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November Movies

With one month left, I finally surpassed the 300 movies mark (a few shorts, but also a few series and/or seasons of shows thrown in. The good outweighed the bad this month, but the real gem was Ordet. One could argue it's place as one of the greatest movies of all-time and when I say argue, whether it's number one or not.

  1. The Bicycle Thief - After all these years, I finally see it and I'm left baffled by its praise.
  2. Mommy - Xavier Dolan's unflinching look at so much more than just a mom and her son. 
  3. We Are Still Here - Silly horror film, with goofy ghost, ruins solid atmosphere.
  4. The Gift - A complete train wreck from start to finish, which is surprising with the stellar cast.
  5. Point Blank - Exciting, frenetic-paced French thriller that is rich as it is fun. 
  6. Le Havre - Kaurismaki's simple, nearly perfect tale of a lovable loser's altruism. 
  7. Ordet - Awe! The only word to describe my feeling. Emotions will run. Dreyer masterpiece.
  8. The Gallows - Possibly THE worst horror movie ever made. Possibly the worst movie, period.
  9. The House at the End of Time - Dull beginning, but then it turns into a truly magical film.
  10. Dead Man's Shoes - Considine is in this dark revenge tale, but I wanted a stronger message.
  11. A Story of Floating Weeds - Ozu's silent film didn't work for me, but preview of his brilliance.
  12. Day of Wrath - Dreyer's film looks wonderful and Movin is enchanting, but lacks fire.
  13. Fitzarraldo - Herzog's epic might strive to be too big, but it's impossible to ignore.
  14. Forks over Knives - Well done documentary on plant based diet, which sticks to it's claim only.
  15. The Stanford Prison Experiment - Gripping and intense, with not a single bad performance.
  16. Criminal Minds - Season 8 - The show has definitely jumped the shark, but like old characters.
  17. Ariel - Aki Kurismaki film about down and out drifter who dreams of a better life.
  18. Dead Within - What appears to be a metaphor for domestic abuse, turns out to be just silly.
  19. Shadows in Paradise - Kaurismaki's first of the proletariat trilogy is effective in its bareness.
  20. Chop Shop - Little indie, doesn't try to be anything more than it is. Queens locale is perfect.
  21. The Wolfpack - Disturbing exploitation film of kids who need real help and horribly done.

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