Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Films That I Saw: June 2015



Summer is heating up and it’s not really a good thing as I’m not really fond of warm weather as I prefer to stay home. Yet, I’ve been spending much of my time at home because there isn’t a lot going on and I don’t have a lot of money which forced me to miss the Stones playing at Bobby Dodd Stadium earlier this month. Then again, I’m not surprised that I missed since I rarely have the kind of money to see something like this though I do hope they will come to Atlanta once again and I hope to have the money this time around. At the same time, I’ve been slowing things down now as there’s days where I would watch a movie and end up not watching it.

Largely because I just don’t have the urge to do anything and I’ve been sleeping very late recently. I sometimes have bad insomnia spells as I couldn’t sleep and would end up waking up nearly noon or something. Plus, I’m dealing with my dog Prissy who is very old as she’s pissing on the floor a lot and is becoming blind. It’s just pretty overwhelming these days as I decided to just slow down.


In the month of June, I saw a total of 26 films in 13 first-timers and 13 re-watches plus six episodes of the first season of Twin Peaks as part of my summer marathon devoted to the series. Definitely down from last month due to other activities and such. The highlight of the month was definitely my Blind Spot assignment in The Long Goodbye. Here are the top 10 First-Timers I saw for June 2015:

1. Il Sorpasso


2. Tom at the Farm


3. Spy


4. Dreams


5. Love is Strange


6. Carne


7. Pretty Baby


8. Altman


9. All These Women


10. Magic in the Moonlight


Monthly Mini-Reviews:

Premature


This was a weird but funny teen sex comedy that mixes the elements of Groundhog Day in which a young high school kid is forced to relive one of the worst days of his life and at the worst time when he’s being interviewed to attend a prestigious college. It is quite funny while the real star is Alan Tudyk in a cameo role as the college representative who is going through a divorce as it’s very silly but funny in terms of what a kid will do to lose his virginity to the hottest girl in school.

Top 10 Re-Watches:

1. Gone Girl


2. The Empire Strikes Back


3. Spaceballs


4. Star Wars


5. Superman Returns


6. Return of the Jedi


7. Just Friends


8. Stick It


9. Revenge of the Sith


10. Blades of Glory


Well, that is all in July. Tomorrow in honor of Canada Day, my Auteurs piece on Xavier Dolan will come out as I will start work on my next subject in Bennett Miller. I will also release my list of 150 Favorite Films (that isn’t Lost in Translation) from 2000 to 2015 to celebrate my 15 years in writing reviews. Along with theatrical releases like Inside Out, Magic Mike XXL, Vacation, and hopefully a few others. I will release a new list of films that I think should be in the Criterion Collection in conjunction with Barnes & Nobles’ Criterion sale and reviews of films by the Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah, and Warren Beatty along with some recent releases. The Star Wars and Twin Peaks marathon will continue where in the former, I will finally watch the infamous Holiday Special. Until then, may the Schwartz be with you….

© thevoid99 2015

9 comments:

Chris said...

Spaceballs is a spoof that still holds up, the lampooning of Star Wars worked well. Besides Blazing Saddles, it's the most fun I had with a Mel Brooks comedy.

I hope your insomnia clears up soon(energy from food keeps you awake so I would avoid eating too close to bedtime). Sorry to hear about your dog going through some problems.

Ruth said...

Hi Steven! Cool that a Blindspot film is your fave of the month, I actually didn't get to see any this month, just didn't have time for it.

Btw, you rewatched Superman Returns, what do you think about that movie? I have mixed feelings about it, I like some parts but the ending w/ the kid is just preposterous.

thevoid99 said...

@Chris-I don't eat very much before I go to bed. It's just something I don't do anymore. I don't know why I've gotten insomnia.

@Ruth-I'm in that minority that loves Superman Returns. I was really into it in the theaters and I still enjoy it. I think it's the best film since the first Superman back in 1978.

Wendell Ottley said...

I love Gone Girl, but you went the extra mile putting it above some of the heavyweights you watched in June. Wow. I don't love Superman Returns, but I do like it and find it underrated. I thought Spacey killed it as Luthor.

thevoid99 said...

@Wendell-I thought Spacey was great as Lex Luthor. He had the look and the humor to play that character.

msmariah said...

You had a very active movie month. I love 'Spaceballs.' It's probably one of my favorite movies of all time. Like Wendell, I'm not a fan of 'Superman Returns.' However, I do think Spacey is a much better Lex than the new Lex...Jesse Eisenberg. I don't get that casting decision in the new Superman franchise.

thevoid99 said...

@msmariah-Well, I actually like Jesse Eisenberg so I would wait to see what he can do as Lex Luthor so let's not be too harsh on him.

Ruth said...

I think Superman Returns is better than many critics/people made it out to be. I like many aspects about it too, the only parts I hated was the ending w/ the Supes' kid. They used the same dialog as what Brando said in the original Superman film 'seeing the world through your eyes...' etc. and it felt forced. It just didn't ring true to me. But then again, the ending of the first Superman film where Supes turned back time bothered me, too.

thevoid99 said...

@ruth-Yeah, the ending was quite flawed but I would rather accept those flaws than anything on Man of Steel.