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As I mentioned last month, I’m trying to stay away from TV in favor of movies, and I’ve been tracking what I watch with a diary on Letterboxd. (Even better, last month Letterboxd released an iPhone app, which makes tracking even easier.) It’s been a lot of fun; I don’t miss TV nearly as much as I’m enjoying watching (and re-watching) movies I never seemed to have time for before. I was able to clock eighteen of them in March; only one of which (“Black Mass”) I could really call a dud. Here’s the list:
- “Inception” Re-watched, totally holds up.
- “Two Days, One Night” Truly superb.
- “Hail, Caesar!”
- “Barton Fink” Re-watched.
- “Bone Tomahawk” Disappointing.
- “Ride Lonesome” I’m getting into The Ranown Cycle; great stuff.
- “Carol” An exquisite masterpiece.
- “Big Trouble in Little China”
- “Punch-Drunk Love”
- “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films”
- “All Things Must Pass”
- “Hello, My Name Is Doris” Very cute.
- “The Big Short” A real misfire; a weak derivative of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
- “Gravity” Re-watched.
- “Love & Mercy” Decent but very biopic-y.
- “Black Mass” Just awful.
- “Goodfellas” Re-watched; it’s still amazing. Great way to counter the bitter taste of the previous movie.
For the month, the best movies I watched for the first time were either “Two Days, One Night” or “Carol,” with a very slight edge going to the former. The best one I re-watched was “Goodfellas,” by a mile. In spite of its age that movie still feels as vibrant and alive as anything in theaters today.+