This is Weekly Watchlist. Weekly, (or bi-weekly, depends on how many movies I’ve seen), I will be posting an article detailing the movies I’ve watched during the week.
Why peruse the Weekly Watchlist? Because I’m a film major, *shrugs shoulders* I watch movies almost everyday, and I’ve got some things to say about them. Some are really nice, while others are trash; my job is to help you, the reader, avoid the trash.
Before we get into anything, I need to give a shoutout to the app Letterboxd. Letterboxd is a free app where you can log the films you’ve watched, rate/review them, and see what your friends think of films. I use this to keep track of everything I watch and this series is loosely based off their online process.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964) – 3.5/5
- A fistful of Clinty Beastwood & some pretty nice/old-style cinematography; watched this for a film classics course I’m enrolled in and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m a sucker for Wild West films and will sit through one no matter how slow it is sometimes.
The Lobster (2015) – 4.5/5
- An extremely interesting and unique story created by Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos; this is his first feature film in all American-English and he does a marvelous job. The plot is so well written and obscure; the acting is well-executed by the great cast. The cinematography was done by frequent collaborator Thimios Bakatakis and was extremely impressive. 4.5/5 stars.
The Social Network (2010) – 4.5/5
- I’ve wanted to see this for the longest time but unfortunately it’s not on any streaming sites. Fortunately, I found it on 123Movies and was able to watch it with only mildly sh**ty audio. Extremely interesting and amazing acting all around. Makes the world realize how much of an a**hole Mark Zuckerberg is.
The Snowman (2017) – 1/5
- Honestly did not expect it to be good in any way. But I also did not expect it to be this bad… Gave it 1 out of 5 stars because it seems that everyone involved genuinely thought they were making something good. Horrific editing, stupid and confusing story, and a rather waste of time. But plenty of memes can come from this
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) – 3/5
- Not nearly as prolific as the original or the Lego Batman movie but better than the Lego Ninjago movie. Expected more from the pilot LEGO film sequel as it had a star studded cast and an exponential amount of ways the plot could’ve gone. The story was not nearly as great and it didn’t really impress me but I think it deserves a 2nd viewing.
The End of the Tour (2015) – 4/5
- Extremely introspective and offers a deeper analysis through a second viewing (that I probably won’t do). Well made and really interesting; the cinematography actually surprised me as to how well it was shot; the writing was also extremely nice. This movie made me want to actually read the 1,000+ page book that David Foster Wallace actually wrote. Heads up there’s an ending credit scene for some reason.
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) – 3/5
- I first learned about this experiment in my high school psychology class; subsequently, this film came out in theatres in the same semester. My teacher recommended it to everyone but it wasn’t until this week that I finally sat down and watched it. The most interesting part is the character development (which is obviously the point of the experiment/film). Through watching, I found that the film did not really depict the horrors that the boys faced to the fullest extent. I read and researched far worse things than what was depicted in the film. Felt a little slow at times but this was full of young promising talent and fairly well done acting.
Pulp Fiction (1994) – 4.5/5
- Put this on to watch a few iconic scenes but ended up just watching the whole damn thing. I don’t think I really need to go in depth as to how or why this movie is great and a classic that everyone knows. You can probably find 5,000+ word analysis’ of this film somewhere honestly.
Thank you for reading along this week’s Weekly Watchlist; I hope these comments offer insight into your choice of what to watch.
Make sure to check next week to see what I watch.