Friday, 1 February 2013

The Month that was- January

     I don't even know where this month went. It was like a bad hangover except nothing of that or well, any sort happened. I am currently on rocky grounds with movies- I can't seem to watch or write about them. It maybe the pressure of finishing 300 new-to-me films at the end of last year and all the awards talk and whatnot, but yes, it is pretty bad. January started out fine; for a while I even thought that I will be able to continue my streak of averaging 1-2 movies per day. However it was not meant to be because then I fell in love with Noel Fielding and everything went downhill. Sort of. I literally want to sit and watch his stuff all the time now, it's so weird. I started a lot of posts as well, but currently they are rotting in my drafts folder. Anyways, here are the things I saw in January.

Firsts:
1) Zero Dark Thirty- I liked it more than The Hurt Locker (which isn't saying much) and the second-half of the film was pretty good, but it has completely vanished from my memory already.
2) Woody Allen: A Documentary- Though this wasn't the director's cut, I loved every second of it. Woody Allen is my favourite person in the world.
3) Django Unchained- FUCKING AWESOME!!!!
4) Anna Karenina- I thought it was just so gorgeous. I really enjoyed it.
5) The Imposter- So, so creepy. I prefer my film-world, thanks.
6) Paranorman- It was pretty good, and the last act really elevated it.
7) Celeste and Jesse Forever- I thought it was really sweet and smart.
8) Gangster Squad- So Gosling *did* fuck up his voice for this. Still, the best thing about this v. v. mediocre movie.
9) Les Miserables- I liked it a lot, very surprisingly. Might have even loved it were it not for Russell Crowe's "singing".
10) Silver Linings Playbook- Absolutely loved it. Wasn't expecting to. Must rewatch. JLaw for all of the awards!
11) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- I really liked it. It captured many elements of India really well, probably better than any other non-Indian film I have seen. The cast was lovely as well.
12) Cache- Successfully unsettled. Are you happy now, Michael Haneke?
13) The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie- I was a bit baffled while watching it, but looking back on it, I did enjoy it.
14) Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola- A number of surprising concepts in the film, though not executed as well as it could have been. Still, I love Anushka Sharma so much!
15) Oslo, August 31st- It was very beautiful and very sad. The scene where the picture given above is taken from is one I am not going to forget any time soon.
16) English Vinglish- Excellent film. Easily the best Indian film of last year. I recommend it to everyone.
17) The Sessions- Quite good, story and performance wise.
18) Dhobi Ghat- Pretty spectacular. Saw it in film studies and fell in love.


Rewatched:
1) The Boat that Rocked- Last film of 2012 and first film of 2013. I regret nothing.
2) Breathless- In film studies. Jean Paul Belmondo is a sexy beast.
3) Bachelorette- I heart this film so much.
4) Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist- I heart this film so much more.
5) Skyfall- I needed everyone I know to have watched this.
6) The Cabin in the Woods- Man, that homicidal unicorn!
7) The Perks of Being a Wallflower- This film kills me.
8) The 400 Blows- Rewatched it after a very long time in film studies. God, it is stunning!
9) Les Miserables- Cosette sucks.
10) Django Unchained- Loved Django so much more this time around.


Shorts: 
Paperman- Disney's Oscar nominated short is one for the ages. So adorable, simple and complex at the same time and with loads of heart.


TV shows:
1) Breaking Bad, season 4- Holy shit, what is this show?! Blown away. Gus :O :O
2) Homeland, season 1- I quite liked it, but then again, not that much.
3) The Hour, series 1 & 2- Ben Whishaw, you beauty! It's pretty good, especially the second series, but bloody cliffhangers. *shakes fist* BRITISH TELEVISION!
4) American Horror Story: Asylum- I absolutely loved this season. It was batshit crazy and so much fun, and extremely cinematic. There were Nazis, aliens, nuns, serial killers, Anne Frank, Satan and even a bit of breast feeding (eugh). a) Favourite episode- "Unholy Night" and "Split Milk". The former for all the Christmassy madness and the latter because of Lana and how freaking amazing it looked. b) MVP- Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters and Lily Rabe as Sister Mary Eunice. Lana is one of the most badass female characters I have seen in television. This series could not have had a better hero. And Sister Satan is so cool and evil. That dance scene! c) Favourite quotes- Sister Mary Eunice's always affable humour, "Did you celebrate Christmas in your Nazi household?" And the moment I truly fell for Lana, "One day, I’ll bury you."
5) The Mighty Boosh, series 1 & 2- This is such a weird show, but also  incredibly funny. I'm so in love with Vince Noir, even though I think I am a lot like Howard Moon (maybe that's why). Noel Fielding is very pretty.
6) All the Never Mind the Buzzcocks episodes feat. Noel Fielding- Yeah... It's fun. He's pretty.


Final tally:
                        First- 18                        Rewatched- 10                         Shorts- 1
                                                                  Total- 29


         With February comes Oscars and exams. I don't think I will be watching many films (I better not), but I need to rewatch certain favourites of the year and some nominated films. I will hopefully publish some of the posts that I started this month and also come out with my best of 2012 lists. Let's do this!

14 comments:

  1. That Paperman short is amazing. I think it's one of the best things Disney has put out.

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    1. Definitely. It's absolutely lovely.

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  2. Dude, You finally saw English Vinglish !! Yup, Best Hindi movie of the year, BY FAR.

    Great month otherwise. I saw The Sessions and The Imposter too and loved them both. They will be very high up in my Top 10. I had a very similar experience with Discreet Charm. I had no idea what the hell was happening but somewhere around the end, I realised and it all made so much more sense.

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    1. I DID!! IT IS!!

      Neither of them will be in my top 10, but I did really like them. Glad to know I wasn't alone in regards to Discreet Charm.

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  3. I really want to see Oslo, August 31st, it's been on my list for along time, and I probably will, soon!
    I loved Paperman, one of the sweetest things I have seen in a long time!

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  4. Glad you like Breaking Bad and AHS so much! I really need to start Breaking bad rewatch soon. Season 4 was amazing.

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    1. They are fantastic shows. Season 4 was beyond brilliant.

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  5. Such a great, great month... where do I start?
    Woody Allen - One of my favourite directors too, I just love that guy.
    Django Unchained - Awesome indeed, though not just as awesome as his other movies.
    Silver Linings - Same as you, didn't expect much and it became one of my 2012 favourites.
    Dhobi Ghat - Yeah! This movie is so uh-mazing!
    The Boat that Rocked - Didn't know anybody else in the world likes this movie!
    Breathless - Rawwrrrr...
    Perks - I can't wait for the DVD to re-watch it!

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    1. Yes to everything, my friend :)

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  6. Excellent post, I really need to see Django now.

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  7. Yay! You liked Oslo, August 31st and Cache! :) I really need to see The Boat That Rocked. Never got around to it for some reason.

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    1. I won't say that I liked Cache. I respected it.

      You should, it's loads of fun.

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