The last month of the year has come and gone, and I onky managed to watch 12 films, but only six are worth mentioning.
It was a good month for movies. Of the 17 films that I saw only one stinker (this year’s The Mummy). Basically, any month where you watch films as good as Coco, Lady Bird, and Wonder in theaters within the span of a week will be a good month.
Only watched 11 films this month. I had planned to watch more horror films than I did but in the end I felt the real-life horrors were enough. Anyways, I’ll only do a top 5 this time.
It was a very good month. I watched 20 films and there were only 3 films I didn’t like, and even then there was stuff I appreciated in them.
Anyways, you know the deal.
The Venice and Telluride film festivals have ended so basically Oscar season is upon us. As always I like to check in wih the highlights of the year prior to all the heavy hitters being released. I’ll do a top 10 and a few superlatives, like what I do in my monthly lists. Continue reading
It takes a long time to get a movie made: Martin Scorsese had been thinking about making Silence for over 30 years and had various false potential production starts; Fences was once slated to be made in the ‘90s with Eddie Murphy as the lead; and Damien Chazelle had wanted to make La La Land since before he made Whiplash. So, given how long it takes to make a film it’s obvious that they could not have predicted how much the world would change on November the 8th of the year they were ready to be released.
Following the events of this particular day, I went through a patch of depression that was unlike anything that I had gone through before. During this time I kept thinking why should I bother with movies, television, music, or art in general when the world was crumbling right in front of our eyes and so many people were celebrating it. Yet, I kept on watching because I had nothing else, but just about everything felt tainted.
The first film I watched in theaters since then was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I had to drag myself out of the house, and I had to treat my self to a large popcorn and soda (which I never do). The film is not particularly great but watching a simple good versus evil story on the big screen where the good guys win while I’m gorging on salty popcorn and a sweet Coca-Cola was cathartic. That right there is how the real world should work, and I felt like standing up and cheering at the most basic of triumphant moments.
Since then, I cannot look at movies in the same way. Moana and Hidden Figures no longer are just movies about extraordinary women of color doing extraordinary things, but rally cries for real women of color to stand up and do even more extraordinary things. Moonlight is now a call for empathy and understanding. Even Star Trek Beyond, with its world where races and species of all kinds live in harmony feels like a daring future to strive towards.
This of course cannot be said of every film in 2016, let alone my top 25 (Everybody Wants Some!! Is still just about bro-dudes doing stuff and I love it for it), but that’s okay. Even so, art will never be the same, at least through my eyes. Continue reading
I only saw 8 films this month for whatever reason, but I did finish watching all the CW DC shows and tbere were as many rewatches. So I guess I’ll only do a top 5 Continue reading
This month I only watched 15 films for the first time but I did spend a lot of time watching the latest seasons of all the CW DC superhero shows. Anyways, it was a good month. Continue reading
This month I only watch only 13, not because life kept me busy or anything but because I also watched a lot of TV. Even so, all of these films ranged from good to great. Anyways, you know the deal Continue reading