*I usually don’t document when I revisit films throughout a month, may start to keep track and come June you’ll see a lot more robust list.

What’re the viewing highlights of April 2011 for you?