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Tuesday
Apr302013

2013 Films, By Grade Only

A perfection

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) brief note
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach) CapsuleMichael's Reviewon Greta Gerwig 
NO (Pablo Larrain) Review, best foreign filmNathaniel on CNNi 
Short Term 12 (Destin Cretton) ReviewInterview

A- amazingness

Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
American Hustle (David O. Russell)

B+ really very good at what they do... not to be missed

All The Light in the Sky (Joe Swanberg) notes 
Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh) review
Blancanieves (Pablo Berger) capsule 
Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen) reviewpodcast
Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass) 
Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener) 
Gloria (Sebastián Lelio)
Her (Spike Jonze)
Iron Man Three (Shane Black) ReviewPanel Culture 
Pioneer (Erik Skjoldbaerg)  capsule 
Prisoners (Dennis Villeneuve) 
Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine) 
Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan)  review  

B recommended 


All is Lost (JC Chandor)
The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola)
Great Beauty, The (Paolo Sorrentino)
I Am Divine (Jeffrey Schwartz)
I'm So Excited (Pedro Almodóvar) review
The Heat (Paul Feig) review 
Honeymoon (Jan Hrebejk) capsule
Mud (Jeff Nichols) capsule 
Pit Stop (Yen Tan) 
The Spectacular Now (James Ponsoldt)  PodcastMichael's Review
Sma Citroner Gula (Teresa Fabik)
This is Martin Bonner (Chad Hartigan) notes  
Young and Beautiful (François Ozon) capsule
World War Z (Marc Forster) review 

B- Recommended with Reservations / Toss Up 

(Pablo Stoll)
Breakfast with Curtis (Laura Colella) notes
Caesar Must Die (Vitorrio & Paolo Taviani) capsule  
Deep, The (Baltasar Kormakuv) capsule 
The East (Zal Batmanglij) review
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) Review

The Land of Eb (Andrew Williamson) 
Lee Daniels' The Butler (Lee Daniels)
Place Beyond the Pines, The (Derek Cianfrance) Review  
What Maisie Knew (Scott McGehee & David Segal) review 
Warm Bodies (Jonathan Levine) makeup 

C+/C strong elements, weak whole OR exceedingly proficient but unexciting

Abuse of Weakness (Catherine Breillat) capsule 
The Conjuring (James Wan)
Elysium (Neill Blomkamp) ReviewPodcast
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) Review
Il Futuro (Alicia Scherson) 
The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann)  ReviewDream I Had 
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) Capsule
Kiss of the Damned (Xan Cassavettes)
Labor Day (Jason Reitman) Review
Lovelace (Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman) Podcast
Man of Steel (Zach Snyder)  Panel Culture
The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On (Drew Denny) 
Oz: The Great and Powerful (Sam Raimi) Review 
The Past (Asghar Farhadi)  review 

Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh) InterviewPodcastPosterized  
Stoker (Park Chan Wook) Review 
Kon-Tiki (Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg) capsule   
Upstream Color (Shane Carruth) 
The Worlds End (Edgar Wright)
Yossi (Eytan Fox) Capsule 

C- Didn't work or offputting in some substantial way

Cold Lands (Tom Gilroy) 
The History of Future Folk (John Mitchell & Jeremy Kipp Walker) 
I Give It A Year (Dan Mazer)
I Used to Be Darker (Matthew Porterfield) 
Jack the Giant Slayer (Bryan Singer) Review 
The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski) Review
Man of Steel (Zach Snyder) Podcast
Monsters University (Dan Scanlon) Review
Prince Avalanche (David Gordon Green) 
Simon Killer (Antonio Campos) 
Some Girl(s) (Daisy von Scherler Mayer) notes 
The Sunshine Boys (Kim Tae-gon)  

D+/D Ugh

Bastards (Claire Denis)
Gangster Squad (Ruben Fleischer)  Michael's Review
Only God Forgives (Nicholas Winding Refn) Michael's Review
A Teacher (Hannah Fidell) 
The Wolverine (James Mangold)  Review

D-/F Run away! Run away!

Beautiful Creatures (Richard LaGravanese)
Good Day To Die Hard, A (John Moore)  Posterized 
Identity Thief (Seth Gordon) capsule 

 

 

Wednesday
Jan022013

2012 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

Titles are listed alphabetically 
(Or: listed in groups by grade

110 Films
Last Update 2/11/13
Title (Director) Grade #of times seen if more than 1 Reviews if applicable 

Rachel Weisz lusts uncontrollably for Tom Hiddleston. No one blames her.

Alpha Order 2012

21 Jump Street (Phil Lord & Chris Miller) B+ Review 
28 Hotel Rooms (Matt Ross) B- Capsule

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
(Timur Bekmambetov) D+ 
Amazing Spider-Man, The (Marc Webb) C- Review 
Amour (Michael Haneke) A- Review 
Anna Karenina (Joe Wright) B+ Capsule
Any Day Now (Travis Fine) C Interview 
Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki) C
Argo (Ben Affleck) B
Avengers, The (Joss Whedon) B+²  Review | Sequel Wishlist | In-Flight ReScreen

Bachelorette (Lesley Headland)Beau's Take | Leslye Headland Guest Blog
Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (Marie Losier) D+ 
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Behn Zeitlin) A- Capsule  
Beloved (Christophe Honore) C+
Bernie (Richard Linklater) C
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (John Madden) B- Review 
Brave (Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell) B² Capsule 
Bullhead (Michael R Roskam) B+ 

Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard) C+ 
Chronicle (Josh Trank) B- Overrated List
Cloud Atlas
(Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer) F Capsule
Compliance (Craig Zobel) C- Review & Interview
Cosmopolis 
(David Cronenberg) B+ Beau's Take 

Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman) B-
Dark Knight Rises, The (Chris Nolan) B- Review
Dark Shadows (Tim Burton) Review 
Declaration of War (Valérie Donzelli) B+ 
Deep Blue Sea
(Terence Davies) B/B+
Django Unchained
(Quentin Tarantino) B Various Posts

End of Watch (David Ayer) B+

Farewell My Queen (Benoît Jacquot) B+ Review
Flight (Robert Zemeckis) B- Review
For a Good Time, Call... (Jamie Travis) C+ Capsule 
Frankenweenie (Tim Burton) B+ original short | Capsule

Gayby (Jonathan Lipsicki) B+ Capsule | Interview 
Ginger and Rosa (Sally Potter) B²

Haywire (Steven Soderbergh) C Review 
Hello I Must Be Going (Todd Louiso) B Melanie Lynskey Guest Blog
Hit So Hard (P David Ebersole) 
Hitchcock (Sacha Gervasi) C+ Review
Holy Motors (Leos Carax) B+ Capsule
Hope Springs (David Frankel) Capsule 
How to Survive a Plague (David France) B+ 
The House I Live In (Eugene Jarecki) B+
Hunger Games (Gary Ross) B- Review 

I Want Your Love (Travis Mathews) Interview
The Impossible (Juan Antonio Bayona) C+ 
The Invisible War (Kirby Dick) B- 

Jeff, Who Lives At Home (Mark and Jay Duplass) D+
John Carter (Andrew Stanton) C+ Review 
Joyful Noise (Todd Graf) C-

Keep the Lights On (Ira Sachs) C+ Capsule & Overrated List
Killer Joe (William Friedkin) B- Capsule

Lawless (John Hillcoat) B- Review 
Lincoln (Steven Spielberg) B+/A- Podcast
Life of Pi (Ang Lee) C Overrated List
Lola Versus (Daryl Wein) C
Looper (Rian Johnson)B+ Review
The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev) B+ Review

Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh) A-³ Review 
The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson) C+ Review & Overrated List
Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay) B+
Les Misérables (Tom Hooper) A-³ Screening & Interview & Various Posts
Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson) B+ Capsule 
Mirror Mirror (Tarsem) Review 
Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo) B Capsule 

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Peter Hedges) D- Capsule 
On the Road (Walter Salles) B- Brief Thoughts 
Our Children (Joachim LaFosse) C+ Capsule 
Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier) B+ 

The Paperboy (Lee Daniels) B-  Review & Interview
ParaNorman (Chris Butler & Sam Fell) 
Paul Williams Still Alive (Stephen Kessler) C+
Peace, Love and Misunderstanding (Bruce Beresford) Capsule
People Like Us (Alex Kurtzman) C- Capsule 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) B Capsule & Interview
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Peter Lord & Jeff Hewitt) C
Pitch Perfect (Jason Moore) B² Capsule
Premium Rush (David Koepp) D Capsule
Prometheus (Ridley Scott) B Capsule 

Quartet (Dustin Hoffman) D Capsule

Rise of the Guardians (Peter Ramsey) C- Capsule
Rock of Ages (Adam Shankman) C Review 
A Royal Affair (Nikolaj Arcel) B Brief Thought
Rust & Bone (Jacques Audiard) B-  

Searching For Sugar Man (Malik Bendjelloul)
The Secret Life of Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi) B- Capsule
The Sessions (Ben Lewin) B- Review 
Seven Psycopaths (Martin McDonagh) tba
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell) C+ Brief Thought
Skyfall (Sam Mendes) B+ Review 
Smashed (James Ponsoldt) B/B-
Snow White and the Huntsman (Rupert Sanders) C+² Review
Sparkle (Salim Akil) Review 
Starlet
(Sean Baker) B+  

Le Tableau/The Painting (Jean Francois) B/B- 
Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley) B-
Ted
(Seth MacFarlane) B+ 
This is 40 
(Judd Apatow) C-
To Rome With Love (Woody Allen) D+ Review
Total Recall (Len Wiseman) C- Review

Vito (Jeffrey Schwarz) B- Interview

Wanderlust (David Wain) C+ 
What a Man 
(Matthias Schweighöfer) C 
Wreck-It Ralph
(Rich Moore) C+ 

Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow) B+³ 

No Distribution in the States
Bwakaw (Jun Lana) A-  Review

Older Movies (Finally Released in the States OR Special Re-Releases) but too old to be eligible for my annual awards or for me to think of them as 2012 releases.
Hipsters (Valeriy Todorovskiy.... Russia from 2008)
Boy (Taika Waititi... New Zealand from 2010)
Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly... from 1952) A+⁷ Best Shot
Titanic 3D (James Cameron... from 1997) A⁴ in its original form... B with new 3D 
Oki's Movie (Hong Sang Soo... Korea from 2010) C- 

REVIEWS 2011 | REVIEWS 2010

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jan012013

Entertainments Consumed, 2013

with links to writings about them... if such writings exist

february

                     02.01 n/a
02.02  ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (portions again), CAMP (3rd time) & PITCH PERFECT (2nd time) in an impromptu Anna Kendrick double feature
02.03 28 HOTEL ROOMS 
02.04 BUNHEADS "Take the Vicuna" (1.15), RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE "Lip Synch Extravaganza Eleganza"
02.05 SMASH "On Broadway/The Fallout"
                    02.06 n/a
02.07 YOSSI
                    02.08-09 n/a
02.10 REVENGE "Union", DOWNTON ABBEY 3.6
02.11 BUNHEADS "There's Nothing Worse than a Pantsuit"(1.16),  RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE "Draggle Rock"
02.12 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD 

Ellen Burstyn, Sebastian Stan & Maggie Grace in PICNIC on Broadwayjanuary

01.01 TAKE THIS WALTZ, ARBITRAGE, OSLO AUGUST 31st 
                01.02 n/a
01.03 LOOPER (second)
01.04 THE OTHER PLACE (Broadway)
01.05 THE DEEP, KON-TIKI (Oscar hopefuls at the Walter Reade)
01.06 PICNIC (Broadway), DOWNTON ABBEY (3.1 & 3.2) & REVENGE "Power" (2.10)
01.07 STARLET & BUNHEADS "You Wanna See Something?" (1.11)
               01.08-09 n/a
01.10 CRITICS CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS
               01.11-12 n/a 
01.13 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 
01.14 DOWNTON ABBEY (3.3) & BUNHEADS "Channing Tatum is a Fine Actor" (1.12) 
01.15 HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE 
               01.16 n/a
01/17 MOCKINGBIRD LANE (pilot), PARKS & REC "Pawnee Commons" (5.8), MODERN FAMILY "Diamond in the Rough" (4/10) 
01.18 THE HOURS (fifth)
              01.19 n/a
01.20 REVENGE "Sabotage" & "Collusion" (2.11 & 2.12) DOWNTON ABBEY (3.4)
             01.21-23 n/a
01.24 YOSSI & JAGGER (3rd)
01.25 SIDE EFFECTS
01.26 DREAMGIRLS (portions)
01.27 SAG AWARDS + DOWNTON ABBEY (3.5... cried my eyes out)
01.28 RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE  "RuPaulywood or Bust" (5.1)
01.29 BUNHEADS  "The Astronaut and the Ballerina" (1.14)
             01.30 n/a
01.31 CABARET (10th time? Anyway... a lot)