The +116 Films I Watched This Year

In 2016 I watched 116 movies, possibly more, making it the most amount of movies that I have watched in a single year (beating 2015 by 30+ films). This year, last year I should say now, I revisited some favorites, watched a few classics, rewatched some films that I loved as a kid and saw them in an entirely new light as an adolescent, and watched a bunch a movies for the very first time- some I loved, some I hated. I explored a handful of French films and got a glimpse of a couple indies. This list is truly diverse and filled with a bunch of gems that some may or may not know.  So fill free to explore my 2016 film watchlist……

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Star Wars Rogue One [THE LAST TRAILER]

Star Wars: Rogue One will prove to be a great addition into one of the most beloved franchises in cinematic history. What I believe separates Rogue One from the rest of the Star Wars films is not that it is the first addition into the anthology series but how different it looks visually from its predecessors. The second and most likely the last trailer of Rogue One has completely shown off the clean, clean, so very clean special effects by Industrial Light and Magic. To show my appreciation of the endless amount of effort put in by the VFX team, and director Gareth Edwards, I have created a compilation of gifs and stills of the most gorgeous moments of the trailer!

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Vivre sa Vie (1962) -Staring Into the Souls of Our Characters

Having already watched two Jean-Luc Godard films, Au Bout de Souffle et Pierrot le Fou, I already knew that Vivre sa Vie was going to be special. No Google search or Hulu synopsis can clearly represent the story of the film or capture its tone (this probably won’t either).

The very first frame of Vivre sa Vie is engulfed by our protagonist Nana, wonderfully played by Anna Karina, showing a side profile of her face automatically included with a gloomy score. The music begins to fade, and we gaze at her profile for what seems like decades. Now the camera shifts showing us the front of Nana’s face and the music returns. She gazes ahead past the camera, past whatever may be in front of her and breaks right through the barrier which separates film and reality and looks right at us, the audience. The camera shifts once more, continuing to show us Nana’s face similar to how it’d appear as a mug shot, and the screen cuts to black. It’s a Godard film so I expected a connection between film and film watcher, but having this happen in the opening sequences revealed that Vivre sa Vie was going to be a much more personal experience than Au Bout de Souffle et Pierrot Le Fou were, and indeed it was.

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5 Films To Look For in the Second Half of 2016

Whether you think that 2016 films have been meh or awesome, or you even believe that this is the worst blockbuster summer ever, the final half of the year certainly has some promising projects. Check out 5 films that I am looking forward to in the second half on 2016.

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Rear Window (1954)- A Timeless Piece of Cinema

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller piece Rear Window opens with an uncut 2 minute shot that displays a lively New York City courtyard.  The camera moves gracefully from window to window introducing a new character for a mere couple of moments before moving to the next frame. At the one minute mark in this beautiful continuous shot I had already realized that Rear Window was going to be a wonderful piece of cinema.

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5 Movies That Make Me Happy

Film, going to the cinema and talking about the movies makes me so happy. There is no better way to cheer myself up when feeling down than watching a film. Especially watching a film I’ve watched 1000 thousand times and can recite the lines throughout the duration of the story. You know? Those movies that you will always love despite the incredible amount of times you’ve viewed them. I want to share some of those movies and hopefully introduce you to a world you may be unfamiliar with. Here are 5 movies that make me happy.

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Expressionless after watching Pierrot Le Fou [pour la première fois]

I watched Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou pour la pour la première fois and I absolutely loved it. My feelings can only be expressed through this compilation of breathtaking moments. 

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Hugo [Cinema Was Made To Enchant]

At the surface Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is a story which follows a young boy’s struggle living as an orphan in a train station. Delve a little deeper, and Hugo is a masterful piece of art that explores the magic of the medium that is cinema.

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