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Films Seen 9/29 – 11/5

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Thursday, November 6th, 2014

I have neither the time nor patience to link to individual reviews spread throughout the Internet on The Guardian or NY Daily News or other websites where my coverage may live. What do you think I am, a man of leisure? May I remind you that 90% of the new movies I see are linked on “my page” on Rotten Tomatoes. Click this link to go there.

The Liberator (2014), Alberto Arvelo, C-
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014), Miguel Artera, B
Jellyfish (2007), Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, B+
Kes (1969), Ken Loach, A
Gone Girl (2014), David Fincher, B
Stretch (2014), Joe Carnahan, B+
I Am Ali (2014), Clare Lewins, B-
Dracula Untold (2014), Gary Shore, C
Dear White People (2014), Justin Simien, A-
The Book of Life (2014), Jorge Gutierrez, A-
Exists (2014), Eduardo Sanchez, F
The Return (2014), Adam Zucker, B-
Spark of Being (2010), Bill Morrison, A-
Stations of the Elevated (1981), Manfred Kirchheimer, B
Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014), Andy Lau and Andy Loo, D
Ouija (2014), Stiles White, C
Intersteller, Christopher Nolan, B-
Whiplash (2014), Damien Chazelle, A-
We Are The Best! (2013), Lukas Moodysson, A
Our Man In Havana (1959), Carol Reed, B+
The Great Invisible (2014), Margaret Brown, A-
ABCs of Death 2 (2014), Various Directors, C+
National Gallery (2014), Fredrick Wiseman, B+
Sex Ed (2014), Isaac Feder, B-
Jessabelle (2014), Kevin Greutert, F
Big Hero 6 (2014), Don Hall and Chris Williams, B
Goodbye to Language 3D (2014), Jean-Luc Godard, Q+
On The Left – the History of the Left in Israel (2013), Ron Cahlili, B
Wolves (2014), David Hayter, B-

In The Running for Top 10 of 2014

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Here are the 20 movies that are in the running for my top 10 this year.

Still plenty of movies that may show up and surprise me. Who knows, maybe I’ll really like Angelina Jolie’s film? Or I’ll see Inherent Vice and end up not digging it? TIME WILL TELL!

Bethlehem (maybe)
Boyhood (yeah, yeah)
Edge of Tomorrow (not likely)
Foxcatcher (it’s probably gonna be in there)
Frank (probably)
The Great Flood (unlikely, but maybe as a crazy #10)
Guardians of the Galaxy (I dunno, maybe)
Ida (definitely in)
The Immigrant (maybe)
Inherent Vice (have not actually seen it yet, but I have a hunch)
Interstellar (have not actually seen it yet, but I have a hunch)
The LEGO Movie (gotta have something everyone’s seen)
Love Is Strange (this one really stuck with me)
The Missing Picture (unlikely)
Mr. Turner (definitely in)
Only Lovers Left Alive (probably)
Particle Fever (definitely in)
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (eh, “The Great Flood” is a better choice for the crazy #10.)
We Are The Best! (have not actually seen, I gotta get on this before the end of the year)
Whiplash (another one I have not actually seen it yet, but this is a slam dunk for me)

The Second Part of Summer, 2014

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal,Tales Of Hoffman | Sunday, September 28th, 2014

I reviewed a whole boatload of movies this summer. Most of those links are highlighted (in lime green!) under the “Films Seen” links below.

But here are some links of non-review work I did that I’m proud of that went live since the last time I’ve done a wrap-up like this. This is all from after my trip to the Jerusalem Film Festival (and here’s another opportunity to read about that at Indiewire winkyface.)

For I wrote an Oral History of Galaxy Quest.

For The Guardian I did my best to explain What The Hell Fantastic Fest Is All About. Also, I wrote about Lincoln Center’s Far Out Foreign Language Sci-Fi Series. Lastly, I wrote a fairly lengthy profile of Jessica Chastain. She was very nice.

For I hung out with André Gregory and Wallace Shawn. I also used what little power I could to help a documentary about Moondog make its Kickstarter goal. I also had a nice schmooze with Carol Liefer.

I also did a tiny but of party reporting for the New York Daily News at the Toronto Film Festival. (You can read that here and here . And as “additional reporting by” here, here and here.

A li’l something on ScreenCrush listing the 18 Most Awesome Thomas Pynchon Character Names.

And finally, a re-cap from my time at the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas over at my beloved

Films Seen 8/28 – 9/28

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Sunday, September 28th, 2014

The Identical (2014), Dustin Marcellino, F
Bird People (2014), Pascale Ferran, C+
Last Days in Vietnam (2014), Rory Kennedy, B+
The Equalizer (2014), Antoine Fuqua, C-
Force Majuere (2014), Ruben Östlund, A-
This is Where I leave You (2014), Shawn Levy, D
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958), Karel Zeman, B+
As Above/So Below (2014), John Erick Dowdle, B
Starred Up (2014), David Mackenzie, B-
Eden, (2014), Mia Hansen-Løve, A-
’71 (2014), Yann Demange, A-
Not My Type (2014), Lucas Belvaux, B+
The Judge (2014), David Dobkin, D
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014), Roy Andersson, B+
Hungry Hearts (2014), Saverio Costanzo, B+
The Drop (2014), Michael R. Roskam, C+
Nightcrawler (2014), Dan Gilroy, A
The Duke of Burgundy (2014), Peter Strickland, A- 
While We’re Young (2014), Noah Baumbach, B+
Top Five (2014), Chris Rock, B+
Pawn Sacrifice (2014), Edward Zwick, B+
The Theory of Everything (2014), James Marsh, C+
Secrets of War (2014), Dennis Bots, C
Cub (2014), Jonas Govaerts, C+
Rosewater (2014), Jon Stewart, C+
99 Homes (2014), Ramin Bahrani, B+
Phoenix (2014), Christian Petzold, B+
The Imitation Game (2014), Morton Tyldum, C 
Good Kill (2014), Andrew Niccol, B
Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet (2014), Various Directors, B
Kill the Messenger (2014), Michael Cuesta, B
The Maze Runner (2014), Wes Ball, C
Tusk (2014), Kevin Smith, F
As Seen By The Rest (2014), Rakshit Shetty, B-
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014), Mark Hartley, B+
Horsehead (2014), Romaine Basset, C
John Wick (2014), David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, B+
Bugsy Malone (1976), Alan Parker, B+
Spring (2014), Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, B+
The Editor (2014), Adam Brooks and Matt Kennedy, B+
The Incident (2014), Isaac Ezban, A
Horns (2014), Alexandre Aja, C
Tokyo Tribe (2014), Sian Sono, B
The Creeping Garden (2014), Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp, B+
The Babdook (2014), Jennifer Kent, B+
No Man’s Land (2014), Ning Hao, B-

Films Seen 7/21 – 8/27

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Thursday, August 28th, 2014


A Master Builder (2014), Jonathan Demme, C-
Lucy (2014), Luc Besson, B+
Portnoy’s Complaint (1972), Ernest Lehman, C
Finding Fela (2014), Alex Gibney, B
And So It Goes (2014), Rob Reiner, D+
Wilde Salomé (2014), Al Pacino, C-
Girl Walk // All Day (2011), Jacob Krupnick, B+
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), James Gunn, B+
Child of God (2014), James Franco, C
Eolomea (1972), Herrmann Zschoche, B+
In The Dust of the Stars (1976), Gottfired Kolditz, A-
Freak Orlando (1981), Ulrike Ottinger, C
Kin-Dza-Dza! (1986), Georgiy Daneliya, B+
Life After Beth (2014), Jeff Baena, C
The 10th Victim (1965), Elio Petri, B+
Edmond (2005), Stuart Gordon, B-
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Jonathan Liebesman, C
Expedition to the End of the World (2014), Daniel Dencik, B
K2: The Siren of the Himalayas (2014), Dave Ohlson, B-
Let’s Be Cops (2014), Luke Greenfield, C-
Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014), John Bruno, Ray Quint, Andrew Wight, C+
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), James Gunn, B+
Jersey Shore Massacre (2014), Paul Tarnopol, D-
The Giver (2014), Philip Noyce, B-
The Expendables 3 (2014), Patrick Hughes, D
Vagabond (1985), Agnes Varda, A-
When the Game Stands Tall (2014), Thomas Carter, D+
The Prince (2014), Brian A. Miller, D-
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, C+
The November Man (2014), Roger Donaldson, D

Films Seen 6/3 – 7/20

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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The Signal (2014), William Eubank, B-
The World’s End (2013), Edgar Wright, A-
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Rupert Wyatt, A-
Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Doug Liman, A-
22 Jump Street (2014), Phil Lord and Chris Miller, B+
Snowpiercer (2014), Bong Joon-ho, B
Think Like A Man Too (2104), Tim Storey, B-
Jersey Boys (2104), Clint Eastwood, D
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Bryan Singer, B
Deliver Us From Evil (2014), Scott Derrickson, D
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Michael Bay, C+
Thor: The Dark World (2013), Alan Taylor, A-
What If (2014), Michael Dowse, B+
Planes: Fire and Rescue (2014), Roberts Gannaway, D
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014), Spike Lee, B
Tammy (2014), Ben Falcone, C
Mood Indigo (2104), Michel Gondry, B
Down with Love (2003), Peyton Reed, C+
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Matt Reeves, A-
Land Ho! (2014), Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, B
The Purge: Anarchy (2014), James DeMonaco, C-
Gett, the Trial of Viviane Ansalem (2014), Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz, A-
Red Leaves (2014), Bazi Gete, B
Dancing Arabs (2014), Eran Riklis, A-
Absent God: Emmanuel Levinas and the Humanism of the Other (2014), Yoram Ron, B
Princess (2014), Tali Shalom Ezer, C-
Finding Fela (2014), Alex Gibney, B-
Rememberance Of Things To Come (2001), Chris Marker and Yannick Bellon, B+
Colette (1950), Yannick Bellon, B
Journey to Italy (1954), Roberto Rossellini, B

Films Seen: Cannes 2014

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh (review at Vanity Fair)
Two Days, One Night, Dardennes Brothers (review at Vanity Fair)
Foxcatcher, Bennet Miller (review at
Breathe (Respire), Melanie Laurent
Self-Made, Shira Geffen (review at Vanity Fair)
Saint Laurent, Bertrand Bonello (review at
Les Combattants, Thomas Cailley
Mommy, Xavier Dolan (review at Badass Digest)

Lost River, Ryan Gosling (review at
It Follows, David Robert Mitchell (review at Badass Digest)
Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg (review at
Wild Tales, Damian Szifron (review at Badass Digest)
Party Girl, Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis
Winter Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan (review at Vanity Fair)
Red Army, Gabe Polsky
Queen and Country, John Boorman
The Tribe, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (review at Badass Digest)
Leviathan, Andrei Zvagintsev
Clouds of Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas (review at Vanity Fair.)
Pride (review at Vanity Fair.)

Grace of Monaco, Oliver Dahan (review at Vanity Fair)
The Rover, David Michod (review at
The Homesman, Tommy Lee Jones (review at
How To Train Your Dragon 2, Dean DuBois (review at
Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako
That Lovely Girl, Keren Yedaya
Goodbye To Language, Jean-Luc Godard

The Captive, Atom Egoyan (review at Vanity Fair)

(A walkout isn’t necessarily “awful,” but “Oh, God, my ass is killing me, I don’t need to be here & I want to leave,” ya dig?)
Coming Home, Zhang Yimou
Snow In Paradise, Andrew Hulme
The Kindergarten Teacher, Nadav Lapid (**note: not a “this is bad” walkout, but a “this is interesting, but I am exhausted, haven’t eaten all day and have to leave, I’ll catch the last 45 minutes some other day” walkout.)

The crowd response to Olivier Dahan and Nicole Kidman (at Mashable)
The crowd response to Ryan Golsing and Christina Hendricks (at Mashable)
Cannes 2104 recap (at Mashable)
Was Cannes 2014 Good For The Jews? (Times of Israel)

Me on a podcast with Anne Thompson, Eric Kohn & Allison Willmore (at Daily Buzz.)

Films Seen 4/12 – 5/12

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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Zero Motivation (2014), Talya Lavie, A-
Zombi 2 (1979), Lucio Fulci, C
Rio 2 (2014), Carlos Saldanha, B-
I, Robot (2004), Alex Proyas, C
Ida (2014), Pawel Pawlikowski, A
Transcendence (2014), Wally Pfister, C
Draft Day (2014), Ivan Reitman, B-
Proxy (2014), Zack Parker, D
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (2014), Will Finn and Daniel St. Pierre, F
Sol Lewitt (2014), Chris Teerink, A-
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Marc Webb, C
Friended to Death (2014), Sarah Smick, F
Walk of Shame (2014), Steven Brill, B
Neighbors (2014), Nicholas Stoller, B+
Godzilla (2014), Gareth Edwards, A-
The Discoverers (2014), Justin Schwarz, C-
The Grand Seduction (2014), Don McKellar, B-
Three Monkeys (2008), Nuri Bilge Ceylan, B+
Black Cat (2007), Stuart Gordon, C-
Wild Reeds (1994), Andre Techine, B+
I Killed My Mother (2009), Xavier Dolan, B
Heartbeats (2010), Xavier Dolan, A-
The Color of Pomegranates (1968), Sergei Parajanov, B+

The 10 Best Movies of 2014 So Far

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Friday, April 18th, 2014

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These are the ten best movies that have played (or are moments away from playing) in a theatrical run this year in New York (and maybe some other cities, too, who knows.) How closely will this current list resemble my list in late December, after the onslaught of awards-hungry prestige movies? Not sure. But I feel really strongly about these top four. We’re going to need six masterpieces to get them all off the list. Five through ten? Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them all go.

Oh, and before you jump down my throat, both Under the Skin (review at and The Grand Budapest Hotel (review at ScreenCrush) are both very good movies. They’re both tied for 11th place. But neither moved me as much as the ones that made this list. Yeah, that’s right, Dom Hemingway is better than your precious ScoJo hitchhiking movie by a small but real margin. Accept it.

10) Dom Hemingway, Richard Shepard (review at
9) The Missing Picture, Rithy Panh (review at Badass Digest.)
8) The Great Flood, Bill Morrison (review at
7) Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Anthony and Joe Russo (review at ScreenCrush.)
6) Bethlehem, Yuval Adler (review at New York Daily News.)
5) The Lego Movie, Chris Miller and Phil Lord (review at ScreenCrush.)
4) The Immigrant, James Gray (review at
3) Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch (review at
2) Particle Fever, Mark Levinson (review at New York Daily News. Interview at Times of Israel.)
1) Ida, Pawel Pawlikoski (review at Badass Digest.)

Films Seen 3/14 – 4/12

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Saturday, April 12th, 2014


Walking With The Enemy (2014), Mark Schmidt, C+
The Playhouse (1921), Buster Keaton, B+
Seven Chances (1925), Buster Keaton, A-
Trouble in Paradise (1932), Ernst Lubitch, A
The General (1926), Buster Keaton, A
Fort Tilden (2014), Sarah Violet-Bliss & Charles Rogers, B-
The Black Dalhia (2006), Brian De Palma, D
Blood Ties (2014), Guillaume Camet, B
Muppets Most Wanted (2014), James Bobin, B
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Anthony and Joe Russo, B+
Noah (2014), Darren Aronofsky, B+
The Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014), Luke Moran, C+
Cesar Chavez (2014), Diego Luna, C
Sabotage (2014), David Ayer, D
Afflicted (2014), Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, B
Nymphomaniac Vol. II (2014), Lars Von Trier, C
Small Time (2014), Joel Surnow, C+
Captain EO (1986), Francis Ford Coppola, B
Bridesmaids (2011), Paul Feig, B+
Druid Peak (2014), Marni Zelnik, C
Crimes Against Humanity (2014), Jerzy Rose, B+
I Believe In Unicorns (2014), Leah Meyerhoff, C-
Winter in the Blood (2013), Alex and Andrew Smith, C-
Forev (2014), Molly Green and James Leffler, B-
Medeas (2014), Andrea Pallaoro, B
Finding Neighbors (2014), Ron Judkins, F
Doomsdays (2014), Eddie Mullins, A-
Copenhagen (2014), Mark Raso, B
Last I Heard (2014), David Rodriguez, D-

Films Seen 2/9/14 – 3/14/14

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Saturday, March 15th, 2014

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For thirty seconds at the beginning of 2014 it looked like I’d be updating this blog more. Doing more writing that wasn’t necessarily something I needed to sell. Short things I wanted to get off my chest, but longer than a tweet or a Facebook update.

Well, it didn’t happen. When you write for a living in a deadline/freelance capacity, writing for “fun” is just about the last thing you want to do. Unless it is building toward some sort of nebulous, off-in-the-distance amorphous BIG PROJECT that you know some day you will eventually conquer even if for now you have no idea what it is. And that sort of thing isn’t allowed on a blog, no way.

Point is, I’m trying. Really, I’m trying. For now, I’ll still use this blog to keep a record of the feature films I watch. 95% of these are “for work” and you can find reviews of them scattered about the Internet – either at the NY Daily News, ScreenCrush, the Times of Israel, or, a new development, the Dissolve. 95% of the 95% gets listed on Rotten Tomatoes and you can get to my page to drill down to longer reviews by clicking right here.

Bethlehem (2014), Yuval Adler, A-
Winter’s Tale (2014), Akiva Goldsman, D
RoboCop (2014), José Padilha, C+
Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014), Babak Najafi, C
Girl on a Bicycle (2014), Jeremy Leven, D
Here is What Is (2007), Daniel Lanois, B-
New York Doll (2005), Greg Whiteley, B
Chaplin in the Mountains (2014), Jano Rosebiani, F
Newland (1994), Orna Ben-Dor Niv, C
The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012), Jay Oliva, B
Je t’aime, Je t’aime (1968), Alain Resnais, B
Two Lives (2014), Georg Maas, B
Pompeii (2104), Paul W.S. Anderson, C-
300: Return of an Empire (2014), Noam Murro, B+
Particle Fever (2014), Mark Levinson, A
Non-Stop (2014), Jaume Collet-Serra, B-
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Wes Anderson, A-
Stalingrad (2014), Fedor Bondarchuk, B-
Son of God (2014), Christopher Spencer, D
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014), Rob Minkoff, B
In Fear (2014), Jeremy Lovering, C-
Perfect Sisters (2014), Stanley M. Brooks, C+
Enemy (2014), Denis Villenueve, B+
The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013), Jay Oliva, B
Haunt (2014), Mac Carter, D
Youth (2104), Tom Shoval, B
Need for Speed (2014), Scott Waugh, F
Nymphomaniac Part 1 (2014), Lars Von Trier, C
Just a Sigh (2014), Jérôme Bonnell, C
The Cold Lands (2014), Tom Gilroy, C
The Single Moms Club (2014), Tyler Perry, D
McCanick (2014), Josh C. Waller, C-
Blind Chance (1987), Krzysztof Kieślowski, B

Films Seen 1/5/14 – 2/8/14

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Sunday, February 9th, 2014


Hello. This batch update includes films seen at the Sundance Film Festival. You can read more in-depth reviews for these films on ScreenCrush,, NY Daily News or Times of Israel. I’m not spending time finding the links for you. If you are really interested, Google the title and my name. You want me to tie your shoes for you, too?

Amer (2009), Bruno Forzani, Hélène Cattet, B-
Mysteries of the Unseen World (2014), Louis Schwartzberg, A-
The Nut Job (2014), Peter Lepeniotis, B
The Great Flood (2014), Bill Morrison, A
The Legend of Hercules (2014), Renny Harlin, D-
Wetlands (2014), David Wnendt, C-
White Shadow (2014), Noaz Deshe, B+
To Be Takei (2014), Jennifer Kroot, C+
The Color Wheel (2011), Alex Ross Perry, A-
Keep the Lights On (2012), Ira Sachs, B
The Green Prince (2014), Nadav Schirman, A-
Dinosaur 13 (2014), Todd Douglas Miller, C-
God’s Pocket (2014), John Slattery, B
Obvious Child (2014), Gillian Robespierre, B
Frank (2014), Lenny Abrahamson, A
Wish I Was Here (2014), Zach Braff, C
I Origins (2014), Mike Cahill, D
Love is Strange (2014), Ira Sachs, A-
The Voices (2014), Marjane Satrapi, A-
A Most Wanted Man (2014), Anton Corbijn, B+
Calvary (2014), John Michael McDonough, B
Boyhood (2014), Richard Linklater, A
Listen Up Philip (2014), Alex Ross Perry, A-
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014), Gregg Araki, B-
Hits (2014), David Cross, C
The Raid 2: Berandal (2014), Gareth Evans, B-
Web Junkie (2014), Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam, C-
Happy Christmas (2014), Joe Swanberg, C
Little Accidents (2014), Sara Colangelo, D
Decasia (2002), Bill Morrison, B
The Train (1964), John Frankenheimer, A
Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (1996), Srđan Dragojević, B
Monuments Men (2014), George Clooney, B-
The Lego Movie (2014), Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, A
Demi-Soeur (2014), Josiane Balasko, C+
A Field in England (2014), Ben Wheatley, C+
Love and Air Sex (2014), Bryan Poyser, D-
Omar (2014), Hany Abu-Assad, B
Paradise Now (2005), Hany Abu-Assadm B
Nurse 3D (2014), Douglas Aarniokoski, B
Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub (2008), Dean Budnick, C+
300 (2007), Zack Snyder, A
Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story (2007), Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, B
Bluegrass Country Soul (1972), Albert Ihde, B+
Vampire Academy (2014), Mark Waters, B
differently, Molussia (2012), Nicolas Rey, C-
River of Fundament (2007 – 2013), Matthew Barney, B+

Films Seen 12/16/13 – 1/4/14

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Sunday, January 5th, 2014


Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), Adam McKay, B-
The Damned (1969), Luchino Visconti, B
Pickpocket (1959), Robert Bresson, A-
Grudge Match (2013), Peter Segal, C-
Raze (2013), Josh Waller, D
Visitors (2014), Godfrey Reggio, C
Generation War (2014), Philipp Kadelbach, B+
Like Father Like Son (2014), Hirokazu Koreeda, B+
Museum Hours (2013), Jem Cohen, A-

Films Seen 11/24 – 12/15

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Monday, December 16th, 2013


Oldboy (2013), Spike Lee, C-
This is the End (2013), Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, B
Z (1969), Costa-Gavras, B-
Her (2013), Spike Jonze, A
Lenny Cooke (2013), Josh and Benny Safdie, B
Twice Born (2013), Sergio Castellitto, D+
For No Good Reason (2013), Charlie Paul, C-
S#x Acts (2013), Jonathan Gurfinkel, B
Closer to the Moon (2013), Nae Caranfil, B-
Gravity (2013), Alfonso Cuaron, A-
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), Peter Jackson, C
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Martin Scorsese, A
American Hustle (2013), David O. Russell, B+
My Night at Maud’s (1969), Eric Rohmer, B+
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Andrew Dominik, A-
Inside Llewyn Davis (2103), Joel and Ethan Coen, A+
The Wind Rises (2013), Hayao Miyazaki, C
Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), Lee Daniels, C

Films Seen 9/19 – 11/23

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Sunday, November 24th, 2013


Longest gap in blogging ever. You can read reviews to most of these films on, NY Daily News, ScreenCrush or the Times of Israel – or linked from Rotten Tomatoes.

Concussion (2013), Stacie Passon, B-
We Are What We Are (2013), Jim Mickle, B
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013), Jonathan Levine, C-
About Time (2013), Richard Curtis, C+
The Dog (2013), Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, B-
When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013), Corneliu Porumboiu, C-
Cheap Thrills (2013), E.L. Katz, A-
Captain Philips (2013), Paul Greengrass, A-
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013), Declan Lowney, B-
Carrie (2013), Kimberly Peirce, B
Escape Plan (2013), Mikael Håfström, C+
Homefront (2013), Gary Fleder, B-
Three Musketeers (2011), Paul W.S. Anderson, C
The Counselor (2013), Ridley Scott, B+
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013), Felix Van Groeningen, A-
Aftermath (2013), Wladyslaw Pasikowski, B
The Garden of Eden (2013), Ran Tal, A-
Arabani (2013), Adi Adwan, C+
The Book Thief (2013), Brian Percival, C+
Ender’s Game (2013), Gavin Hood, B-
The Motel Life (2013), Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, B
Birth of the Living Dead (2013), Rob Kuhns, C+
Thor: The Dark World (2013), Alan Taylor, B+
Go For Sisters (2013), John Sayles, B-
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968), William Greaves, B
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), Paul W.S. Anderson, A-
Big Bad Wolves (2013), Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales, B+
The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2013), Sophie Fiennes, B
Delivery Man (2013), Ken Scott, B-
Frozen (2013), Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, A-
Saving Mr. Banks (2013), John Lee Hancock, C+
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), Francis Lawrence, A-
Mandela: Long Walk Home (2013), Justin Chadwick, C
Out of the Furnace (2013), Scott Cooper, C+
Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013), Michel Gondry, B+
Casablanca (1941), Michael Curtiz, A+
The Lone Survior (2013), Peter Berg, B-
Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007), B

Films Seen 8/6 – 9/19

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Thursday, September 19th, 2013


I continue to be the absentee father to this blog. But it isn’t like I’m not out there earning the child support.

Here are the films I’ve seen since we last checked in.

95% of the titles have been reviewed at either, ScreenCrush, the New York Daily News, Badass Digest or the Times of Israel.

I don’t have the time to deep link to them all, but 95% of that 95% can be found at my Rotten Tomatoes page.

Gravity (2013), Alfonso Cuaron, A+
Afternoon Delight (2013), Jill Soloway, B
Therese (2013), Claude Miller, B
Celebrity (1998), Woody Allen, A-
Multiple Maniacs (1970), John Waters, B
Gerhard Richter Painting (2011), Corrina Belz, B
Permanent Vacation (1980), Jim Jarmusch, C
Mystery Train (1989), Jim Jarmusch, A-
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), Harald Zwart, D-
Scenic Route (2013), Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz, C-
Savannah (2013), Annette Haywood-Carter, D-
Una Noche (2013), Lucy Mulloy, B+
Our Nixon (2013), Penny Lane, B+
American Made Movie (2013) Nathaniel Thomas McGill and Vincent Vittorio, C
Red Obsession (2013), David Roach and Warwick Ross, B
99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film, Multiple Directors, B-
American Milkshake (2013), David Andalman and Mariko Munro, C-
Tio Papi (2013), Fro Rojas, D
Salinger (2013), Shane Salerno, C-
Il Futuro (2013), Alicia Scherson, B
Closed Circuit (2013), John Crowley, C-
Getaway (2013), Courtney Solomon, D-
The Grandmaster (2013), Wong Kar-Wai, D+
Good Ol’ Freda (2013), Ryan White, C
Wadjda (2013), Haifaa Al-Mansour, A-
The Family (2013), Luc Besson, D
How I Live Now (2013), Kevin Macdonald, C
Prisoners (2013), Denis Villenueve, B+
Manakamana (2013), Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, A-
Child’s Pose (2013), Calin Peter Netze, B+
Abuse of Weakness (2013), Catherine Breillat, C+
The Fifth Estate (2013), Bill Condon, B-
Blue Ruin (2013), Jeremy Saulnier, A-
Ida (2013), Pawel Pawlikowski, A-
Bright Days Ahead (2013), Marion Vernoux, C+
Rush (2013), Ron Howard, B-
This Is Saltinum (2013), Róbert Ingi Douglas, C+
Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Jean-Marc Vallée, A-
Enough Said (2013), Nicole Holofcener, B
We Gotta Get Out of This Place (2013), Simon Hawkins and Zeke Hawkins, C
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (2013), Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, B+
The Double (2013), Richard Ayoade, B+
When Jews Were Funny (2013), Alan Zweig, C
Fading Gigolo (2013), John Turturro, C-
Visitors (2013), Godfrey Reggio, C+
Dom Hemingway (2013), Richard Shepard, A-
The Known Unknown (2013), Errol Morris, B+
Night Moves (2013), Kelly Reichardt, B+
August: Osage County (2013), John Wells, B+
12 Years A Slave (2013), Steve McQueen, A
Joe (2013), David Gordon Green, B+
Labor Day (2013), Jason Reitman, C+
Tracks (2013), John Curran, B
Bad Words (2013), Jason Bateman, B
The Sacrament (2013), Ti West, D-
The Muslms Are Coming (2013), Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad, C
Haute Cuisine (2013), Christian Vincent, B-
The Colony (2013), Jeff Renfroe, D-
Battle of the Year (2013), Benson Lee, B-
Zaytoun (2013), Eran Riklis, C+
Le Week-end (2013), Roger Michell, A-
Goldberg and Eisenberg (2013), Oren Carmi, B+

Films Seen 6/1 – 8/6

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Wednesday, August 7th, 2013


There’s a good chance I’m forgetting some titles.

I have no time to update this blog. It’s just a fact of life.

Links to all my published reviews are on my Rotten Tomatoes page – which is here. From there you can get to ScreenCrush,, the NY Daily News or Badass Digest. Actually, my Times of Israel stuff doesn’t link from there. But, well, you can’t have everything.

The Conjuring (2013), James Wan, B-
After Earth (2013), M. Night Shyamalan, B
Silk (2006), Su Chao-Bin, C-
The Bling Ring (2013), Sofia Coppola, B+
Man of Steel (2013), Zack Snyder, A-
Maniac (2013), Franck Khalfoun, F
Hellaware (2013), Michael M. Bilandic, B+
20 Feet From Stardom (2013), Morgan Neville, B+
Man of Steel (2013), Zack Snyder, A-
When Comedy Went to School (2013), Mevlut Akkaya and Ron Frank, B
A Hijacking (2013), Tobias Lindholm, B+
Blackfish (2013), Gabriela Cowperthwaite, B
Despicable Me 2 (2013), Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, C
Pacific Rim (2013), Guillermo Del Toro, A-
Chopper (2000), Andrew Dominik, B+
Zeiram (1991), Keita Amemiya, B+
World War Z (2013), Marc Forster, B-
Monsters University (2013), Dan Scanlon, B-
Anything Else (2003), Woody Allen, B+
Interiors (1978), Woody Allen, A-
Melinda and Melinda (2004), B-
Reds (1981), Warren Beatty, A
Happy Together (1997), Wong Kar-Wei, B
The Wolverine (2013), James Mangold, B-
Israel: A Home Movie (2013), Eliav Lilti, A-
The Lone Ranger (2013), Gore Verbinski, C-
The Heat (2013), Paul Feig, B+
Drug War (2013), Johnnie To, B
I’m So Excited (2013), Pedro Almodovar, B
The World’s End (2013), Edgar Wright, A-
Blue Jasmine (2013), Woody Allen, A-
Cassandra’s Dream (2007), Woody Allen, B
What’s New Pussycat (1965), Clive Donner, C
2 Guns (2013), Baltasar Kormákur, B-
Elysium (2013), Neill Blomkamp, B+
Europa Report (2013), Sebastián Cordero, B
Ikarie XB-1 (1963), Jindřich Polák, A
Prince Avalanche (2013), David Gordon Green, B+
The To Do List (2013), Maggie Carey, B-
Smurfs 2 (2013), Raja Gosnell, D+
Inch’Allah (2013), Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, C-
I Give It A Year (2013), Dan Mazer, A-
Blood (2013), Nick Murphy, B
Our Nixon (2013), Penny Lane, B
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013), Thor Freudenthal, D
We’re the Millers (2013), Rawson Marshall Thurber, C
Planes (2013), Klay Hall, C

Films Seen 4/14 – 6/1

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Saturday, June 1st, 2013


And, once again, I’ve gone far too long without updating this page. This latest update represents what I caught at the Tribeca & Cannes Film Festivals – and a few things here and there. You’ll see that I watched nothing older than 2006 in a full month-and-a-half, which I find embarrassing and distasteful. (Unless I am forgetting something, which is entirely plausible.)

Pain & Gain (2013), Michael Bay, B+
Cutie and the Boxer (2013), Zachery Heinzerling, A
The English Teacher (2013), Craig Zisk, D
In the House (2013), Francois Ozon, B+
Almost Christmas (2013), Phil Morrison, C
Paradise: Love (2013), Ulrich Seidl, A
Paradise: Faith (2013), Ulrich Seidl, B
Paradise: Hope (2013), Ulrich Seidl, B
Raw Herring (2013), Leonard Retel Helmrich and Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, B
Farah Goes Bang (2013), Meera Menon, D
The Rocket (2013), Kim Mordaunt, B+
Trust Me (2013), Clark Gregg, B
Harmony Lessons (2013), Emir Baigazin, B+
Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013), Daniel Patrick Carbone, B+
Taboor (2013), Vahid Vakilifar, C-
Bluebird (2013), Lance Edmands, A-
Some Velvet Morning (2013), Neil Labute, A-
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), J.J. Abrams, B
Something in the Air (2013), Olivier Assayas, B+
Post Tenbras Lux (2013), Carlos Reygadas, C+
Iron Man Three (2013), Shane Black, B+
Apollo 18 (2011), Gonzalo López-Gallego, C+
This Is Not A Film (2012), Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, C
The Island (2006), Pavel Lungin, B-
Gabi On The Roof In July (2010), Lawrence Michael Levine, C-
The Purge (2013), James DeMonaco, B-
The Great Gatsby (2013), Baz Luhrman, C-
Star Trek Into Darkness (2nd Viewing) (2013), J.J. Abrams, B
Fruitvale Station (2013), Ryan Coogler, B+
The Past (2013), Asghar Farhadi, A-
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Joel and Ethan Coen, A
Dance of Reality (2013), Alejandro Jodorowsky, B
The Congress (2013), Ari Folman, A-
Only God Forgives (2013), Nicholas Winding Refn, C-
All is Lost (2013), J.C. Chandor, A-
Blue is the Warmest Color (2013), Abdellatif Kechache, A
Nebraska (2013), Alexander Payne, B
Jeune et Jolie (2013), Francois Ozon, B
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Jim Jarmusch, A
Venus in Fur (2013), Roman Polanski, B
Bastards (2013), Clair Denis, B+
The Missing Image (2013), Rithy Panh, B+
Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013), Frank Pavich, B
Borgman (2013), Alex van Warmerdam, B+
The Immigrant (2013), James Gray, B+
Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (2013), Arnaud Desplechin, C-
My Sweet Pepper Land (2013), Hiner Saleem, B+
Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013), Katrin Gebbe, B
The Great Beauty (2013), Paolo Sorrentino, B+
The Last Days on Mars (2013), Ruairi Robinson, C
Rock the Casbah (2013), Yair Horowitz, B
Michael Kohlhaas (2013), Arnaud des Pallieres, C-
Fill the Void (2013), Rama Burshtein, B-
Hannah Arendt (2013), Margarethe von Trotta, A-
After Earth (2013), M. Night Shyamalan, B

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