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I like to watch movies. Do you?

1. Zombieland ★★★★★ (Loved it. Jesse Eisenberg + Emma Stone = awesomeness. Also, the entire Bill Murray segment was hilarious.)
2. Black Swan ★★★★★ (EPIC. Also, way more terrifying than I thought it would be. I still have the scene where Nina rips back the skin on her finger playing on a loop in my head. *shudders* I was a bit dubious of all the praise, but Natalie Portman really is phenomenal here. And the sequence where she transforms into the black swan at the end is stunning.)
3. Tin Man ★★★ (I'd heard this was really bad, like, really bad but... I thought it was okay... ish. I mean, it wasn't brilliant by any means and it was about two hours too long but I thought there were some interesting ideas in there. A lot of them just weren't executed all that well. Plus, I'm probably blinded by my unwavering adoration of Zooey Deschanel.)
4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ★★★★½ (It took a little while for me to really get into this but then I ended up loving it. It's just so much fun. I love how jam-packed with random visual/audio/etc. effects it is. Also, I kind of had a massive crush on Kim the entire movie. Alison Pill is beautiful.)
5. Easy A ★★★½ (I have a major girlcrush on Emma Stone right now but this movie wasn't as great as I was expecting it to be. I mean, there were some very funny parts but, overall, I was disappointed to find it so typical teen movie-ish. Granted, one of the better typical teen movies but, still, I didn't think it was anything spectacular.)
6. I Love You, Man ★★★★ (Okay, this probably doesn't belong here because I've seen it before but... whatever. It's Jason fucking Segel, alright?!? Anyway, when comparing Jason Segel movies, in my opinion, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is way better than this one but this is still pretty great and hilarious; FSM is just more consistently laugh-out-loud funny to me. The best part of this movie is Doug, LOL. I remembered the awkward kiss but forgot all of his later parts in the movie somehow. "It's the taste of betrayal... you fucking whore." "You're a whore, Peter!" LMAO. Love it.)
7. How I Met Your Mother: Season 3 ★★★½ (Eh... I liked this season but there weren't as many episodes that stand out for me as previous seasons. My favorite was probably "How I Met Everyone Else." The main problem with this season was Ted. He annoyed me in the first few episodes with all his Barney-like behavior and then he annoyed me in the last few episodes with Stella. I thought the first Stella episode was cute but I really dislike her and not just because of what she does to Ted in the next season. Besides the fact that I'm not a huge fan of their relationship, even if I was, it still annoys me that Ted broke up with her in the finale only to get back together with her on the same day [actually, I'm not sure if it was the same day, but it was not very long at all] and then PROPOSE TO HER! WTF, TED?!? I mean, he was just all freaked out by committing to the relationship and then he wants to get married. I don't buy that a car accident or whatever changed his mind that much.)
8. How I Met Your Mother: Season 4 ★★★★ (This season may not have had as many truly classic episodes but it was more consistently entertaining, I thought. I wasn't really into any of the first eight or so, except "Intervention," but I loved pretty much the rest of the season, probably because it was free of Stella! [Except her short re-appearance and I wasn't very into those two episodes either.] I know some people were bothered by how dragged out the beginnings of Barney and Robin's relationship was but I thought it worked. However... I won't yet get into how the actual relationship was nearly a complete fail because that will have to be saved for season five.)
9. How I Met Your Mother: Season 5 ★★★ (Okay, I still probably laughed multiple times in almost every episode of this season but there were basically no episodes I would consider classics in terms of this show's entire run. The most frustrating thing about this season was the way the Barney/Robin relationship was handled. I enjoyed it in the first two or three episodes but then I got annoyed by the fact that they were turned into a typical couple when in fact they should have been very far from that. And then, even though I didn't like how they were together, it also annoyed me that they broke up seven episodes in. I mean... WTF?!? You spend an ENTIRE SEASON building this thing up only to end it so soon? Not to mention, doing it in such a crappy way? I mean, I thought their relationship was badly-handled but, holy crap, the break-up episode was possibly my least favorite episode of this show EVER. It was just stupid. Fat suit humor is never funny, okay? Especially when it's used in what should really be a rather serious episode. ARRRGH. It just frustrates me that Barney and Robin could have been a really interesting and different kind of relationshippy storyline and it was totally messed up instead. And, oh yeah, also, Don sucks. Probably the biggest laugh I got all season was when Barney and Ted were drunkenly re-declaring their love for Robin; even though it was about the billionth time Ted's inability to get over her was rehashed, I always enjoy drunk scenes. Also, the fourth slap. Even though it wasn't as good as the others and I knew that by the time everyone else had passed up the opportunity Marshall would do it, I still thought it was hilarious.)
10. Lilies ★★★★★ (I have a bit of an obsession with tracking down well-made gay films. Seriously, probably about a third of my Netflix queue could be considered gay films. It just seems to me that, when done right, gay onscreen relationships are often so much more compelling and passionate than straight ones. And this is one of the best gay films that I've ever seen. In fact, it's one of the best movies, period, that I've seen in awhile. It is beautiful but also entirely devastating, which is exactly how I like my movies, and the acting is quite amazing. This film was adapted from a play, which is actually a play-within-a-play and, at times, even a play-within-a-play-within-a-play. Intense, right? So, at first, the acting can seem a bit over-the-top but once you realize that's the point, it makes complete sense. The first time I watched it, I was initially skeptical about the premise but, slowly, I was drawn in. Then, the second time, I was completely enthralled from beginning to end. In fact, it's the first movie since probably Hedwig and the Angry Inch that I've immediately felt the need to own after watching it. Also, to be shallow for a moment, this actor is ridiculously fucking beautiful in a sort of alien-esque way, though that screen capture does not at all do him justice. If the movie was terrible, I still would have loved it just because I couldn't take my eyes off him. But, luckily, it wasn't.)

11. Winter Lily ★ (This movie... LOL. I watched it because it is basically the only other movie featuring the above-mentioned actor, Danny Gilmore, that Netflix had. Despite its oddly similar title, it was nowhere near as good as Lilies. First of all, the acting was horrendous. Gilmore was by far the best thing in it and even he couldn't rise above the terrible script. Second of all, this is one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen but it wasn't even weird in an interesting way. It's quite a feat to both be one of the weirdest and one of the most boring movies I've ever seen. Luckily, it wasn't even 90 minutes long so I didn't waste much of my time on it.)
12. Reno 911: Season 1 ★★★★★ (I had a sudden urge to watch this show when I realized Lieutenant Jim Dangle Thomas Lennon plays the awesome Doug in I Love You, Man. Most of these episodes I'd actually already seen on TV once or twice and thought they were hilarious then and they're still hilarious now. I adore Trudy Wiegel. Every word that comes out of her mouth is so awkward and awkwardness is guaranteed to make me giggle.)
13. Bent ★★★★ (Oh my God, this is such a bleak film, beautifully done but so depressing. I'm not sure I could watch it again; the ending was horrifying.)
14. Wristcutters: A Love Story ★½ (Was this supposed to funny? I just found it tedious and bland. Not even Will Arnett or the beautiful Shannyn Sossamon could save it.)
15. 3 Needles ★★★ (A bit heavy-handed but well-acted and compelling.)
16. Catfish ★★★★ (This was so fascinating but, like most people, I find myself wondering if it is entirely genuine. Still, even if it's slightly fabricated, it's a very entertaining story. ALSO, NEV IS A BABE AND I WOULD TOTALLY MAKE 

17. Firefly: Complete Series ★★★★½ (I'll admit, I almost didn't go on with this after being less than impressed with the first episode. But I did and at some point about halfway through, I suddenly really wanted to know more about these characters and their adventures without ever consciously becoming aware of it, if that makes sense. Just, one episode I was a little bored and the next, I was finishing the entire second half of the season in one day. It was odd but exhilarating. The final episode, Objects in Space, was just AKSGHSKSGKHSLK AMAZING. Seriously, some of the best TV I've ever seen. And even though I had a few problems with the series overall, when I was finished, I kind of wanted to start watching it all over again so I guess that means I was a fan. Also, Simon Tam is one sexy doctor/fugitive. And so was the guy in The Message and I really wish he hadn't turned stupid and got himself shot at the end. Are you sensing a pattern with these small text addendums???)
18. Serenity ★★★★ (I was wary of how well the whole Firefly universe would work in movie form but it actually worked very well. Still, I liked it less than the series for a couple of reasons. First of all, it was darker and there was less humor to break up the darkness so it got to be a bit much after awhile. Second of all, there wasn't much character development. In fact, there wasn't any character development at all for anyone but Mal and River, which I guess I understand since Mal is the group's leader and essentially the main character and River was such a total mystery until the last few episodes of the series, but, still, I would have liked to see more focus on the rest of the crew. Except Inara and Book who I disliked in the series and who only served as unnecessary plot devices here. I didn't even mind that Book got only two scenes and died in the second one because I cared about him that little. The movie would have been better off without the two of them. But Wash's death - HOLY CRAP. So sad but incredibly well-done. The death itself was so sudden and almost nonchalant but it permeated the rest of the movie in a way that was really moving. Also, River's fight scene against the Reavers was GORGEOUS. I don't think I've ever called a fight scene gorgeous before but there you go, it was amazing to watch. Anyway. I'll shut up now.)
19. Suddenly, Last Summer ★★★½ (Besides the ridiculously melodramatic ending, this was pretty good. I also watched the '90s BBC adaptation and thought it was far more boring, though it seemed like it was probably closer to the actual play. But a more direct interpretation of it just didn't translate well to the screen.)
20. The Edge of Love ★★½ (Full of pretty people but very boring.)

Let Me In ★★★ (This was better than I thought it would be but I still found it far less compelling than the original. What I hated the most was the overdone vampire effects - the distorted voice, grumbling stomach noises, demon face, etc. They just seemed to be hitting you over the head with the fact that OMG ABBY IS A VAMPIRE GUYS!!! and I remember the original as being more subtle. But it's been awhile since I've seen it so maybe I'm remembering things wrong.)
22. The Exploding Girl ★★★★ (Not much happens in this movie but it's cute and nice and the main character and her best friend are adorable. That's enough for me.)
23. Spend an Evening with Saddle Creek ★★★½ (This would probably be boring to anyone who doesn't listen to a lot of Saddle Creek bands but I found it pretty interesting, particularly all of the early footage of nerdy-looking teenage Conor Oberst. Classic. Though, holy crap, his super early recordings before his voice even changed gave me so much secondhand embarrassment and I think Conor is completely embarrassed by them now too, the way he talked about them. The one thing that pissed me off was the fact that all of the "smaller" bands like Now It's Overhead and Azure Ray got only about two minutes time devoted to them. Rilo Kiley got even less. My favorite part was probably the bonus features. A lot of them were short and pointless but there were some gems too. My favorites: the super awkward Slowdown Virginia interview (I'm pretty sure Tim Kasher must have been on something), Conor playing "When the Curious Girl..." live and fucking up a million times because he barely knows how to play the piano, the "Teh Conductor" Faint clip (you have to see it to get it), and the really short and random Andy LeMaster clips (jump-roping with the cord of his headphones, what?!?). But the best thing to come out of watching this? Realizing for the first time that Andy had a band before NIO that actually put out albums. Seriously, I'm so obsessed with him you'd think I'd know something like this by now, God.)
24. Never Let Me Go ★★★½ (Like the book, I found the plot to be interesting and the way it was presented perfectly nice but in a way it was just so... bland. I mean, maybe that's the point, that you expect a story like this to be uber-dramatic and exciting but instead it's about the little, quiet moments. But still. It's just lacking something. I did like the movie a bit better though, I think. And in both versions, despite the fact that up until the end it does little for me emotionally, I always end up losing it and bawling like a baby during the scene where Tommy breaks down. Ugh, it's so gut-wrenching.)
25. Sherlock ★★★★ (I've been meaning to watch this for ages and I wasn't sure what to expect but the series was very entertaining and much funnier than I thought it would be and overall quite engaging, though it didn't really leave me with any interest in reading the original Sherlock Holmes stories. But I'll be sure to watch the second series of this whenever it comes about. It only gets four stars because the first and third episodes were nearly perfect but the second was a bit off though still enjoyable. Also, I must give in to my shallow side and say I'm in love with Benedict Cumberbatch. Physically, I guess he's kind of my type but mostly it's about his voice, OMG, so sexy. I could listen to it all day. I love the commentary on the third episode because Benedict referencing Doctor Who/Matt Smith and doing hilarious Alan Rickman impressions = AMAZING.)
26. Atonement ★★★★ (Re-watch, liked it much better this time than the first time I watched it. That long take on the beach is fucking incredible. The effort that must have gone into organizing it is staggering and it's a beautiful thing to see.)
27. Starter for 10 ★★★½ (Two movies featuring both James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch in a row! Yes, it was slightly planned. Anyway, cute little movie. Nothing major but enjoyable. Also, is it weird that I recognized about half of the actors in it from episodes of Doctor Who? Haha. Anyway, Benedict's character in this movie is hilarious and Rebecca Hall reminded me weirdly of Imogen Heap.)
28. Pushing Daisies: Seasons 1 & 2 ★★★★★ (I would give this five million stars if I could. I'm not a massive television aficionado or anything - there are a lot of supposedly amazing shows that I haven't seen - but this has to be one of the best and most criminally neglected shows ever, doesn't it? I watched the entire series in about a week and it was glorious but also incredibly heartbreaking all over again. Like everything, of course the show has its flaws but I think it's pretty damn close to perfect anyway and it's a shame that between the writer's strike and ABC's barely existent promotion that it died only twenty-two episodes in. That's shorter than a single season of some shows! I wasn't sure it would get to me as much as it did originally but damn if I didn't bawl like a little baby during Chuck's reunion with Lily and Vivian; it was so subtly and so beautifully played. As painful as it would have been, I only wish the final episode ended there instead of tacking on the unnecessary additional narration for closure - because it wasn't really closure at all since it just consisted of a bunch of random remarks that had nothing to do with the many dangling storylines. I mean, how many plots never had the chance to be properly wrapped up? The return of Ned's father [!!! this is the biggest because it was teased several times but never even got properly started], Ned's budding relationship with his adorable half-brothers, the Olive/Alfredo possible romance from season one, Chuck's alive-again father's disappearance, Emerson's daughter, Oscar Vibenius and his obsession with Chuck's scent, Dilly Balsam, the list just goes on and fucking on. If I could have any one thing in the world, it would be for this show to be back on the air. And, P.S., on a totally shallow note, I love every stitch of Ned and Chuck's wardrobes. <333)
29. Soldier's Girl ★★★ (Another re-watch. Lee Pace is incredible [and makes a weirdly gorgeous woman] and the story is devastating but I feel like the movie could have been somehow better.)
30. I Capture the Castle ★★ (The more I think about this the more I hate it. I loved the book but... gah, so many things about this annoyed me. First, all of the little changes which didn't alter the story much but still bugged. Second, is it just me or was a lot of the acting kind of terrible? I cringed every time the actors who played Simon and Neil had to deliver a line and Henry Cavill was so wooden and all kinds of wrong for Stephen. Third, I felt like almost all of the characters by the end of the movie became incredibly unlikable. Though they all had their flaws in the book, they still came across as very human and lovable and worth rooting for but here... ugh, I wanted to strangle nearly everyone at some point.)
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January 2012


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