Tom and Summer



The nights are at their longest right about now. It’s the time of year where staying on the couch for one more title seems like a great idea. Likewise, after you see something good, it’s a perfect time of year to find a cozy booth in a pub or a coffee shop and argue over the in’s and out’s of something you just watched.

For me, such things this past week have been a combination of chasing down the offerings I’ve been most excited over and spending time with old favorites as I tend to other things like wrapping gifts and seeing family.

Of course, this has also been the week I realized that my watching this year has very much been down compared to last year. Unless I find time to squeeze in 76 movies in twelve days (do the math; that ain’t possible), then 2015 will go down as the year my viewing went down a tick. Know what, I’m totally cool with that.

This is the last watchlist entry before the wrap-up post just after New Year’s, and I can definitely tell you that 2015 has been a year I won’t soon forget. So much of what I did away from my love of film seemed to provide added context and appreciation to what I was seeing on the screen. It made the laughs more joyous and the tears flow that much more.

If the cost of that is forty or fifty fewer films watched in a year? So be it.


Here’s the week at hand…


THE BIG SHORT – This one is gonna leave people shaking their heads.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Yeah, that was fun.


Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
THE SEVENTH SEAL – My final Blindspot entry for 2015. Look for a post after Christmas.
LIMELIGHT – It will forever be strange to see Chaplin in talkies.
KEITH RICHARDS: UNDER THE INFLUENCE – This was precisely what I thought it would be. That’s not a compliment.


Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
WHITE CHRISTMAS – “Mutual, I’m sure”
HUGOI actually really wish I could watch this in 3-D again.
SPOTLIGHTUpon further review, this will definitely be in the conversation for the best film of the year.
RETURN TO OZ – For podcasting purposes. Come on back on Monday to learn why.
ATTACK THE BLOCKOh Finn, you rascally bruv, you!


Boxscore for The Year
242 First-Timers, 165 Re-Watched
113 Screenings
407 Movies in Total

How’s about you – seen anything good?