Half-year check-in! Film discoveries + disappointments, January – June 2016

Now that we’ve passed the half-way mark of the year, I thought I’d take a look back at what I’ve watched so far, sharing my favorite discoveries and biggest disappointments from all of the films I’ve screened. From January through June I watched a total of 128 films, most of which were completely new to me. Some of them were great, and inevitably, some of them were duds. I will say, however, none of the disappointments were total bombs — I have yet to give a “0 to 0.9” out of 5 review rating yet this year! Here are the lists of new favorites and not-recommended.

FAVORITE DISCOVERIES

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A Foreign Affair (1948)
Score: 4/5
+ Witty script, but also thoughtful in regards to post-war environment
+ Offers both humor and intrigue
+ Great rivalry between Jean Arthur and Marlene Dietrich

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Love on the Run (1936)
Score: 4/5
+ Nice blend of drama and comedy
+ Top-notch cast
+ Great banter between characters

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The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)
Score: 4/5
+ Great script, clever dialogue
+ Sweet romance, great chemistry
+ Spunky woman as main character
+ Plenty of charm

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Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Score: 4/5
+ Light mood, lots of laughs
+ Nice performances
+ Sweet rom-com story

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Things to Come (1936)
Score: 4.5/5
+ Striking opening
+ Thought-provoking story
+ Great photography & art direction

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

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Baby Face Harrington (1935)
Score: 1/5
-Humor only mildly amusing (and only sometimes!)
– Often tedious to watch
– Couldn’t bring myself to care about the characters

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Coquette (1929)
Score: 2/5
+ Good effort by Pickford
– High potential, poor execution
– Underwhelming melodrama

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Kisses for Breakfast (1941)
Score: 2.5/5
+ Fine performances
– Laggy pace
– Juvenile humor

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A Woman’s Secret (1949)
Score: 2.5/5
+ Flashback storytelling
+ Talented cast
– Not enough drama
– Not enough mystery
– Too-clean ending

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2 thoughts on “Half-year check-in! Film discoveries + disappointments, January – June 2016

  1. I’ve only seen one from the list: ‘A Foreign Affair’. And I agree, it’s a good one…but I like most anything by Billy Wilder anyway. And I can see from the poster why ‘Kisses for Breakfast’ gets a negative from you for ‘juvenile humor’.

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