I am on pace to surpass 365 film views this year, and 500 posts. If December is as busy as November was, and it is looking like it is – then I will blow those milestones away. I have almost completed my Godard-a-thon. I have watched Made in U.S.A and have decided I have nothing remotely interesting or intelligent to say about the bizarre film. I am yet to see Week End, the final Godard in my series. It has been hard to select a favourite film from this group. I liked Breathless, Vivre Sa Vie and Bande A Part a lot, while having seen Pierrot Le Fou and Masculine Feminine before, I was just as impressed on a repeat viewing. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the others – Contempt is incredible – just that I didn’t shine to them as much. The only Godard film I struggled with was Alphaville. I doubt I am alone there.
I’m glad I got my Top 100 Films updated. Now I can start thinking about the Oscar season and from December 26th through to the end of February there are a plethora of anticipated releases that I will try and cover as succinctly as possible. Throw in more cinema work because of the busy season, and I may have to sacrifice some of my usual posts (and a DOTM) in favor of consistent new release coverage. I have also been blessed to become a part of an inspiring and supportive film blogging community. I would like to take this opportunity to give a huge thanks to all of the readers who regularly stop by my site, leave comments and link to my page.
The Large Association of Movie Blogs (LAMB) has also been great. I am a proud member of the LAMB and love contributing to their monthly segments. Joel, who runs the LAMB Twitter page, constantly #RT my posts, which I greatly appreciate. I would also like to thank the Aussie film critics and bloggers I have got to know through screenings, or through Twitter. I hope you all know who you are. You are an inspiration to me, and I feel so privileged to share a passion for film with such a great group of people, and such skilled writers. I hope I have the opportunity to meet you all in future, and perhaps even work with you one day.
In November I watched a total of 42 Films.
New Releases/Screenings (Cinema) - We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, 2011), The First Grader (Justin Chadwick, 2011), Anonymous (Roland Emmerich, 2011), Moneyball (Bennett Miller, 2011), The Debt (John Madden, 2011), The Ides of March (George Clooney, 2011 - Twice), Burning Man (Jonathan Teplitzky, 2011), The Tall Man (Tony Krawitz, 2011), In Time (Andrew Niccol, 2011), War Horse (Steven Spielberg, 2011), Immortals (Tarsem Singh, 2011), The Descendants (Alexander Payne, 2011), The Inbetweeners (Ben Palmer, 2011), Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (Bill Condon, 2011)
First Viewing (DVD/Torrent) - Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932), Ivan the Terrible Part 1 (Sergei Eisenstein, 1944), Vivre Sa Vie [My Life to Live] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962), Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963), Bande A Part (Jean-Luc Godard, (1964) Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965), Made in U.S.A (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967), El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970), American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973), Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979), Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982), Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik, 1983), The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke, 1989), Benny's Video (Michael Haneke, 1992), Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008), Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar, 2009)
Re-Watched (DVD/Torrent) - Pierrot Le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965), Scarface (Brian De Palma, 1983), Platoon (Oliver Stone, 1986), Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992), Carlito's Way (Brian De Palma, 1993), Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997), Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999), Punch Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002), Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007), Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck, 2007) and The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
Ivan the Terrible Part 1
Vivre Sa Vie
Bande A Part
Pierrot Le Fou
Punch Drunk Love
Gone Baby Gone
The Social Network
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Current Tally (303) + 42 = 345 Films
Current Tally (303) + 42 = 345 Films