Until I watched Her, I was not really sure why I liked the films directed by Spike Jonze. When you watch them all together, looking at the evolving career of an artist, it becomes obvious that this a film maker interested in stories that speak about heartache, alienation, social awkwardness and the power of imagination and creativity. More importantly, Jonze’s films tend to be more substantive on larger metaphorical themes that are open to interpretation, and less focused on the specifics of a particular story. In other words, the story is a vehicle through which to express or hint at certain emotions and ideas.
It is hard not to be fan of the work of Quentin Tarantino when you watch his very bold first entry into the history of film: the violent, crude, confident and testosterone-filled Reservoir Dogs from 1992.
I have taken a blogging break due to the incredibly busy beginning of the year that I have had. This is not a complaint at all. Being busy beats being bored or unoccupied. I rather be this way than having plenty of time to waste. Since January 1st I have gone back to school (2nd master), I am still working full time, I am about to close on my first condo purchase, I managed to go on a trip to Las Vegas with my best friends and I have been a Teaching Assistant back in my alma matter. 2014 has been a great year…
This is until I turn on the TV on February 2nd and I come across a bit of news that, as John Stewart put it in the Daily Show, was a gut punch that will be hard to recover from.
Due to the holidays and a substantially less demanding workload, I was able to watch more than my usual amount of films, reaching a total of 17 films in 31 days (I actually watched Movie 43 in December, but decided to include it in my previous monthly recap).
The average score for the last month of 2013 was a respectable 2.88. However, I only watched two films that cracked 4 out of 5 or more, with only Reservoir Dogs as a clear candidate to comfortably make my much-delayed Top 250 favorite film list. Worthy of notice is that December was also very 2013-heavy, with 12 films released in the last solar year, and only one film, the aforementioned Reservoir Dogs, that was released before the turn of the 21st century.
Here are the films in the order in which I watched them:
THE FACTORY (2012) [2.5/5]
Like I did with the men a couple of days ago, I give you my list of favorite female performances of the last five years in lieu of a best films of 2013 list as we are just hours away from celebrating the New Year.
I highly encourage anyone reading to make recommendations as to whom should have made my list instead.
It has been over two weeks without a post from yours truly and I figured I needed to close the year in proper blogging fashion. Being that I will NOT be posting a best films of 2013 list before the end of the solar year, I thought I would gather my thoughts to share my favorite acting performances of the last five years.
First, I will give you my favorite 10 male performances in alphabetical order followed, in a couple of days, by my 10 favorite female roles of the half-decade from 2009 to 2013 (warning: blind spots in 2013 abound!)
As usual, I expect discerning tastes, and I would love to hear some recommendations as to whom should have made my list.
In the last two months I’ve seen 26 films, but only a handful of which I would consider watching again. It was a particularly poor couple of months in terms of quality and quantity that I will hopefully begin to fix with the swarm of great films that have come out to theaters or that will be coming before the year is out. I can’t remember the last time I was as excited as I am today with the group of films that are hitting theaters within the next few weeks.
For now, here is a recap of the 26 films I managed to watch between October & November (in the order in which they were seen), while a great deal of my time was devoted to countless hours of catching up with Breaking Bad (finally got to the last season).