Five for the Fifth: JANUARY 2016 Edition

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Welcome to FlixChatter’s primary blog series! As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item/observation/poster, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here.

1. Well, since it’s the first Five of the Fifth of 2016, I’ll just start with something easy as I reckon it’s still fresh in your mind.

For me, the last one I saw last year was The Force Awakens and the first one of the year was this masterfully-crafted German noir drama Phoenix that I saw on Netflix. I still can’t get it out of my head how beautiful and mesmerizing it was, I can’t recommend it enough folks!

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A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.

What’s the last film you saw in 2015 and the first film you saw in 2016? 
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2. Now that I’ve posted my Top 10 films of 2015, it made me think about films that early in the year I thought would likely make my list. Of course we have our list of most-anticipated movies, and we set our expectations high on them. But then as the year wind down, those films barely even crack your top 20!

MacbethStill3For me that film was Macbeth which I thought I’d love given that I usually enjoy Shakespeare. But I find it too tedious and didn’t have the emotional oomph I was looking for. As a friend said to me after the screening, ‘beautiful but boring.’ Oh and Spectre, given that Skyfall was in my top 10 of 2012 the fact that it doesn’t even merit an Honorable Mentions is disappointing.

On the flip side, there are films that critics absolutely loathe than I actually didn’t think was all THAT bad. Case in point: Agent 47. I actually had a good time watching that and liked it more than the first remake from a few years ago.

So, what’s the biggest film surprise of 2015, either good or bad?

3. Five days into the new year, I’m already setting my sights on 2016 films! Despite being dismayed time and time again by my own expectations, I still can’t help anticipating upcoming movies!

Well, it should be no surprise to anyone that the Star Wars fever is as high as ever, just like many things in life, everything old is new again 😉 According to Fandango survey, apparently Star Wars: Rogue One, a spin-off of the saga already tops the list of most anticipated movies of 2016! (per Variety)

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I’m surprised that Dawn of Justice is more anticipated than Captain America Civil War [huh?]  As for ‘Most Anticipated Comic Book Character Debuting in a Major Role,’ at the top of the list is Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and I’m on board with that. I think she’ll be good in the role, but she probably won’t get to do much until her standalone film in 2017.

I’ll be making a list of movies I’m anticipating later this year, but the films I look forward the most in 2016 is pretty much anything my crush Stanley Weber is in [natch!], I don’t care if he’s sporting a dorky haircut as a Cistercian priest!Pilgrimage_still

Stanley’s supposedly got a few films out that’s due out later this year but the most likely one I’ll be seeing first is Pilgrimage with Richard Armitage, Jon Bernthal (who’s playing the Punisher in Daredevil) and Tom Holland (aka the new Spider-man).

Let’s put the big-budget ones aside for a moment, what’s an indie film you look forward to the most this year?
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4. Ok now we’d have to wait two years to see this one but I was excited about it when I read this during my vacation in late December. Even though I wasn’t totally blown away by Interstellar, but Christopher Nolan is still one of my fave directors so naturally I’m still curious what he’ll tackle next.

Apparently French newspapers first reported the news upon learning that Nolan and his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, had been scouting location in Dunkirk. Per Variety, Nolan will direct Dunkirk from his own original screenplay as his next project. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner and wife, Emma Thomas.

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The story is set during the legendary evacuation of the northern French city during WWII. Nolan and his casting department recently began testing teenagers in London for lead roles, but the director also wanted to nail down some choices for the few adult roles in the film before the holiday.

Now, the adult roles casting certainly piqued my interest greatly. Three of them are on my MVP list of 2015, with Kenneth Branagh as director of Cinderella. Anything with Tom Hardy is fantabulous in my book, this will mark the third time he’ll be working with Nolan after Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. Mark Rylance is phenomenal in Bridge of Spies. He’s a versatile actor who I think will elevate everything he’s in. I’d love to see a strong female performer (or two) among the cast as well, hopefully the script isn’t just strictly ‘boys only’ story.

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Warner Bros. has dated the film for July 21, 2017. It’s certainly a project I’ll be keeping an eye on.

Thoughts about this project and its casting?

5. This month Five for the Fifth’s guest is my pal Ted S. It’s a two-part question, so here goes.

What are your favorite TV shows that don’t have re-watchable appeal? For example, I love The Walking Dead, Justified, Breaking Bad and The Americans but I have no desire to watch the episodes I already saw.

On the flip side, I can re-watch many of my favorite films. So for the second part question, what are your favorite films that you can watch over and over again?


Well, that’s it for first 2016 edition of Five for the Fifth, folks. Now, please pick a question out of the five above or better yet, do ‘em all! 😀

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45 thoughts on “Five for the Fifth: JANUARY 2016 Edition

  1. 1. The Big Short on New Year’s Eve, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind on TCM.
    2. Bone Tomahawk; saw two westerns in December that were equally rich in sublime dialogue, jawdropping in their blood-letting, and with Kurt Russell at his older best in both. HATEFUL EIGHT and BONE TOMAHAWK. These two films still have me thinking about them. Especially the director debut of novelist, screenwriter S. Craig Zahler for the latter.
    3. Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall.
    4. I’m looking forward to Nolan’s treatment of military history, and this grand escape by the British during WWII. Looks like a fine cast.
    5. Hmm…well, you can’t pay me enough to re-watch the 2005-9 Battlestar Galactica, Ted 😉

    As to the second part, off the top of my head:
    Casablanca, Heat, Gladiator, Unforgiven, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Alien, Aliens, Michael Clayton, Jaws, Tequila Sunrise, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, The Princess Bride, Serenity, The Big Country, An American Werewolf in London, The Howling, Prince of Darkness, The Thing, Sleepy Hollow, The Ice Harvest, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Empire Strikes Back, North by Northwest, Charade, Roman Holiday, Sabrina (1954), The Big Sleep, His Girl Friday, Red River, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, To Have and Have Not, The Iron Giant, WALL•E, all of Toy Story, Up, The Incredibles, Superman, Three Days of the Condor, The Dark Knight, Blade II, The Rocketeer, Unbreakable, X-Men: X2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Spider Man 2, The Good The Bad and the Ugly, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Tombstone, The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, The Dirty Dozen, Patton, The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Strangelove, FAIL-SAFE, Where Eagles Dare, Glory,

    1. Hello Michael! Thanks for being the first FFTF commenter of the year, wahoo! 🙂 Glad you saw The Big Short, and that’s a great classic you saw in the first of the year!

      So HATEFUL EIGHT and BONE TOMAHAWK are good surprises for you then? That’s cool!

      Oooh, I’d be up to seeing Michael Jackson’s film, is that a doc or a feature?

      Dunkirk sounds great doesn’t it? And w/ Nolan’s undoubtedly epic treatment, that’s should be one to see!

      WHOA, I love that you have a long list of movies you love to rewatch, many of them I love as well. LOVE Rocketeer, Unbreakable, X2, Capt America, Roman Holiday, etc. You have a fine taste, man!

        1. Ah I see. My first thought was, who could EVER play MJ? I can’t imagine anyone who could portray such an icon, so a doc sounds great! Thanks for the info!

  2. Cool question, #1. Spectre and Joy.
    2. I was bored watching Spectre. MI 5: Rogue Nation was much better.
    4. Dunkirk with Chris Nolan behind the camera–wow. I can only speculate the plot.
    5. Favorite films I watch over and over, a few: Pride and Prejudice, Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Sound of Music, The Matrix, The Hustler, Finding Nemo, Star Trek (both recent ones)
    Ruth, let’s talk about February the 13th! cbruchman@yahoo.com

    1. Hi Cindy!

      Spectre is such rubbish, I can’t believe all the hoopla and budget and the end result is so meh. Plus they underused Monica Bellucci to the point of being insulting. MI5 on the other hand was fun AND it gives the female character an intriguing arc.

      Dunkirk w/ Nolan would be great, though I’d love to see some female cast in there somewhere too.

      YES let’s do! I’ll email you soon but if I forget please ping me 🙂

  3. 1. I watched a few movies near the end of 2015, I think the last one was Dope. And I think Zoolander was the first movie of 2016 haha.
    2. It Follows wouldn’t be in my top 10 of the year, but it was surprisingly good enough.
    4. I’m excited for anything Nolan does, not sure who I would cast. Tom Hardy is always a great choice though!
    5. Great question, I could probably do a whole blog post on it. Mmm, I’d go with Narcos. A really good show but don’t feel the need to relive it. As for films, Beasts of No Nation.

    1. Yo Eddie! Oh did you like Dope? I’ve heard good things about it. Zoolander?? Was it first viewing? I actually just saw it last year for the first time and it was good fun.

      Ah yes It Follows seems to be very good from what I heard, I might rent it though I generally don’t watch horror.

      I think Nolan wants to cast an unknown teenager for the protagonist, but the cast he’s got now is awesome!

      Beast of No Nation sounds so brutal, but then again it’s about child soldiers!

      1. Dope was pretty good, some good laughs. Things about the ending could have been smoothed out for me. Haha, yeah Zoolander was my first viewing. I admit to laughing out loud in places, especially the walk off scene. It Follows is worth the rent or streaming service, it’s not very gory, more of psychological horror imo.

  4. Howdy Ruth! Call me senile but I don’t remember the final film I saw in December. Star Wars was the last theater viewing and The Hateful Eight my first of 2016.

    Biggest surprises? Bad surprise – Spectre. Good surprise – hands down Creed!

    Indie film that’s high on my list? Midnight Special! I love Jeff Nichols!

    1. Ahah, and it’s only January 5! 😉 Just kidding, I guess we watch so many movies sometimes it’s hard to keep track. I so agree w/ your choices for bad and good surprises, glad I saw Creed on the big screen.

      Oh who’s in Midnight Special? I really enjoyed Mud so Nichols is certainly a good filmmaker.

  5. 1. The last one of ’15 was a movie my daughter introduced me to called Flipped. It got real hectic in my world starting with New Year’s Eve, and not for anything fun. So I still haven’t watched a movie in ’16. Hopefully, I’ll get one tonight.

    2. Kingsman: The Secret Service or Creed. I simply wasn’t prepared to love either one so much.

    3. I’ve no clue since I generally pay no attention to upcoming movie news.

    4. Sounds great. I like everyone you’ve mentioned there, so I’m game.

    5a. Law & Order: SVU. Love watching an episode, but once you know who did it there’s no point in watching it again.

    5b. Enter the Dragon, Do the Right Thing, Coming to America, The Warriors, Scarface (’83), The Wizard of Oz, Friday the 13th (original), and plenty more.

    1. Hello Dell! I have only seen one film in 2016 myself, it’s just been so hectic around the holidays.

      I enjoyed Kingsman and Creed too, but the latter is a far superior film and has so much heart.

      Nolan’s films always sound so intriguing and he’s great w/ casting too.

      Coming to America is such a fun movie to rewatch, I think a lot of Eddie Murphy’s movies of the 80s are that way.

  6. 1. The last film I saw in 2015 was The Hateful Eight, saw twice actually, once at the press screening then again when it opened wide.

    2. Pretty much most of the films I anticipated lived up to my expectations so not a lot of surprises for me. I guess if I have to pick one that really disappointed me it would be TOMORROWLAND but I wouldn’t call disappointment because I thought it’s just an awful movie.

    3. Well this one is tough because many of the indie films don’t get enough press so I don’t know what’s coming out that I look forward to seeing. The only indie film I want to see is High-Rise: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462335/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_3, which just got picked up by a studio here in the States so hopefully it will be out soon.

    4. So looking forward to Nolan’s take on a war picture, let’s hope he goes all in and make a realistic take on the war and not water down PG-13 crap.

    5. Since I didn’t answer my second part, I have tons of films of that I can watch over and over again including: Blade Runner, The Godfather 1-2, The Dark Knight trilogy, Ocean’s 11 & 13, The Hangover, Mission: Impossible 1, 2, 4 and 5, Star Wars original trilogy, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Departed, Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Kill 1-2, Point Break (the original), Die Hard 1-3, The Bourne Trilogy, Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones 1-3, Rambo: First Blood, Mad Max: The Road Warrior and recently Fury Road, Unforgiven, Goodfellas, Most of the Bond films, Aliens, Terminator 1 & 2, RoboCop (the orginal), The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, Miami Vice, Collateral, Interstellar, Gravity, Children of Men, Se7en, Fight Club, The Game, Panic Room, Home Alone (yes I still enjoy it as an adult, ha ha), Demolition Man, Lethal Weapon 1-3, Black Rain, Gladiator, The Wild Bunch, The Getaway (the original), Face/Off and much more!

    1. Hi Ted! Hey, I’d love your review of Hateful Eight too sometime next week. I’ll be posting your review of The Revenant this Friday, though I still have Point Break one too to publish later this month.

      Yeah, we agree on Tomorrowland. It’s a bummer really.

      Oooh I just read about High Rise today which I think was screened at some film festivals last year. I hope it gets here soon, love the cast and the premise!

      I think Nolan doesn’t go nuts on CGI like a lot of big directors, and the fact that he likes to film on location is always a plus.

      Hey, lots of great films on your list there Ted! Nolan’s Batman films are immensely rewatchable, and so are the MI, Die Hard, Bourne and Indiana Jones movies. I really need to rewatch some of Michael Mann’s movies, esp Heat which is just excellent. Of course Gladiator is just a masterpiece, and I LOVE Face/Off despite some really cheesy parts, but it’s so darn entertaining!

  7. Hey Ruth, Happy New Year! Glad to see your blogging never stops! As always, I’m trying to get back on the saddle after a couple of months of zero activity.
    1. The last film I saw was almost the same as yours as I managed to get to Star Wars two days after Christmas. However, I did manage to watch the latest Tarantino, The Hateful Eight, on December 30th. Both very good choices to end the year if you ask me.
    2. I am taking the easy way out on this one, but I was pleasantly surprised by Star Wars: Force Awakens in that it was not a disappointment, like the latest installments had been. I was doubtful mostly because JJ Abrams had recently left me wanting more out of the latest Star Trek film, even when his previous projects have all sat well with me.
    Also, Mad Max: Fury Road.
    3. Indie films don’t get as much traction as others when it comes to press, but I’m intrigued by The Witch. It seems horrific yet visually appealing. It has the vibe, at least from what I gather in the trailers, of Under the Skin, a favorite of mine from 2014.
    4. The cast ideas seem spot-on, but I doubt there would be much space given to women if you consider the context of the film. I’m always excited by anything Nolan has planned.
    5. I’ll answer only the rewatchable tv shows part of the question since there are way too many films I can watch repeatedly to name.
    For me rewatchability of tv shows has a lot to do with genre. If it’s a light comedy and I’m a fan, I will probably watch it if it’s on television or if I stumble upon it when I don’t know what else to watch or do. I can think of Seinfeld in this category, or Happy Endings (recently added to Hulu) or Roseanne, among others. The only drama I don’t mind revisiting is Breaking Bad…but that’s only because I miss it and it was hard to leave Walter White’s universe once I finished all seasons.

    Great post!

    1. Hello Niels, happy new year! Well I’ve been blogging much less lately but I try to keep this series alive as long as I can 🙂

      1 Cool that you’re able to squeeze in two new releases by end of year, and that you love both.
      2 Glad you love Fury Road too, that’s my #1 film of the year, I mean it’s just phenomenal on so many level. I like Force Awakens but I didn’t love it as much as others do.
      3 Boy I still need to see Under the Skin!
      4 Yeah I figured that women might not have much play in a Dunkirk story but you can always include them if the filmmakers choose to, I hope he would.
      5 I find a lot of comedy shows rewatchable, like Frasier, Seinfeld, even Friends. But some darker shows usually are one-time viewing only.

  8. 1. The last film I saw in 2015 is Breaking the Waves and the first film of 2016 that I saw is I Think I Love My Wife

    2. The surprise of the year for me was Room as I was just blown away by it and I think spent much of the film’s second half in tears as it made me cry and not in a manipulative way.

    3. Honestly, I really don’t know as there was a reason why I didn’t do a list of the Most Anticipated Films of 2016. I had no idea what film I wanted to see most. Maybe anything good that is starring my boos in Jena Malone, Olivia Thirlby, Ellen Page, and Evan Rachel Wood or whatever films that Xavier Dolan, Jeff Nichols, or any good filmmaker is doing.

    4. It’s Christopher Nolan. He is $$$$$$$$$$$ though I had some issues with Interstellar.

    5. I don’t really watch a lot of TV shows but the one show that I used to like that didn’t hold up upon repeated viewings was Entourage as it did get stupid by the last few seasons and I don’t think I want to see the film ever. Well, if you don’t count their respective final seasons, Gilmore Girls and That 70s Show are shows I will re-watch and not be bored by it. As for films, well I always watch Lost in Translation every year on Bill Murray’s birthday. Anything that is on TV whether it’s a comedy starring Chevy Chase or Bill Murray.

    1. Hi Steven!

      Hmmm, I saw the premise of I Think I Love My Wife, can’t say I’m interested in that one.

      Room was VERY good indeed and I agree it wasn’t manipulative. The acting were top notch all around.

      Hey there’s a Jena Malone film w/ Keanu Reeves that I’m looking forward to. Keith just told me about Nichols’ next film, Midnight Special, sounds good!

      Ahah yeah, Nolan hasn’t made a wrong move yet.

      1. Oh yeah, The Neon Demon with Elle Fanning directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. That I will totally see. I Think I Love My Wife is alright though it was a remake of a film by Eric Rohmer which I hope to see this year.

  9. 1. Last film I saw in 2015 was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (although sort of cheating, since it wasn’t my first viewing — see below — last “fresh” viewing experience was “Hateful Eight”). First viewing experience of 2016 was “The Big Short” — ended 20 minutes ago. 🙂

    2. I’ll second your disappointment with “Spectre” — I didn’t *love* “Skyfall”, but compared to “Spectre” that movie was “From Russia with Love”, and I’m sort of shocked by how much Mendes and co. dropped the ball. Some good bits, but overall it’s really sloppy work.

    More positive surprise: how much I’ve grown to like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on repeated viewings. I walked out of my first viewing ambivalent — there was some stuff I loved, and stuff that I….*didn’t* love; three viewings in (I have a lot of friends who wanna go see this thing, what can I say! Haha…), the movie has “settled” better for me, and while I still have gripes I’ve come to quite like it. Feels good to have “real Star Wars” back!

    3. Terrible thing to admit as an indie filmmaker myself, but I don’t really KNOW of any of the upcoming indie films…I look forward to finding out about them throughout the year, as people say, “Jeezus, you’ve gotta see this little movie that came out of nowhere…”

    4. I would watch Christopher Nolan film himself affixing stamps to envelopes. He’s THAT GOOD. Interesting to see him taking on his first “true story” (unless you think Batman is real, which I do), and nothing to complain about with that cast.

    1. Hey CB! Did you enjoy The Big Short? I LOVE the cast (apart from Gosling, though he’s ok in this) and loved it enough that it’s in my top 10.

      Yeah I think Spectre is just meh all around, even to the point of irritating. Ah so you love The Force Awakens like the rest 😉 I enjoyed it but it was such an overly-saturating movie, esp in social media, that it bores me to tears. I’m just eager to talk about ANYTHING other than SW, though I guess I still did as I was talking about Rogue One here, ahah.

      No indie movie you’re anticipating?? Come on CB, what’s up w/ that?? 😛 Hey you should check out Phoenix which is on Netflix, it’s a terrific foreign noir.

      Mwahaha, LOVE your answer. I don’t love Nolan THAT much, I don’t know if there’s a filmmaker I absolutely love. I used to adore Michael Mann but he disappointed me w/ Blackhat.

      1. Hey! I had problems with “The Big Short” — I feel like it never quite settles on a tone and some of the directorial touches annoyed me — but the cast is DEFINITELY not one of them. And I’m also not a huge Gosling fan, but I really liked him in this! He’s used well, I think.

        “Loved” is maybe a strong word — I still think “Force Awakens” has plenty of flaws, I don’t think it’s a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination, and I DEFINITELY get your feeling of “Jeez, can we PLEASE talk about something else…?” Haha…but as someone who really wasn’t looking forward to/paying attention to the new “Star Wars” film, I’m pleased to find myself interested in that world again.

        Hey, like I said, I feel guilty! 😉 In all honesty, it’s more an “element of surprise” thing; aside from the big movies you can’t get away from, I want indie movies to come at me out of nowhere — so I guess the movies I’m most looking forward to in 2016 are the movies NOBODY’S heard of yet/nobody’s anticipating, the movies that’ll strike out of nowhere. 🙂

        1. Yeah I think there are some deliberately-bizarre directing touches in The Big Short but somehow it didn’t really bother me and I was actually quite entertained overall.

          As for SW, I too wasn’t looking forward to/paying attention to the new film but I ended up enjoying more than I thought. I just think there are also a ton of GREAT films out there we should be paying attention to and celebrate.

          Phoenix was one of those indies that I wasn’t aware of that ended up being such a pleasant surprise. So yeah, go indie films!! 😀

  10. 1. Both answers are The Big Short. I had to see it twice cause I’m too daft when it comes to economy

    2. Mad Max, definitely

    3. Indie? The Witch. I’ve been looking forward to seeing it since it premiered at Sundance last year

    4. HARDY IS LOVE HARDY IS LIFE are my thoughts. Especially in uniform

    5. I love Six Feet Under but it’s too heavy to watch it a lot. But comedy movies I love I could watch all the time, Snatch for example

    1. Hello Margaret!

      The Big Short has so much facts and numbers thrown around it made my head spin too! But I enjoyed it and that bit w/ Margot Robbie is hilarious!

      Yes of course, Fury Road is such a pleasant surprise in the best possible way.

      Ah yes, I remember your posts about The Witch.

      Hardy in uniform is truly a beautiful thing to behold, but he looks good in anything, really.

  11. 1. Last one of 2015 was Nightcrawler which I rewatched (obviously) and the first was sadly, Star Wars Episode I which was.. well, disappointing, but I watched all 4 episodes in a row so it was all good.

    2. The Age of Adeline for sure! I expected nothing, I expected to be like “huh, okay” but I was honestly surprised and I’ve watched it twice now. Surely, I’ll watch it again soon!

    3. I don’t usually anticipate indie films.. or at least I haven’t yet waited for anything that will come out in 2016. I did wait for a long time for The Diary of a Teenage Girl in 2015, so I mean.. that kind of answers your question. 😀

    4. I’m always, and forever, thinking happy and amazing thoughts about everything Tom Hardy related.

    5. I don’t think I haven’t never really loved any TV show I haven’t rewatched.. I think. Some aren’t rewatchable right away, like Mr. Robot and The Fall. But they will be eventually.
    *second part* Star Trek for some reason, The Shawshank Redemption, Snatch, and Harry fucking Potter! Like, I’ve seen the third movie over 15 times cause it was the first VHS I owned from the Harry Potter series. Priceless.

    1. Hi Getter! Nightcrawler is excellent, I’d love to rewatch that at some point.

      Ohhh I adore The Age of Adaline too, can’t believe I left that out of my Honorable Mentions! I even want to buy the Bluray as I can see myself watching it again and again. Plus Michiel Huisman… yowza! 😉

      I haven’t seen The Diary of a Teenage Girl but that sounds like a good one from what I read in reviews.

      Can’t go wrong with Tom Hardy, I mean he’s just so utterly charismatic, not to mention super hot!

      Hey I actually rewatched a couple of Potter movies on holiday as it was on TV, I forgot which one is the third one, but the one w/ Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) is my fave.

  12. 1 – Last film of 2015, Star Wars. Really don’t understand the hype around it to be honest. First of 2016 was The Stanford Prison Experiment, which is scarily realistic. Recommended!

    2 – best surprise was Brooklyn, thanks to you Ruth! 🙂

    3 – Does a Coen Bros flick count? Can’t wait for that one. I’m also impatient for Room to release down here. I’m not big on movie news so i don’t really know whats coming out unless I read about it on a blog like yours.

    4 – Not the biggest Nolan fan but I’ll watch anything with Hardy in it! 😀

    5 – I can’t think of any show that I couldn’t re-watch. In fact i re-watch some of my favourite shows all the time. Movies I could watch on repeat – 2001, Under The Skin, 12 Monkeys and most of Gilliam’s work. All the Coens’ films as well.

    1. Hey Jordan!

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t really get caught up in the Force Awakens hype, man. I mean I enjoyed it and all, but it’s a flawed movie and to be honest I’m ready to move on to other movies!

      Wahoo!! Glad to hear that man. I recommend PHOENIX which is a German film. It has a love story aspect but it’s more of a noir that’s full of suspense. I think you’d like it.

      Yes a Coen Bros. count, I think Hail Caesar is an indie. Room is a good one too, I hope you like that one, but I reckon you would.

      Not the biggest Nolan fan? Wait, what?? I’m curious now, which of his films that you didn’t like?

      I do tend to rewatch my fave movies too Jordan, though we have quite a different taste in genres of films. I still need to see Under the Skin!

  13. Breaking Bad is an interesting ones in the “what great TV show I have no desire to watch again”. I agree. As much as I enjoyed the entire series, it isn’t one I’m likely to return to.

  14. 1. Star Wars as my last and I really haven’t seen much this year yet, last thing I saw was (putting hands over face) San Andreas. Ugh that was a horrible way to start the New Year.
    2. & 3. I will have to get back to you, my mind is literally blanking. I haven’t seen much that made me go omg wow scream it to the world other than Star Wars.
    4. Umm yes please, that movie sounds exciting. Love all the actors you mentioned.
    5. Definitely over The Walking Dead, I am getting so bored of it and almost ready to move on from watching it. Movies I can rewatch… that’s a long list. I love Bridget Jones’s Diary (ok i should have said that I am looking forward to part 3), Office Space, Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Help. These are all random movies I totally love and I don’t really know why but I can watch them over and over again.

    1. Seems that most people’s last film was The Force Awakens. What did you think of that one Mel? Did you love it as much as others do? Ahah, San Andreas eh? I actually like The Rock but yeah, that one does look bad.

      Do you like Tom Hardy? Love seeing him w/ Nolan again.

      Hmmm, well I’m not into zombies as you know so definitely not interested in Walking Dead. But Clueless is a fun one for a rewatch, as I just rewatched it recently. I made a whole post on it which I didn’t think I was gonna do!

      1. -Yeah I mean Star Wars came out so close to the end of the year, I think most of us went and saw it around that time. I loved loved it! OMG no do not watch San Andreas it was awful, I can’t believe I watched that on New Years. Horrible.
        -I love LOVE Tom Hardy and not just because he is super hot, but he is a really good actor too. And yes that movie does sound promising. Even though I really didn’t care for Interstellar.
        -Oh I know you are not into zombies, I am actually getting over them. I am tired of seeing them running around. haha. Have you been rewatching Stanley? My guess is YES!

        1. Hey I didn’t really care for Interstellar either. I mean it wasn’t horrible but not something I’m keen on revisiting again. Tom Hardy is so darn charismatic, and he’s the kind of actor who looks better the more you look at him. I saw Legend recently and was mesmerized.

          I actually haven’t rewatched any of Stanley’s films lately, just been too busy. But I’m writing a script inspired by him, I’ve told you about that right? That’s what I’ve been working on so he’s ALWAYS on my mind even if I’m not watching him. Yes, it’s true love 😉

  15. 1. Last film of the year was a rewatch of The Martian, first movie of the year was a rewatch of Ant-Man
    2. My biggest surprise was my number one of the year, which was Victoria. Like many people I had hardly heard from it and it blew me away.
    3. I never keep up to date what will be coming out so I have no idea hear.
    4. Always looking forward to new Nolan project, so it will be interesting to see what he’ll do with this.
    5. I guess Sopranos, Lost and Breaking Bad would be some which I really enjoyed but wouldn’t watch again. Only things I will rewatch when it comes to TV shows it’ll probably be comedies like Friends or Off Centre. Almost every movie in my personal top 100 is one I wouldn’t mind rewatching.

    1. Hello Nostra! So you must be glad The Martian won last night. I don’t mind rewatching that either.

      I read your top 10 and really want to see Victoria now. You should check out this German film Phoenix too!

      I think Nolan’s films are always intriguing right off the bat, even if I don’t always love the final result.

  16. 1. Last film of 2015: Heaven Knows What
    First film of 2016: Magic Mike XXL (Haha, it’s an odd pairing.)

    2. I’d probably say Mad Max: Fury Road, but one that was nowhere near my radar was, coincidentally, Phoenix, which was amazing.

    3. If Xavier Dolan’s film It’s Only the End of the World counts as an indie, then that. Otherwise, I’d go with Manchester by the Sea.

    4. I love Nolan’s films, but I think he reaches for the stars and doesn’t always get there. Intrigued by the film, though.

    5. First part: Maybe The Wire. Though, I could rewatch that some time in the future.
    Second part: Definitely films like The Apartment, Rear Window, and The Philadelphia Story.

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