Duff at the Movies 2018

So….I forgot to ever make this list. Trying to recreate it from memories, texting people I know I went to the movies with, we’ll see what I can come up with… I know I saw very, very few movies last year. 

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2/9) — very powerful whilst watching. But one of those movies you can find a lot of holes and things in afterward. Great performances though.
  • A Wrinkle in Time (3/25) — didn’t really like. 🙁 Thought it was v. weak compared to the book.
  • Sorry to Bother You — good, traumatizing, shock and awe in the best way.
  • Blindspotting — good, upsetting, the truth of white privilege.
  • Puzzle — I really enjoyed this. A quirky somewhat insular story, it was fascinating thinking about the different way people’s minds work. Also: I want his apartment!! (8/8)
  • BlacKKKlansman — OMG SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOD. Best film of 2018, no doubt. (8/10)
  • Crazy Rich Asians — fun enough. silly.
  • Colette (10/7) — really amazing performance by Keira Knightley, I want ALL the clothes in this film.

That might be it, but I’ll update this if any of my feelers pay off.

ETA: Puzzle! I forgot Puzzle, but I randomly saw it while scrolling back through my Instagram feed. That is definitely a movie worth seeing!

ETA: Found my stub from Three Billboards this weekend! I wonder if there are other stubs hanging out somewhere that I’ll find again later in the year, ha.

Big Screen: Mary Poppins Returns

If you like musicals, you will probably enjoy this. The songs were pretty, the sets / costumes / designery was lovely. Lin Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt did a fine job, the kids were good actors, it was easy to watch. It was all just fine.

STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT A SEMI-SPOILER AS I COMPLAIN.

SERIOUSLY. STOP.

OK, you were warned.

BUT, to me, this was basically a remake. Sure, sure, it’s Michael and Jane grown up, instead of as kids. It’s Jack the lamplighter instead of Bert the chimney sweep. Oh, OK. But ALL the big production numbers are basically following the same plot beats, and… they’re the same. One big production number that involves the park and carousel. One big production number that involves going to someone’s house that’s discombobulated. One big production number with the working men. One big scene at the bank… etc. It just really, really, REALLY follows basically the same plot line, the same beats, the same amount of space between things. Why not just call it a remake if that’s what it is?

So yes, I enjoyed it, to an extent. But it certainly wasn’t a better version of Mary Poppins, and it’s hard to say it was a different movie per se.

Duff at the Movies 2017

Repeat from 2016 disaster: Um, what? I never created this list back in January? And I haven’t realized that until now (August?) Ughhhh….. Off to attempt to recreate… Might be missing something…

  • American Assassin (9/23)
  • Atomic Blonde (8/8)
  • A Ghost Story (7/x)
  • The Big Sick (7/18)
  • Baby Driver (7/17)
  • Wonder Woman (6/11)
  • Fate of the Furious (or as I call it “Fast 8”) (4/16)
  • Get Out (2/25)

Duff at the Movies 2016

Um, what? I never created this list back in January? And I haven’t realized that until now (July 10?) Ughhhh….. Off to attempt to recreate…

  • La-La Land (12/28)
  • The Arrival (12/?)
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (7/22)
  • Ghostbusters (7/19)
  • The Meddler (7/4)
  • Central Intelligence (6/29)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (6/26)
  • L’Attesa (6/24)
  • Keanu (5/13?)
  • Allegiant (4/1)
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (3/? stub is illegible!)

Duff at the Movies 2015

  • The Danish Girl (12/31)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12/30)
  • Brooklyn (11/27)
  • Spotlight (11/25)
  • The Martian (11/21)
  • Spectre (11/14)
  • Truth (11/7)
  • Pawn Sacrifice (9/27)
  • Sleeping with Other People (9/19)
  • Grandma (8/30)
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl (8/28)
  • American Ultra (8/26)
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (8/3)
  • Iris (7/31)
  • Mr. Holmes (7/29)
  • Trainwreck (7/24)
  • Magic Mike XXL (7/14) & (7/25) & (8/?)
  • Testament of Youth (7/10)
  • Inside Out (7/1)
  • A Little Chaos (6/30)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (6/21)
  • Spy (6/6 & 8/6)
  • Clouds of Sil Maria (5/9)
  • Mr Turner (4/25)
  • Furious 7 (4/9 & 4/11)
  • Divergent: Insurgent (4/6)
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (3/28)
  • American Sniper (1/16)
  • Big Eyes (1/2)

Duff at the Movies 2014

  • Top Five (12/31)
  • Wild (12/30)
  • The Imitation Game (12/27)
  • Mockingjay Part 1 (Hunger Games) (12/21)
  • Birdman (11/11)
  • The Skeleton Twins (9/13)
  • Frank (8/31)
  • Land Ho! (8/24)
  • Calvary (8/9)
  • Lucy (8/6)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (8/4) (& 8/23)
  • Boyhood (7/31)
  • I Origins (7/30)
  • Magic in the Moonlight (7/27)
  • A Most Wanted Man (7/26)
  • Wish I Was Here (7/22) (& 8/2)
  • Begin Again (7/20)
  • Snowpiercer (7/19)
  • Words & Pictures (6/27)
  • The Grand Seduction (6/26)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (6/24)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (5/17)
  • Under the Skin (5/10)
  • Rob the Mob (3/29)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (3/22)
  • Monuments Men (3/16)
  • Wolf of Wall Street (2/15)
  • The Past (1/25)
  • Her (1/4)

Duff at the Movies 2013

  • 12 Years a Slave (12/30)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (12/29)
  • American Hustle (12/27)
  • Philomena (12/27)
  • Out of The Furnace (12/24)
  • Thor 2 (11/30)
  • Catching Fire (11/29)
  • Gravity (11/28)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (11/16)
  • The Heat (10/?)
  • The Grandmaster (9/7)
  • The Way, Way Back (9/1)
  • Fruitvale Station (8/24)
  • Spectacular Now (8/21)
  • Elysium (8/17)
  • Now You See Me (7/?)
  • Frances Ha (7/4)
  • Byzantium (6/29)
  • Fast & Furious 6 (6/24)
  • World War Z (6/22)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (6/21)
  • Mud (6/7)
  • What Maisie Knew (6/2)
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness (6/1)
  • The Place Beyond the Pines (5/11)
  • Upstream Color (4/13)
  • Room 237 (4/6)
  • Side Effects (3/9)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (1/5)
  • Flight (1/3)

Duff at the Movies 2012

  • Django Unchained (12/31)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (12/26)
  • Anna Karenina (11/22)
  • Skyfall (Bond) (11/10)
  • Arbitrage (10/27)
  • Argo (10/20)
  • To Rome with Love (9/17)
  • Looper (9/10)
  • Magic Mike (9/9)
  • Killer Joe (9/8)
  • The Bourne Legacy (9/7)
  • Celeste and Jesse Forever (8/18)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (Batman) (7/27)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (7/20)
  • People Like Us (7/6)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (6/29)
  • Rock of Ages (6/20?)
  • Prometheus (6/16)
  • Snow White & the Huntsman (6/2)
  • Battleship (5/26)
  • The Avengers (5/22)
  • Dark Shadows (5/11)
  • Cabin in the Woods (4/28?)
  • Hunger Games (3/24)
  • Friends with Kids (3/14)
  • Margaret (2/22)
  • A Separation (2/4)
  • Carnage (1/22)
  • The Artist (1/18)
  • Hugo (3D) (1/15)
  • Contraband (1/13)
  • Pariah (1/9)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1/8)
  • The Descendants (1/7)

Duff at the Movies 2011

  • Young Adult (12/26)
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (12/23)
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene (11/26)
  • Take Shelter (10/22)
  • Haunters (10/15)
  • Our Idiot Brother (9/4)
  • The Guard (8/5)
  • Cowboys & Aliens (8/3)
  • Harry Potter 8: Deathly Hallows 2 (7/24)
  • Super 8 (7/6)
  • Buck (7/4)
  • Beginners (6/22)
  • Hanna (6/9)
  • Midnight in Paris (6/5)
  • Tree of Life (6/4)
  • Incendies (en français) (5/26)
  • Thor (5/25)
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams (3D)(5/13)
  • Hesher (5/11)
  • Bridesmaids (5/10)
  • Certified Copy (4/?)
  • Red State (3/8)
  • Cedar Rapids (3/6)
  • No Strings Attached (2/20)
  • The Company Men (2/6)
  • The Mechanic (2/4)
  • The Tourist (1/16)
  • Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (1/11)
  • Blue Valentine (1/7)
  • The King’s Speech (1/6)
  • The Fighter (1/5)
  • The Green Hornet (3D) (1/4)
  • Black Swan (1/2)
  • True Grit (1/2)
  • Somewhere (1/1)