Friday 5 December 2014

The Month that was- November

         It's December again -.- Another goddamn year wasted. November wasn't though, at least movie-wise, what with the film festival and Noirvember going on. It's a good thing that I managed to watch as many movies as I did (41 in all) because my exams start in January and I *really* need to study :/


1) Solaris- This put me to sleep... thrice :/
2) Anari- It was really touching. "Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe Ho Nisar" is a great song.
3) Two Days, One Night- I loved it so much. I love films that celebrate little victories. The subject matter of this may seem trivial but it *is* important to the characters in the film and it does justice to that, and to them. Marion Cotillard was really fantastic too.
4) Blazing Saddles- So funny. Also, I could have never, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER expected that climax ever. Woahhh.
5) The Lady from Shanghai- Noirvember! I really liked it for most of it but that last 8 minutes or so is fucking insane! WOOOOOAAHHHH!! Also, I heart all of Rita Hayworth's costumes in this.
6) Laura- Noirvember!! I loved it. Yes, it was campy and a bit ridiculous but so much fun!
7) The Big Heat- Noirvember!!! This was a really genius film. You think it is one thing but it ends up being about something else entirely.
8) Big Hero 6- So much fun with a great warmth in it. And it was gorgeous too! I want a Baymax. I also want the older brother who's totes giving Hiccup a run for his money for the Hottest Animated Character of the Year Award.
9) The Killing- Noirvember!!!! It starts out a bit slow and confusing but my mouth literally fell open twice towards the end and not that many movies manage to do that anymore. Excellent!
10) Charlie's Country- Eye-opening but still very slow.
11) Geronimo- My least favourite film of KIFF. What a hot mess.
12) These Are the Rules- One of the most surprisingly good films we saw at KIFF. Incredible handling of death.
13) Pasolini- Eh. Pretty forgettable in spite of super uncomfortable sex scenes.
14) The Search- I was very emotionally invested in this. I liked it quite a bit.
15) Ciudad Delirio- SO cute! Yaay for random salsa romcoms mid-super serious film festivals!
16) Interstellar- I liked it but it's already kind of gone from my head. I remember being annoyed at the end because to me it made no sense. Yeahh.
17) Kaafiron Ki Namaz- Weird, funny, outrageous and super-theatrical. Liked it more than I had expected to.
18) Refugiado- I like simple, effective stories and this was one. The kid in this was very cute too.
19) Omar- The movie where I found my next dream husband. Adam Bakri, you beauty. Also, it was a really good film. 
20) The Two Faces of January- So straightforward and kind of bland. Did anyone else think that Oscar Isaac looked a bit like young Al Pacino in this?
21) The Guest- I loved it. Twisted and fun and hot, mostly because of Dan Stevens. Who knew Matthew Crawley had this in him? And what a soundtrack!
22) Mommy- It literally gave me all of the feels, so much so that I didn't know how to react after it was over. Amazing. One of my favourites of the year.
23) John Wick- This film is a blast. The action scenes were fucking awesome and I loved how the whole crime syndicate was like a dysfunctional family.
24) The Elephant Song- I thought it was trying to be smarter than it was. Dolan was good.
25) Whiplash- What a film. What an experience. Energizes every atom in your body. Love love love!!
26) The Thin Blue Line- So important and still kind of shocking.
27) Breathe In- I liked the performances and the music a lot. Guy Pearce is one hot fucker.
28) 3-Iron- Really weird but I liked it a lot. So romantic though it gets a tad too creepy at one point *shifts uncomfortably*.
29) Waltz with Bashir- Definitely worth the hype. That last part just pierces through you.
30) What We Do in the Shadows- SOOO funny! AND clever. 2014: the year vampires became awesome again.
31) Magic in the Moonlight- Charming but forgettable. Some lines were really lovely though, as was Emma Stone.
32) Gun Crazy- Noirvember!!!!! I really liked this one too. Peggy Cummins was excellent and John Dall was really handsome.
33) Kiss Me Deadly- Noirvember!!!!!! This was probably my least favourite of the noirs I saw. I thought it dragged a bit. The ending was something though.


1) Gone Girl- In India this time. They censored "cunt" and "pussy" but left "cum-on-me tits" in there. I don't understand.
2) Out of Sight- For our Neo-Noirvember (!!!!!!!) episode. I was probably asexual when I first saw it because how the fuck did my ovaries not explode then? Anyways, they're gone now, all thanks to Clooney in the fucking bathtub.
3) Lolita- First film of KIFF. I forgot how excellent Shelley Winters was in this.
4) 2001: A Space Odyssey- Honestly, the whole fest would have been worth it just to see this on a big screen. Gorgeosity itself.
5) Nymphomaniac vol. 1- With added uncensored stuff. I still love this film. It makes me laugh. Bite me.
6) Dr. Strangelove- Is there anything funnier than listening to General Ripper talk about bodily fluids?
7) Obvious Child- For our podcast. I seriously love this film to bits. More films like this, please and thank you.
8) Guardians of the Galaxy- Watched it as soon as the DVD arrived. It's brilliant and I don't care if you agree or not *finger on the throat means death*.

TV shows:

Doctor Who, series 8- An excellent, excellent series and great work from Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. I have a post on this half-ready and I will finish it very soon.

Final tally:
                                            Firsts- 206                                            Rewatched- 64
                                                                         Total- 270

            That's all for now. I will definitely post some stuff in December + this blog turns 5 if you can believe it. How time flies etc. Bye!


  1. Good gracious, girl, you watched quite a bit!! I'm glad you liked Obvious Child enough to podcast it...definitely a gem :)

    1. Haha I tried. Yess it was so great!!

  2. Obvious Child is a very clever way of saying something big about an important issue - choice. I liked that she didn't go all, we should keep it, track when he came to her life again and it was sort of.. sweet and logical that he stayed with her as well. I feel like there are so many openly minded people out there, people we might even be scared of because they have no filter.

    A lot of movies though.. wow.. WOW!

    1. Yep, exactly. The no-filter thing caught me off-guard first but I loved it. I loved it all!

      Thanks :P

  3. Congrats on your pending 5th year anniversary! I forgot our blogs were the same age!

    I'm sorry Solaris put you to sleep. It's a slow and portentous movie that works best for fans of silver age sci-fi books (the story is by one of the masters of the genre). Was it the Russian version or Clooney & Soderbergh?

    Big Hero 6 wasn't perfect, but it was the funniest film of the year to me. It was gloriously fun to laugh to the point of tears with my friends as we sat in our seats. We only saw it, though, because Whiplash was sold out. Maybe I'll see it soon.

    I'm sorry you found interstellar forgettable. I mostly loved it, though my brain did feel terribly numb when I left the theater. You can read the two posts I just wrote about it, though! Those may remind you of many of the details...

    The Lady from Shanghai is a classic, and so fine (but yeah, crazy ending), and The Killing is a real masterpiece by a young Kubrick.

    And, uh, yeah, I haven't seen Gone Girl, but India's censorship policies sound f--king insane.

    Check out Babadook if you can! It's superb!

    1. Ooo yes, I forget that too. You know this makes us middle-aged in blog years :P

      It was the Russian version. Idk if I should give the Clooney version a go.

      It was hilarious and lovely. WATCH WHIPLASH!!!!!!

      I might have liked it more if it wasn't followed by brilliance such as Mommy and Whiplash, or even The Guest and John Wick. I will read your posts soon, I promise!

      I loved the ending of Lady from Shanghai btw. I don't think I made that clear. It was fucked up in all the right ways. The Killing was amazing. I have even more love and respect for Kubrick now.

      Watch Gone Girl pleeaaaaseeeeeee!! So good.

      I have seen Babadook and totally loved it :)

  4. Ugh. Two Days, One Night is, like, the only film I HAVE to see from last year. Pretty sure that will be high on my top 10 list. :)

    Oh, Guardians of the Galaxy is so much fun! I rewatched it recently, and it's still very entertaining.

    1. You must! It probably will. It's fantastic.