Month In Review [January 2015]

In order of viewing:
1) Thelma & Louise [1991] - 8/10
Thelma & Louise [1991]

2) Armageddon [1998] - 5/10
Armageddon [1998]

3) Starlet [2012] - 7/10
Starlet [2012]

4) Wild [2014] - 7/10
Wild [2014]

5) Foxcatcher [2014] - 8/10
Foxcatcher [2014]

6) The Double [2013] - 6/10
The Double [2013]

7) Whiplash [2014] - 9/10
Whiplash

8) Boyhood [2014] - 9/10
Boyhood

9) In the Loop [2009] - 8/10
In the Loop [2009]

10) The Interview [2014] - 5/10
The Interview [2014]

TV Show Seasons Completed:
1) Luther [Series 3] - 8/10
Luther [Series 3]

2) Black Mirror [Season 1] - 9/10
Black Mirror [Season 1]

3) Futurama [Season 1] - 8/10
Futurama [Season 1]

4) Black Mirror [Season 2] - 9/10
Black Mirror [Season 2]

5) Archer [Season 3] - 8/10
Archer [Season 3]

Video Games Completed:
1) The Unfinished Swan [PS Vita] - 7/10
The Unfinished Swan [PS Vita]

2) Valiant Hearts [Xbox 360] - 8/10
Valiant Hearts [Xbox 360]

Books Read:
1) The Walking Dead: Compendium, Volume One - 10/10
The Walking Dead: Compendium, Volume One

Ranking the 50 Movies Project 2014: #50-26

Last year, I embarked on my annual 50 Movies Project using a “contemporary” theme (films from the 1980s to present day). Overall, it was another successful edition of the project, and it was great to finally tackle some films that I might not have otherwise seen. Today and tomorrow I will be ranking the selections, concluding with my favorite film of the group. Here we go, starting from the bottom:

#50 – Armageddon [1998]
Armageddon [1998]
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Movie Project #45-50: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Godfather: Part III, Miller’s Crossing, Pretty Woman, Thelma & Louise, Armaggedon

50 Movies Project #4: Contemporary Edition

The 50 Movies Project is an annual tradition at The Warning Sign. Every year, I select 50 movies that I feel I must see in order to continue my progression as a film lover. This year I’m focusing on contemporary films (1980 to present day) that I somehow haven’t gotten around to seeing yet.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [2007]
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [2007]
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford moves at a very slow pace (and I mean *very* slow), but it’s infinitely rewarding for those with the patience to see it through. This could very well be the most beautifully shot film I have come across in this year’s project. From Roger Deakins’ stunning cinematography to Nick Cave’s equally enchanting score, this is a monumental audio/visual experience. The cast is terrific as well, led by Brad Pitt as the outlaw Jesse James, and Casey Affleck as the weaselly Robert Ford (not to mention memorable supporting roles from Sam Shepard, Paul Schneider, Jeremy Renner and Sam Rockwell, among others). This is a film that has grown on me the more I reflect upon it, and I can see why it has a loyal following to this day. 8/10
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Movie Project #40-44: Dirty Dancing, Being John Malkovich, A Christmas Story, Dances With Wolves, and Gomorrah

50 Movies Project #4: Contemporary Edition

The 50 Movies Project is an annual tradition at The Warning Sign. Every year, I select 50 movies that I feel I must see in order to continue my progression as a film lover. This year I’m focusing on contemporary films (1980 to present day) that I somehow haven’t gotten around to seeing yet.

Dirty Dancing [1987]
Dirty Dancing [1987]
I can see how this would be a “guilty pleasure” for some. I was honestly quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. It’s cheesy in all the right ways (“Nobody puts Baby in a corner!”), the performances from Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are infectious, and the dancing is oddly alluring. I do have to say it was a bit strange that raising money for an abortion was a central plot point, as that’s not something I would have expected from such a wildly popular movie like this. I wouldn’t call Dirty Dancing a great movie by any means, but it’s fun, and sometimes that’s all that is needed. 7/10
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PS Vita Game Review: Flyhunter Origins [2014]

Flyhunter Origins [PS Vita]

Flyhunter Origins 
System: PS Vita [reviewed], Steam, Android, iOS
Genre: 2D Platformer
Developer: Steel Wool Games
Publisher: Ripstone
Price: $6.99
Release Date: December 9, 2014

Flyhunter Origins is a family-friendly platformer that has a bit of an interesting pedigree behind it. The game’s developer, Steel Wool Games, is led by a quintet of Pixar veterans, and their animation background is definitely an asset. Their talent is on display during the game’s aesthetically-pleasing cutscenes, and these moments send the game off to a promising start. It’s a shame that these positive impressions start crumbling down as soon as the gameplay kicks in.
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Movie Project #38 and #39: Amour [2012] and Driving Miss Daisy [1989]

50 Movies Project #4: Contemporary Edition

The 50 Movies Project is an annual tradition at The Warning Sign. Every year, I select 50 movies that I feel I must see in order to continue my progression as a film lover. This year I’m focusing on contemporary films (1980 to present day) that I somehow haven’t gotten around to seeing yet.

Amour [2012, dir. Michael Haneke]
Amour [2012, dir. Michael Haneke]
It took me two years to finally work up the courage to see Amour. I highly expected it to be a great movie (and it very much is), but it’s hard to find the right mood to sit down and voluntarily watch something so emotionally challenging.
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Movie Project #36 and #37: Run Lola Run [1998] and The Orphanage [2007]

50 Movies Project #4: Contemporary Edition

The 50 Movies Project is an annual tradition at The Warning Sign. Every year, I select 50 movies that I feel I must see in order to continue my progression as a film lover. This year I’m focusing on contemporary films (1980 to present day) that I somehow haven’t gotten around to seeing yet.

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Run Lola Run [1998, dir. Tom Tykwer]
Oh, this was good. Tom Tykwer’s stylish film is like a shot of adrenaline with its frenetic techno soundtrack and its stop-start videogame-like structure. By the end of it, I had so much energy that I wanted to run until my body gave out. Yeah, it has that kind of impact.
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