Traffic

Two Mexican police officers (Benicio del Toro and Jacob Vargas) become embroiled in a corrupt drug investigation. Meanwhile a judge in Ohio (Michael Douglas) is tasked with heading the Office of National Drug Control, whilst his daughter (Erike Christensen) becomes more experimental with her own drug use. Even more meanwhile a DEA investigation (led by Don Cheadle and Luis Guzman) arrest a dealer (Miguel Ferrer) and keep him in custody to testify in court against a drug lord, whose wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) suddenly finds herself having to deal with her husband’s way of living with the help of her lawyer (Dennis Quaid).
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My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 39

1001As much as I’d like to regale you with more tales of my first world problems – I may have lost part of a podcast recording! I had to send back a LoveFilm disc without watching it! I’m concerned about the upcoming London LAMB meet-up! I’ve got a cold! – there are more important things afoot. Namely, a new edition of the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book!

I don’t care about what was removed, because I look at the master list that includes everything that’s ever been on the List, so here’s what’s been added, along with my thoughts for each one:

Ida (2013): The Polish winner of this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar as well as a nominee for Best Cinematography, I know very little about Ida but don’t mind that it needs watching because it’s less than 90 minutes long.

Under the Skin (2013): A surprise entry, it was also a surprise that I didn’t hate this movie. I’m more than OK with watching it again, hopefully just so I can understand it a little better now I know how it ends. Can’t say I’m looking forward to trying to review it though.

Citizenfour (2014): It’s a documentary, and that’s all I know.

Leviathan (2014): Again I know very little other than it’s long, Russian, and the giant monster skeleton on the poster doesn’t actually appear in the film, which is a major disappointment all round.

Boyhood (2014): I love being right. Love it. So when I reviewed this earlier in the year in anticipation of it being included on the List, I was frickin’ right. And that means I can add another film onto my counter of 1001 List movies reviewed this year! And I don’t have to watch Boyhood again! Hurrah!

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Another surprise I’m somewhat taken aback by. I’ve discussed before that I loved this in the cinema but have cared for it less and less ever since, so I’m shocked it made it onto the List, especially seeing as the far superior The Avengers or Iron Man didn’t.

Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014): Absolutely no surprise here. The Best Picture winner always gets added, and more often than not is removed a year or so later. As with Guardians I liked this less on the re-watch, but I’m willing to let it slip for a year or so before returning, at which point maybe I’ll like it more.

Whiplash (2014): A very welcome surprise and one of my favourite films from 2014, I now have even more reason to buy it on DVD. Cannot wait to relive those last twenty minutes again.

The Theory of Everything (2014): Added purely so they’ve got something to remove next year. It wasn’t bad, it’s just not List-worthy. A very “Meh” choice.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Not surprising, but not expected either, this could have gone either way. I loved it first time, enjoyed it second, and am more than OK to watch it again, especially because I’ve already got it on Blu-Ray (along with Birdman, Guardians and soon Whiplash too).

Here’s what I watched this week:

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