30 Days Recap : November 2013

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Let me be honest, blogging needs a lot of time. And actually I’ve been trying to keep up, but when you want to write there’s no time. When there’s time, you don’t have the mood. But I have this thing (perhaps almost all consistent blogger have it too) to post regularly, anything, because I feel responsible for my readers. Sometimes maybe I’m not putting all of my concentration when I write it. I feel really grateful on how this blog has develop. I’ve received many offers and requests, from writers in the internet, publishers, a filmmaker, products to giveaway, e-mails to attend movie events and news. All very exciting. I apologize that I couldn’t respond quickly, or keep promises, or attend, or regularly comment on other blogs that visit mine too, or anything. Sometimes I wish I have an assistant (yeah, is that possible?).

I’m going to tell a little story about last week. On JIFFEST, I met my friend’s friend who is an Indian, quite excited on the event. A lot of people were running out of tickets, and so he catch the late night show, A Touch of Sin. My friend introduced me, ‘This is my friend. She blogs about movies.’ And her friend asked me, ‘Oh, do you blog for a living?’ I answered, ‘No, it’s a hobby!’, with a little thought on my head, ‘Haha, that’s a funny (but interesting) thought.’ Actually, maybe it can happen. But I don’t see the prospect here in my area. The reality is, blogging is a hobby, it needs time and maintenance as well. Like, gardening. But when the real life happens, the big things and all sort of stuff needs to be taken care of, we have very little time to blog.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, I won’t blog as much starting next month. Maybe I won’t blog for a month until I post 30 days recap. And I can’t promise if I’ll blog more. In the mean time, you can check out my blog roll, friends blogs. I will keep updating my movie journal in my Letterboxd account. Thanks for keeping up with this ol’ movie blog!

Now, back on actually talking about movies. In November, I managed to watch a couple of movies I have on my watch list; Funny Face, Tiny Furniture, 12 Years a Slave. I enjoyed my time on JIFFEST, even though I wasn’t feeling so healthy at that time. Managed to meet a couple of blogger friends and these people do involved in the movie industry, makes me quite amazed that they recognized my blog. Nice meeting you guys and thanks for checking out my blog :)

These are the highlights of the month :
 photo top3_zpse36cad32.jpgSo 12 Years a Slave managed to be one of the top movies I’ve seen this year (not a surprise). I always gave bonus points for movies with good sense of art while still have a good and unique stories, like Frances Ha and The Royal Tenenbaums.

All of the movies I’ve seen first time this month :

Funny Face (1957)
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Ender’s Game (2013)
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Frances Ha (2013)
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
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Ilo Ilo (2013)
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Tiny Furniture (2010)
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Treating my longing to watch Girls, and my curiosity of this movie. Aside from her parents, more successful sister and long hair, this is exactly like Girls. I’m glad Lena Dunham expand it to a series. Modern and 2000-ish hip, is the atmosphere I liked from it. There’s not really a vivid point of the story, any dramatic changes or clear message, aside from Aura’s relationship with her mother and a slight change of her behavior. Dunham’s character was quite open minded on some things but spoiled at home, both in this movie and her series.

Movie Score : 3 Stars

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
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My second movie of Wes Anderson after Moonrise Kingdom (2012). Quirky, interesting, complicated and sweet. Great cast and all likeable. Though the complication of The Tenenbaums family allow or must it have a narration, it felt too much. I do love the chemistry between Luke Wilson and Gwyneth Paltrow. At some point, the actors did a lot of pose of themselves, and it felt rather more important than acting (?). There’s no question about the art department; property, costume, make up and accessories, and cinematography. It felt rather empty in the end, except for the blossoming couple.

Movie Score : 3,5 Stars

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Thor 2 : The Dark World (2013)
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Entertaining and excellent cast, though I haven’t seen the first one (I want to after I saw this). All the elements were fit to make it an enjoyable movie; serious and sometimes funny. I loved Kat Dennings casual performance, makes Portman’s character less serious. Tom Hiddleston as usual were an excellent and charismatic antagonist/possible help in the movie.

Movie Score : 3,5 Stars

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Sophie’s Choice (1982)
 photo 00001_zps7a4c94e4.jpgWatching Sophie’s Choice is like re-conforming Meryl Streep’s excellence in acting. It’s a love story with the Nazi and Jewish background, so complicated and conflicted, shows how Sophie has been through a lot and still hanging on. It shows that after so many pain and suffer, being in love is one huge blessing, but we still have to work on it and there’s always a downside to everything. It’s one sad irony I just can’t ignore, do we have to create an illusion to survive? Unfortunately, with the great cast and their excellent performance, the depressing love story just makes me unimpressed with the movie.

Movie Score : 3,5 Stars

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The Heat (2013)
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I know these times, preparing a sequel after the first movie is like happening everyday. But, I really hope they make a sequel for The Heat (2013). It got a lot of potential, especially the chemistry and bond between Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Not many duo female leads can make a comedy movie, this one I just couldn’t stop laughing until it was finished. Bullock is playing as this neat freak and despised dedicated police agent, while McCarthy is an emotional and haphazard detective. Both have characters that compliment each other and a believable friendship. Bullock is taking smart decisions, after starring in Gravity (2013) too this year. The story might not be the best police action movie, but the comedy really sells.

Movie Score : 3,5 Stars

 

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 Bye, November. Readers, any thoughts?

8 thoughts on “30 Days Recap : November 2013

  1. Shame to read you won’t be posting as much anymore but something which I can completely understand. It takes a lot of time and you don’t always get enough out of it. I was struggling this summer to keep going, but have found the energy again to keep doing it as I really enjoy it. Will keep an eye on your blog and hope to see the occasional post :)
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  2. Great recap Andina, I enjoyed reading your experience at JIFF, too. I hear ya about blogging taking so much time, tell me about it! I can’t blog daily either that’s why I’m thankful for Guest Bloggers! I feel that I’m a bit burned out from writing reviews so I’ve been writing about other things lately and doing my Five for the Fifth post is always fun [hint, hint] :D
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    • Haha, I know what you mean about getting burned out from writing reviews. Especially when you watched many films at the festivals. That’s what other features are for :D My contributors are busy as well, it’s a pretty hectic times these days. Thanks, Ruth :) I guess less blogging possibly makes more time to do blogwalking and commenting, so I might come to your blog more.

  3. Seems you will be blogging less in future, hope your blog will survive :)
    A pity you found Sophie’s Choice a bit of a downer, to me quite a warm film, especially the first half. A film I can rewatch every 5 years or so.
    I agree that Wes Anderson’s films sometimes feel a bit empty(emotionally) and contrived, but costumes and sets are nice to look at.
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    • Oh I hope so, though some things in the way can make it hard to keep up. Some parts of Sophie’s Choice is heartwarming, I just didn’t like the end. Some love stories are just like that, bummer.

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