Movies Watched in 2017/01 [January]

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1.
La La Land (2016)
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While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future. (128 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
“ Disappointing. Very overrated, but will probably win best picture anyway. ” - GypsyNights
 
2.
Hot Pursuit (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. (87 mins.)
Director: Anne Fletcher
“ Had a few funny moment I think. Can't remember anymore. Must not have been that great. There's a hot red-neck in there somewhere. ” - GypsyNights
 
3.
The Man in the High Castle (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war. (60 mins.)
 
4.
The OA (2016 TV Series)
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Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous. (60 mins.)
 
5.
Maleficent (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. (97 mins.)
“ Vapid. Neat hat. ” - GypsyNights
 
6.
Sicario (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. (121 mins.)
“ Extremely good! I love this director! And Johann Johannson is also great! I may be beginning to develop a real respect also for Emily Blunt. Maybe she is not a lightweight? ” - GypsyNights
 
7.
The Man in the High Castle (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war. (60 mins.)
 
8.
For Me and My Gal (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI. (104 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
“ Gene Kelly's first major film. Judy Garland helped him get this role. They have a few nice bits, esp. when they perform the title song. The writers had to tack on the new ending where he becomes a war hero because test audiences did not like the girl getting together in the end with a draft dodger. ” - GypsyNights
 
9.
Anomalisa (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary. (90 mins.)
 
10.
Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A film that claims to be a look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology. (119 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
11.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World. (130 mins.)
Director: Harald Zwart
“ Barf. I skipped through so much of this. Is it a YA adventure? Is it a pro-woman YA story? Is it a romance? Is it a love triangle? Is it action/fantasy? What the *beep* IS IT?? Oh, I KNOW! IT'S *beep* ” - GypsyNights
 
12.
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members. (124 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
13.
Friends with Benefits (2011)
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A young man and woman decide to take their friendship to the next level without becoming a couple, but soon discover that adding sex only leads to complications. (109 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
 
14.
Me Before You (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of. (106 mins.)
Director: Thea Sharrock
“ Not that great, but I still cried. I don't know why I thought this would have a happy ending. Also, I liked her clothes. ” - GypsyNights
 
15.
Jane Eyre (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A meek governess and her mysterious employer strike up a romantic relationship. (62 mins.)
Director: Christy Cabanne
“ Bad beyond words. ” - GypsyNights
 
16.
Jane Eyre (1997 TV Movie)
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Charlotte Bronte's classic novel is filmed yet again. The story of the Yorkshire orphan who becomes... (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Young
“ One of the better movie adaptations. Crammed in plot lines and crappy bits of overly dramatized/modernized dialog. Good chemistry though! ” - GypsyNights
 
17.
The Bread, My Sweet (2001)
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A man proposes to a woman he's met once, all in the same day. (105 mins.)
Director: Melissa Martin
 
18.
Rogue One (2016)
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The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow. (133 mins.)
Director: Gareth Edwards
“ Way better than I had expected! Actually quite good!! ” - GypsyNights
 
19.
Dirty Harry (1971)
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When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
20.
The Big Short (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. (130 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
 
21.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
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A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies. (137 mins.)
“ Saw at Angelika. Deeply sensitive portrayal of blue-collar manhood and profound psychological pain. ” - GypsyNights
 
22.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Saw at IFC for 75th anniversary. Special digital restoration. Was so much better than I remember! ” - GypsyNights
 
23.
Strike a Pose (2016 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
What does it take to express yourself? The surprising and moving story of Madonna's most famous troupe of dancers. (83 mins.)
“ Saw at IFC. Q&A session afterwards with director and dancers Jose Gutierez and Kevin Stea. ” - GypsyNights
 
24.
New York: A Documentary Film (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York... (600 mins.)
Director: Ric Burns
 
25.
Top of the Lake (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay. (60 mins.)
 
26.
Romantics Anonymous (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René... (80 mins.)
“ Extremely vapid. Inaccurate portrayal of introverts/shy people/sensitive people. ” - GypsyNights
 
27.
Enemy (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie. (91 mins.)
“ Absurdist darkly comic. ” - GypsyNights
 
28.
Killer's Kiss (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Ready to catch a train to his hometown, a washed up boxer tells us about the strange and twisty events that happened to him the past couple of days. (67 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Saw at IFC during Kubrick retrospective. In 35mm. Better than I remembered!! ” - GypsyNights
 
29.
New York: A Documentary Film (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York... (600 mins.)
Director: Ric Burns
 
30.
Mozart in the Jungle (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Love, money, ambition and music intertwine in Mozart in the Jungle, a half hour comedic drama that looks at finding yourself and finding love while conquering New York City. A brash new maestro Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) stirs up the New York Symphony as young oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) hopes for her big chance. (29 mins.)
 
31.
A Woman's Face (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman. (106 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
32.
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
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A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
33.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (134 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen