MOVIES 2017: january

things i've not seen before, new & old. i was going to do a year-long list but i like collating month by month
  1. 1.
    trumbo (2016)
    i love movies about movies, and this particular period in US history, so this was very on brand for me. cranston was brilliant!
  2. 2.
    99 homes (2015)
    converted me back to andrew garfield (i'd "quit" him post-spider-man); he and michael shannon are so great in this. an uncomfortable watch in a lot of ways, it made me incredibly angry about the housing market (& world finances in general).
  3. 3.
    hunt for the wilderpeople (2016)
    I ADORED THIS! so brilliant. my husband & i have had the ricky baker birthday song in our heads ever since we watched this. funny & affecting in equal measures. i want a dog called tupac.
  4. 4.
    manchester by the sea (2016)
    the recent allegations against casey affleck had really made me reluctant to engage with this but i've always enjoyed his work and michelle williams is my girl, plus coach taylor appears too. it was just phenomenal to me; so emotionally affecting without being OTT, looks stunning with brilliant performances across the board.
  5. 5.
    la la land (2016)
    loved loved loved loved loved this. felt like i'd been waiting a lifetime to see it (i'd been following production plus i'm in the U.K. and so many US pals had seen it toward the end of last year). it absolutely captured my heart and despite the internet wanting me to tear it apart and dislike it, i could happily lose myself in it over and over. it reminded me of so many classic musicals i watched as a kid with my mum and when i took her to see it, she agreed.
  6. 6.
    the end of the tour (2015)
    i think i avoided this when it came out as i felt very on the fence about whether jason segel as david foster wallace was a good idea, but i actually really enjoyed it. i felt he conveyed the struggle felt by DFW to come to terms with his literary notoriety.
  7. 7.
    ...in a world (2013)
    this was fun!
  8. 8.
    incendies (2010)
    absolutely denis villeneuve's bleakest and most gut-punching. holy shit. everything about this was intense, from how it looked to how the narrative played out. VILLENEUVE IS THE GREATEST.
  9. 9.
    jackie (2017)
    MICA LEVI'S SCORE. without it, this film would not be as interesting as it was. natalie portman's performance took getting used to but i thought she was generally great, plus it was nice to see peter sarsgaard, john hurt, greta gerwig, & billy crudup in supporting roles.
  10. 10.
    the skeleton twins (2014)
    i would literally watch bill & kristen in anything, so this was a nice little 90 minute watch. i love them together.
  11. 11.
    when harry met sally (1989)
    i know i know i know. better late than never. i just can't even with nora ephron's writing and meg ryan's wardrobe and harry's apartment and carrie fisher and ahhhhhhhh!!! wonderful.
  12. 12.
    brothers (2009)
    apparently i have a weakness for jake gyllenhaal with neck tattoos and in workwear? WHO KNEW. generally speaking, this was fine. he is great, natalie portman is great, tobey maguire is tobey maguire.
  13. 13.
    mona lisa smile (2003)
    the cast in this is so inexplicably glorious?! i also wish i owned every piece of clothing worn by the girls (big into knitwear and collared shirts at the moment, y'know). an underrated feminist classic.
  14. 14.
    the iceman (2014)
    this was fine. michael shannon was as excellent as always but it did drag a little & i'd have liked some more backstory.
  15. 15.
    T2 trainspotting (2017)
    trainspotting was one of the first films i watched that legitimately shook me and made me think that MAYBE i should have heeded the 18 certificate it was rated at (i was probably 12/13 when i saw it?). anyway, loved it so was skeptical approaching this...it was alright! it wasn't as shocking or full of arresting imagery but had enough nostalgia to keep old fans happy. not a classic but a nice trip down memory lane!