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November was a good time to lose myself in film and try to forget about the outside world. I even made it to theaters four times, where I saw three of the best movies of the year (I wrote about them in this post) and one of the least consequential (rhymes with “proctor mange”). I also spent a lot of time on the bountiful new streaming service FilmStruck, a haven for cinephiles that was a source of great comfort. In total, I watched nineteen flicks.
- “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” I heard this was great, but it’s rotten with self-congratulatory celebrities.
- “Moonlight” Essential.
- “Brute Force”
- “Sing Street” Genial as heck.
- “Margaret” Not really sure why this is considered a masterpiece.
- “Ghostbusters (2016)” Not the worst movie ever, but deserves condemnation for being a tremendous waste of a wonderful cast.
- “The Friends of Eddie Coyle”
- “Doctor Strange” A total whiff.
- “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” Turgid.
- “The Limey”
- “While the City Sleeps”
- “The Handmaiden” Watch. This. Movie.
- “Belle De Jour”
- “In the Mood for Love” So, so, so lovely.
- “Brief Encounter” Hopelessly romantic.
- “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” I re-watched the first one so I guess I’m re-watching all of these turkeys now.
- “An Unmarried Woman” Laudably feminist but also problematic throughout.
If you’re interested, here’s my list from October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March and my list for January and February. And you can follow along with my film diary on Letterboxd, too, where I rate and sometimes write slightly longer (but not very long) reviews of these films.+