Movies Watched – Wrapping up 2016

Movies watched

This is the third year that I’ve tracked all the tv shows and movies I watched over the year. It was my best year for movies so far, but that was because I watched a movie every night in the month of October to celebrate the Halloween season. It was a fun experience, I even wrote up reviews for all of them but I don’t know if I would do it again this year. I worry there aren’t another 31 horror movies out there that I want to see.

I was looking for a theme or some overarching impulse that tied together my viewing for the year but I’m at a loss to find one. Top Gear took over the last part of the year while my re-watch (and re-read) of Harry Potter dominated the beginning.

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Movies Watched – Wrapping up 2015

Movies watched

2014 was the first year I started tracing all the movies I watched and television shows I had seen. This will be my first year blogging about it. I almost doubled my movie viewing last year. This might have something to do with why my book reading was down (to be honest that’s probably the fault of television shows. You’ll see in the next post…)

In preparation for the new Star Wars movie I also rewatched the first six. Instead of doing this as a solitary pursuit though, I invited friends over to view the films with me every Sunday leading up to the release of Force Awakens. This turned out to be a great idea and it seems everyone had a lot of fun at these viewings. I might make this a regular event at my house.

Out of this list the movies that stand out the most are The Babadook, Inside Out, and the Force Awakens all for entirely different reasons. The first is a fantastic commentary on being a parent presented as a smart horror film, the second is a beautiful reminder of the wonder of childhood and how much of that is lost as we age, and the last was just a really fun, space romp with characters I care about.

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False’s Four – Creepy Stuff

Creepy Books:

  • Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows
  • Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger’s Malleus Maleficarum
  • Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves
  • Dan Simmons’ The Song of Kali

Creepy Music:

  • Bass Communion’s Ghosts on Magnetic Tape
  • Henryck Górecki’s Symphony No. 3
  • Leonard Cohen’s A Thousand Kisses Deep
  • Sujan Steven’s John Wayne Gacy

Creepy Art:

  • Edvard Munch’s The Scream of Nature
  • Hieronymus Bosch’s The Last Judgement
  • Francisco Goya’s Saturno devorando a su hijo
  • William Blake’s The Night of Enitharmon’s Joy

Creepy Cinema:

  • F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu
  • Satoshi Kon’s Paprika
  • David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive
  • Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The City of Lost Children

Not Creepy Creepy:

  • Pete Doctor’s Monsters, Inc.
  • James Cameron’s Aliens
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away

Cause We’re Never Getting a Hollywood Version…

Seeing as Universal Pictures has put the kabash on Guillermo Del Toro’s Mountains of Madness project. Student works are probably the best we’re ever going to get when it comes to H.P. Lovecraft’s novella, At The Mountains of Madness. The animation isn’t much to talk about but they do a good job of presenting the story.

Also, an apology for not having a more substantial post today. California’s budgetary issues got in the way of me writing on the Internet. I hope everyone has a wonderful Fourth of July holiday (for those of you in the United States). Everyone else, hope you have a good weekend.