Films in 2016: Modern Movies in November

Two of my post-1970 watches from November will be getting full reviews: Allied (2016), reviewed for my series on period films, and Lady Snowblood (1973), for the new “FilmStruck Friday” feature. A third, Arrival (2016), won’t be reviewed because I don’t have much to say that hasn’t already been said! Anyway, here are miniature reviews of the rest of the modern movies I watched in … Continue reading Films in 2016: Modern Movies in November

November 2016 in Film

December has arrived, which means it’s finally social acceptable to start watching Christmas movies and listening to holiday music! (I actually started just after Halloween. I skip Thanksgiving and jump right into the twinkle lights, wreaths, and garland. Don’t judge me!) Before we become overwhelmed with holiday spirit, let’s take a look back at what I watched in November. New-to-me viewings: 23 Re-watches: 10 TOTAL … Continue reading November 2016 in Film

October 2016 in Film

Happy November! Halloween has passed us and we’re headed full speed into the holiday season. I’ve not yet started putting my Christmas playlist on loop, but the time is nearing! Before we get to that, let’s take a look at what I watched in October. New-to-me viewings: 16 Re-watches: 5 TOTAL FOR OCTOBER: 21 TOTAL FOR 2016 (so far): 241 The new-to-me list: Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) … Continue reading October 2016 in Film

Films in 2016: Modern Movies in September

I managed to catch a handful of post-1970 films in September — most of them quite enjoyable, but there’s always at least one dud, isn’t there? Here are brief reviews of the five films! The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) – This has to be one of the craziest movies I’ve ever watched. Bears on bikes, brothers in love with their sisters, stuffed dead dogs, foiled … Continue reading Films in 2016: Modern Movies in September

Films in 2016: Modern movies in August

Bad Moms (2016) A very formulaic and at times eye-roll-inducing film, but I did enjoy it a whole lot more than I expected to. (My expectations were in the far negatives, so that wouldn’t have been hard to do.) The Bell/Kunis/Hahn trio is fun to watch. Kathryn Hahn in particular steals the show. Side note: I saw this almost a month after its release and … Continue reading Films in 2016: Modern movies in August

Films in 2016: Modern movies in July

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015) The slow, painful death of the romantic comedy has been very difficult on me, since it’s one of my favorite genres. Every once in a while an indie flick comes along that could be classified as a rom-com, but other than that, zilch! I picked this film on Netflix because I thought it would be cute and fill my … Continue reading Films in 2016: Modern movies in July

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