Month in Review [August 2015]

In order of viewing:
1) Gladiator* [2000] – 8/10
Gladiator [2000]

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Month In Review [April 2014]

In order of viewing:
1) Out of Sight [1998] – 9/10
Out of Sight [1998]

2) Road House [1989] – 8/10
Road House [1989]

3) The Heat [2013] – 6/10
The Heat [2013]

4) The Hangover Part III – 2/10
The Hangover Part III

5) The Trip [2010] – 7/10
The Trip [2010]

6) This Is Martin Bonner [2013] – 7/10
This Is Martin Bonner [2013]

7) Welcome to Pine Hill [2012] – 5/10
Welcome to Pine Hill [2012]

8) The Iceman [2013] – 7/10
The Iceman [2013]

9) Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa [2013] – 7/10
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa [2013]

10) Death Wish 3 [1985] – 3/10
Death Wish 3 [1985]

11) Noah [2014] – 6/10
Noah [2014]

12) Cheap Thrills [2014] – 8/10
Cheap Thrills [2014]

13) Incendies [2010] – 9/10
Incendies [2010]

14) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [2007] – 9/10
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [2007]

15) Taxi Driver [1976]* – 9/10
Taxi Driver [1976]

* denotes rewatch

Video Games Completed:
1) Prototype [Xbox 360] – 7/10
Prototype [Xbox 360]

2) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance [Xbox 360] – 6/10
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance [Xbox 360]

3) Remember Me [PS3] – 7/10
Remember Me [PS3]

TV Shows Finished:
1) Mad Men [Season 6] – 8/10
Mad Men [Season 6]

Books Read:
1) Black Dahlia by James Ellroy – 8/10
Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

Best of the Month: This is a really tough call. Excluding rewatches, my favorite film of the month was a tossup between Incendies and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Both of these films blew me away in completely different ways, and they are going to be hard to top in this year’s project.

Worst of the Month: The Hangover Part III is not just the worst movie I watched last month, it’s the worst movie I have seen all year. I don’t think I laughed even once, and this is coming from someone who didn’t think the first sequel was all that bad. I don’t know why I wasted my time with that drivel. At least Death Wish 3, another bad film, was a complete blast to watch. Glad that one finally made it to Netflix.

How about you? What was the best film you watched last month?

Month in Review [March 2014]

In order of viewing:
1) Captain Phillips [2013] – 8/10
Captain Phillips [2013]

2) Catch Me If You Can [2002] – 7/10
Catch Me If You Can [2002]

3) From Up On Poppy Hill [2012] – 7/10
From Up On Poppy Hill [2012]

4) Blue Jasmine [2013] – 7/10
Blue Jasmine [2013]

5) About Schmidt [2002] – 8/10
About Schmidt [2002]

6) The Insider [1999] – 8/10
The Insider [1999]

7) The Wind Rises [2013] – 7/10
The Wind Rises [2013]

8) The Grand Budapest Hotel [2014] – 8/10
The Grand Budapest Hotel [2014]

9) Falling Down [1993] – 9/10
Falling Down [1993]

10) Harper [1966] – 7/10
Harper [1966]

11) American Hustle [2013] – 8/10
American Hustle [2013]

12) The Counselor [2013] – 5/10
The Counselor [2013]

13) Major League [1989] – 7/10
Major League [1989]

14) Inside Llewyn Davis [2013] – 8/10
Inside Llewyn Davis [2013]

15) Frozen [2013] – 7/10
Frozen [2013]

16) White Reindeer [2013] – 7/10
White Reindeer [2013]

Video Games Completed:
1) SteamWorld Dig [PS Vita] – 9/10
SteamWorld Dig [PS Vita/PS4]

2) Persona 4 Golden [PS Vita] – 9/10
Persona 4 Golden [PS Vita]

TV Shows Finished:
1) Eastbound and Down [Season 3] – 7/10
Eastbound and Down [Season 3]

2) Dexter [Season 8] – 4/10
Dexter [Season 8]

3) Eastbound and Down [Season 4] – 7/10
Eastbound and Down [Season 4]

4) 30 Rock [Season 7] – 7/10
30 Rock [Season 7]

5) True Detective [Season 1] – 9/10
True Detective [Season 1]

6) House of Cards [Season 2] – 7.5/10
House of Cards [Season 2]

7) Girls [Season 3] – 6/10
Girls [Season 3]

Books Read:
1) Fables Vol. 1-3 – 9/10
Fables

Best of the Month: For movies, I was most surprised with Falling Down, which is one of the better films I have seen all year. I’m usually not much of a Michael Douglas fan, but he *killed it* in that movie. Highly recommended. For video games, I finally finished Persona 4 Golden after starting it over a year ago. It was a blast all the way until the end, and it’s one of the better games on the Vita. SteamWorld Dig was also a nice surprise (see my review). In the TV world, True Detective more than lived up to the hype. Can’t wait for season 2.

Worst of the Month: The Counselor was incredibly disappointing. It had a few memorable scenes, but it could have been so much more considering the talent involved. For TV, I watched a lot of mediocre shows, but the final season of Dexter was easily the worst. It pretty much soured me on the entire series thanks to its laughably awful ending. That series should have ended after 4-5 seasons, not eight.

What was the best piece of media you indulged in last month? How about the worst?

Month in Review [February 2014]

In order of viewing:
1) First Blood [1982] – 7/10
First Blood [1982]

2) Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky [1991] – 8/10
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky [1991]

3) Miami Connection [1987]* – 8/10
Miami Connection [1987]

4) On the Road [2012] – 6/10
On the Road [2012]

5) No Country for Old Men [2007]* – 10/10
No Country for Old Men [2007]

6) Good Night, and Good Luck. [2005] – 8/10
Good Night, and Good Luck. [2005]

7) Say Anything… [1989] – 8/10
Say Anything… [1989]

8) Drug War [2013] – 8/10
Drug War [2013]

9) Fast Times at Ridgemont High [1982] – 8/10
Fast Times at Ridgemont High [1982]

10) The King of Comedy [1982] – 9/10
The King of Comedy [1982]

11) Election [2005] – 7/10
Election [2005]

* denotes rewatch

Video Games Completed:
1) DmC: Devil May Cry [PS3] – 8/10
DmC: Devil May Cry [PS3]

2) F.E.A.R. 3 [Xbox 360] – 6/10
F.E.A.R. 3 [Xbox 360]

3) Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken [PS Vita] – 5/10
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken [PS Vita]

TV Shows Finished:
1) The Sopranos [Season 6A] – 10/10
The Sopranos [Season 6A]

2) The Sopranos [Season 6B] – 10/10
The Sopranos [Season 6B]

3) Dexter [Season 7] – 5/10
Dexter [Season 7]

4) Eastbound and Down [Season 2] – 7/10
Eastbound and Down [Season 2]

Books Read:
1) “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy – 10/10
"No Country for Old Men" by Cormac McCarthy

Best of the Month: Ignoring rewatches, the best film I watched was easily The King of Comedy. My take on that one will be up later this week. I was also quite impressed with Johnnie To’s Drug War, which would likely make my top 10 of 2013 if I revised my list. For games, DmC was a nice surprise: a hack ‘n slash adventure with a deep combat system. And, of course, the final season-and-a-half of The Sopranos was incredible. The ending was absolutely perfect.

Worst of the Month: On the Road was a mediocre adaptation of one of my favorite novels. Rocketbird was a painfully mediocre side-scroller that I only finished due to its short length. The worst offender last month, however, was clearly Dexter. I’m only finishing the series for the sake of completionism, but I am regretting that decision every second. Amazingly, as bad as season 7 was, the finale is even worse. What a shame.

Month in Review [January 2014]

In order of viewing:
1) Sightseers [2012] – 7/10
Sightseers [2012]

2) Disconnect [2012]– 8/10
Disconnect [2012]

3) Don Jon [2013] – 7/10
Don Jon [2013]

4) The Last Stand [2013] – 7/10
The Last Stand [2013]

5) Oblivion [2013] – 6/10
Oblivion [2013]

6) Resolution [2013] – 6/10
Resolution [2013]

7) Her [2013] – 8/10
Her [2013]

8) Dallas Buyers Club [2013] – 8/10
Dallas Buyers Club [2013]

9) We’re the Millers [2013] – 6/10
We're the Millers [2013]

10) The Wolf of Wall Street [2013] – 9/10
The Wolf of Wall Street [2013]

11) Upstream Color [2013] – mindfuck/10
Upstream Color [2013]

12) Ain’t Them Bodies Saints [2013] – 7/10
Ain't Them Bodies Saints [2013]

13) Short Term 12 [2013] – 7/10
Short Term 12 [2013]

14) The Act of Killing [2013] – 8/10
The Act of Killing [2013]

15) Fruitvale Station [2013] – 8/10
Fruitvale Station [2013]

16) The Spectacular Now [2013] – 7/10
The Spectacular Now [2013]

17) Prisoners [2013] – 8/10
Prisoners [2013]

Video Games Completed:
1) Assassin’s Creed II [Xbox 360] – 8/10
Assassin's Creed II [Xbox 360]

2) Gone Home [PC] – 9/10
Gone Home [PC]

3) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons [Xbox 360] – 8/10
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons [Xbox 360]

4) Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate [PS Vita] – 6/10
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate [PS Vita]

5) Outlast [PC] – 8/10
Outlast [PC]

6) Resistance: Burning Skies [PS Vita] – 5/10
Resistance: Burning Skies [PS Vita]

TV Shows Finished:
1) The Sopranos [Season 5] – 10/10
The Sopranos [Season 5]

2) 30 Rock [Season 6] – 8/10
30 Rock [Season 6]

Books Finished:
1) “Life Itself” by Roger Ebert – 9/10
"Life Itself" by Roger Ebert

Best of the Month: For movies, The Wolf of Wall Street was every bit as crazy as I hoped. It came in at #4 in my top 10 films of 2013 list. I spent a fair amount of January catching up on last year’s films via Redbox and Netflix, of which Disconnect, The Act of Killing, Fruitvale Station and Prisoners impressed me the most. For video games, I absolutely loved Gone Home. It’s a short playthrough — about the length of a movie — but it provided an unforgettable experience.

Worst of the Month: I hesitate to call it the *worst*, but Upstream Color completely baffled me. I may have to give it another go someday, especially after reading Alex Withrow’s great interview with the actor, Andrew Sensenig. Nothing I watched last month was inherently bad, but Oblivion and We’re the Millers were run-of-the-mill sci-fi and comedy films, respectively. For video games, Resistance: Burning Skies was an uninspired FPS that I only completed due to its very short length. When compared to Killzone: Mercenary, its weaknesses are especially glaring.

How about you? What was your favorite film/game from last month?

Month in Review [July 2013]

In order of viewing:
1) The Missing Person [2009] – 8/10
The Missing Person [2009]

2) Gosford Park [2001] – 8/10
Gosford Park [2001]

3) Ali: Fear Eats the Soul [1974] – 9/10
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul [1974]

4) Swimming Pool [2003] – 8/10
Swimming Pool [2003]

5) Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom [1975] – 3/10
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom [1975]

6) Session 9 [2001] – 6/10
Session 9 [2001]

7) The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry [1945] – 8/10
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry [1945]

8) Hot Rod [2007] – 7/10
Hot Rod [2007]

9) The Red Balloon [1956] – 7/10
The Red Balloon [1956]

10) Eight Men Out [1988] – 8/10
Eight Men Out [1988]

11) The Dictator [2012] – 6/10
The Dictator [2012]

12) Naked [1993] – 8/10
Naked [1993]

13) His Girl Friday [1940] – 9/10
His Girl Friday [1940]

14) The Way, Way Back [2013] – 8/10
The Way, Way Back [2013]

15) Rust and Bone [2012] – 9/10
Rust and Bone [2012]

16) World War Z [2013] – 6/10
World War Z [2013]

17) Birdemic: Shock and Terror [2008] – 1/10
Birdemic: Shock and Terror [2008]

18) Crystal Fairy [2013] – 7/10
Crystal Fairy [2013]

19) Only God Forgives [2013] – 6/10
Only God Forgives [2013]

20) Short Cuts [1993] – 8/10
Short Cuts [1993]

21) Midnight Cowboy [1969] – 8/10
Midnight Cowboy [1969]

22) As Good As It Gets [1997] – 6/10
As Good As It Gets [1997]

Video Games Completed:
1) The Walking Dead: 400 Days [Xbox 360, 2013] – 8/10
The Walking Dead: 400 Days [Xbox 360, 2013]

2) Splatterhouse [Xbox 360, 2010] – 8/10
Splatterhouse [Xbox 360, 2010]

3) Infamous [PS3, 2009] – 9/10
Infamous [PS3, 2009]

4) Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 1 [PS Vita, 2013] – 4/10
Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 1

5) Machinarium [PS Vita, 2013] – 7/10
Machinarium [PS Vita, 2013]

6) Stealth Inc. [PS Vita, 2013] – 8/10
Stealth Inc. [PS Vita, 2013]

7) Dragon’s Crown [PS Vita/PS3, 2013] – 9/10
Dragon's Crown [PS Vita/PS3, 2013]

TV Shows Finished:
1) House of Cards [Season 1, 2013] – 9/10
House of Cards [Season 1, 2013]

2) Orange Is the New Black [Season 1, 2013] – 9/10
Orange Is the New Black [Season 1, 2013]

Books Read:
1) “Short Cuts” by Robert Carver – 8/10
"Short Cuts" by Robert Carver

Best of the Month: For movies, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul was a huge surprise, and it has me eager to see more of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s work. Rust and Bone and His Girl Friday were both excellent as well. For video games, the soon-to-be-released Dragon’s Crown has quickly become one of my favorites this year — a perfectly updated beat ’em up brawler. I also really enjoyed Infamous and its epic superhero origin story. And, of course, both Netflix TV shows were quite good.

Worst of the Month: Birdemic is easily one of the worst movies I have ever seen, and it’s one of the select few I would not hesitate to give a 1/10 to. I’m not sure if the film was meant as a joke or to be taken seriously, but it is a total disaster. Worst of all, it’s not even “so bad it’s good” like The Room or Troll 2 — it’s just plain bad.

What’s your favorite from the list above? What was your movie/game of the month?