Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monthly Round-up: October Viewing

I watched a total of 31 films in October, including THE MASTER twice. In fact, I watched ARGO last month but due to an embargo I could not review/discuss the film until mid October. It wasn't a particularly strong month, overall (but there were very few 'bad' films) but the two aforementioned films jumped into my 2012 Top 10.

Most of my reviews this month can be found at Graffiti With Punctuation, and though I have tried to regularly update The Film Emporium, most of my time has been devoted to working my day job and keeping on track with new releases/festivals and contributing to Graffiti. The site is booming day to day and I am very excited to be on board and privileged to the opportunities presented me.

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 The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012) 2 Views

Argo (Ben Affleck, 2012)

The Intouchables (Oliver Nakache, Eric Toledano, 2011)

Frankenweenie (Tim Burton, 2012) - Frankenweenie is sweet, macabre and tear-jerking. In stunning B+W stop motion, Burton's wild imagination culminates in a giddily crazy final act. Admirably honoring the horror/creature flick, Burton also strings a poignant message through this weird and wonderful tale. The middle was a tad slow/stretched, but overall a lot of fun. And sad.

Terraferma (Emanuele Crialese, 2011)

I Wish (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2011)

Hail (Amiel Courtin-Wilson, 2012)

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Get the Gringo (Adrian Grunberg, 2012)

Bachelorette (Leslye Headland, 2012)

Dredd 3D (Pete Travis, 2012)

Yossi (Eytan Fox, 2012)

Dead Europe (Tony Krawitz, 2012)

Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki, 2012)

Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh, 2012)

Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2012)

Jeff, Who Lives At Home (Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, 2012)

Savages (Oliver Stone, 2012)

Lawless (John Hillcoat, 2012)

Hava Nagila (Roberta Grossman, 2012)

Rock of Ages (Adam Shankman, 2012)

Piranha DD (John Gulager, 2012)

Re-watches (In Order of Preference)

The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973)

The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)

Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik, 2012)

Attack the Block (Joe Cornish, 2011)

Carnage (Roman Polanski, 2011)

Kenny (Clayton Jacobson, 2006)

Sin City (Robert Rodriguez, 2005)

Year to date: 303 + 31 = 334 Films Viewed in 2012


  1. Great month of films. Looking forward to The Intouchables and Killing Them Softly.

  2. Replies
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