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Monday
Jan032011

January 2011 Screening Log

This is probably ill-advised but I thought I'd record what I watched every day this year. Just as an experiment or a diary in list form.

1 Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy, 2010) B+
2 True Grit (Coen Bros, 2010) second viewing up a tick to "B"
Cyrus (Duplass Bros, 2010) second viewing B-
Solitary Man (Brian Koppelman & David Levien, 2010), partial viewing. Shut it off when Michael Douglas started an affair with an 18 year old and referred to Mary Louise Parker's body as "thick". Not for me. (I had no idea until I just typed this that the theme of the day was two. As in all films were watched on the second day of January, there were two second viewings and all three films were directed by duos.)
3 n/a
4 No Ordinary Family "No Ordinary Friends" C- I don't know why I watch this show. I couldn't tell you.
5 The Comeback "Valerie Does Another Classic Leno" B+ (I'm still on that Lisa Kudrow binge)
Modern Family "Slow Down Your Neighbors" A/A-
It just occurs to me that in a couple of seasons they're going to have to find a gifted Asian child actress to take over the role of "Lily". That's not going to be easy. This cast has no weak spots so the child will have to be hilarious.

6
n/a
7 cabaret show at The Duplex
8 The Princess Diaries (Garry Marshall, 2001). D+
First half with back turned (was computering). Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway have such distinct voices. What was Marshall smoking while directing? Bizarre everything: camera work, acting, staging, blocking.
9 Tangled (Greno & Howard, 2010) 3rd *partial* viewing for this writeup.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975) A-/B+
Unsettling/gorgeous. But reminded me most of inchoate Lynchian dread through a hazy Sofia Coppola so it must have been an influential film.
10 When We Leave (Feo Aladag) B
Germany's Oscar submission

11 Rabbit Hole, The Ghost Writer, A Prophet *partial 2nd and 3rd viewings* for these writeups
No Ordinary Family "No Ordinary Brother" D
12 Downton Abbey (Pt 1. PBS Miniseries) B
Modern Family "Our Children, Ourselves" A-/B+
(the bit about the 3D movie was priceless)
13,14
More partial 2nd and 3rd viewings for most of the top ten writeups.
14
BFCA (for live blogging)
15
For Colored Girls (Tyler Perry, 2010) A/C/F (sometimes all at once!)
A total schizo mess -- whose bright idea was it to keep flipping between the dynamic theatrical verse and banal dialogue you might hear on subpar TV? -- but a couple of A grade performances rescue it. I have to echo what Guy Lodge has been saying: someone get Macy Gray her own Precious level "Mary Jones" part. Let's see what she can do over 2 hours.

16
Golden Globes (for 5 hours of live blogging)
17
Golden Globes ...2nd viewing (I'm not ashamed!)
Downton Abbey (Pt 2 PBS Miniseries) B+
This is surprisingly involving -- The Lovely Laura Linney is presenting each episode. Anyone watching?
18 No Ordinary Family "No Ordinary Detention" D+
This show is so... WHY CAN'T I STOP WATCHING IT? It's hopelessly stoopid.
19-25 Wow, I am doing a TERRIBLE job keeping up this screening log, right? Usually around this time of year I take a break from moviegoing after the glut of Oscar and top ten list prep work and Oscar nominations fervor. Otherwise still watching all the same TV shows

Benjamin Thys & Eugene the Poogene in "Immortal"26 Immortal: The Gilgamesh Variations This is playing in Bushwick, Brooklyn until Sunday night if anyone wants to make last minute theater plans! 

I'll admit up front that I was a biased audience member as two friends of mine were involved behind the scenes (including Gabriel Shanks who you may remember from the blog ModFab) but I marvel at their talents. It's so creatively staged and cohesively executed despite being written by several different playwrights and having a few shocking shifts in tone as the Epic of Gilgamesh is retold. I wasn't familiar with most of the cast but the lead actor Eugene the Poogene (who plays the wild man of the forest Enkidu and Gilgamesh -- since that's a rotating part) was terrific in a disciplined highly physical performance.

Here's some rehearsal footage.

27 Caught up on TV viewing, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock and Ru Paul's Drag Race. Sadly, regarding the latter, I wasn't grabbed by any of the queens. I need someone as cool as Raven but such people are hard to come by.
28-31 Lots of TV. Including catching up with Southland. I hate procedurals so I have no idea why this one appeals to me so much. Can't figure why.

 

Reader Comments (10)

Nice idea!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRemy

I am so in love with this idea!! I do it myself (though not online) since January 2009 and when I get bored in class I just flip through the pages in my agenda remembering films...

Off-topic: I noticed that you include Law of Desire in your 1986 Top 10 but it is actually a 1987 release...

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNoecitos

Noecitos -- good catch thank you. I fixed.

January 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Downton Abbey is airing in Norway too, we've had three episodes so far. I find the series very enjoyable, although I admit I have a penchant for these kind of dramas: British + costume = comfort food :)

Hugh Bonneville and Dan Stevens are always hugely watchable, but the scene-stealer is definitely Maggie Smiths acerbic grand dame. On the whole though, I find myself more interested in the intrigues downstairs than the ones upstairs.The business of the entail and Lady Marys lovelife are not quite as engaging as the mischief of O'Brien and Thomas or the budding romance between Bates and Anna. Not to mention the dark secrets from Carsons past ;)

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMysjkin

Mysjkin -- hey there in NORWAY one of my favorite places. I haven't got all the characters figured out but i love the main maid. And Thomas and the evil maid are totally interesting.

also quite enjoy the new heir and his mom. Maggie Smith has played this role so many times but she is so great at it ;)

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

1945: Have you seen: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp?
1946: Have you seen: A Matter of Life and Death?
1948: Over Madre? (I'd understand, though. Watching Bogart go insane is probably not enjoyable for anyone.)
1949: Have you seen: A Canterbury Tale?
1950: Have you seen: Kind Hearts and Coronets?
1957: Over The Seven Samurai and Paths of Glory?
1961: Have you seen: Rocco and His Brothers?
1963: Have you seen: The Leopard?
1964: Have you seen: Dr. Strangelove?
1966: Have you seen: The Battle of Algiers?
1967: Have seen: Le Samourai?
1969: Have you seen: Z?
1970: Have you seen: Performance or (dead on bat-bleep crazy parody) Beyond the Valley of the Dolls?
1971: Have you seen: Get Carter or Sunday Bloody Sunday?
1972: Have you seen: Tokyo Story? (This was it's US year of release. I know how you work, even though I count a film
1973: Have you seen: Mean Streets or The Spirit of the Beehive?
1976: Have you seen: The Outlaw Josey Wales or Bugsey Malone?
1977: Have you seen: Eraserhead, Suspiria or Killer of Sheep?
1978: Have you seen: The Tree of Wooden Clogs?
1986: Blue Velvet (have you seen the three hour cut of Betty Blue?)
1989: The Killer or The Decalogue.
(Have you seen Local Hero (83), Withnail and I or Evil Dead 2? (both 87))
93: As I mentioned before, Army of Darkness. (I have two MAJOR RAIMIs left: Darkman and A Simple Plan. Those'd probably make my 1990 + 1998 top 10s. Raimi has 5 minor films: Crimewave, Spider-Man 3, The Gift, For Love of the Game and The Quick and The Dead.)
94: Leon is better than Reality Bites. (Although, I know you dislike the child killer thing. That's okay, the movie understands it better than, say, Kick-Ass.)
95: No Heat?
96: No Lone Star?
00s: Don't get the affection for the Spider-Man movies. If they're going quipless again, I'm dodging the newer ones as well. (Drag Me was him going back to a proven stomping ground: It's bigger, it's badder, it's more resonant to the time, it's a modern Horror Comedy and it's actually both extremely scary and gutbustingly funny.)
P.S.: Did you read my apology. As I wrote: I mis-typed. I'm actually closer to a misanthrope.

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Could you write a complete review for “For Colored Girls”? I want to know exactly want major problems you had with it, along with what performances you enjoyed best.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtfu11

/ertfull i'm not going to write a whole review but i will write a bit more about it in the film bitch awars since it has two nominations coming up.

January 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I can't stop watching "No Ordinary Family" either. I feel like every episode is equal parts enthralling and awful -- and not in a tongue-in-cheek way.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H

Troy -- right? plotholes so big i have expect my entire cable service to fall in and disappear.

February 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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