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In 2009 and all subsequent years, fellow forum member A.J. Hakari has started annual "Viewing Journal" threads, creating a place for everyone to keep track of the films he or she has seen. I loved those threads because they aren't only good for keeping a record for yourself, but they're also useful to get to know other members' viewing habits and to get inspirations for DVD rentals. Because A.J. Hakari seems to have taken a break, I'd like to get our 2014 viewing journal started.

For all newcomers, there are no rules on how to keep track of the movies, which you have seen. You should name the movies' English titles, if they have one, and I've found it helpful to also indicate the year of release, in case there's more than one film of the same name. In the interest of clarity, I also suggest that you either edit your monthly posts or post a comprehensive list at the end of a month rather than making a new post for every movie. Rating the movies isn't mandatory (but fun). If you want to post short reviews, you are free to do so, but the "Last movie you watched" thread is a better place for it.

So, roll up, roll up for the Viewing Journal 2014!


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Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:37 am
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To get things started, here's my list for

January 2014

Byzantium (2013) (Jordan) - 7/10
Pain & Gain (2013) (Bay) - 6/10
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) (Durkin) - 8/10
Stage Fright (1950) (Hitchcock) - 4/10
Kong Curling/ Curling King (2011) (Endresen) - 6/10
Conan the Barbarian (2011) (Nispel) - 2/10*
Un Flic/ Dirty Money (1972) (Melville) - 7/10
Yellow Submarine (1968) (Dunning) - 7/10
Vampire's Kiss (1988) (Bierman) - 6/10
The World's End (2013) (Wright) - 7/10
Red 2 (2013) (Parisot) - 4/10
Du Zhan/ Drug War (2012) (To) - 6/10
R.I.P.D. (2013) (Schwentke) - 3/10
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) (Zwart) - 2/10
Riddick (2013) (Twohy) - 7/10

* = repeated viewing

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I think I'll do it Unke's way this month. Usually I post toward the end of the month and add a few last minute films.

1/1 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013, 7 of 10, but more highly recommended than that suggests.)
1/2 No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (part 1, 9 of 10)
1/3 The Story of Qiu Ju (6 of 10)
1/9 No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (part 2, 8 of 10) (Actually first shown on TV with a DVD released almost simultaneously. I count the two parts as one film.)
1/12 Her. Tentative (8/10, but really needs a reviewing with a better sound system.)
1/13 Frank and Ollie (7/10) Documentary on the long friendship of Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, who worked on many famous films from 1934 through 1981. [Actually Thomas retired in 1978 but The Fox and the Hound came out in 1981]
1/22 The Goonies. Pretty awful, actually, and best left to kids in their early teens. (4.5 of 10)
1/27 Closely Watched Trains (8 of 10)
1/28 Memories of Murder (9 of 10) South Korean movie about police obsessed with the frustrating search for a serial killer. Excellent film slightly off-kilter. In America, this might have become something like Zodiac or The Onion Field.

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I think I'm done for this month. Only eight movies, and one was made for TV. That's pretty sad. I'm not counting Sherlock.

Next month is the Winter Olympics, so February may be even sadder. I have to look up the curling schedule.

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Syd Henderson wrote:
I think I'm done for this month. Only eight movies, and one was made for TV. That's pretty sad. I'm not counting Sherlock.


Hey, at least two of those films were Her and Memories Of Murder. And Sherlock is nothing to scoff at either!

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This is the first year I've done one of these (I normally don't bother keeping track). Everything is rounded to whole numbers (depending on what I ultimately thought of it).

January
Prisoners (2013) 7/10
The Past (2013) 8/10
Fruitvale Station (2013) 8/10
Carrie (2013) 7/10
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) 6/10
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 8/10
You're Next (2011) 7/10
Blue Jasmine (2013) 7/10
Her (2013) 8/10
Captain Phillips (2013) 8/10
Short Term 12 (2013) 7/10
The Act of Killing (2012) 7/10
About Time (2013) 7/10
Machete Kills (2013) 7/10
Astronaut: The Last Push (2012) 8/10
Jagten (The Hunt) (2012) 9/10
How I Live Now (2013) 7/10


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I had one more lined up for this month, but it doesn't look like I'll have time to watch it today. So I'm calling it now.

JANUARY

The Wolf of Wall Street
American Hustle
Wonder Woman (2009)
Two-Lane Blacktop
Superbad
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Anderson Tapes
21 Jump Street
The Deer Hunter
At Close Range
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Comfort of Strangers
Star Wars: Empire of Dreams

So I failed to nut up cinematically, which, in my defense, was basically down to my repeated failed attempts to score a group date to The Desolation of Smaug and the constant schedulings-around that resulted. And I did my one Walken film per week, starting with the mediocre Anderson Tapes and ending with the perplexing Comfort of Strangers. The Winter of Walken will continue at hopefully a similar rate.

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This weekend

American Hustle - tomorrow evening. 10pm

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Reserving my parking space for this month.

FEBRUARY

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

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Weak month for me, but well... at least most of what I saw was new for me.

JANUARY 2014

1/2 - Prisoners = A-
1/5 - A Hijacking = B+
1/6 - A History of Violence = A
1/18 - Syriana = A+
1/18 - Ginger Snaps = B
1/25 - Kiss of the Spider Woman = B
1/31 - Pacific Rim = C


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Relatively weak Jan for me. I was still able to keep up with watching at least one film per week and even got in my one classic for the month. (All ratings are out of four.)

1/2/2014: 1408 (2007): 3
1/4/2014: Wolf of Wall Street, The (2013): 3.5
1/4/2014: High Fidelity (2013): 3.5
1/5/2014: Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The (2013): 3
1/11/2014: Frozen (2013): 3.5
1/18/2014: American Hustle (2013): 3.5
1/19/2014: Frozen (2013): 3.5 (*)
1/22/2014: Spectacular Now, The (2013): 3.5
1/25/2014: Wolf of Wall Street, The (2013): 4 (*)
1/27/2014: Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987): 4

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Haven't really been able to contribute to the forum this month,but I've still been watching! I hope to have some thoughts posted in the "Last Movie Watched" thread soonish.

January 2014

Into the Abyss (2011) 3/4
The Act of Killing (2012) 3.5/4
The Bling Ring (2013) 2/4
Her (2013) 3.5/4
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 3.5/4
Blue Caprice (2013) 3/4
August: Osage County (2013) 3/4
The Escapist (2008) 3.5/4
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) 2.5/4
The Square (2013) 3.5/4
Audition (1999) 3.5/4
Lone Survivor (2013) 2.5/4
Rififi (1955) 4/4

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JackBurns wrote:
Rififi (1955) 4/4

Man, I totally had this pencilled down as my one classic for January, but I changed my mind at the last minute after reading how Au Revoir Les Enfants made James sob. After seeing your rating, I am totally making this my classic for Feb.

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JackBurns wrote:
Rififi (1955) 4/4

Man, I totally had this pencilled down as my one classic for January, but I changed my mind at the last minute after reading how Au Revoir Les Enfants made James sob. After seeing your rating, I am totally making this my classic for Feb.


Au Revoir activated my tear ducks as well, but please go out and watch Rififi! I'll definitely look forward to your thoughts, as always.

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Well, there have been no more additions to the list I posted above. January started out strong, but I don't think I've watched a movie in two weeks now, apart from a number of movies, in which I lost interest to early to form an opinion ('Sharknado', 'Sand Sharks', 'Bat Attack', 'The Company You Keep', 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole').

From February on, I will post my monthly list at the end of each month rather than editing a post.

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1/2 No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (part 1, 9 of 10)
1/9 No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (part 2, 8 of 10) (Actually first shown on TV with a DVD released almost simultaneously. I count the two parts as one film.)


Do you happen to know whether the TV version was also shown in two parts? I watched it on the tube and it closed with Dylan's late 60ies motorcycle accident. Does the DVD version cover more ground?

I liked 'No Direction Home', by the way. It does what any good documentary should do, which is informing you about a subject and getting you interested in it, even if you may not have been interested in the subject beforehand.

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Two-Lane Blacktop


How did you like this movie? I don't remember you reviewing it in the Last Movie You Watched thread (apologies if you have). Frankly, I don't quite understand how 'Two-ane Blacktop' acquired its not inconsiderable reputation and found it a bit boring, actually.


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I don't remember if I reviewed it or not. I'm not a big car guy, but my dad is. (In fairness to me, I'm a much bigger movie guy than he is.) So I bought the Blu-Ray for his birthday and we watched it together. Obviously he was bigger on the cars than I was, but I pretty quickly recognized it for its French new wave influences.

I'm not sure I'd classify it as a rip-roaring car racing yarn, but I will say that it's seldom that I come across a car-based movie that I have any interest in, so this one certainly has that much going for it: it grabbed my attention. As far as its deliberate pacing goes, I don't mind a slow movie as long as there's a reason for the slowness. It reminded me of The Stranger, if The Stranger were told with a slightly different strategy--the Mersault character doesn't shake up his own life, but notices as others shake up theirs and drop away from him one by one.

So yeah, I enjoyed it.

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Unke wrote:
Well, there have been no more additions to the list I posted above. January started out strong, but I don't think I've watched a movie in two weeks now, apart from a number of movies, in which I lost interest to early to form an opinion ('Sharknado', 'Sand Sharks', 'Bat Attack', 'The Company You Keep', 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole').

From February on, I will post my monthly list at the end of each month rather than editing a post.

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1/2 No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (part 1, 9 of 10)
1/9 No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (part 2, 8 of 10) (Actually first shown on TV with a DVD released almost simultaneously. I count the two parts as one film.)


Do you happen to know whether the TV version was also shown in two parts? I watched it on the tube and it closed with Dylan's late 60ies motorcycle accident. Does the DVD version cover more ground?

I liked 'No Direction Home', by the way. It does what any good documentary should do, which is informing you about a subject and getting you interested in it, even if you may not have been interested in the subject beforehand.


It was in two sections on TV as well. It closes with the accident, with a note that he stopped touring for years after that. There would be a gap of eight years, I think, until the "Planet Waves" tour. I think the DVD version is probably what was shown on TV.

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The Godfather 4/4*
The Godfather Part II 3.5/4
Goodfellas 4/4*
Slumdog Millionaire 3.5/4
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2.5/4
The Town 3/4
(500) Days of Summer 4/4*
American Graffiti 3/4
Midnight in Paris 4/4*
Premium Rush 2/4
Frozen 3.5/4*
Shame 4/4
The Wolf of Wall Street 3/4
Saving Mr. Banks 3/4
The Wolf of Wall Street 3/4*
Annie Hall 4/4
Taxi Driver 4/4
127 Hours 4/4*
Lone Survivor 3/4
The Truman Show 4/4*
Spring Breakers 3.5/4*
The Hurt Locker 4/4*
The Spectacular Now 3.5/4
Project X 0/4
The Matrix 4/4*
The Departed 3.5/4*
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2/4

*indicates rewatch

Top 5 First-Time Viewings
1. Annie Hall
2. Taxi Driver
3. Shame
4. The Godfather Part II
5. The Spectacular Now

2014 Goals
Total Movies- 27/300
2014 Movies- 1/40
AFI Top 100- 4/20

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January 2014 was a good month for you, Steven. Lucky, lucky, dude.

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So Project X is that bad, huh? I'm not sure I've ever watched a zero-star movie in my lifetime. Maybe I should someday just to get a feel for what true awfulness really is.

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