Movies I've Watched
December 27th, 2015 - January 2nd, 2016
Movies from 2015
Dir. David O. Russell
Well, this one was a major letdown for me. It had its moments and a handful of great performances, but the story left a lot to be desired and the picture just didn't amount to much for me. Full review here.
The Big Short
Dir. Adam McKay
For serving my own interests in the colossal cluster-fuck that is America's economy, I recently named this the Best Movie of 2015. That won't change. It won its place for taking on such a complex subject and making it relatable and fun and hilarious and utterly maddening. Full review here.
Dir. Jason Moore
My wife had been dying to see this movie. We both adore Fey and Poehler, plus she wanted to do a double date night with her sister and her husband. So, we made it happen. My thoughts will be featured in an upcoming post about the last three movies I saw in 2015, all featuring strong female leads.
Dir. Todd Haynes
I'm pretty sure my first words to my wife after we left our screening of Todd Haynes' latest masterpiece were, "That was a lovely movie." And it really is just beautiful, both visually and narratively. More to come in the forthcoming post I mentioned above.
Dir. John Crowley
Even more lovely, for me, was Brooklyn. This is everything you want in a movie romance, classic filmmaking filled with humor, the pleasure and pain of true love, and a perfect performance from Saoirse Ronan. Again, more to come on this one.
Dir. Doug Ellin
[Insert fart noise.] Ugh. What a terrible sendoff for the boys of HBO's Entourage. Easily one of the worst movies of 2015. It makes the mistake of trying way too hard to fit in all the in-jokes and callbacks to the series instead of focusing on making a story about really fun characters that I came to love quite a bit during the seven season run of the series. It plays like an entire season of the show crammed into a 100 minute movie. It had a few funny moments, but not even Haley Joel Osment and Billy Bob Thornton could save this mess. ★
Dir. Noah Baumbach
I really wanted to like this movie more. After the incredible success of Frances Ha, a movie I consider a comedic masterpiece, I had high hopes for the next Noah Baumbach/Greta Gerwig vehicle. Sadly, I just had a hard time connecting to it. A lot of the dialogue felt really overwritten in a trying too hard sort of way, and some of the scenes just felt overlong, and, oddly, at the same time, forced. It's a bizarre little movie (sometimes delightfully so), but I couldn't tell if that was on purpose or not. ★★
Dir. David Gordon Green, 2008
I just want to thank the Movie Gods for marrying Seth Rogen's brand of comedy to the North Carolina film school boys in David Gordon Green, cinematographer Tim Orr, and the comedic genius that is Danny McBride. This movie holds up so well. Just pure off-the-wall, stoner comedy at its finest. James Franco's work in this movie is brilliant. And that final scene in the diner is one of my favorite scenes in any comedy ever.
Dir. Quentin Tarantino, 1997
I'm still working on finishing up my Tarantino retrospective. I took another look at Jackie Brown this past week, and it is soooooo great. It is just such a detailed film, full of great dialogue and featuring the finest needle drop soundtrack of them all. It looks incredible without the all the showing off Quentin has become so accustomed to of late.
Three from Spielberg
For Christmas, as she usually does, my wife pulled our family members together to buy me Steven Spielberg's entire filmography on Blu-Ray (minus a couple). So, one of my goals for 2016 is to revisit (or, in some cases, watch for the first time) all of Spielberg in order to achieve what will become the true flagship post in my Directed by... series.
One of my focuses is to look at just how wonderful Spielberg and his collaborators in the camera department are with LIGHT. I'll let the screen caps below do the talking. And I'll say that I am loving this retrospective so far.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Fisti has an epic music of 2015 post...The 2015 Mouthi Awards.
Kevin and company at Pop Depravity has a Ten Best List of 2015 in Pop Culture.
Surrender to the Void has a solid Unofficial Best Films of 2015.
Sati at Cinematic Corner gave Indiana Jones some love.
Ruth at FlixChatter has some great pick in her Top Ten Best.
I watched 231 movies in 2015.
2015 Releases - 35
Re-Watched - 87
First-Timers - 109
Movies I've Watched Since the Ball Dropped - 2
What have you been watching?