Month in Review [November 2013]

In order of viewing:
1) The ABCs of Death [2013] – 6/10
The ABCs of Death [2013]

2) Witness for the Prosecution [1957] – 9/10
Witness for the Prosecution [1957]

3) Rosemary’s Baby [1968] – 8.5/10
Rosemary's Baby [1968]

4) 12 Years a Slave [2013] – 10/10
Twelve Years a Slave [2013]

5) Enough Said [2013] – 8/10
Enough Said [2013]

6) A Band Called Death [2013] – 7/10
A Band Called Death [2013]

7) Life is Beautiful [1997] – 8/10
Life is Beautiful [1997]

8) The Sitter [2011] – 4/10
The Sitter [2011]

9) Computer Chess [2013] – 5/10
Computer Chess [2013]

10) Pacific Rim [2013] – 8/10
Pacific Rim [2013]

11) Iron Man 3 [2013] – 6/10
Iron Man 3 [2013]

12) Frances Ha [2013] – 8/10
Frances Ha [2013]

13) The Secret in Their Eyes [2009] – 9/10
The Secret in Their Eyes [2009]

14) Rebel Without a Cause [1955] – 7/10
Rebel Without a Cause [1955]

15) Withnail & I [1987] – 6/10
Withnail & I

16) A Beautiful Mind [2001] – 8/10
A Beautiful Mind [2001]

17) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [2013] – 6/10
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [2013]

Video Games Completed:
1) Proteus [PS Vita, 2013] – 8/10
Proteus [PS Vita/PS3]

2) Halo: Reach [Xbox 360, 2010] – 8/10
Halo: Reach [Xbox 360, 2010]

TV Shows Finished:
1) The Sopranos [Season 3]* – 10/10
The Sopranos [Season 3]

* denotes rewatch

Best of the Month: 12 Years a Slave is the best film I have watched all year, modern or otherwise. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it yet, get to the theater ASAP. Other major highlights this month were Billy Wilder’s excellent courtroom drama, Witness for the Prosecution, and the Argentinian thriller, The Secret in Their Eyes, which I will be reviewing shortly.

Worst of the Month: The Sitter was even worse than I expected. What a waste of a decent cast. I also found little of interest in Computer Chess, a film with a brilliant concept but far too scattered execution.

What was the best film you watched in November?

22 thoughts on “Month in Review [November 2013]

  1. The Blog of Big Ideas says:

    Still haven’t gotten to 12 Years A Slave (not from lack of trying). I’m ashamed.

    Agree on Witness for the Prosecution, Pacific Rim, Frances Ha, and Iron Man 3. Not sure I’d even rate The Sitter as high as you did, truly truly bad. I’m not sure how you got through The ABC’s of Death. It was not so much the concept nor the execution, but it was sick, truly sick. I couldn’t get past the molestation scene. In fact, I gave it a 0/5 when I included in one of my monthly reviews. I can’t think of many films I’d give a zero to.

    Looking forward to all the other reviews.
    PS. I’ll be posting my bi-monthly recap either tonight or tomorrow. The highlight was the animated feature Mary & Max.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Heh, yeah I may have been generous with my 4/10 for The Sitter. What an awful film.

      As for the ABCs of Death, it is very much a hit-or-miss film, but the best segments (D, H and T, to name a few) made up for most of its weaker elements, at least for me. It might have helped that I had a few beers while watching it, too. 😀

      Will stop by to check out your recap! Mary & Max is one I need to see.

  2. ruth says:

    12 Years A Slave was quite something wasn’t it Eric? Yikes, I don’t think I’ll be watching The ABCs of Death. Nice recap man, and for your current poll, I picked Spidey 2 and X-Men though I meant to vote for X-2 as it was even better than the first one!

  3. Jaina says:

    The Secret in their Eyes was one of those films that will always stay with me. Jesus, it’s depressing at times. But the characters and the whole film is just brilliantly done. Looking forward to reading your review.

    Oh, and Sopranos season 3 might be my favourite season. I think!

  4. InternSherry says:

    I recently came across a movie on netflix that has been on my mind so much since I watched it. It was the 2011 version of War of the Buttons. It is in French and I watched it with subtitles but it was a beautiful film with a little Peter Pan’s lost boys-like charm. Here is the short description from IMBD: “In occupied France, Lebrac leads a play war between two rival kid gangs, but his feelings for Violette, a Jewish girl in danger of being discovered by the Nazis, encourage Lebrac to face the reality of what’s happening around him. “

  5. Chris says:

    I’m late to your monthly post. Was considering watching Computer Chess, now I’m not so sure it’s worth it.
    I guess “Withnail & I” didn’t impress you as it has other viewers,a very particular black humor, ideally should be seen with subtitles to pick up all the lines.
    Glad you dug Witness for the Prosecution,a very memorable performance by Charles Laughton.
    It’s not often I highlight the acting in a horror film, but that was especially good in Rosemary’s Baby.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      I was kind of surprised that Computer Chess had such positive reviews. I thought it was a great concept, but it didn’t really do much with it. Pretty mediocre overall…

      Withnail & I was an interesting watch. There wasn’t really anything I hated about it, but it just didn’t click with me like I hoped. Could be better with another viewing, perhaps.

      Witness for the Prosecution and Rosemary’s Baby were definite highlights.

      Thanks for stopping by, Chris! Hope you have enjoyed your break from the blogging world.

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