Jan. 1st, 2016

shadowfireflame: (Sherlock in Molly's lab)
A guide for me to keep track of everything. Please ask if you’re interested in any of them! :)

Previous years: 2013, 2014

::: Animation :::

  • The Book of Life (about Dia de los Muertos)

  • The Good Dinosaur (did not enjoy the awkward psuedo-Western style)

  • Inside Out (sweet but could have been more well-thought-out)

  • Minions (dull)

::: Documentaries :::

  • A Brief History of Humankind with Dr. Yuval Noah Harari (a brilliant free online course)

  • Antarctica: A Year on Ice

  • Chai Jing’s Review: Under the Dome—Investigating China’s Smog

  • Cowspiracy (about how intensive animal farming is the #1 cause of global warming—really!)

  • Danny (about Newfoundland Premiere Danny Williams)

  • Generation Earth (about global technology)

  • Generation Like (about social media)

  • Gideon’s Army (about public defenders)

  • Gimme Shelter (about the state of animals in shelters)

  • Happy Valley (about Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, and the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal)

  • Her War: Women vs. Isis (about the inspiring female division of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units fighting ISIS in Syria)

  • The House I Live In (about the “war on drugs” and how many lives it’s ruined)

  • The Imposter (documentary with shocking twist)

  • India’s Daughter (about a brutal rape/murder and its impact on India)

  • Inside Hurricane Katrina (National Geographic)

  • Inside North Korea (National Geographic)

  • Ivory Tower (about higher education in the U.S.)

  • League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

  • Living on One Dollar (about extreme poverty in Guatemala)

  • Lost Garden: the Life and Cinema of Alice Guy-Blaché

  • Ocean Giants

  • Particle Fever (about the large hadron collider)

  • The Search for General Tso (about Chinese immigrants in America)

  • Secrets of China (BBC documentary with Billie JD Porter)

  • Secret State of North Korea (Frontline report)

  • Sharks of the Mediterranean

  • A State of Mind (about two gymnasts in North Korea preparing for the Mass Games)

  • Steve Jobs: the Man in the Machine

  • Stop Cutting Our Girls (about female genital mutilation)

  • Tell Me and I Will Forget (about violence and paramedics in South Africa)

  • To Catch a Trader (about insider trading)

  • Virunga (about the national conservation park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo)

  • The Waiting Room (one day in a public hospital)

  • Walking With Dinosaurs (Sea Monsters, Land of Giants, The Giant Claw)

  • Women Aren’t Funny (about female comedians with Bonnie McFarlane)

  • The Wonderful World of Cats (with Joanna Lumley)

::: In-Theater Movies :::

  • Ant-Man (I still got a train wreck, just not the one I was expecting)

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (lackluster for me)

  • The Big Short (a movie that will make you even angrier at those who caused the 2008 recession)

  • Black Mass (with Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch!)

  • Crimson Peak (the acting and special effects were great, but I felt the writing was pretty lazy)

  • The Danish Girl (very moving and should get acting awards)

  • Ex Machina (very creepy)

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (enjoyed!)

  • Insurgent (part 2 of Divergent, many plot holes but I enjoyed it. Some very good female characters in particular, which is great to see in a Young Adult film)

  • Jupiter Ascending (great ideas, but so much wasted potential)

  • Jurassic World (so much fun!)

  • Mad Max: Fury Road (wonderful world-building)

  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (lots of fun)

  • The Martian (very well done)

  • Mr. Holmes (with Ian McKellan)

  • Selma (about Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (a step in the right direction for the franchise but still pretty dumb)

  • Terminator: Genisys (I liked the family drama but not much else)

  • Tomorrowland (very inspirational message)

  • Trainwreck (Amy Schumer is hysterical)

  • The Walk (mmm, vertigo)

::: Other Films :::

  • American Sniper (more subversive than I think people are giving it credit for)

  • American Ultra

  • Beasts of No Nation

  • Bridge of Spies (with Tom Hanks)

  • Bring It On (fun 2000 movie)

  • Chef (with John Favreau)

  • The DUFF (didn't enjoy)

  • Fifty Shades of Grey (I…didn’t hate it and thought it was intriguing?)

  • The Gamechangers (with Daniel Radcliffe about the Grand Theft Auto videogames; very muddled production)

  • Get Hard (with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell)

  • The Grand Seduction

  • Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas (cute, and Aubrey Plaza is funny)

  • Hercules (2014, with Dwayne Johnson)

  • It Follows (brilliant horror)

  • John Wick (very good action movie; the doggie made me cry though)

  • Love and Mercy (moving film about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys)

  • Mad Max (1979; ummmm, avoid)

  • McFarlane, USA (with Kevin Costner; actually decent)

  • Magic Mike XXL (couldn’t get into this despite liking the first one)

  • Malcolm X (1992, with Denzel Washington)

  • Margin Call (about the 2008 financial collapse with a fantastic ensemble cast)

  • The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (the first one was much better)

  • Paddington (unsettlingly creepy animation)

  • Pitch Perfect 2 (unnecessary but fun)

  • Rhymes for Young Ghouls (about the horror of residential schools on Native American reservations in Canada)

  • Rosewater (directed by Jon Stewart, about journalist Maziar Bahari’s imprisonment in Iran)

  • Saving Mr. Banks (very touching movie about Mary Poppins)

  • Speed Racer (very strange; great cast, including Roger Allam! But Rain steals the show)

  • Spotlight (about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Boston)

  • Spy (with Melissa McCarthy; I liked how it subverted the spy genre)

  • The Theory of Everything (moving, but I preferred the more limited scope of Hawking)

  • The Triangle (a twist that leaves you thinking for days)

  • True Story (with James Franco and Jonah Hill)

  • Under the Skin (creepy movie with Scarlett Johansson)

  • The Wedding Ringer (hysterical movie with Kevin Hart)

  • Wet Hot American Summer

  • What If / The F Word (middling romantic drama with Daniel Radcliffe)

  • What We Do in the Shadows (hysterical vampire mockumentary)

  • Whiplash (fascinating)

::: Film (Non-English) :::

  • Audition (Japan, horror that leaves you thinking for days)

  • Battle Royale (Japan, basically The Hunger Games before that was a thing)

  • Mongol (Kazakhstan)

  • Monster Hunt (China; adorable mpreg and gender norm subversion—really!)

  • Ringu (Japan; I preferred the U.S. version)

  • A Tale of Two Sisters (superbly creepy film from South Korea)

::: TV / Drama :::

  • 12 Monkeys (drama based on the excellent movie)

  • The Ambassadors (with David Mitchell and Robert Webb)

  • Brooklyn 99 (amusing but drags a bit)

  • Casual Vacancy (actually fixes most of the problems in the book!)

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart/Trevor Noah (where I get my news; I miss Jon Stewart so much!!)

  • Empire (fantastic music record company show)

  • Fresh Off the Boat (amusing comedy)

  • House of Cards

  • How to Get Away With Murder

  • Inside Amy Schumer

  • Jessica Jones (excellent!)

  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (took me forever to recognize Sebastian from Sherlock as Strange!)

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (brilliance)

  • Mad Men (final season *cries*)

  • Marco Polo (review here)

  • Must Love Cats (Animal Planet)

  • The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (eventually gave up on this one)

  • The Wiz! Live (I like the casting but the new music wasn't that good)

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