I enjoyed watching new movies last month so much, I decided to keep it going in November. There's no way I'm going to watch 50 again, and I don't have a list to work from, but I'll try and watch some new things when I can. Maybe I can finally catch up on my watchlist.
Sinister (2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I watched this because it wasn't on my October list, but I thought it looked terrifying. It was, in parts. Overall, though, it missed most of the time.
Bysantium (2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I feel like I've seen a dozen of these "female vampire falls for mortal guy and drama ensues". This was one of the better ones. Oh, and Saoirse Ronan is amazing, per usual.
The Last Exorcism (2010) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is one of the better found footage style horror movies. It builds up nicely and the girl is scary. The ending is eye-rolling-ly over the top.
Hellraiser (1987) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is like a timecapsule of bad 1908s fashion. The story isn't particularly good and the special effects are meh. It's saving grace is that the monsters are legit creepy at times.
Frailty (2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I could watch Matthew McConaughey give creepy monologs with that southern drawl all day long. And this was basically that, with a shocking twist ending that doesn't land in the slightest.
The Captive (2014) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was pretty creepy, and could have been great if everyone's reactions weren't so unrealistic.
Mank (2020) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Kind of a worn out story. Good acting, though, and beautifully shot.
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I watched this primarily because I love The Professional and I wanted to check out more films by Luc Besson. I liked this more than I thought I would. War hero movies aren't compelling for me, but all the struggle with faith and morality made this interesting.
Moonlight (2016) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Truly, one of the best movies I've ever seen. It's messy and confusing and heartbreaking. It's so good.
Gravity (2013) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I liked this a lot more han I thought I would. Such a unique and nail-biting premise. The only real flaw for me was the backstory of the main character that seemed tacked on for no reason.
12 Years a Slave (2013) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Wow, that was a tough movie to watch - unflinching when it had to be, but also kind of beautiful and quiet in parts.
Roma (2018) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Long and beautifully shot. I totally get why it's so loved, but it also didn't really land for me, personally.
Manchester by the Sea (2016) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I thought for sure this was going to be a super formulaic taking-responsibility-saves-wash-up, and thank god it wasn't. It was a bit more subtle and awkwardly real.
Tree of Life (2011) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
You have to be in just the right mood to make this film work (entheogenic drugs would help). If you lean into it, it's absolutely brilliant. It's such an antithesis of traditional storytelling that the only places it falls a bit flat is when it tiptoes into actual narrative.
Magnolia (1999) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I have no idea what took me so long to see this, as I love Paul Thomas Anderson movies. This one takes the interweaving story style to a frenetic extreme. It's not easy to follow, and I'm not sure there was much of a point to it, but it's a great movie none the less.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This may be the most beautiful love story I've ever seen, and I think it's because it's so deeply unsentimental. The acting is amazing.
Carol (2015) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I have no idea why this is on so many lists. The main characters have zero chemistry. The titular character is almost predatory towards this poor younger woman. The only reason I'm giving it two stars is because it's set in NYC in the 1950s and that's done perfectly.
The Green Knight (2021) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was so beautiful - both the cinematography and the story. It's a bit hard to follow at spots, but if you just trust in how the story unfolds it all makes sense in the end.
- 45 Years (2015)