November’s been a slow month for life, but an excellent month for film! I went to Leeds International Film Festival earlier this month. I also watched Bridge of Spies (2015) which I loved so much, and I’ve finally finished watching all the DVDs I have at home. Though I reckon I’ll go back over Christmas and find 30 more. November is always kind of slow in the run up to Christmas, but with Oscar Season right around the corner, I’m pretty hopeful that December will be an exciting one.
Like I said, excellent month for films! With Leeds International Film Festival, I’ve only got 5 films left until my goal of watching the equivalent of 1 film per week which is totally achievable. At Leeds, I watched Czech film Home Care (2015) and Sundance favourite Grandma (2015). Also, Tangerine (2015) which was famously shot on an iPhone 5S and French comedy drama All About Them (2015).
More recently I caught up with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015). Which is not really my thing. But since I’ve seen all the other films at the cinema I felt I needed to send it off there too. I was really unimpressed and I think when the films lost their key formula they just went downhill from there. I also watched Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies (2015) which was classic Spielberg fare. Very authentic, and I didn’t receive anything less than I expected from him.
As well writing about my Leeds International Film Festival highlights, I watched Touki Bouki (1973) for November’s Blind Spot which is run by The Matinee. I wrote a short post on the funny moments in The Lord of the Rings for Peter Jackvember which is run by French Toast Sunday.
Finishing off my DVD collection means a weird selection of home watches this month including Almodovar’s What have I done to Deserve this? (1984) and the follow up to one of my favourite films City of Men (2007). And I finally watched an Ingmar Bergman film that I bought in my first year of Uni that I hadn’t got round to watching yet, Persona (1966). And I was done! So then I decided I better finally finish watching all of the Star Wars films. Which was a massive struggle. I know you’ll believe me when I say I got SO bored with Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Apart from the new ones I haven’t done many re watches. Though, I started on the Christmas films early by watching Home Alone (1990).
So Downton Abbey finished this month, though I can’t wait for the final Christmas episode! And I also finally went back and watched the 2012 Christmas Special set up in the Highlands (you know the one) as it was the only episode I missed. I also finished watching How I Met Your Mother all over again and I’ve been sticking with The Apprentice even though I know it’s garbage.
Hope you all had a good November! Did you watch anything good this month?
You can also read about My October In Films.