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November 2014 Recap

Posted by martinteller on December 2, 2014

13 new viewings
2 rewatches

1. Split Second
2. Crashout
3. The Glass Web

4. The Good Die Young
5. The Unfaithful
6. Ivy

7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
8. Cry Terror!
9. Strange Bargain
10. The Sleeping Tiger

11. Murder on the Home Front
12. Three Fugitives
13. Dumb and Dumber

Back from Hawaii and finally catching up.  First off, I have one last quickie review for the month.  On the day after Thanksgiving we went to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.  I enjoyed about as much as the first two, which is to say not a ton, but enough to be sufficiently entertained for a couple hours.  The series benefits from getting out of the structure of the games themselves, but the tradeoff is that it definitely feels like a “Part 1”.  It’s getting everything lined up and so there’s not a lot of forward momentum.  Way too many scenes of Katniss being horrified by ruins (they even do it TWICE with her home district).  I really like Lawrence as an actress, but this material kind of forces her into a one-note performance.  Also, I still don’t give a shit about Peeta which makes it rather hard to share Katniss’s single-minded obsession with protecting him.  Still, there’s something about this universe I like, and I can’t say I didn’t want to see what would happen next.  Rating: Good (71)

As for the month as a whole, it was pretty light.  Of course I had a whole week where I just watched the one movie, but also my lady and I have been somewhat bedeviled by the “Property Brothers” and their many TV series about real estate and renovation.  Don’t know what it is about those Canadian twins and their formulaic shows, but we got hooked.  So it wasn’t much of a Noir-vember, I didn’t even get to all of the meager dozen I had picked out.  But there were a few surprisingly good flicks in that bunch, and I may even have to make some minor adjustments to my top 100 noirs list.  In December, I’ll be watching the remaining few.  I also still have a whole lot of Tati to revisit, among other things.  And I picked up the entire Harry Potter series on Blu-Ray, but I probably won’t write much about those since I’ve covered them pretty thoroughly before.

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