Films in 2016: December

Happy New Year! 2016 was quite a year, to say the least, especially in the last month. But on the movie-watching front, December was a good month filled with some great movies to top off the year. Half the films I watched were catch up for the 52 Films by Women project since I fell behind…

2016 Blind Spots: In the Mood for Love

Set in Hong Kong in 1962, Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung), a newspaper editor, and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung), a secretary, move into an apartment building on the same day. Incidentally, their respective spouses aren’t there to help with the moving, as both are often away for work. The two lonely neighbors find themselves spending more time together in their…

Films in 2016: November

November essentially consisted of noir films for Noirvember and movies featuring Natalie Wood, as she was the Star of the Month for TCM. Watched a couple other different movies here and there, but my main focus for the month (as it normally is for November) was on noir, though I ended up not watching as…

2016 Blind Spots: Scarface

In 1980, Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) makes his way to Miami, Florida with his best friend Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer). Together they take on the drug cartel, with Tony rising to the top of the empire, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But as Tony’s power grows, so do his…

Films in 2016: October

October saw a well-balanced month of movies. Aside from the 1920s (I really need to make a habit of watching more films from this decade), I saw a few films from each decade from the 1930s to now. I watched a fair share of horror movies too, and while I enjoyed most of them, none…

2016 Blind Spots: Requiem for a Dream

In Brooklyn, parallel stories are told of four people who, despite their aspirations for something greater, find themselves imprisoned in their respective drug addictions. Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto) is a heroin junkie who believes he can make it big as a drug dealer along with his best friend Tyrone C. Love (Marlon Wayans). Harry’s girlfriend Marion Silver…

Films in 2016: September

I got back on track with my usual movie-watching habits this month, though I didn’t quite reach the equivalent of watching a movie a day. Still, it was a good month with a great mix of films, ranging from the classic era to the ones much more modern. I surprisingly didn’t feature any movies made…

2016 Blind Spots: The Green Mile

While at an assisted-living home in 1999, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) reflects on his life back in the 1930s when he was a prison officer in charge of death row and the electric chair. While he had seen a variety of criminals walk through his penitentiary, none of them had quite an effect on him as John…

Films in 2016: August

August was a hectic month for me, so I didn’t get to watch as many movies as I usually do, but I still managed to reach the double digits. Unfortunately, I didn’t watch as many movies for TCM’s Summer Under the Stars program this year; in the past two years I had watched around 50(!)…