2015 movies

Jan. 1st, 2016 01:20 am
mellicious: pink manicure (Happy NY - gif)
Near as I can figure out, this is all the movies I saw in a theater in 2015 (in approximate chronological order):

  1. Selma

  2. Jupiter Ascending (x2)

  3. McFarland USA

  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron

  5. Max Max: Fury Road (x2)

  6. Inside Out

  7. Ant-Man (x2)

  8. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

  9. The Man from UNCLE

  10. Crimson Peak

  11. The Martian

  12. Spotlight

  13. Mockingjay part 2

  14. Star Wars: the Force Awakens (x2)

Only 14 movies, but four of them we saw twice. (I say "we" because while Rob goes to the movies without me all the time - to the things I'm not interested in seeing, particularly horror movies - I hardly ever bother to go without him, these days. I might possibly make an exception for another "Force Awakens" viewing in the next week or two, though.) Except for Star Wars, I think all the second viewings were at the dollar theater - in other words, we're most likely to go see something a second time if it's really cheap.

I've been saying my shortlist for best movie I've seen this year was Fury Road, The Martian, Spotlight and Star Wars (well, Rob said the first three, originally, and I agreed and then I added The Force Awakens, because well, how can you not?) but I completely forgot about Selma, which we saw way back at the very beginning of the year. It was awfully good too. Partly I have trouble picking a "Best Picture" because these movies are all over the place and how do you choose? -- I suppose this is how Oscar voters feel. Maybe it's why the action movies never get nominated, because if you nominate them they might win and then how would the "prestige" movies ever get any attention? Honestly, if you force me to pick, I'm going to pick "Fury Road" because I just love it with a white-hot love that eclipses everything else. It's partly the whole female-leads thing, but it's more than just that. It's mesmerizing. I've watched it several more times on TV (on OnDemand, that is), and every time I end up dropping everything else and just watching, which is something I do for very few movies at home, especially not repeatedly like that.

And man, Inside Out was awfully good too. Nothing I saw was really terrible - that's why I go to so few, I have an aversion to wasting my time on bad ones. Well, except there's the "hot mess" division which is mainly Jupiter Ascending and Crimson Peak, here, both of which I adored in their weird ways. (You could maybe also call "Age of Ultron" a bit of a hot mess but I didn't love it nearly so much.) Jupiter Ascending and Crimson Peak both tap into some well of femaleness that's real, real hard for me to put a finger on (very different from Fury Road, mind) - it's the same kind of well that fanfiction comes from, I think. And romance novels. If Hollywood had the least idea how to market to women both these movies would have done a lot better than they did, because pretty much every woman I've talked to that saw them loved them. (More true of Crimson Peak than Jupiter Ascending, maybe, but the latter seemed to inspire more intensity.)


2015 quiz

Dec. 31st, 2015 04:38 pm
mellicious: Happy New Year! (new year gif)
I copied somebody's (fairly long) quiz about 2015, and this isn't the whole thing, but this is the questions I got around to answering!

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't generally make them, because I learned long ago that I'm terrible about remembering they exist a week later, much less for the rest of the year.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Did anyone close to you die?
Unfortunately yes. Our friend Art, who was my mother's long-term boyfriend. We moved into the apartment complex he lived in after the storm in 2008, and we're still here. We didn't see him daily or anything, but we always had dinner with him at least every month or so. He was much older than my mother, but he was in good health until this last year, when his health declined rapidly, and he passed away this past summer. He was 92.
What countries did you visit?
Just this one.
What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
I try not to look too much at the previous answers, but the person I got this from said "Confidence" and I think that's a good answer. I veer back and forth on that but in general I could stand to have more
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Being very, very useful at work. It's not an exaggeration this year to say the place would have fallen apart without me. (At least, the database would have.)
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I started to say "Donald Trump" but it's not so much Trump himself (since I had a very poor opinion of him to begin with) as that of his supporters, who think that saying "Mexicans are rapists" is just fine and dandy.
Where did most of your money go?
Way too much went to nail polish I didn't need and various other items from Sephora, etc. (I am now a Sephora VIB, which tells you I spent way too much money there.)
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Star Wars movie. I had my tickets two months early and I felt like December 19th was Christmas.
What was your favorite film of this year?
The shortlist is Fury Road, The Martian, Spotlight, and The Force Awakens. They're all very different, so it makes it hard to pick just one.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I think I worked, actually. I've mostly stopped telling people my age - but I'm sure if you poke around my LJ you can find the answer pretty easily. It's not that I'm seriously trying to hide it.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
My personal fashion is extremely boring - jeans and various knit tops. The funny thing, though, is that I have Pinterest fashion boards with many followers - I just don't extend that to real life.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Black Lives Matter



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