Jan 12, 2016

365 Days, 365 Movies: December [Star Wars-apalooza]

With the clock striking midnight and the world heralding a new year, I officially ended my year-long adventure in daily movie watching. Having actually reached my 365 total in mid-November, December was more of a victory lap than anything else. I thought I would just watch a few movies (28 or so) to get up to 400 movies for the year, And then I ended up watching 53. 

My focus was broad, but I definitely spent my time with three big categories: Oscar contenders, Holiday movies, and Star Wars films. I'll talk Oscar contenders soon, and Holiday movies have been dissected and vivisected 100 times over. I would talk about Star Wars, but who wants that? Sure, the films taught me a lot of lessons about life and filmmaking and the prequels clued me into the fact that nothing golden can stay and that we're all going to die someday, but let's not talk about that. Let's look at a list!

53 Films in November,
425 TOTAL IN 2015
New Releases are Bolded, Star Wars films Highlighted, Holiday Movies in red.

Annie Hall (1977)
Anomalisa (2015) – Beautiful, head-trippy
The Big Short (2015) – incredibly over-rated, so douche-bro-y.
Blade Runner (1982)
Brooklyn (2015) – I loved this movie. So simple and sweet.
Carol (2015)
Creed (2015)
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Crimson Peak (2015)
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) – 2 Cool 2 B 4Gotten
Elf (2003)
Experimenter (2015)
For Your Consideration (2006)
Frozen (2014)
The Fugitive (1993)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Hercules (2014)
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2 (2015)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Sisters are doing it for themselves.
Jaws (1975)
Kate & Leopold (2001)
A Knight’s Tale (2001)
Listen to Me Marlon (2015)
The Lobster (2015)
Love Actually (2003)
Marley and Me (2008)
Miss You Already (2015)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
On Golden Pond (1981)
The Outsiders (1983)
Planet Outlaws (1953) – Buck Rogers film, definite influence on George Lucas
The Revenant (2015) – Did not make my top 10 for the year, but won big at the Golden Globes
Rocky II (1979)
Room (2015)
Sisters (2015) – A little disappointing, but still really funny.
Spaceballs (1987)
Spotlight (2015)
Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Steel (1997)
Switchmas AKA All I Want is Christmas (2012)
Tangerine (2015)
That Touch of Mink (1962)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
While We’re Young (2014)

Re-Watched this Month (didn't count towards total):

Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: Episode 5 – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Live Events
Hamilton on Broadway – That's right – Work, Work!
Fun Home on Broadway
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Performance

Cooled a little on TV, but I caught up on Fargo and started re-watching Frasier. Also digging deep into Amazon Prime shows, like Transparent and Red Oaks.
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