things i've never seen before, new & old 📽 (for the rest of this year, check my profile or below this list 👇🏻)
- 1.magic mike XXL (2015)I SAW IT. I FINALLY SAW IT. WORDS CANNOT COMPREHEND HOW BRILLIANT IT WAS. DONALD GLOVER. MATT BOMER'S SHEER EXISTENCE. THAT NINE INCH NAILS SONG. I SCREAMED SO MUCH. AHHHHHHHH.
- 2.the program (2015)my husband is obsessed with cycling and absolutely (rightfully) detests lance armstrong so i was surprised when he picked this for us to watch one sunday afternoon. that said, it was super interesting even to me as someone who has little to no interest in the sport.
- 3.nocturnal animals (2016)i have not stopped thinking about this since i saw it at the start of the month. styled within in an inch of its life, the whole picture was gorgeous, the vastness of the texas plains contrasted against the stark minimalism of amy adam's LA. the narrative structure this attempts (a film within a film really) could have been hackneyed but i felt it was executed so well. saw it again a few weeks later because i loved it that much 😎
- 4.mike and dave need wedding dates (2016)i spent the weekend in london with a friend, with whom i have a tradition that we must watch ridiculous movies none of our other friends will watch. anyway- ridiculous. so much ridiculous fun.
- 5.american honey (2016)this was so, so wonderful. long (nearly 3 hours!) but it was a road-trip i was pleased to be part of. andrea arnold did such a great job with this, and by the end i felt like i was totally there with the mag crew. the use of music in this was particularly great; it absolutely felt like the playlist curated by the characters rather than something imposed by the filmmakers.
- 6.bad neighbours 2: sorority rising (2016)awful but not so awful that i hated it, because secretly i loved it, because not-so-secretly i think zac efron is glorious and could probably watch seth rogen for hours without getting bored. also: ike barinholtz.
- 7.source code (2011)shamefully admitting that this was the first duncan jones movie i watched, rather than 'moon' (see below); it was interesting!
- 8.enemy (2013)so pleased to have finally seen this, especially in advance of seeing Denis Villeneuve's newest, 'arrival'. this was so trippy; i'm not sure i understood what was happening half of the time, but i liked how it kept me on my toes and left me utterly bewildered. jake gyllenhaal was (as always) brilliant.
- 9.let's be cops (2014)categorically awful but i was sick and jake johnson heals all wounds.
- 10.southpaw (2015)i hate boxing but i liked this? plot twist for you there- i guess jake gyllenhaal really can make me enjoy anything, even if that thing is people getting punched in the face.
- 11.moon (2009)i have no excuses for having not watched this until now but suffice to say, i thought it was brilliant. i watched it whilst a little sleep deprived which maybe made it even trippier?
- 12.fantastic beasts and where to find them (2016)full disclosure: there does NOT need to be five movies in this new franchise. i love the HP canon, but it's excessive. that said, this was WONDERFUL!!! i was totally won over and even the most skeptical parts of me adored the 1920s new york magical vibe.
- 13.arrival (2016)denis denis. while this didn't make me feel anxious to the point of vomiting like villeneuve's movies usually do, it did overwhelm me to the point of heaving-cries, which is a little embarrassing in a packed theatre.
- 14.paterson (2016)ughhhhhhhhh adam driver / jim jarmusch / POETRY aka. the most dreamy combo ever. LOVED IT. as an aside, this is the 100th FILM I HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR THAT I HAD NOT SEEN PREVIOUSLY 🎉 so glad my boo, adam, could be the actor i share this landmark with.