November Movie-Watching Recap and Movie of the Month

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2013, can you believe it? I knew somehow November is going to go by like a breeze. It always feel that way when I went on a trip. Hence it hasn’t been a prolific month for blogging for me, nor a movie-watching one for that matter.

But hey, I got to spend Thanksgiving in Universal Studios which was a lot of fun! It was awesome spending some quality time with my BFF and took a stroll on Pacific Beach which was only minutes away on foot from her apartment. I also got to meet Fernando from Committed to Celluloid on the day I arrived in San Diego (read his post on our meet-up). What a treat that was, wish we had more time to chat but it was so lovely to meet one of my favorite bloggers!

Great company, scenery and awesome food, it was the best Thanksgiving ever!


Well, here are some of my posts this past month:

The amount of films I watched last month is embarrassingly low, I’m hoping December will be a much better month for movie-viewing, esp. since I’ve RSVP-ed for five movies I’ve been looking forward to: American Hustle, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, and The Wolf of Wall Street, all taking place in the next three weeks! 😀

Movie of the Month:


This is an easy one as I was floored by Spike Jonze‘s latest film. I barely knew anything about it but I saw the trailer just days before I saw the screening schedule and it intrigued me. Well let’s just say this would VERY likely end up in my Best of the Year list. Such a unique love story and startlingly-honest character study, and also one of the most intriguing sci-fi drama in recent memory. Joaquin Phoenix is simply superb in an understated and soul-baring role. Oh and Scarlett Johansson‘s voice acting is worth all the hype, stay tuned for a Question of the Week post inspired by her performance.

Well, that’s my monthly recap folks. What’s YOUR favorite film you saw in November?

46 thoughts on “November Movie-Watching Recap and Movie of the Month

  1. My favorite from November was Much Ado about Nothing, which I just watched a few days ago on DVD. The more I think about what Whedon accomplished, the more I love it.

    1. Hello Dan! Oh I haven’t seen that one yet but I’m even more intrigued now that you consider it your favorite film! Curious to see how Whedon tackle a Shakespearean classic.

  2. Sounds like a wonder trip was had! Great to hear you caught up with our friend Fernando. Awesome. Of the few new films I saw in November the most powerful was 12 Years a Slave and the most enjoyable was Catching Fire.

    1. Hi Michael! Yeah it was perfect timing that Fernando had a concert that very day I arrived in SD!

      I really wish I had time to see you, but for sure we have to meet up next time I’m there, or whenever you visit MN of course 😉 Oh cool, glad you got to see 12 Years a Slave, I still need to well, catch Catching Fire 😀

  3. Ted S.

    Yeah I can’t believe 2013 is almost over, time seems to fly by so fast when you get older. LOL. I now want to visit CA from seeing your photos there, haven’t been out there in a while.

    I don’t think I have any favorite movies that I saw last month, both Thor 2 and Hunger Games 2 were pretty good but not great. I finally watched Flight, it’s pretty good and it’s nice seeing a Robert Zemeckis’ movie with real actors and not computer generated characters. That man loves his animation but he’s better at making movies with real actors.

    1. Ahah well we’re only as young as we feel Ted 😉 CA is great but only to visit, the weather there sure beats what we have here though, ahah.

      Oh I still haven’t seen Flight but I kind of already knew what happened. I still might see it for Denzel’s performance though.

      1. Ted S.

        Flight’s trailers made it look like it’s about some kind of a disaster/courtroom drama but it’s actually about addiction. And Washington’s good in the role, wish he makes more type of this movie then the crappy action pictures he’s been doing the last 10 years or so. But I guess since he’s already won two Oscars, might as well collecting big paychecks while Hollywood still paying him.

  4. Tom

    OOOh, I can’t wait to get to Her! This movie looks so interesting. So peculiar.

    I think my favorite film from November has got to be the new Hunger Games movie. Catching Fire was every bit as good as I was hoping for it to be

    1. Hi Tom! Yes, it’s delightfully peculiar is how I’d describe HER, hope you get to see it soon. Glad to hear you loved Catching Fire, now I REALLY want to see it soon, hopefully next weekend.

  5. Favorite movie would probably be Thor 2. Really enjoyed that one quite a bit. And as I said before, seriously looking forward to Her. That one just looks so interesting, heh.

    1. Hi Chris! Thor 2 was fun indeed, that’s on my list of movies to be thankful for 😀 HER is just excellent all around, what Spike Jonze may not be prolific but he sure is one of the most original filmmakers out there.

  6. We’re in the same boat. In fact I actually saw less movies than you I think…. 6 movies, and only one of those six (Disney’s Frozen) were recent openings! But it seems I’ll get more breathing space from work in December, and I’ll get to see more movies!

    p/s: Universal Studios – that’s certainly a great way to spend vacation!

    1. Hi Asrap! Yeah I think I saw less than 10 movies this month, it’s terrible! But I’m so glad I saw HER though, and yes Universal Studios is awesome, I felt like a kid again 😀

  7. Really looking forward to Her, looks fantastic. Not sure when it hits here but I’ll be there in a shot. Best film of the month for me was Gravity as we finally got it in November. Philomena was also excellent, though and I also really liked Blackfish, which is an excellent documentary. Roll on December!

    1. Hi ya Chris! Glad to see you love Gravity, that’s my Movie of the Month October, so glad we agree! Yes December has some great films to look forward to!

  8. So glad you had a great time in California. Looks a lot warmer there than it was here! Pretty slow movie month here too. So much going on but I too hope to get back in gear in December. But who am I fooling. Christmas is always chaotic!

    1. It was about mid 60s to low 70s, how hot was Kentucky? Thankfully I won’t be going anywhere for Christmas so hopefully I can watch more movies this month 😀

    1. If you’re a big fan of those two I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! Oh I LOVE The Thin Red Line, probably my favorite war-themed film.

    1. Hi Fernando! Thanks for the sweet post, I’ve linked it up 😀 Wish you could’ve gone to Universal Studios w/ us, it was a blast. Ahah yeah I know you’re not excited for The Hobbit 2 he..he.. that’s ok, I think you’ll love HER.

      I see that you love Prisoners, I might give it a rent when it’s out.

  9. I can’t wait to see Her! And those 5 films you mentioned are high on my watchlist as well. 🙂

    The best film I saw last month was Children of Paradise, a classic French film. It has great performances, solid production values, and an interesting story. It’s definitely worthy of the praise it’s received.

  10. Hello December! Universal Studios sounds like a great way to spend a vacation. Over here in Canada, thanksgiving is in October haha! I’m also looking forward to The Hobbit and Wolf on Wall Street! I think I saw Gravity in Nov, I can’t remember the month hehe but I know it was a really good movie. I finally saw Training Day in Nov. and loved it!

  11. Initially I wasn’t very interested in Her but all this praise is interesting! Especially about Johansson – I was never impressed with voice performance, perhaps I’ll be with that one.

    1. I really didn’t know what to expect but the premise really intrigued me, there’s just not enough good sci-fi dramas out there. I’d say give it a shot Sati, I’m usually just so-so about Scarlett but she did a tremendous job with her voice here.

  12. Oh, I really want to watch “Her”. I mean, it’s Spike Jonze after all. I’ve been really intrigued by the three features he’s directed even if “Being John Malkovich” was not exactly my cup of tea. I loved both “Adaptation.” which I finally saw recently, and “Where the Wild Things Are” will surely feature prominently in my Top 250 favorite film list, whenever I get to posting that.

    The best film I’ve seen lately was Mary & Max, which was easily the highlight over the course of the last two months with Gravity coming in at second place.
    I’m also looking forward to all of the awesome films that are due to come out in the next 3-4 weeks.

    1. Hi Niels, HER is very good and if you like Jonze’s style then you’ll likely enjoy it even more than I did. What’s Mary & Max about? I haven’t heard of that one.

    1. Oh man, it’s tough getting back and especially this week we’ve got some brutal arctic air, hovering around zero for the next week! 😦

      HER is great, such a warm film despite the subject matter.

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