May & June 2012

So back in May I got sort of lazy and decided against posting just one month of movies that I saw. I’ll go ahead and blame this laziness on the beginning of summer or something, even though I don’t have any real excuse. Now that June is all done, I’m officially at the halfway point of the year and my (far more) modest (than last year) goal of 365 movies is well on its way. Racking up 63 movies in the last 61 days, I brought my total up to 240 films. There was a heck of a lot of good between these two months and not nearly as many bad flicks as there could have been. As usual, the 2000s decades take over the bulk of my movie watching. One of these days I’ll really sit down and engage myself with more classics. So here’s my list of movies and a decade breakdown.

Films Watched in May 2012

  1. Hellraiser – 3.25/5
  2. Archangel – 4/5
  3. It’s My Mother’s Birthday Today – 3/5
  4. Re-Animator – 3/5
  5. The Face of Another – 4.5/5
  6. Blow Job – 1/5
  7. Dream Work – 5/5
  8. The Heart of the World – 5/5
  9. Deep Sea – 5/5
  10. House on Haunted Hill – 4/5
  11. Rabbits – 3/5
  12. Night of the Demon – 4/5
  13. The Five-Year Engagement – 3.5/5
  14. Gojira – 4/5
  15. The Image – 4/5
  16. Naked Came the Stranger – 5/5
  17. The Alphabet – 4/5
  18. The Grandmother – 3.75/5
  19. Dark Shadows – 2.5/5
  20. Body Double – 3.5/5
  21. What to Expect When You’re Expecting – 2/5
  22. Crime d’Amour – 3.5/5
  23. The Fury – 3/5
  24. Sensations – 3/5
  25. Dead Man – 4.5/5
  26. DumbLand – 1/5
  27. Children of Paradise – 5/5
  28. A Therapy – 5/5
  29. Men in Black III – 2/5
  30. The Love Life on an Octopus – 5/5
  31. The Sea Horse – 5/5
  32. Sound of My Voice – 4/5
  33. Keyhole – 3/5
  34. Green Porno – 4/5
  35. My Dad Is 100 Years Old – 4/5
  36. Cache – 2.5/5
  37. The Saddest Music in the World – 5/5
  38. Bluebeard – 3.5/5
  39. Sea Ballerinas – 4/5
  40. Take This Waltz – 5/5
  41. Mirror Mirror – 2/5
  42. Michael – 3.5/5
  43. Mind Game – 5/5
  44. Dick – 3.5/5
  45. J’ai Tué Ma Mère – 3/5
  46. Dancing Lady – 4.5/5
  47. Batman Forever – 3/5
  48. Hollywood Party – 3/5
  49. Batman & Robin – 1/5
  50. Prometheus – 4/5
  51. Bronson – 3.5/5
  52. Escape from New York – 4/5
  53. Kingdom of Heaven – 4/5
  54. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – 5/5
  55. Brave – 3.5/5
  56. Rock of Ages – 2/5
  57. Safety Not Guaranteed – 4/5
  58. Humpday – 2.5/5
  59. Moonrise Kingdom – 5/5
  60. A Matter of Life and Death – 5/5
  61. Perfect Blue – 5/5
  62. Magic Mike – 3.5/5
  63. Rashomon – 5/5

Decade Breakdown

1880s: 0
1890s: 0
1900s: 0
1910s: 0
1920s: 0
1930s: 4
1940s: 2
1950s: 5
1960s: 4
1970s: 5
1980s: 5
1990s: 6
2000s: 15
2010s: 17

To learn a bit about some favorites these months, click right on over to the next page.

Juan Barquin

Just yer average twenty-something college student with no time on his hands who ends up watching (and writing) too many movies and shows for his own good.

7 Responses

  1. Rodrigo says:

    Are you serious with the fact that you watched Batman Forever and Batman and Robin for the first ever this year?

  2. amy says:

    Seth Rogen manages to not be an idiot in Take this Waltz, but I was overall meh from it. I remember when Black Swan came out and everyone said it was Perfect Blue xD, the same with Paprika and Inception. LOL Sometimes… anime fans xD sighs.

    • Juan Barquin says:

      @amy, Yeah I know you and I disagree on that one sadly but the only other person who I know has seen it loved it just as much as I did. Aaaaaalso I mean, having seen all of Aronofsky’s movies and Perfect Blue, you can DEFINITELY see just how much he basically copied (even frame for frame at times) from animation to live-action with Black Swan (and even a little in Requiem).

      • amy says:

        @Juan Barquin, yeah, Perfect Blue is basically how Black Swan is with intersections of Requiem. I haven’t seen many Satoshi Kon films, though… they’re still on the “to watch” so maybe I should get on with it before you do it for me. xD

  3. Camiele says:

    All I know is… MINDGAME!!!! Literally one of the most amazing films I’ve ever seen… EVER.

    I already love Satoshi-san. Dude’s just a genius (or, was a genius, I should say). It seems Satoshi just manages to influence directors to want to do better… though maybe taking a direct path from his films to make theirs might not be the best way to go about showing your inspiration… HaHa.

    • Juan Barquin says:

      @Camiele, Mindgame is so great! What a stunning collection of different types of animation all melded together into one film.

      As for director influence, it’s really easy to see how a lot of younger directors are influenced by others (look at early Wes Anderson’s work after watching something like Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan), but sometimes it’s taken to a completely different level – plagiarism – and that’s sort of what a lot of Aronofsky does with Satoshi.

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