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Your Year of Living OCD: 2020 Edition
#1
Let's keep this going. I love having a log to refer back to now that my memory's for shit.

2019 viewings end here:
http://citizens.trouble.city/showthread....pid4661015

Theatre
Home Video
First Viewing
Rewatch

Jan 1: King Kong vs. Godzilla (Japanese Version, 1965). Love the aerial views. That iceberg 'miniature' set looks HUGE.

Jan 1: Double Dare (2005). I need to go back to New Zealand. Kiwis are hilarious and awesome.

Jan 8: Cunningham (3D). Dance documentary is obviously modeled on Wenders' Pina, but lacking that film's emotional core and sense of place.

Jan 8: Knives Out. A total blast that'll have me picking at plot points for weeks.

Jan 12: The Glass Key (1942). William Bendix is operating on proto-Lynchian frequencies here.

Jan 12: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). "I have my moments."

Jan 13: Turbo Kid (2014). Shoutout to the Sumatran Rat-Monkey!

Jan 13: Teeth (2007). This worked better for me the second time around. I still think it doesn't escalate its premise enough.

Jan 14: The Black Scorpion (1957). Unusually mobile camera on the stop-motion shots. Nothing else remarkable, really.

Jan 16: Underwater. Some nice design, but could have used a smidge more character development. Drop the 'news flash' bookends too.
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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#2
January 1: John Wick (2014)

Still great. Still makes me wince and laugh at the same time. Still the gold standard for 21st century action filmmaking.
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#3
Letterboxd Diary Here
Letterboxd Lists By Category Here

TITLE (Director, Year) - (Format - Theater/Platform)  - Grade (A+ to BOMB) 

Feature length film (40+ minutes) - Rewatch
Feature length film (40+ minutes) - New Viewing

Short film (less than 40 min) - Rewatch
Short film - new viewing
Television Series - Rewatch (date listed is the date I finished the series)
Television Series - New Viewing (date listed is the date I finished the series)
Video Essay - Rewatch
Video Essay - New Viewing 
(because of conflicts of interest, i.e., I'm friendly with a lot of them, I'm not grading video essays)


Any underlined entry indicates a film directed by a woman.
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YEAR TO DATE SUMMARY
Movie Total (w/multiple watches): 68
Movie Movies (w/o multiple watches): 66
New Movies: 40
Rewatched Movies: 28*
Movies - Features: 27
Movies - Shorts: 23
Movies - Animated: 18
Movies - Foreign Language: 4
Movies - By Women: 19
Movies - Saw Theatrically: 6
TV Series: 5
New TV Series: 5
TV Episodes: 65
Video Essays: 6

*LITTLE WOMEN (2019) is counted in both new films and rewatches, as I watched it twice in 2020.

JANUARY

JANUARY SUMMARY
Movie Total: 44
New Movies: 33
Rewatched Movies: 12
Movies - Features: 22
Movies - Shorts: 22
Movies - Animated: 17
Movies - Foreign Language: 4
Movies - By Women: 16
Movies - Saw Theatrically: 5
TV Series: 2
New TV Series: 2
TV Episodes: 28
Video Essays: 3

"HV" stands for Home Video, indicating an item that is owned. Digital Download refers to a film purchased through iTunes or Amazon. A digital download may have been watched as a streaming film or downloaded onto a computer. I'm not indicating which. 

1/1
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (George Miller, 2015)  - (HV - BluRay) - A+
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (Joe & Anthony Russo, 2018) - (Streaming - Netflix) - B+/A-
AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Joe & Anthony Russo, 2019) - (Streaming - Disney Plus) - A-

1/2
CATS: AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS (Dan Olson/Folding Ideas, 2019) - (Streaming - YouTube)
LIV AND MADDIE: SEASON 2 (2014-2015) - (Streaming - Netflix) - B

1/3
KNIVES OUT (Rian Johnson, 2019) - (HV - Screener) - A+

1/4
TENENT: IMAX PROLOGUE (Christopher Nolan, 2019) - (Theatrical - AMC Lincoln Center) - B
STAR WARS: EPISODE IX - THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (J.J. Abrams, 2019) - (Theatrical - AMC Lincoln Center IMAX) - B+
LITTLE WOMEN (Greta Gerwig, 2019) - (Theatrical - AMC Lincoln Center) - A+

1/6
DOOM: ANNIHILATION (Tony Giglio, 2019) - (Streaming - Netflix) - D+
CROCUS (Suzan Pitt, 1971) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - B
PINBALL (Suzan Pitt, 2013) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - B+/A-
VISITATION (Suzan Pitt, 2011) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - A
MILK (Andrea Arnold, 1998) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - A-
SANTA'S WORKSHOP (Wilfred Jackson, 1932) - (Streaming - Disney Plus) - B
BABES IN THE WOODS (Burt Gillett, 1932) - (Streaming - Disney Plus) - A-
FLOWERS AND TREES (Burt Gillett, 1932) - (Streaming - Disney Plus) - C+/B-

1/7
BRIDGES-GO-ROUND 1: ELECTRO (Shirley Clarke, 1958) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - A
BRIDGES-GO-ROUND 2: JAZZ (Shirley Clark, 1958) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - A
24 FRAMES PER SECOND (Shirley Clarke, 1977) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - A-
BUTTERFLY (Shirley Clarke, 1967) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - B+/A-
AN EXERCISE IN DISCIPLINE: PEEL (Jane Campion, 1982) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - B+

1/9
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE QUEEN DIES? (Kelly Faircloth, 2019) - (Streaming - Jezebel.com)

1/12
UNCUT GEMS (Josh and Benny Safdie, 2019) - (Theatrical - AMC 34th Street) - A+

1/13
LITTLE WOMEN (Greta Gerwig, 2019) - (Theatrical - AMC 34th Street) - A+

1/15
RONNY CHIENG: ASIAN COMEDIAN DESTROYS AMERICA! (Sebastian DiNatale, 2019) - (Streaming - Netflix) - B

1/17
METROPOLITAN (Whit Stillman, 1990) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - A

1/18
LONG SHOT (Jonathan Levine, 2019) - (Streaming - Amazon HBO) - B+

1/19
DOLLFACE: SEASON 1 (2019) - (Streaming - Hulu) - A

1/20
JOHN MULANEY & THE SACK LUNCH BUNCH (Rhys Thomas, 2019) - (Theatrical - 92nd St. Y; live event with cast/creators) - A

1/22
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE (Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, 2020) - (Theatrical - AMC Lincoln Center IMAX) - B+/A-

1/23
GOOD INTENTIONS (Anna Mantzaris, 2018) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - B

1/24
THE RAINMAKER (Francis Ford Coppola, 1997) - (Streaming - Netflix) - A-

1/25
HACKED CIRCUIT (Deborah Stratman, 2014) - (Streaming - Criterion Channel) - B+
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (Rupert Evans, 2011) - (Streaming - Amazon HBO) - A+

1/26
COOL RUNNINGS (Jon Turtletaub, 1993) - (Streaming - Disney Plus) - B+
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (Robert Zemeckis, 1988) - (Streaming - Disney Plus) - A+
ALADDIN (Ron Clements & John Musker, 1992) - (Streaming - Disney Plus) B/B+

1/27
11 VERY ENGLISH DISHES WITH FLORENCE PUGH (Rom Bokobza, 2019) - (Streaming - Vogue/YouTube)

1/28
THE TWO POPES (Fernando Meirelles, 2019) - (Streaming - Netflix) - B

1/29
RICHARD JEWELL (Clint Eastwood, 2019) - (HV - Screener) - C-

1/30
MISSING LINK (Chris Butler, 2019) - (Streaming - Hulu) - B+
1917 (Sam Mendes, 2019) - (Theatrical - AMC Lincoln Center IMAX) - A

1/31
HAIR LOVE (Matthew A. Cherry, Bruce W. Smith, Everett Downing Jr., 2019) - (Theatrical - IFC Center) - A
DCERA (DAUGHTER) (Daria Kashcheeva, 2019) - (Theatrical - IFC Center) - B-
SISTER (Siqi Song, 2018) - (Theatrical - IFC Center) - A-
MEMORABLE (Bruno Collet, 2019) - (Theatrical - IFC Center) - B
KITBULL (Rosana Sullivan, 2019) - (Theatrical - IFC Center) - A
HENRIETTA BULKOWSKI (Rachel Johnson, 2019) - (Theatrical - IFC Center) - D
THE BIRD AND THE WHALE (Carol Freeman, 2018) - (Theatrical - IFC Center) - A-
HORS PISTE (Leo Brunel, Loris Cavlier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Mallet, 2018) - (Theatrical - IFC Center) - A-
MAESTRO (Florian Babikan, Victor Caire, Theophile Dufrense, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro, 2019) - (Theatrical - IFC Center) - A

FEBRUARY 

FEBRUARY SUMMARY
Movie Total: 22
New Movies: 7
Rewatched Movies: 15
Movies - Features: 22
Movies - Shorts: 0
Movies - Animated: 1
Movies - Foreign Language: 0
Movies - By Women: 1
Movies - Saw Theatrically: 1
TV Series: 2
New TV Series: 2
TV Episodes: 35
Video Essays: 3

2/1
THE LION KING (Jon Favreau, 2019) - (Streaming - Disney Plus) - B-
JUDY (Rupert Goold, 2019) - (HV - Digital Download) - B

2/2
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD (Dean DeBlois, 2019) - (Streaming - Hulu) - A
FORD V FERRARI (James Mangold, 2019) - (Home Video - Digital Download) - B-/B

2/3
THE ROCKETEER (Joe Johnson, 1991) - (Streaming - Disney Plus) - A

2/6
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA: PART 3 (2020) - (Streaming - Netflix) - A

2/7
JOHN MULANEY: THE COMEBACK KID (Rhys Thomas, 2015) - (Streaming - Netflix) - A+

2/8
THE BIG SHORT (Adam McKay, 2015) - (Streaming - Amazon Library) - A

2/9
C.S.A.: THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA (Kevin Willmott, 2004) - (Streaming - Hulu) - D (this really fucking sucked, you guys)
JOHN MULANEY: KID GORGEOUS AT RADIO CITY (Alex Timbers, 2018) - (Streaming - Netflix) - A

2/10
BRIDESMAIDS (Paul Feig, 2011) - (Streaming - Amazon HBO) -  A-

2/11 
THE 92ND ACADEMY AWARDS (Glenn Weiss, 2020) - (Streaming - Hulu) - B

2/15
UNTITLED (ALMOST FAMOUS - DIRECTOR'S CUT) (Cameron Crowe, 2000) - (HV- BluRay) - A+
RUSHMORE (Wes Anderson, 1999) - (BluRay) - A+

2/16
THAT THING YOU DO! EXTENDED EDITION (Tom Hanks, 1996) - (HV - BluRay) - A

2/18
KNIVES OUT (Rian Johnson, 2019) - (HV- Digital Download) 

2/19
HEAVYWEIGHTS (Steven Brill, 1995) - (Streaming - Disney Plus) - B+/A-
THE MIGHTY DUCKS (Stephen Herek, 1992) - (Streaming - Amazon HBO) - B+

2/20
D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS (Sam Weisman, 1994) - (Streaming - Amazon HBO) - A-
DUMPLIN’ (Anne Fletcher, 2018) (Streaming - Netflix) - A

2/22
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (Steven Spielberg, 1989) - (Streaming - Netflix) - A-
US (Jordan Peele, 2019) (Streaming - Amazon HBO) - A+

2/23
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg, 1981) - (Streaming - Netflix) - A+

2/25 
THE SIMIAN FLU (THE PLANET OF THE APES EXPLORED) (FilmComicsExplained, 2018) - (Streaming - YouTube)

2/26
YESTERYEAR: DISNEY’S CANCELLED HARRY POTTER LAND IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM (Yesterworld, 2019) - (Streaming - YouTube)
THE KRIPPIN VIRUS (I AM LEGEND EXPLORED) (FilmComicsExplained, 2017) - (Streaming - YouTube)

2/27
PETE DAVIDSON: ALIVE FROM NEW YORK (Jason Orley, 2020) - (Streaming - Netflix) - B

MARCH 
3/1
MISSISSIPPI GRIND (Ryan Boden & Anna Fleck, 2015) - (Streaming - Netflix) - A+
CONTAGION (Steven Soderberg, 2011) - (Digital Download) - A
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#4
Damn, boone. That's a lot of movie viewing for a single day!

(I have to admit a pull towards watching Infinity War again, despite having seen it 5 times or so in the last 20 months.)
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#5
I update my Letterboxd page and always forget to post here. I'll try and do a better job this year:

1/1

SCARY MOVIE (1991, Tubi) - no not that one...this was from 1991. An indie filmed in Austin, TX which happens to feature the very first starring role by John Hawkes. This movie kinda stunk!
FORD V FERRARI (2019, theater) - Bale and Damon are both superb, and I loved the racing scenes as well.
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#6
I'll plug my Letterboxd too. I started off the year with the very stupid Limitless.
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#7
I've started my "watch the Disney Plus animated catalogue in chronological order" project, as well as been going through Criterion Channel's weird experimental film collections for some reason, and so I've watched a bunch of shorts in the past few days. I've added those to my list, as well as my Letterboxd.
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#8
I snagged a Disney+ free trial and used it to watch the OT in 4K (looks amazing even with "maclunkey") and a bunch of old Simpsons episodes. I'll probably use the next free trial to catch up on old Disney movies, then I'll probably ditch it forever. Disney seems to own all of the popular IPs that I've already bought on Blu-Ray, and I don't plan on buying more.
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#9
I'm gonna try and do this through to completion this year.

Periodic updates with interludes.

Italics = rewatch. Asterisk = above average or better.

  1. Wall Street (1987, dir. Oliver Stone)*
  2. Men at Work (1990, dir. Emilio Estevez)
  3. Light Sleeper (1992, dir. Paul Schrader)*
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990, dir. Steve Barron)*
  5. Road House (1989, dir. Rowdy Herrington)*
  6. The Toxic Avenger (1986, dir. Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz)*
  7. Above the Law (1988, dir. Andrew Davis)*
  8. Hard to Kill (1990, dir. Bruce Malmuth)
  9. Marked for Death (1990, dir. Dwight H. Little)*
  10. Conan the Barbarian (1982, dir. John Milius)
  11. The Couch Trip (1988, dir. Michael Ritchie)
  12. Phantasm II (1988, dir. Don Coscarelli)
  13. The Transporter (2002, dir. Corey Yuen)
  14. Transporter 2 (2005, dir. Louis Leterrier)
  15. From Paris with Love (2010, dir. Pierre Morel)
  16. Out for Justice (1991, dir. John Flynn)*
  17. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974, dir. Joseph Sargent)*
  18. Under Siege (1992, dir. Andrew Davis)*
  19. Extreme Prejudice (1987, dir. Walter Hill)*
  20. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009, dir. Tony Scott)
  21. Unstoppable (2010, dir. Tony Scott)*
  22. Alien Nation (1988, dir. Graham Baker)
"PREDATOR 2 feels like it was penned by convicts as part of a correctional facility's creative writing program, and that's what I love about it." - Moltisanti
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  1. Wall Street (1987, dir. Oliver Stone)*
  2. Men at Work (1990, dir. Emilio Estevez)
  3. Light Sleeper (1992, dir. Paul Schrader)*
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990, dir. Steve Barron)*
  5. Road House (1989, dir. Rowdy Herrington)*
  6. The Toxic Avenger (1986, dir. Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz)*
  7. Above the Law (1988, dir. Andrew Davis)*
  8. Hard to Kill (1990, dir. Bruce Malmuth)
  9. Marked for Death (1990, dir. Dwight H. Little)*
  10. Conan the Barbarian (1982, dir. John Milius)
  11. The Couch Trip (1988, dir. Michael Ritchie)
  12. Phantasm II (1988, dir. Don Coscarelli)
  13. The Transporter (2002, dir. Corey Yuen)
  14. Transporter 2 (2005, dir. Louis Leterrier)
  15. From Paris with Love (2010, dir. Pierre Morel)
  16. Out for Justice (1991, dir. John Flynn)*
  17. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974, dir. Joseph Sargent)*
  18. Under Siege (1992, dir. Andrew Davis)*
  19. Extreme Prejudice (1987, dir. Walter Hill)*
  20. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009, dir. Tony Scott)
  21. Unstoppable (2010, dir. Tony Scott)*
  22. Alien Nation (1988, dir. Graham Baker)
  23. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982, dir. Amy Holden Jones)*
  24. Slumber Party Massacre II (1987, dir. Deborah Brock)*
"PREDATOR 2 feels like it was penned by convicts as part of a correctional facility's creative writing program, and that's what I love about it." - Moltisanti
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#11
Update!

  1. Wall Street (1987, dir. Oliver Stone)*
  2. Men at Work (1990, dir. Emilio Estevez)
  3. Light Sleeper (1992, dir. Paul Schrader)*
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990, dir. Steve Barron)*
  5. Road House (1989, dir. Rowdy Herrington)*
  6. The Toxic Avenger (1986, dir. Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz)*
  7. Above the Law (1988, dir. Andrew Davis)*
  8. Hard to Kill (1990, dir. Bruce Malmuth)
  9. Marked for Death (1990, dir. Dwight H. Little)*
  10. Conan the Barbarian (1982, dir. John Milius)
  11. The Couch Trip (1988, dir. Michael Ritchie)
  12. Phantasm II (1988, dir. Don Coscarelli)
  13. The Transporter (2002, dir. Corey Yuen)
  14. Transporter 2 (2005, dir. Louis Leterrier)
  15. From Paris with Love (2010, dir. Pierre Morel)
  16. Out for Justice (1991, dir. John Flynn)*
  17. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974, dir. Joseph Sargent)*
  18. Under Siege (1992, dir. Andrew Davis)*
  19. Extreme Prejudice (1987, dir. Walter Hill)*
  20. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009, dir. Tony Scott)
  21. Unstoppable (2010, dir. Tony Scott)*
  22. Alien Nation (1988, dir. Graham Baker)
  23. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982, dir. Amy Holden Jones)*
  24. Slumber Party Massacre II (1987, dir. Deborah Brock)*
  25. On Deadly Ground (1994, dir. Steven Seagal)
  26. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995, dir. Geoff Murphy)
  27. Arthur (1981, dir. Steve Gordon)*
  28. Get Carter (1971, dir. Mike Hodges)*
  29. Get Carter (2000, dir. Stephen Kay)
  30. 48 Hrs. (1982, dir. Walter Hill)*
  31. Enemy (2014, dir. Denis Villeneuve)*
  32. A Perfect Getaway (2009, dir. David Twohy)*
  33. The Rock (1996, dir. Michael Bay)*
  34. Upgrade (2018, dir. Leigh Whannell)*
  35. Mandy (2018, dir. Panos Cosmatos)*
  36. Bad Boys (1995, dir. Michael Bay)
  37. Bad Boys II (2003, dir. Michael Bay)*
  38. Hardcore (1979, dir. Paul Schrader)*
"PREDATOR 2 feels like it was penned by convicts as part of a correctional facility's creative writing program, and that's what I love about it." - Moltisanti
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#12
Viewings 1-10 here:
http://citizens.trouble.city/showthread....pid4665251

Theatre
Home Video
First Viewing
Rewatch

Jan 19: L.A. Confidential (1997). Holds up great. I still don't think Basinger looks anything like Veronica Lake, and I'm not persuaded that that was the point.

Jan 20: Double Dare (2005). Introducing it to friends this time. Big hit.

Jan 25: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (3D, 2017). Let's start from the beginning, one last time.

Jan 25: Parasite. Not sure the meticulous buildup is well-served by the third-act chaos, but will likely see it again.

Jan 26: Color Out of Space. Best bit: the glints of "color" in the ice cubes in Cage's whiskey glass.

Jan 28: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (3D, 2019). The premise is solid but the execution leaves no room to breathe. Good fakeout ending.

Jan 29: The In-Laws (1979). Why is Alan Arkin's rage so delightful to watch?

Feb 1: City of God (2002). I don't know how it escaped me that "Knockout Ned" was played by Seu Jorge.

Feb 1: Oscar (1991). Possibly the best-dressed film ever made. I need a good suit.

Feb 2: The Big Gundown (1966). "Run, Man, Run" might be as close as Ennio Morricone ever got to writing his own version of a James Bond song.
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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#13
Viewings 11-20 here:
http://citizens.trouble.city/showthread....pid4670195

Theatre
Home Video
First Viewing
Rewatch

Feb 4: The Good Dinosaur (3D, 2015). How do the Tyrannosaurs make a campfire with their tiny arms?

Feb 6: In Search of Darkness. Nothing more or less than a 4-hour-plus guided walkthrough of 80s horror films, year by year. Barbara Crampton looks great.

Feb 7: Tanny and the Teenage T-Rex (1993). It's no Frankenhooker. Like, by a loooong shot. But it really wants to be.

Feb 8: Fantastic Fungi. The main thing I learned from this documentary is that I've been mispronouncing the word "fungi" my whole life.

Feb 11: Little Women (35mm). A stunningly assured adaptation. Pugh can't pass for 12 but at least they didn't try any de-aging FX (that I noticed).

Feb 12: Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964). Unusually well-paced, with monster action early and often. The satirical targets are still valid.

Feb 19: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). "This President is not above the law." You tell 'em, Kurt.

Feb 23: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (3D, 2016). Surprising that this movie mutes its vaunted hyper-realism with a meta sideplot about trying to get a movie like this made.

Feb 26: The Long Riders (1978). Pamela Reed should have become a much bigger deal.

Feb 28: The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament, 2016). Utterly charming. The scene with the lost hand is still my favorite.
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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#14
Some of my recent viewing:

- Nothing Sacred (1937) - Carole Lombard's only Technicolor picture, and the first color studio picture to include rear projection and other effects (according to Wikipedia). Slightly more interesting as a historical footnote than a film, but Lombard and Fredric March are both pretty great.

- Now, Voyager (1942) - I find the final third with Tina MUCH less interesting than what preceded it, but Bette Davis? She's pretty good!

- Hollywood Boulevard (1976) - Candice Rialson somehow retains her dignity in this madcap farce with a bit too much rapey humor. Dick Miller is great in this.

- Patty Hearst (1988) - It's ludicrous that Natasha Richardson wasn't nominated for an Oscar for this. I'm still trying to decide if Schrader's late 80s Day-Glo aesthetic is striking or distracting.

- Effects (1980) - My Letterboxd review: "George Romero's Day For Night? John Cassavetes' Cabin in the Woods? I'm wildly overselling this movie by describing it as either of those two things, but this turgidly paced meta-drama-pretending-to-be-a-slasher is surprisingly inventive. I'd love to see this movie remade with a budget of more than 4 dollars."

- King of New York (1990) - watched this for the first time in 25 years after listening to Tarantino discussing it on The Ringer podcast... Good grief, what a terrific movie. It almost feels like Ground Zero for the next 10 or so years of filmmaking.
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#15
Updated my list through the end of January and the start of February.
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#16
Viewings 21-30 here:
http://citizens.trouble.city/showthread....pid4673939

Theatre
Home Video
First Viewing
Rewatch

Feb 29: Iron Man Three (3D, 2013). Remind me again why that Volvo concept car is just parked in that one-stoplight town waiting for Tony to steal it.

Mar 4: Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955). Karel Zeman's naturalistic approach to creature effects is refreshingly different from his American contemporaries.

Mar 5: Zootopia (3D, 2016). Above-average Disney, unexpectedly insightful about cultural relations and conflicts. Plus a Breaking Bad reference!

Mar 8: Invention For Destruction (restored version, 1958). Possibly the most .gif-ready movie ever made.

Mar 10: Onward (3D). Despite the message about avoiding the easy path, we're on rails almost to the end. The 'invisible bridge' is a great 3D setpiece though.

Mar 16: The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1961). A joy to watch, just for its sheer visual ingenuity.

Mar 17: Crawl (2019). Masterfully nasty creature feature pairs a genuinely original premise with strong character work. Should have been a bigger hit.

Mar 27: Wreck-It Ralph (3D, 2012). Still hits all my buttons.

Mar 28: The Jerk (1979). Bernadette's cornet cracks me up every time.

Mar 30: The Tower (1993). Absurd thriller with miscast Paul Reiser battling a homicidal security system. Some nifty Introvision effects.
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#17
Updated through the 1st of March!
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Viewings 31-40 here:
http://citizens.trouble.city/showthread....pid4678930

Theatre
Home Video
First Viewing
Rewatch

Apr 2: El Corazon y la Espada (3D, 1953). Mexican swashbuckler is pretty silly, but the great Katy Jurado seems to be having fun.

Apr 8: Doctor Strange (3D, 2016). The reverse-action fight still rocks.

Apr 20: Used Cars (1980). Watch how Russell palms the ten-dollar bill he "found" when he shakes the mark's hand.

Apr 20: Gemini Man (3D, 2019). I think this does work better at 24 fps. Sure would like a chance to see it at 120 though.

Apr 22: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016). Everyone at the table imitating dilophosaurs

Apr 27: Movie 43 (2013). I feel like quarantine may be affecting my viewing choices.

May 1: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964). Reading up, I'm pleased to learn that the Princess' story was indeed a conscious riff on Roman Holiday.

May 4: Maggie (2014). Unexpectedly on-topic about quarantine and the reasons some people unwisely (but perhaps understandably) resist it.

May 6: Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965). Unusually patchy Godzilla adventure, but this is the one with the shiie dance.

May 8: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* *...but were afraid to ask (1972). My god that long take of Gene Wilder as he grasps the situation.
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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As expected, I fell off from updating this... but now I've got time! Some highlights/lowlights from the quarantine:

- HOLIDAY (1938) - Bought the Criterion and rewatched... I like this just as much as the later Grant/Hepburn joints.
- THEY CAME TOGETHER (2014) - Saw this before, but this rewatch gave me some much-needed laughs... the whole "you can say that again / tell me about it" sequence... oh man
- PINK PANTHER / PINK PANTHER 2 - The Steve Martin remakes. I don't have any allegiance towards the Sellers movies (I'm pretty sure I've only seen bits of them), so I didn't consider this some kind of sacrilege. However, there's no better sign that cabin fever has set in than the fact that these movies gave me a couple of chuckles. These movies are objectively bad, but I still laughed at the guy breaking stuff and hurting himself.
- THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952) - Kirk Douglas has a moment of rage in this which truly took me aback. 
- LA COLLECTIONNEUSE (1968) - The first Rohmer film I've ever seen. At first I thought "this isn't my thing," but by the end, to my surprise, I loved it.
- SHRUNKEN HEADS (1994) - Full Moon Features' idea of a family movie. Truly bonkers.
- THE INVISIBLE MAN (2020) - I really liked this. Special shout-out to those cool opening credits.
- GUILTY AS SIN (1993) - Recommended by molt in the Lumet thread. Loved it! Don Johnson is fantastic, one of his best performances. His character is truly a bastard.
- THE STORY OF A CHEAT (1936) - a delightful tale which kinda petered out for me in the home stretch. Still, the technique is ahead of its time. I was genuinely shocked when I saw it had been released in the mid-30s.
- THE GAME / PANIC ROOM - I think these movies are just as good as Fincher's most acclaimed films, especially THE GAME, which may be my favorite of his at this point. 

Lots more thoughts and viewings and what-not on my Letterboxd page.
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In the best Rohmer films, the characters spend the first half talking themselves into something, and the second half talking themselves right back out of it. Somehow, it's compelling almost every time.
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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Viewings 41-50 here:
http://citizens.trouble.city/showthread....pid4688127

Theatre
Home Video
First Viewing
Rewatch

May 9: The Walk (3D, 2015). Maybe Zemeckis' most emotionally sincere film. Of course, it IS about art for art's sake.

May 13: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966). I don't think I was previously aware of just how many times Mothra pops up in the "Showa period" Godzilla films.

May 22: Son of Godzilla (1967). Is this the first Godzilla movie where nobody dies? The only one?

May 23: Planet Terror (2007). Because suddenly an "Audience Reaction" track is something I want on all my movies.

May 24: Destroy All Monsters (1968). Now this is more like it. There's so much miniature work (and so little location) it's practically Thunderbirds.

May 30: Zootopia (3D, 2016). Even more timely now. There's a bit where a character calls the cops on a minority because she can and it gave me chills.

June 2: Aces: Iron Eagle III (1991). "Why didn't Rachel McLish do more movies?" (dialogue happens) "oh no."
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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