And now it’s time for some minor blog maintenance. 2013 continues to be the year I am not really blogging. 2013 also continues to be the year I’m not really watching movies. My grand total stands at an abysmal 91. What can I say? Muddled Brain is a weird thing. But. But! Now that it is Oscar season, I’m starting to watch movies again. Here is what I saw in August, September, and October.
The Impossible (dir. J.A. Bayona, 2012)
Tsunamis! Destruction! Sad British children! Emotions! Fine, The Impossible often had me in tears. You win this round, Watts.
Crazy Stupid Love (dir. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, 2011)
The year of Ryan Gosling and Ryan Gosling’s abs was one of the greatest in all of cinema.
Blue Jasmine (dir. Woody Allen, 2013)
I am obsessed with Blue Jasmine. Cate Blanchett’s performance is utterly fantastic.
The Well-Digger’s Daughter (dir. Daniel Auteuil, 2011)[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5Z2zG6xMA0]
You know the story about a country girl who falls madly in love with an airman and then he goes off to fight a war and then he dies and she’s left to raise his baby in the fields? That’s essentially World War I in a nutshell.
L’Avventura (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)
One of my all-time favorite movies. [Related Post: So it Goes: Still Blogging]
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (dir. Lasse Hallström, 2011)
12 Years A Slave (dir. Steve McQueen, 2013)
One of the most powerful and affecting films you will see this year. [Related Post: The Song of Solomon]
Greenberg (dir. Noah Baumbach, 2010)
What do you get when you pair to two unappealing characters with irritating problems: Greenberg.
Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2010)
Sandra Bullock drives a space pod the same way I drive a car. Closes eyes and shouts: “Stop! Stop! Stop!”
The Vicious Kind (dir. Lee Toland Krieger, 2009)
When you’re used to Ben Wyatt, it’s surreal to see Adam Scott in an edgy and dark role.
I Don’t Know How She Does It (dir. Douglas McGrath, 2011)
And I don’t really care how she does it.
King Creole (dir. Michael Curtiz, 1958)
Without a doubt, my favorite Elvis movie. [Related post: The Elvis Files – King Creole]
Les Lyonnais (dir. Olivier Marchal, 2011)[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqUzVJnNw70]
A typical gangster movie where the events from the 1970s catch up with the protagonists – this time with French people!