The Resident Bitch's Movie Log

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The Resident Bitch's Movie Log


I had intended to wait to start this thread until after the first of the year, but what the hell. There's no time like the present, right? Right. So in this thread I will post a rating for each film that I watch and maybe write a little about each of them as well. I've been in a bit of a movie watching slump lately and I'm hoping that starting this thread might prompt me to watch more films.

A Note About My Rating System: I'm not super strict about what a film must accomplish in order to get a high rating from me. I mostly take into account my overall enjoyment of the film, how the finished piece compared to my expectations, and how well I connected to the story and its characters. I may add or subtract a half a popcorn box or two for more specific things like performances and cinematography if there was something that stood out as particularly good or particularly bad about a movie.

A rating of
or higher means I liked the film. Anything above that is a measure of how much I liked it. A rating of
means I was fairly apathetic to it, and anything below that is just a measure of how much I disliked it.


Movies Watched - 2015/2016  


Movies Watched - 2017
January
The Rescuers
Face/Off
Y Tu Mamá También
U Turn
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Romper Stomper
Barbara
The Sword in the Stone
From Up On Poppy Hill
Withnail & I
American History X
Fritz the Cat
Batman: Year One
The Man From Nowhere (2010)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Rock & Rule
February
The City of Lost Children
Joe (1970)
Never Let Me Go
Casablanca
Midnight Run
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Perfect Blue
Sanshiro Sugata
March
Sausage Party
Pinocchio
Cameraman's Revenge
Untamed Heart
April
Grosse Pointe Blank
RocknRolla
Leap of Faith
Cliffhanger
Pulp Fiction
Captain Fantastic
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
The Great Dictator
Wings of Desire
Buffalo '66
The Quiet Earth
The Marriage of Maria Braun
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Forbidden Games
The Hunt
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Dead Poets Society
May
Flesh + Blood
Nightmare Alley
Manchester By the Sea
The Aristocats
Sing
Robots
Dances With Wolves (New Review)
Toy Story
Bronson
Mandingo / Drum
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
June
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The Mummy (2017)
The Lego Batman Movie
Lou / Cars 3
July
Lady Macbeth
Intruders
August
The Sandlot
The Help
The Hurricane
Barton Fink
Black Snake Moan
September
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
Empire of Passion
M
Passengers
Lone Star
Mommy
Night On Earth
Time of the Gypsies
Paranorman
October
La Grande Illusion
Contratiempo
November
The Frozen Ground



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Sanjay’s Super Team (Sanjay Patel, 2015)
Imdb

Date Watched: 11/29/15
Cinema or Home: Cinema (with Funny Face)
Reason For Watching: It’s Pixar
Rewatch: No


This is the short that appears before The Good Dinosaur. Like the feature that follows it, Sanjay’s Super Team is entertaining and at times quite touching, but there’s nothing particularly original in its premise or themes.




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The Good Dinosaur (Peter Sohn, 2015)
Imdb

Date Watched: 11/29/15
Cinema or Home: Cinema (with Funny Face)
Reason For Watching: It’s Pixar
Rewatch: No



Ever since seeing the trailer for this film, I’ve had my reservations about it. The scenery in the film is hyper-realistic and breathtakingly gorgeous, but the characters – particularly the main dinosaur Arlo – are very cartoonish in design. I found this clash of styles to be rather distracting. The film also suffers from a rather uninspired story and clichéd plot devices (orphaned protagonists, anyone?). Still, there’s enough humor and enough heart here to make for a very watchable but not especially memorable film.




Excuse me, who are you?
-Pokes in-

I'm curious to see what you'll tend to watch leading into the new year.



That's pretty much what i've been hearing about The Good Dinosaur, looks great but has an uninspired story. Still looking forward to it though.



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I'm expecting a lot of bitchiness in this thread, or I will be sorely disappointed.
I can hardly wait.
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Glad your doing this MV, I enjoy the movie logs. I expect a have dose of PTA in here.

Kind of wish I had went to Good Dinosaur like I planned last weekend because everything I am hearing is saying skip it.
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Oh *****, now I'm the one who has never a done a log before.

Good luck MV.



Kind of wish I had went to Good Dinosaur like I planned last weekend because everything I am hearing is saying skip it.
It's a good movie, it's just nowhere near as good as what I know Pixar is capable of producing. Funny Face and I both had a fun time with it.



I'll be keeping an eye on this thread. It'd be nice to have you around the place a little more, MV.
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Oh *****, now I'm the one who has never a done a log before.
I haven't, obviously, done one either. I contemplated it for awhile. I figured I would start in January, but I can't say that I have been very faithful with my movie-watching this year. Who knows if I will be any better with it next year? So I don't think it would be worthwhile for me to even begin one.


MV, it is good to see that you've started one, though, and I will be following along.
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Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, 2014)
Imdb

Date Watched: 12/04/15
Cinema or Home: Home
Reason For Watching: It was available on Starz Play
Rewatch: No


I'd heard nothing but great things about this film and, in particular, about the performance of J.K. Simmons. There's no doubt that Simmons deserves this praise. His performance is phenomenal. Fletcher's intensity and volcanic temper are riveting. He's so unlikable that he's almost likable.

Andrew Neiman, on the other hand, I found totally unlikable and because of this, I struggled to connect with the film. I suppose I was meant to respect his drive, but he was far too self centered and arrogant for me to care. Still, there's more than enough in what Simmons has to offer to make for a compelling and very watchable film. I just don't know if it's something I'll revisit.

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Excuse me, who are you?
I'm surprised you gave Whiplash 4 stars even with that criticism of the main character. I'm glad you liked it though.



Like Zotis I'm surprised you've rated it so well given what you've written about the film. Not that I think you've under or over rated it, I've not seen it,



I gave it the same rating MV, one of the best from last year. It's picking at gnats, but I think you are supposed to geel exactly the way you did about Nieman. So whether that is a strike against or not is up to the viewer. Empathy can't always be our entry point.