FEBRUARY 2017: FIRST TIME WATCHES, REWATCHES, and the HIGHLIGHTS/LOWLIGHTS
Favourite New Release: A CURE FOR WELLNESS | 76%
Sure, Gore Verbinski's green-tinted psychological chiller had its fair amount of issues, but the originality, direction, cinematography, and unique ideas made this movie skin-crawlingly funny and just a damn good time at the movies.
Least Favourite New Release: FIFTY SHADES DARKER
To be completely honest, I haven't even seen this movie yet, and I don't ever plan on it. There's NO WAY I'm sitting in a steamy theatre full of moaning 40 year old women. I think I can just automatically assume a movie is going to be horrible when it's adapted from a young adult novel that was meant to be Twilight Fan-Fiction.
Favourite Non-New Release First Time Watch: BEING JOHN MALCOVITCH (1999) | 96%
One of the most brilliant movies I've seen in my entire life. I'm not even joking. Charlie Kaufman has such a way of capturing joy and heartbreak; the bittersweetness of life; in a perfect, clever, and witty dramity that I'll never forget. And this isn't just an existential drama. This movie is HILARIOUS. Perhaps maybe his best work.
Rewatch Highlights: Surprisingly, I only rewatched three movies this month, and the first was ARRIVAL, my second favourite movie of 2016, and I can tell you that it gets even better the second time around. This film has so many layers and it truly is a masterpiece in my opinion, and I generally don't use that term often. I don't want to go on any further because I could talk about how great Arrival is for an eternity. | GRADE: 100% |
I also rewatched was UP, which I hadn't seen in quite sometime, and it's definitely not my favourite Pixar movie by any means, but it's still a great movie. And those first 10 minutes are like a knife to the chest. Ugh. So sad. | GRADE: 82% (Previous grade: 90%)
The last film I rewatched was ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, which I have watched 3 times now, and still find it impossible to give it a grade. I cannot even describe what this movie is. It's incredibly unique, and completely heartbreaking. One of the best of the 2000s by far, even if I don't fully understand it.