October in Movies

I’ve noticed around the blogosphere that lots of people, at the end of each month, do a list of all the films they’ve watched. And so I too, have decided to join in on the game. Here are all the movies I watched for the first time, as well as the movies I rewatched, during the past month of October.

Movies Watched for the First Time:

Los Olvidados

 A treat from what is considered the in-between period of Luis Bunuel’s career, Los Olvidados is memorable, beautiful and harrowing, an amazing look at life in one of Mexico’s most volatile slums.

All Good Things

 A somewhat disappointing so-so thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. Not terrible, and at times quite good, but overall uneven.

Europa Europa

So few films about the treatment of Jews in the Holocaust deal with the Jewish culture itself as directly as this one, which focuses on a Jew who tries to hide himself by disguising as a Nazi, but when he falls for a German girl, has to hide his circumcision.

Paranoid Park

A nice indie drama from Gus van Sant, Paranoid Park lacks the beauty and raw emotion of the silent masterpieces such as Gerry, Elephant and Last Days. However, that said, it is still a very powerful and memorable look at suburban teenage culture.


 Vivid, shocking and eye opening, David Schwimmer’s Trust deals with rape in an honest, but contained manner, focusing more on the effects of the crime rather than the act itself. An almost perfect, knockout film.

Midnight in Paris

 Easily the best movie made in 2011 so far (though of course I’m yet to see Drive), Woody Allen’s lovely, tremendous journey through the French streets transcends time and location, with a full cast of colourful characters I’ll not soon forget.


 Though many disliked this new film from Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, I praised it. At times it felt weak, and the running time was a bit too long, but the film had such a great feeling… the emotion was so brilliantly conducted through the great script and tremendous acting that I couldn’t help but love it.

Eastern Promises

 Wow. How did it take me this long to see what is arguably one of Cronenberg’s top three films? The action is brilliant, the casting is sublime, and Cronenberg directs with his usual skill, plunging the audience into the best crime movie of recent years.


 Next week I’m planning on doing a post on Richard Linklater, and though I’ve only seen two of his films, they both highlighted what I believe to be his sublime directorial skill. Slacker is easily one of the best indie movies of the 90s, and as it takes us on an unforgettable, funny, and quirky look through Texan culture, it unravels a world of amazing characters and an era that had such a distinct feel that those who’ve lived through it will never forget.


 An Australian drama with echoes of films such as Magnolia and Short Cuts, Lantana is one of the most remarkable suburban analyses I’ve ever seen. All the scenes were carefully written and edited, and the acting is spot on, so that a world of emotion and deadly secrets are revealed with perfect timing.

Barney’s Version

 While it’s inarguably too long, this interesting novel-like drama starring Paul Giamatti is also interesting, and will keep the viewer entertained, for Giamatti’s acting if not anything else.

Stranger than Paradise

 Easily the best movie I watched this month, and one of the best movies I’ve seen this year, and now one of my 50 all-time favourites, this Jim Jarmusch cult classic will leave an imprint on my memory for a long time yet.

Movies Re-Watched:

Inception: Chris Nolan’s fast-paced, innovative dream drama continues to impress.

Jaws: A much-loved childhood classic that was in desperate need of a rewatch.

The Ice Storm: Powerful, moving and brilliant are three of many adjectives to describe my favourite Ang Lee film.

A Serious Man: Easily one of the Coens best, this is a moving, funny and dark portrait of one man’s struggle through the turmoils life throws at him.

Mulholland Drive: Lynch. Fucking. Rules. That is all.

Donnie Darko: Cult classic, great fun, and just general awesomeness.

Festen: Dogme-95 brilliance, and my favourite film about a dysfunctional family ever made.

Lethal Weapon Saga: Four of the best cop movies ever.

Leaving Las Vegas: Cage drinks, cries, fucks, fights and dies, while I reach for the tissue box and swear myself off alcohol forever.

Fitzcarraldo: Werner Herzog. Klaus Kinski. A boat being dragged up a mountain. If you don’t want to see this from those three sentences, there is something wrong with you.

The White Ribbon: Chilling.

Citizen Kane: Classic film that gained about another twenty spaces on my Top 50 films list. A much-needed rewatch confirmed my love for it.

Vivre Sa Vie: The best movie about prostitution ever made.

La Strada: Beautiful, saddening, and just amazingly made Fellini that I’ll never forget.

Au Hasard Balthazar: Didn’t quite cry this time, but damn this is a brilliant movie!

Dogville: Who’s up for some rape, racism, genocide and baby killing? What, only me?

Best Film Watched (not counting rewatches):

Stranger than Paradise

Worst Film Watched (not counting rewatches):

All Good Things

So tell me… what did you watch in October?


Posted on November 4, 2011, in Lists, Movies and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I can not keep track of what I watch in the course of a whole month, however I did have a Joe Dante binge this month. It was good. Finished with Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.

    • Side note: I LOVED Barney’s Version, I didn’t think it felt long it just flew by.

      Also sooooooooooo glad to see some Jim Jarmusch on your blog. I was hoping it was only a matter of time. I have most of his filmography on DVD.

  2. Whole, you have the exact same post title as me! Haha. I find it pretty good to have an end-of-the-month post as I used to review every single movie I saw, but I ran out of time to do so. This just lets everyone know just in case they were wondering.

    That’s a pretty good month! I actually had this scary dream the other night that my English teacher decided that we would be watching ALL GOOD THINGS as part of our assessment, and I kept whining that we should at least be watching a good movie. But none of the students or the teacher agreed with me, and they were all going “this is the best movie ever” and I was like “open your freaking eyes and see that nothing makes sense!” It was actually a nightmare. Haha.

    Glad you rewatched Inception. Memento is on TV tomorrow night, I’m so excited…the DVD isn’t even available here but it’s on TV! I’m even missing fireworks just to see it again, even though I own the DVD. I kinda liked Biutiful, but all I remember from it is being rather depressed, even though it didn’t really ‘hit me’. Glad you liked Midnight in Paris, I love that movie! And I still need to watch Barney’s Version (come on Fatso).

    And that’s my rambling over.

    • What a weird dream to have.

      Saw that MEMENTO is on, which surprised me as it’s not the kind of movie they play. Will definitely be watching it.

  3. nice month sir.

    I loved Eastern Promises. You are right the casting was sublime!! I really want a re watch of that one…in fatc I will add it to me rental list now!!

    Have a good weekend

  4. You asked for it.

    Movies watched for the first time:
    Island of Lost Souls
    Live a Little, Love a Little
    Viini Postmark (one of Estonia’s greatest movies – my dad has seen it like 50 times and one of his friends plays a big part in the movie)
    Jurassic Park III
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    The Four Feathers
    The Experiment
    Bottle Rocket
    The Man Who Fell to Earth
    Bedazzled (1967)
    Arlington Road
    The Brothers Bloom
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
    Freaky Friday (1976)
    The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
    Cape Fear (1962)
    Eddie Murphy Delirious
    Eddie Murphy Raw
    Three Days of the Condor
    Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma
    Ghost Town
    The King of Kong
    Young Frankenstein
    Horrible Bosses
    The Seven Year Itch
    So I Married an Axe Murderer
    Mass Destruction
    The Bad News Bears (1976)
    Bad Teacher
    Cactus Flower
    It’s a Kind of a Funny Story

    Re-watched movies:
    Blade Runner
    Jurassic Park
    Jurassic Park: The Lost World
    The Fugitive
    Tropic Thunder
    The New Guy
    True Lies

    Most loved (not counting re-watches):
    The King of Kong
    Bottle Rocket

    Didn’t like at all (not counting re-watches):
    The Brothers Bloom
    The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
    Live a Little, Love a Little

    About 1,5 movies per day. My record day was watching six movies in a row.

    • That is a lot of movies, and mostly great ones. That Estonian one you mentioned looks interesting; if I can find it I’ll definitely watch it.

      • If I can suggest to you (and everyone else here) – there are 2 Estonian comedies that are hilariously funny. They are SIIN ME OLEME (“Here We Are”) and MEHED EI NUTA (“Men Don’t Cry”). Both of these movies and VIINI POSTMARK have this one guy in it. His name is Ervin Abel and I think he is the funniest man who has ever lived in Estonia. Everything he does and says is comedy gold. If he had been born in America, then he would have a great following.

  5. Nice list of films this month. Lately I’m finding it hard to devote time for rewatching films. I’m on an endless chase for the ones I haven’t seen

  6. That’s quite a lot of movies. Of those new ones there were only three which I have seen myself. Nice to see that you liked Eastern Promises, great movie.

    So Midnight in Paris is currently your favorite for this year. I think it will end up high in a lot of top lists. To me it was really a movie that manages to cast a spell on both its protagonist and the viewer, truly magical.

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