You can always tell the end of the semester’s coming when my movie output increases. I watched a diverse slate of film, with a prevalence of movies I generally liked. I expect this number to double by the end of December, since school is finished. Clicking on the title of the film will take you to anything I’ve personally written on the film. I will be going back, and adding in links to certain films that I didn’t get to in time.
1. Argo (Held over from October)
2. Trick r Treat* (Held over from October)
5. Licence to Kill
6. The Paperboy
7. Sound of My Voice
8. The Women
9. Arthur Christmas*
12. The Amazing Spider-Man
15. East of Eden
18. Make Mine Music
19. Dreams of a Life
22. The Sting
23. The Departed*
25. The Expendables 2
26. Ruby Sparks
28. Liz & Dick
29. Fun & Fancy Free
31. Anne of the Thousand Days*
32. Any Given Sunday
35 films watched in November (down 10 from October)
4 were rewatches (5 if you count Trick ‘r Treat held over from October)
31 were first-time viewings
3 were theatrical releases (4 if you count Argo from October)
Top 5 Favorite Classic Films of the Month:
1. Anne of the Thousand Days – I hate to put a rewatch at number one again, but I adore this film. Sadly, I don’t plan on reviewing it now, but considering how many times I watch it, I’ll easily get to it soon.
2. Bad Day at Black Rock – I think my review really sums up how fantastic this movie is. It was a no-brainer it’d be on this list.
3. Inside Daisy Clover – I had no idea this movie would rank so high, and really the plot is fairly boring. The campy performances from Robert Redford and Christopher Plummer are the reason to watch!
4. Suspicion – The ending of this movie bothers me, but it’s one of my favorite Hitchcock films.
5. Dial M for Murder – I hadn’t seen this film till this month, and while I don’t enjoy the ending (again like Suspicion), the performances are great.
Favorite Theatrical Film of the Month: I’m gonna cheat and put Argo here. The plot is fascinating and suspenseful, and continues to showcase Ben Affleck as a director to watch. Skyfall has nothing on this.
Worst Film of the Month: The worsts really had to earn their place here this month, and Twilight wasn’t the worst! I’ll do a Top 5 for this month:
1. The Paperboy – I enjoyed the book putting this in the disappointment section as well. The plot is disturbing, the acting is bizarre, and everything about this film screams grindhouse yet has none of the fun or interest.
2. Compliance – My posted review says it all. Scummy and stupid.
3. Liz & Dick – Let’s all just forget about this one shall we?
4. Vamps – Such talent wasted. I thought Twilight didn’t understand vampires!
Biggest Disappointment of the Month: Most of these were just lackluster for me. The Paperboy, Any Given Sunday, Ruby Sparks and The Women.
Biggest Surprise of the Month: I didn’t hate Breaking Dawn: Part 2 as much as I’d hoped. That’s definitely a surprise.
Movies Worth Seeking Out: Definitely make a point of renting Dreams of a Life, For a Good Time Call and Sound of My Voice!
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