It’s a big day for Taika Waititi fans. First, the spinoff/sequel for What We Do in the Shadows got an official title: We’re Wolves (Get it? Werewolves… We are wolves). He’s apparently going to do that as soon as he wraps on Thor: Ragnarok. Then, the teaser for his Sundance film Hunt for the Wilderpeople came out, and the bit of footage we’ve been gifted looks as great as one would expect.
Yup. Yup yup yup.
I already would have been excited/intrigued by what Key and Peele would do for their first big film, but that kitten, though!
Also, two different George Michael songs. That’s my guilty pleasure jam right there.
Put the pussy on the chain wax!
More Key and Peele references, etc. etc.
Recently, two friends of mine were discussing how much they hate end of year lists. As is obvious from this blog most years, when I actually get around to making my own year end lists, I have to respectfully disagree.
My favorite thing about end of year lists is that I inevitably miss a bunch of stuff through the year, now more than ever. When other folks share their favorite stuff from the year, it makes it easy for me to discover great things from the year that would have otherwise slipped through the cracks. I can adjust my must-watch and listen and download lists accordingly. I love it.
Case in point. Last April, Chance the Rapper gave me a really great belated birthday gift. I’d already experienced and loved the album, but the music video for “Sunday Candy” I’d missed entirely.
Then Stereogum’s “50 Best Music Video’s of 2015” remedied that.
This single take music video of a fake high school musical is a delightful companion to the unabashedly joyful song Chance wrote for his grandmother.
Maybe you can make it through watching this video without smiling, but I definitely can’t. After we watched it I made Emily watch it again immediately. I’ve watched it another time since then. I’m going to go watch it again now.
I’ve had several people, most importantly my wife, tell me that they formerly relied on me for their trailer exposure and are now missing out without RtM. I don’t post trailers much anymore because I was wildly inconsistent and it misrepresented which trailers I liked most, because I’d share one when I saw it and found it interesting, but then never get around to posting one I was way more excited about. It’s basically a metaphor for this entire blog, where I write and share less than I’d like just because I’m less consistent (a wild understatement) than I want to be and irrationally care about what that says concerning each shared artifact’s significance to me. I should just ignore that and share stuff when I have the time.
High-Rise is second on my ‘to read’ shelf right now. I’ve been interested in this film for a while, reading about it on movie news sites, and this trailer only increases that interest.
It’s Baz Luhrmann, which means it could be really great, or really terrible. But I’m a sucker for a story set in the 1970’s Bronx that birthed Hip Hop. I’m hoping this could be as good as it has the potential to be.
Just in time for the run to end, at least here in Seattle, I finally made it to see the 70mm Roadshow version of The Hateful Eight.
Here are eight thoughts I had about the movie.
1. Ennio Morricone is a god.
2. All movies over two and a half hours long should have an intermission. This one was so great.
3. I really hope Tarantino does another western. He claims he needs to do one more to be a “real” western director, he also still claims he is only going to make two more films in total.
4. It was really interesting watching the film while keeping in mind it was originally a Django sequel. I’m glad Tarantino changed it.
5. I’m pretty sure I would pay money to watch Walton Goggins read a phone book.
6. I really hope more directors start doing the 70mm thing, but if only one did it, it had to be Tarantino.
7. The western is the most misunderstood and underappreciated genre in film.
8. I’m so glad Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino found each other.
And, a new addition to my lists. Here are all the shows I watched for the first time this year. This is the first time I’ve actually kept a list going all year. If a show doesn’t have a list of seasons or specials next to it then I watched the whole thing this year, or it was only a single run.
Rick and Morty (Seasons One & Two)
House of Cards (Season Three)
Portlandia (Seasons Three – Five)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season Ten)
The Mindy Project (Season Three)
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Walking Dead (Season Five)
Man Seeking Woman (Season One)
Archer (Season Six)
Justified (Season Six)
Game of Thrones (Season Five)
Community (Season Six)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Bojack Horseman (Season Two)
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Adventure Time (Season Six)
True Detective (Season Two)
Master of None (Season One)
Bonus: Shows I Rewatched Episodes of Regularly All Year
Archer, Sunny, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Arrested Development, Bob’s Burgers, Seinfeld
Every year I share the list of every movie I watched. Many years, it’s with a bunch of other lists I make of all sorts of favorite things and whatnot. We’ll see if that happens this year, but at the very least, here is my 2015 in movies.
125 is better than last year’s 105, but I really miss the days when 200 movies a year was the minimum. Anyway, on with the list!
The key is mostly the same as always:
(#) Movie I saw in the theater.
[#] Movie I saw for the first time.
E# Movies I watched with Emily.
Favorites (These underlined films cannot be movies I saw this year for the first time, they have to be movies that have been able to stand up after at least one repeated viewing.)
*Best movies I’d never seen before. (It doesn’t matter when these movies came out, I saw them for the first time this year, and they were awesome.)
Halloween Movie Fest.
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – E1
2. The Imitation Game  (1) E2
3. The Guardians of the Galaxy
*4. Persepolis 
5. The Guardians of the Galaxy – E3
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
*7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 
8. Horns 
*9. Birdman (or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)  (2) E4
10. What If  E5
*11. Calvary 
12. The Equalizer 
13. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – E5
14. Arbitrage 
*15. Whiplash  E6
16. John Wick 
17. The Trip to Italy  E7
18. eXistenZ 
19. They Came Together  E8
*20. Kingsman: The Secret Service  (3) E9
21. Gone Girl  E10
22. St. Vincent  E11
*23. Frank 
24. The History of Future Folk 
*25. The One I Love 
*26. Paris, Texas 
27. The Double 
*28. Throne of Blood (Kumonosu-jô) 
*29. The Silence (Das letzte Schweigen) 
30. Nightcrawler 
*31. Housebound 
*32. Top Five  E12
33. Shadow of the Vampire 
*34. 13 Assassins (Jûsan-nin no shikaku) 
35. The Boxtrolls  E13
36. Hot Fuzz
37. John Dies In the End 
38. The World’s End
39. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 
40. Girl Most Likely 
41. Shut Up and Play the Hits 
*42. What We Do in the Shadows  (4)
43. Avengers: Age of Ultron  (5)
44. Avengers: Age of Ultron (6) E14
*45. Brooklyn Castle  E15
46. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 
47. Natural Born Killers 
48. Now You See Me  E16
*49. Fury 
50. Pitch Perfect 2  (7) E17
*51. Mad Max: Fury Road  (8)
*52. Ex Machina  (9)
54. Star Wars – E18
*55. Inherent Vice 
56. A Fantastic Fear of Everything 
57. Spy  (10) E19
58. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief  E20
59. High-Fidelity E21
*60. Inside Out  E22
61. Wet Hot American Summer – E23
*62. Dope  (11) E24
63. Ant-Man  (12) E25
64. Say Anything… – E26
65. Slow West 
66. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation  (13) E27
67. The Guest 
68. Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot American Summer 
69. Theory of Everything  E28
70. The Crossing Guard 
71. Life of Crime 
72. 48 Hrs. 
73. Dear White People  E29
74. El secreto de sus ojos – E30
75. Hot Fuzz
76. Three Colors: Blue 
77. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  E31
78. Creep 
79. The Skeleton Twins 
80. Harmontown 
*81. Life Itself  E32
82. The House of the Devil 
83. Magic Mike XXL  E33
*84. Kingsman: The Secret Service – E34
85. Dawn of the Dead *1978*
86. Day of the Dead 
87. The Martian  (14) E35
*88. The Haunting 
89. Pulse 
90. Byzantium 
91. The Empire Strikes Back – E36
*92. It Follows 
93. Pan’s Labyrinth – E37
94. The Devil’s Backbone
95. Witching and Bitching 
96. The Wicker Man *1973* 
97. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead 
98. Frenzy 
*99. The Babadook 
100. Crimson Peak  (15)
101. The Blair Witch Project 
*102. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night 
103. Spirited Away – E38
104. Spectre  (16) E39
105. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 
106. Seven Psychopaths
107. Better Living Through Chemistry 
108. People, Places, Things  E40
109. Jurassic World  E41
110. The Kings of Summer – E42
111. Rocky – E43
*112. Spotlight  (17) E44
113. Cop Car 
114. Return of the Jedi – E45
*115. Me and Early and the Dying Girl  E46
*116. What We Do In The Shadows
117. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.  E47
*118. The Tale of Princess Kaguya  E48
*119. Amarcord 
*120. The Force Awakens  (18) E49
121. Trainwreck  E50
122. A Very Murray Christmas  E51
*123. The End of the Tour  E52
124. Inglourious Basterds
*125. The Force Awakens – (19) E53