Category: Jordan Hoffman’s Movie Journal

Films Seen 2/12 – 3/12

Hidden Figures (2016), Theodore Melfi, B-
Annie Hall (1977), Woody Allen, A+
Fist Fight (2017), Richie Keen, B+
Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (2017), Yariv Mozer, A-
Logan (2017), James Mangold, B+
Everyone Else (2010), Maren Ade, B
The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Chris McKay, B-
A Man Called Ove (2016), Hannes Holm, C-
Land of Mine (2017), Martin Pieter Zandvliet, C+
The Salesman (2017), Asghar Farhadi, B
Get Out (2017), Jordan Peele, B+
Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Mel Gibson, F
The Settlers (2016), Shimon Dotan, B+
Song to Song (2017), Terrence Malick, A-
Kundun (1997), Martin Scorsese, B
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Martin Scorsese, A
Shane (1953), George Stevens, B
Table 19 (2017), Jeffrey Blitz, D
Kiki (2017), Sara Jordenö, B
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2017), Joseph Cedar, A
Junction 48 (2017), Udi Aloni, C
Fados (2007), Carlos Sauda, B
Colossal (2017), Nacho Vigalondo, B+
The Devils (1971), Ken Russell, B+
Raw (2017), Julia Ducournau, A-
The Sense of an Ending (2017), Ritesh Batra, B-
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010), Raúl Ruiz, B

Films Seen 1/1 – 2/11

An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Davis Guggenheim, B-
Menashe (2017), Joshua Weinstein, B+
A Bigger Splash (2016), Luca Guadagnino, B+
An Inconvenient Sequel (2017), Bonni Cohen and John Schenk, C-
Whose Streets? (2017), Sabaah Folayan, A-
Novitiate (2017), Margaret Betts, B-
Landline (2017), Gillian Robespierre, C+
The Big Sick (2017), Michael Showalter, B+
The Discovery (2017), Charlie McDowell, C-
Yellow Birds (2017), Alexandre Moore, C
Mudbound (2017), Dee Rees, A
Wind River (2017), Taylor Sheridan, C+
A Ghost Story (2017), Dovid Lowery, A-
Call Me By Your Name (2017), Luca Guadagnino, A
Wilson (2017), Craig Johnson, C+
The Polka King (2017), Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky, B
Golden Exits (2017), Alex Ross Perry, A-
Long Strange Trip (2017), Amir Bar-Lev, A+
Columbus (2017), Kogonada, B+
The Force (2017), Peter Nicks, B-
The Last Word (2017), Mark Pellington, C-
Rebel in the Rye (2017), Danny Strong, B
Brigs by Bear (2017), Dave McCarey, A-
Newness (2017), Drake Doremus, C
Manifesto (2017), Julian Rosefeldt, B
Tanna (2017), Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, B+
The Cure For Wellness (2017), Gore Verbinski, C+
The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Chris McKay, B
John WickL Chapter 2 (2017), Chad Stahelsky, C+
Fifty Shades Darker (2017), James Foley, B

Films Seen 10/8 – 12/31

 
El Cid (1961), Anthony Mann, B
Aquarius (2016), Kleber Mendonça Filho, B-
Rats (2016), Morgan Spurlock, B-
The Lost City of Z (2016), James Gray, A-
Personal Shopper (2016), Olivier Assayas, B-
Sieranevada (2016), Cristi Puiu, B
Michael Moore in TrumpLand (2016), Michael Moore, C
Loving (2016), Jeff Nichols, B+
I Am Not Your Negro (2016), Raoul Peck, A
Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016), Tyler Perry, C
I’m Not Ashamed (2016), Brian Baugh, F
Son Of Frankenstein (2016), Rowland V. Lee, B
Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Roman Polanski, A+
Rachel, Rachel (1968), Paul Newman, A-
Jackie (2016), Pablo Larrain, B+
Hell or High Water (2016), David Mackenzie, B_
Inferno (2016), Ron Howard, D
Doctor Strange (2016), Scott Derrickson, B-
The Edge of Seventeen (2016), Kelly Fremon Craig, B+
Communion (1989), Phillipe Mora, B
Silence (1971), Masahiro Shinoda, B+
Monster Squad (1987), Fred Dekker, B
An American Werewolf in London (1981), John Landis, A+
Blue Collar (1978), Paul Schrader, A-
Affliction (1998), Paul Schrader, B+
Mir Kumen On (1936), Alexander Ford, B+
Lights Out in Europe (1940), Herbert Klein, B
Poltergeist (1982), Tobe Hooper, A-
Anguish (1987), Bigas Lunas, B
Army of One (2016), Larry Charles, F
Lion (2016), Garth Davis, B+
Ne Me Quitte Pas (2013), Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels Van Koevorden, B
Elle (2016), Paul Verhoeven, C+
Manchester By The Sea (2016), Kenneth Lonergan, A-
Allied (2016), Robert Zemeckis, B
Rules Don’t Apply (2016), Warren Beatty, B-
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016), Ang Lee, B
Gold (2016), Stephen Gaghan, D
Moana (2016), Ron Clements and John Musker, B-
Born To Be Blue (2016), Robert Budreau, A-
Bring On The Night (1985), Michael Apted, B+
Tickled (2016), David Farrier and Dylan Reeve, C-
Paterson (2016), Jim Jarmusch, A+
Morris From America (2016), Chad Hartigan, B+
Fire at Sea (2016), Gianfranco Rosi, B
Two Trains Runnin’ (2016), Samuel D. Pollard, B
Silence (2016), Martin Scorsese, A
Things To Come (2016), Mia Hansen-Løve, A-
Arrival (2016), Denis Villeneuve, B+
Elf (2003), Jon Favreau, B
All We Had (2016), Katie Holmes, B-
Passengers (2016), Morten Tyldum, C
I, Daniel Blake (2016), Ken Loach, C+
The Love Witch (2016), Anna Biller, B+
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Gareth Edwards, B
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2015), Morgan Neville, B
World on a Wire (1973), Rainer Werner Fassbinder, B+
The Sound Barrier (1952), David Lean, B+
The Witch (2016), Robert Eggers, A-
Black Robe (1991), Bruce Beresford, B+
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fischer and Debbie Reynolds (2016), Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, B+
Macao (1952), Josef von Sternberg, B
Toni Erdmann (2016), Maren Ade, A

Films Seen 7/17 – 10/7

 
Howards End (1992), James Ivory, A-
Lights Out (2016), David Sandberg, C-
Star Trek (2009), J.J. Abrams, A+
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), B+
Star Trek Beyond (2016), Justin Lin, A+
Nerve (2016), Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, B
The Land (2016), Steven Capale Jr., C-
Bad Moms (2016), Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, B
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Travis Knight, C-
Indignation (2016), James Schamus, A-
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Stanley Kubrick, A+
Suicide Squad (2016), David Ayer, C-
Anthropoid (2016), Sean Ellis, C+
Sausage Party (2016), Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, A-
The Lost Arcade (2016), Kurt Vincent, B
Star Trek Beyond (2016), Justin Lin, A+
Ben-Hur (1906), Sidney Alcott et al, N/A
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), Fred Niblo, A-
Ben-Hur (1959), William Wyler, B+
Ben-Hur (2016), Timur Bekmanbetov, B-
Toni Erdmann (2016), Maren Ade, A
Hands of Stone (2016), Jonathan Jakubowicz, D
Great Expectations (1946), David Lean, A-
Tramps (2016), Adam Leon, C
War Dogs (2016), Todd Phillips, B+
Don’t Breathe (2016), Fede Alvarez, B+
The Magnificent Seven (2016), Antoine Fuqua, C
Planetarium (2016), Rebecca Zlotowski, B+
American Honey (2016), Andrea Arnold, B
Things to Come (2016), Mia Hansen-Løve, B+
Klovn Forever (2016), Mikkel Nørgaard, C+
Graduation (2016), Christian Mungiu, A-
Nocturama (2016), Betrand Bonello, B+
The Eagle Huntress (2016), Otto Bell, B
Max Rose (2016), Daniel Noah, D
Maudie (2016), Aisling Walsh, B
Bleed for This (2016), Ben Younger, C+
I Called Him Morgan (2016), Kasper Collin, A
Barakah Meets Barakah (2016), Mahmoud Sabbagh, B
The Bad Batch (2016), Ana Lily Amirpour, C
Arrival (2016), Denis Villeneuve, A-
Burn Your Maps (2016), Jordan Roberts, B
Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (2016), Terrence Malick, B+
American Pastoral (2016), Ewan McGregor, C-
Carrie Pilby (2016), Susan Johnson, B+
Trespass Among Us (2016), Adam Smith, C+
Kékszakállú (2016), Gastón Solnicki, B
Catfight (2016), Onur Tukel, B+
The Limehouse Golem (2016), Juan Carlos Medina, B+
Sing (2016), Garth Jennings, C
Denial (2016), Mick Jackson, B-
Blair Witch (2016), Adam Wingard, C
Salt and Fire (2016), Werner Herzog, C
King of the Dancehall (2016), Nick Cannon, B
Strange Weather (2016), Katherine Dieckmann, B
La La Land (2016), Damien Chazelle, B+
Mascots (2016), Christopher Guest, B
Barry (2016), Vikram Gandhi, B+
Moonlight (2016), Barry Jenkins, A-
Operation Avalanche (2016), Matt Johnson, A-
The Handmaiden (2016), Park Chan-wook, B
Zoology (2016), Ivan Tverdovsky, B
A Dark Song (2016), Liam Gavin, B+
Magadheera (2016), S.S. Rajamouli, B
Pervert Boy (2016), Lee Sang-woo, F
Nirvanna The Band The Show (2016), Matt Johnson, B
The Dwarves Must Be Crazy (2016), Bhin Banloerit, B
Rats (2016), Morgan Spurlock, B-
Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children (2016), Tim Burton, B+
The Lure (2016), Agnieszka Smoczyńska, B+
Raw (2016), Julia Ducournau, A
Darling Sister (2016), Mattie Do, B-
13th (2016) Ava DuVernay, A-
Split (2016), M. Night Shyamalan, B+
Bad Black (2016), Nabwanna I.G.G., B+
Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child (2016), Shane Abbess, C
Paterson (2016), Jim Jarmusch, A
Karl Marx City (2016), Paula Epperlein and Michael Tucker, C
Masterminds (2016), Jared Hess, D
Clinton, Inc. (2016), Bill Baber, F
Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016), Bill Morrison, A
Certain Women (2016), Kelly Reichardt, B+
The Girl on the Train (2016), Tate Taylor, D+
Hester Street (1974), Joan Micklin Silver, A
Beginners (2010), Mike Mills, B+
20th Century Women (2016), Mike Mills, B+

Films Seen 4/26 – 7/16

 
Mother’s Day (2016), Garry Marshall, D
Black Girl (1966), Ousmane Sembène, A-
Sunset Song (2016), Terence Davies, A-
Captain America: Civil War (2016), Joe and Anthony Russo, B
Being Charlie (2016), Rob Reiner, B-
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Bryan Singer, B+
The House of Mirth (2000), Terence Davies, B
The Terence Davies Trilogy (1976, 1980, 1983), Terence Davies, B
The Long Day Closes (1992), Terence Davies, A-
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), Terence Davies, A
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Nicholas Stoller, B-
What We Become (2016), Bo Mikkelsen, C+
Pele: Birth of a Something (2016), Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, D
Money Monster (2016), Jodie Foster, C
Manhattan Skyline (2016), Brian DeCubellis, B-
The Nice Guys (2016), Shane Black, B+
The Darkness (2016), Greg McLean, D-
Holy Hell (2016), William Francesco Allen, C
The Do-Over (2016), Steven Brill, C-
Popstar: Never Stop Stopping (2016), Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, C
The Duel (2016), Kieran Darcy-Smith, C-
Finding Dory (2016), Angus MacLane and Andrew Stanton, B-
Central Intelligence (2016), Rawson Marshall Thurber, C+
Private Property (1960), Leslie Stevens, B+
The Neon Demon (2016), Nicholas Winding Refn, C
Zero Days (2016), Alex Gibney, B-
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Nicholas Meyer, A+
Cafe Society (2016), Woody Allen, A
The Shallows (2016), Jaume Collet-Serra, B+
The Legend of Tarzan (2016), David Yates, C-
Free State of Jones (2016), Gary Ross, B-
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Jake Szymanski, B+
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Robert Wise, A+
Star Trek Beyond (2016), Justin Lin, A
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016), Dinesh D’Souza, D-

Films Seen 3/27 – 4/25

 
Movie Movie (1978), Stanley Donen, B+
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), Richard Linklater, A
Gods Not Dead (2014), Harold Cronk, F
God’s Not Dead 2 (2016), Harold Cronk, D-
Meet the Blacks (2016), Deon Taylor, C
Vaxxed: From Conspiracy to Cover-Up (2016), Andrew Wakefield, F
Crime and Punishment (1935), Josef von Sternberg, B+
The Invitation (2016), Karyn Kusama, B+
Harper (1966), Jack Smight, B
Red Desert (1964), Michelangelo Antonioni, A
The Boss (2016), Ben Falcone, D
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), Malcolm D. Lee, B
The Jungle Book (2016), Jon Favreau, B
Keep Quiet (2016), Sam Blair and Joseph Martin, C+
All This Panic (2016), Jenny Gage, B-
First Monday in May (2016), Andrew Rossi, B-
Burden (2016), Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey, A-
Houston, We Have A Problem! (2016), Žiga Virc, C-
Always Shine (2016), Sophia Takal, B
For The Love Of Spock (2016), Adam Nimoy, B
Nerdland (2016), Chris Prynoski, D-
Contemporary Color (2016), Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV, C
Lovetrue (2016), Alma Har’el, C
Taxi Driver (1976), Martin Scorsese, A
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016), Bob Yari, D

Films Seen 2/22 – 3/26

 
Eddie the Eagle (2016), Dexter Fletcher, B
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Ang Lee, A-
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), Yuen Woo-ping, C-
Gods of Egypt (2016), Alex Proyas, B
Songs My Brother Taught Me (2016), Chloé Zhao, B
Zootopia (2016), Byron Howard and Rich Moore, B-
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, B+
The Wave (2016), Roar Uthaug, B-
A Brighter Summer Day (1991), Edward Yang, A-
Creative Control (2016), Benjamin Dickinson, A-
300 (2007), Zack Snyder, A+
A Space Program (2016), Van Neistat, A-
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), Dan Trachtenberg, A-
The Young Messiah (2016), Cyrus Nowrasteh, D+
Krisha (2016), Trey Edward Shults, A-
Under the Shadow (2016), Babak Anvari, B+
Loving (1970), Irvin Kershner, B+
Night of the Shoting Stars (1982), Vittorio and Bruno Taviani, B+
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Ridley Scott, C+
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Pt 1 (2012), Jay Oliva, B-
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Pt 2 (2013), Jay Oliva, B
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013), Jay Oliva, B
Justice League: War (2013), Jay Oliva, B
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Zack Snyder, C
Get A Job (2016), Dylan Kidd, C

Films Seen 1/30 – 2/21

 
Hail, Caesar! (2016), Joel and Ethan Coen, A
Knight of Cups (2016), Terrence Malick, B-
Jane Got A Gun (2016), Gavin O’Connor, C-
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), Chantal Akerman, A-
American Gigolo (1980), Paul Schrader, C-
Hail, Caesar! (2016), Joel and Ethan Coen, A
Pride and Prejudice (2005), Joe Wright, B
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), Burr Steers, D+
Deadpool (2016), Tim Miller, B
The Choice (2016), Ross Katz, D+
The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Jonathan Demme, A-
Hannibal (2001), Ridley Scott, D
Nina Forever (2016), Ben and Chris Blaine, B+
Triple 9 (2016), John Hillcoat, C
Band of the Hand (1986), Paul Michael Glaser, C-
The Keep (1983), Michael Mann, C
Embrace of the Serpent (2016), Ciro Guerra, A
They Will Have To Kill Us First (2016), Johanna Schwartz, C
Rolling Papers (2016), Mitch Dickman, B-
A War (2016), Tobias Lindholm, B
Risen (2016), Kevin Reynolds, C
Race (2016), Stephen Hopkins, C-
Bigger Than Life (1956), Nicholas Ray, A-

Films Seen 1/1 – 1/29 (including Sundance Film Festival 2016)

Horse Feathers (1932), Norman Z. McLeod, A-
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), Carol Reed, A-
The Forest (2016), Jason Zada, D-
Francofonia (2016), Alexander Sokurov, B
Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2016), Peter Greenaway, B+
Histoire(s) du Cinema (1988-1998), Jean-Luc Godard, B+
Sympathy For the Devil: The True Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgement (2016), Neil Edwards, B
Chatter (2016), Matthew Solomon, D-
Ride Along 2 (2016), Tim Story, D
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016), Michael Bay, D+
The Land of the Enlightenment (2016), Pieter-Jan De Pue, B
Kate Plays Christine (2016), Robert Greene, A-
Sand Storm (2016), Elite Zexer, B
Lovesong (2016) So Yong Kim, B+
Cameraperson (2016), Kristin Johnson, B
Dark Night (2016), Tim Sutton, D
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016), Kevin Macdonald, B
NUTS! (2016), Penny Lane, B
Swiss Army Man (2016), Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, B-
Weiner-Dog (2016), Todd Solondz, C-
The Lovers and the Despot (2016), Rob Cannan and Ross Adams, C-
The Greasy Strangler (2016), Jim Hosking, A-
Operation Avalanche (2016), Matt Johnson, B+
The Eyes of My Mother (2016), Nicolas Pesce, B
Love & Friendship (2016), Whit Stillman, B
Trash Fire (2016), Richard Bates, Jr., C
Southside With You (2016), Richard Tanne, B-
Sing Street (2016), John Carney, B+
Weiner (2016), Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman, A
Antibirth (2016), Danny Perez, B
How To Tell You’re A Douchebag (2016), Tahir Jetter, B
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016), Thorsten Schütte, A-
The Birth of a Nation (2016), Nate Parker, B
Jacqueline (Argentine) (2016), Bernardo Britto, D
Jim: The James Foley Story (2016), Brian Oakes, B-
Equity (2016), Meera Menon, B

Films Seen 11/15 – 12/16

 
Out of the Past (1947), Jacques Tourneur, A
The Amazing Mr. X a/k/a The Spiritualist (1948), Bernard Vorhaus, B+
Very Semi-Serious (2015), Leah Wolchok, B+
The Big Short (2015), Adam McKay, A-
Creed (2015), Ryan Coogler, C+
The Secret in Their Eyes (2015), Billy Ray, D
Mediterranea (2015), Jonas Carpignano, A-
Victor Frankenstein (2015), Paul McGuigan, D
Chi-Raq (2015), Spike Lee, A-
The Revenant (2015), Alejandro González Iñárritu, B-
Submerged (2015), Steven C. Miller, D
Mr. Holmes (2015), Bill Condon, B
The Look of Silence (2015), Joshua Oppenheimer, B
Macbeth (2015), Justin Kurzel, B
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015), Thomas Vinterberg, B
The Danish Girl (2015), Tom Hooper, B
Beasts of No Nation (2015), Cory Joji Fukunaga, A-
The Assassin (2015), Hou Hsiao-Hsien, C-
45 Years (2015), Andrew Haigh, A-
Love & Mercy (2015), Bill Pohlad, B+
Joy (2015), David O. Russell, B-
The Hateful Eight (2015), Quentin Tarantino, B+
In The Heart of the Sea (2015), Ron Howard, C
Intimate Bed 1993), Mircea Daneliuc, C+
Dreams Rewired (2015), Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode, B+
Wharf Angel (1934) William Cameron Menzies, George Somnes, B+
I Knew Her Well (1965), Antonio Pietrangeli, A-
In Jackson Heights (2015), Frederick Wiseman, B+
Sicario (2015), Denis Villeneuve, A-
Truth (2015), James Vanderbilt, C
Aferim! (2015), Radu Jude, A
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939), Kenji Mizoguchi, B+
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015), Walt Becker, C+
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), J.J. Abrams, A
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2015), James Crump, B

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