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November Screening Log

Best of the new shows: Revenge01 J EDGAR which is still under embargo though everybody seems to be talking about it openly which makes me wonder what good embargoes are? So odd. I'll have an interview up soon.

I also spent this day deleting shows from my DVR that I will keep watching if they stay on there even though they're not worth my time* So Goodbye: Terra Nova, Once Upon a Time, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead. On the bubble: Prime Suspect (loved it at first because Bello is A grade but it's really just a procedural so...)  Shanté You Stay: Revenge (♥), Ringer (guilty pleasure), New Girl (hilarious though I get why it would give some people hives) and various regulars that haven't worn out their welcome yet.

02 THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN which is also under embargo despite already being open in the UK and being reviewed in a bajillion places. (Embargoes be so weird!)  I spent the whole movie wishing I could actually look at a 2D Jamie Bell instead of a mocapped 3D version of him which tells you more about my own preferences than about the movie itself. 
03 LIKE CRAZY. I am officially the last Oscar pundit to see this movie. I liked it so much more than I was expecting to given everything I've heard about it (but still less than I was hoping given the Sundance hype). Everyone fell in love with Felicity Jones when this premiered but for me, I fell back in (mild) love with Anton Yelchin who I'd totally lost interest in. And was reminded that Jennifer Lawrence is a babe and a half. Zowie.
04-06 Finished emptying out the DVR. Have I ever told you how much I love NURSE JACKIE? I really do.
07-08 SUPERCLASICO Denmark's Oscar Submission was the only movie I watched but doing lots of movie-ish lunches for Oscar campaigns. So fun. Paprika Steen is always so worth watching.
09 NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Liked it much more than I was expecting to, actually. Must have had the same casting director as "The New Girl" since 'ironic girl' and the male lead from New Girl were both there.
10 PARKS & RECREATION.I think Ben and Leslie are maybe the best couple on television. And some more NURSE JACKIE which is just so smart and distinctive.
11 PUSS IN BOOTS tonight. Is it weird that I'm super excited for it? 

PROJECT NIM, THE ARBOR, BRIDESMAIDS --- All half-assed rewatches while I worked. Then HANNA (wow that took me a lont time to get around to) and the Norwegian Oscar submission HAPPY HAPPY
14-22 Mostly I've been doing second viewings of screeners... but the highlights of this week were four: meeting THE MUPPETS again at long last, a Moma event honoring JOHN WATERS, a screening of YOUNG ADULT with the cast and an all guild screening of HUGO with the filmmakers.
23 Was meant to see THE IRON LADY on this day but they significantly overbooked the screening. Boo
24 The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and then later "A Very Gaga Christmas" which was... unfortunate.
25 DRIVE for the third time with three friends who had never seen it. Still love. It's weird though as each time I feel more outside of it looking in but I find it fascinating still.  
26 THE HELP again. Goddamn but Viola Davis is superb in that movie. she is kind she is smart she is important...totally elevates the whole thing. 

* NOT WORTH THE TIME for television indicates series that suck up precious eyeball time that you could be devoting to movies you haven't seen. If you find yourself watching TV shows regularly that you don't really enjoy but it's just habit (I believe this is an epidemic in the world) PLEASE delete them from your DVRs and watch classic movies instead. For every two weeks of a habit-forming TV drama you can see a classic movie you've never seen before! It will instantly make you both a more cultured person and a happier one. 

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