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Monday, December 5, 2011

Movie Month

You may have noticed a slight uptick in the number of movie reviews showing up here on the site. (You being a term referencing my largely imaginary readership.) This is intentional. Every year I ramp up the pace on my movie viewing beginning after Thanksgiving and lasting through the winter. There are several reasons for this:
1. It’s prestige movie season, and as a snob this appeals to me.
2. I have an unhealthy fixation with the Oscars and like to have valid opinions on who should win.
3. Most of the movies I missed in the theaters earlier in the year are coming out on DVD.
4. Pretty much every TV show goes on hiatus between mid-December and mid-January, and god forbid I fill that time by doing something active.

This year I thought I do something fun with this. I went to the trouble of putting every 2011 release I’ve seen so far in order, and as I see more of this year’s movies I’ll slot them in. This will continue through the Oscars on February 26. At that time, I’ll pick my official Movie of the Year, and maybe hand out some other awards. Here’s how the race stands so far:

Win Win
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Cedar Rapids
The Descendants
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Artist
Source Code
Captain America: The First Avenger
The Adjustment Bureau
Horrible Bosses
Bad Teacher

Right now I’m planning to catch the following movies either in theatres or on DVD: Moneyball, The Ides of March, Beginners, Our Idiot Brother, Hugo, Young Adult, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris, 50/50, Contagion, Carnage, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Let me know what’s missing from this list that I really need to see.


  1. Add "Warrior" to that list. Not sure when it comes out on DVD, but I just watched it and it was fantastic. Though it does have several of the boxing/fighting movie cliches, performances by Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, and especially Tom Hardy made this one of my favorite movies of 2011

  2. Thanks, Joe. I've heard other good things about Warrior, and Netflix has it starting 12/20, so I'll probably wind up seeing it. I've got to say though, that it doesn't seem like my kind of movie.