Month In Review [December 2014]

In order of viewing:
1) Being John Malkovich [1999] – 9/10
Being John Malkovich [1999]

2) The Skeleton Twins [2014] – 7/10
The Skeleton Twins [2014]

3) A Christmas Story [1983] – 8/10
A Christmas Story [1983]

4) Dances With Wolves [1990] – 8/10
Dances With Wolves [1990]

5) The Babadook [2014] – 8/10
The Babadook [2014]

6) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [2014] – 5/10
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [2014]

7) Interstellar [2014] – 7/10
Interstellar [2014]

8) Gomorrah [2008] – 7/10
Gomorrah [2008]

9) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [2007] – 8/10
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [2007]

10) The Godfather [1972]* – 10/10
The Godfather [1972]

11) The Godfather: Part II [1974]* – 9/10
The Godfather: Part II [1974]

12) The Godfather: Part III [1990] – 6/10
The Godfather: Part III [1990]

13) Miller’s Crossing [1990] – 8/10
Miller's Crossing [1990]

14) Pretty Woman [1990] – 6/10
Pretty Woman [1990]

* denotes rewatch

Video Games Completed:
1) Flyhunter Origins [PS Vita] – 3/10
Flyhunter Origins [PS Vita]

TV Show Seasons Completed:
1) Luther [Series 2] – 8/10
Luther [Season 2]

2) Deadwood [Season 2] – 9/10
Deadwood [Season 2]

Best of the Month: Aside from the first two Godfather movies (both of which I had seen before), my favorite film of the month was Being John Malkovich. I wasn’t sure what to expect with that one, but I absolutely loved it and would rank it as my favorite Spike Jonze film.

Worst of the Month: The only movie that I didn’t really enjoy last month was the latest Hobbit sequel. It was basically one giant action scene that went on and on, and it did little to engage me. Further proof that three movies were not needed.

Also, just a quick update. I decided to move The Warning Sign back to wordpress.com. I haven’t had as much time to write lately, and I couldn’t justify spending the money on hosting anymore with the site being updated much less frequently. Everything should be switched over now, but if you notice any broken links, please let me know.

I do have some posts queued up for the next couple weeks. I have my final rundown of last year’s 50 Movies Project (which I managed to complete on January 1), and then I will start counting them down from 50 to 1. After that, I might do some sort of 2014 wrap-up post even though I am woefully behind on last year’s movies and games.

Hope everyone had a great New Year.

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14 thoughts on “Month In Review [December 2014]

  1. ruth says:

    Hey Eric, happy new year! Man I really need to see Being John Malkovich. I like him and I’d imagine that movie would be a hoot to watch. Looks like you’re not fond of the latest Hobbit either, yeah that’s quite a disappointment for me though I quite like the first two films. I also didn’t love Interstellar, I gave it 3.5/5 which is similar to your rating.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Hi Ruth, Happy New Year to you as well. If you’re a fan of John Malkovich, I bet you will *love* Being John Malkovich. You even get to see many different forms of him 😀

      Yeah, the latest Hobbit movie was pretty weak. The trilogy as a whole seemed to get progressively worse with each entry (though I really did enjoy the first one).

  2. sati says:

    So glad to see such high note for Deadwood and Jesse James. It’s funny because I don’t like westerns but Deadwood is my all time fav drama show and Jesse James is one of the very few films I give 10/10 to.

  3. Chris says:

    Belated Happy New Year! Being John Malkovich is a unique film from a warped mind, that header image is pretty bonkers 🙂
    The lip sync scene is fun in The Skeleton Twins. Haven’t seen the movie. A reminder of the healing power of music! Love “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”.
    For me, Millers Crossing looks great but had a tedious story. Many loved it, so I’m in the minority.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Happy New Year, Chris! The Skeleton Twins is worth a watch to see Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader playing against type. The lip sync scene is a definite highlight, too.

      I loved the noir influence in Miller’s Crossing. I could see it getting better with each rewatch since the story has so many layers.

  4. The Blog of Big Ideas says:

    Happy New Year Eric!
    Agree with you on the rating for Dances With Wolves (easily one of the best films starring Costner). I definitely share your impression on the first two Godfather films, even though I tend to like the third a bit more than most people as it neatly wraps up the tragedy of Michael Corleone’s life, and gives us some of the most memorable lines and scenes of the trilogy. Sure, there is the woeful performance of Sofia Coppola, but a little better than a 6/10 for me.
    I would be interested to see an in-depth review of Being John Malkovich. I’m a fan of Spike Jonze, but there’s something about that film that I liked less than his other work. I felt there was a lot more heart in his later efforts.
    I also liked Gomorrah a little bit better than you. Fantastic new (and more realistic) take on the mafia near Naples, which is still a problem nowadays.
    Hopefully we can both catch up a bit. I did terrible in terms of blogging in this past year. Only 15 posts!

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Happy New Year, Niels! The Godfather: Part III had some brilliant scenes (the helicopter attack was a standout, for example) and I liked the introduction of Andy Garcia’s character, but it felt lacking in so many ways. Sofia Coppola ruined every scene she was in, and I really missed Robert Duvall. It probably didn’t help that I watched this immediately after rewatching the first two films.

      I probably won’t get around to an in-depth piece on Being John Malkovich, but I loved its eccentric style of humor, and it had a rare performance I loved from Cameron Diaz. Catherine Keener was a major highlight as well.

      I appreciated Gomorrah more after reading about its authenticity (apparently the director/writer has needed police protection since its release), but I struggled getting into it. It’s a rather frightening film in retrospect.

      Here’s to a great 2015!

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