Monday, February 29, 2016
Films That I Saw: February 2016
It’s been more than a month since David Bowie’s passing and not only am I still not over it but I would often find myself losing it at times. Whether it’s through a song or the recent tribute at the BRIT Awards by Bowie’s band and Lorde who did a damn good version of Life on Mars? As I’m now currently finishing up the 29 Days of Bowie series with one more piece on his final album * which is probably going to be the hardest as it’s obvious that I’ll spend writing it in tears. I just didn’t expect it to hit me this hard as there’s days where I’m just a wreck but there’s moments where I’m just beyond angry and on the edge at times. The 29 Days of Bowie project definitely kept me from not just watching films but also kept me from writing about them as well as other projects as I needed time to come to terms with this loss.
The series has been helpful in not just discovering more about his music but also in uncovering gems as there’s certain songs of his that have stuck out. There’s still some compilations and live albums that I haven’t covered yet I plan to later on as I’ve also decided to revive my music blog for good but it will not be like what it used to be. I’ve decided to do a monthly review on new albums that I’ve been hearing and what to check out but I’m also thinking about doing a profile on a classic album rather than write an essay which has become too time-consuming and often ending up being unfinished. I’m also thinking of using the site to make lists on what albums by certain artists or bands to check out and what to avoid as I’m hopefully going to do one on Bowie for a similar project called 14 More Days of Bowie or something like that.
In the month of February, I saw a total of 25 films in 15 first-timers and 10 re-watches as I’m not entirely surprised considering that I just didn’t see a lot of films this month. Yet, one of the highlights of the month has been my Blind Spot pick in Le Voyage dans le Lune which is a must-see. Here are the Top 10 First-Timers for February 2016:
2. Schindler's List
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4. Black Moon
5. Hearts and Minds
6. Hail, Caesar!
7. Furious 7
8. Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall
10. Ryan's Daughter
I said I was never going to watch this and well, I did. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be as there were some funny moments thanks in part to Peter Dinklage who could pretty much do no wrong. I also loved the idea of Michelle Monaghan killing a fucking Smurf of all things as I actually laughed at that as well as the cameo from Hall & Oates. Other than that, it was just mediocre while I was more annoyed by a lot of the 80s anachronisms and some of the crude jokes made towards women in the film which was expected from someone like Adam Sandler.
This was actually alright as I’m not really into disaster movies but this was actually engaging. Thanks in part to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who provides some depth into his role but also some dramatic weight over the stakes in the film. I also enjoyed the performances of Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, and Paul Giamatti as they manage to rise above the material no matter how clichéd it is. Even in the fact that it’s a film that involves the death of a lot of people including a pop icon in Kylie Minogue who decides to do a big budget remake of her moment in Holy Motors.
Top 10 Re-Watches:
2. Inside Out
3. To the Wonder
4. Kingsman: The Secret Service
5. Kung Fu Panda
6. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?
7. Super Troopers
10. Memoirs of an Invisible Man
That is all for February. March will be a return of sorts of regular film-watching as well as works on the delayed-Auteurs piece on Steve McQueen that will be followed by Terry Zwigoff as the latter will feature reviews of Bad Santa and Crumb. Along with some reviews of films from last year or recently, there are films that will be covered based on this list that I hope to watch. Until then, this is thevoid99 signing off…
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