Monday, June 1, 2015

Films I Saw in May

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Best:

1. Mad Max: Fury Road - A+ (upgraded from an A after a rewatch)
2. Sister - A
3. Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) - A
4. Tomorrowland - A
5. I Am Curious (Blue) - A-
6. Lost River - A-
7. Barbara - A-
8. I Am Curious (Yellow) - A-
9. That Thing You Do! - A-
10. Deathtrap - B+

The Rest:

Aloha - B-
Avengers: Age of Ultron - B-
The Barretts of Wimpole Street - B-
Castle in the Sky - B+
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid - B
Hello I Must Be Going - B-
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer - B
La Traviata (1982) - B
Legend (1986) - C+
Little Fish - C
Manhunter - B
The Mirror - B+
Miss Julie (2014) - C
Mortdecai - B-
Pitch Perfect 2 - B
Saving Grace (2000) - B+
Slow West - B
Smithereens - B
Song One - C-
Walk Don't Run - B-


Black Sea - A
Four Weddings and a Funeral - A
A Good Year - A-
Inherent Vice - A
London Boulevard - B
Mad Max: Fury Road - A+
Mommy - A+
Paddington - B+
The Piano - A+
The Remains of the Day - A+
Sense and Sensibility - A+

41 Films Watched - 30 New, 11 Rewatched


  1. Wow, that's a lot of grade A (+/- included). I must see Mad Max. Everyone is saying how awesome it is. Two grades I'm surprised at, even though I haven't seen either, are Tomorrowland and Aloha. I've heard nothing but bad things about both.

    1. Mad Max was awesome! Hope you love it. I was surprised by Tomorrowland, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I liked most of Aloha, even if it is lightweight.

  2. You liked Lost River a lot better than I did, and I wanted to like it so badly.

    1. I can't wait to give it another look. It's flawed, but parts of it were wonderful.

  3. You saw I Am Curious...and you preferred Blue? Granted, I've ONLY seen Yellow, but I was always under the impression that the only difference between the two was that Blue was...censored. Does it sneak into the CinSpecs? I'd love to know what it snags, if anything.

    1. Yeah, both films likely get a sole Directing nom apiece, as Yellow was released in '67 and Blue in '68. Actually, Yellow and Blue are different, even if they are billed as the "same" film. Like, Blue has maybe 10 minutes of Yellow's footage, but everything else is new scenes. So, they're technically different films. ;)

    2. Holy crap! I have been deceived! I'll have to watch Blue before finishing the 68 Fistis!

    3. Yay! I totally get why they're called the same, but they're not really.

  4. Very cool Josh! I was so sure Mad Max: Fury Road would be my Movie of the Month pick but I saw What We Do in the Shadows and absolutely loved it!

    Glad you rated Sense and Sensibility A+ I so love that movie, a 5/5 from me!!

    1. Thanks Ruth! I need to see What We Do in the Shadows.

      Oh, Sense and Sensibility is now my #1 movie of 1995, and it's even in my top 100 of all time. (Haven't updated that list on here yet.) I forgot how great it is!

  5. I still haven't seen a bunch of these but I love That Thing You Do! and Deathtrap.

    I thought Michael Rooker was amazing in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer but I hated the film.

    Was it the 30's version with Norma Shearer and Charles Laughton of the Barretts of Wimpole Street that you saw or the 50's one with Jennifer Jones and John Gielgud?

    1. That Thing You Do! was great. I didn't expect to enjoy it so much. Deathtrap was fun, too.

      Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer definitely benefited from Rooker's performance.

      It was the 30's version. I forgot there was a 50's one, which I haven't seen yet.

  6. I didn't love Barbara (2012) as much as you, but it had a fine lead performance by Nina Hoss and did a good job of evoking the time it was set. I'm excited about checking out Petzold's recent film Phoenix (2014), which some say is the director's finest.

    1. Hi Chris! I'm also looking forward to Phoenix, since Hoss impressed me in Barbara.