Suddenly, Last November: Top 5 Movies of the Month

Last month may have been a disaster tech-wise (smartphone not working, stuck with pre-historic Nokia for now) but I did get the chance to watch some new-releases, and even attend the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival. Noirvember didn’t happen, but go ahead and look around other blogs for your noir fix.

November was also the month the british show The Fall returned for its second series, with still three episodes to go before the finale in mid-December. As for new shows, I watched all the episodes of The Good Wife (so addictive), and started the really funny and sweet Jane the Virgin, at Nikhat’s recommendation.

In total there were eight movies this month, all new-to-me. Let’s Be Cops and What If were okay, and Interstellar was good-looking but not all that impressive. No time for mini-reviews this month so here’s the short version: Gyllenhaal can do no wrong, apparently I’m an abortion loving feminist, Viola Davis has the best arms in the business, and I now wake up every day to the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy. Here are the top 5 movies I saw in September:

all synopsis from IMDb

PRISONERS, 2013
Directed by DENIS VILLENEUVE
Starring HUGH JACKMAN, JAKE GYLLENHAAL and PAUL DANO
When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his
own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.
But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

OBVIOUS CHILD, 2014
Directed by GILLIAN ROBESPIERRE
Starring JENNY SLATE, JAKE LACY and GABBY HOFFMAN

A twenty-something comedienne’s unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront
the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.
the disappearance of
eleanor rigby: them, 2014
Directed by NED BENSON
Starring JAMES McAVOY, JESSICA CHASTAIN and VIOLA DAVIS

One couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and
pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.

guardians of the galaxy, 2014
Directed by JAMES GUNN
Starring CHRIS PRATT, ZOE SALDANA and BRADLEY COOPER

A group of space criminals must work together to stop the fanatical villain Ronan the
Accuser from destroying the galaxy.

nightcrawler, 2014
Directed by DAN GILROY
Starring JAKE GYLLENHAAL and RENE RUSSO
When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of
L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to
become the star of his own story. 
Have you seen any of these? What was the best film you saw in November?

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  • Hi Sofia, I too really enjoyed ‘Nightcrawler.’ It was definitely one of the best films I’ve seen this year. I can’t wait for ‘The Fall’ season 2 to come to Netflix. I devoured season 1 earlier this year. I was not as impressed with ‘Interstellar’ as I thought I would be.

    • Nightcrawler will definitely be in my top movies of 2014, loved the concept. I hope The Fall is on Netflix soon – this is one of those rare occasions where a show airs first in Europe!

  • I’m so totally on a Jake-train right now. Watched Nigtcrawler couple of days ago and loved it! Now finished End of Watch and can’t really hold in the emotions any longer. I’d be devasted if I don’t get my act together in order to review these ones and the other great movies I’ve seen lately.

    • I am too, he’s been in such great movies lately! And it started with Nightcrawler for me as well, then Prisoners, and this weekend I’m thinking Enemy, which I haven’t seen yet. I never heard of End of Watch, is it good? I like him in cop/soldier roles.

      • Oh I loved End of Watch.. it was no Nightcrawler but then again, that character is something outside this world!

        I think I actually liked him in Jarhead a lot back in the day.. and then he disappeared on me for a while but he seems to be very on point with his latest roles. I read that the Nightcrawler scene where he breaks the mirror was his improvisation and he had to get stitches because he hurt himself during that outburst of emotion.. one of the best scenes in that movie, and it was 100% Jake!

        • I’ll have to give it a watch, then! I liked him in Jarhead too, still remember watching it in the theatres and loving it. Woah, that’s amazing, it was such a great scene in Nightcrawler!

  • Josh

    Hey Sofia! Sorry I’m just now dropping by to catch up.

    Glad you enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, and I’m dying to see Eleanor Rigby. I actually prefer Prisoners to Nightcrawler, but it’s awesome that they both made your top 5.

    • It’s okay, and I’ll answer all your comments with pleasure, Josh!

      I guess I found the concept of Nightcrawler more appealing, as I’ve often thought about violence in media and our reaction to it. Plus the comedy component was flawless. But I liked Prisoners a lot too, and I confess that I was a bit busy with a marketing job while watching it, so I could eventually come to love it more.

      Guardians of the Galaxy was the biggest surprise, it was so much fun!

  • I loved Obvious Child and Guardians of the Galaxy, both are in my top 10 movies of the year! I’m regretting not seeing Nightcrawler when it came out; I felt like it was one of those movies when you have to talk to somebody about it the moment you step out of the cinema, and I can’t find anyone to see it with (solo movie goer most of the time)!

    • I actually saw Nightcrawler by myself, and missed the post-movie conversation. It’s totally one that needs to be discussed, but I really wanted to see it anyway…!

  • I saw Nightcrawler on weekend, really good, great pace, such a dynamic movie. I’m gonna see Obvious Child today. As for Prisoners? Hated it, but Gyllenhaal was really good in it.

    • Hope you enjoy Obvious Child, Jenny Slate is hilarious. Gyllenhaal was very good in Prisoners yeah, he’s been fantastic in everything he does!

  • I’ve loved all the movies you’ve listed, except for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby which I cannot wait to see. I love that Detective Loki header image!

    • Oh for a moment I thought you didn’t like Eleanor Rigby and was ready to scream WHY – hope you get to see it soon. I loved the picture too, the movie had some really great shots 😀

  • Looks like you saw some great stuff in September. I really can’t wait for The Fall to come back to Netflix; Jamie Dornan is so creepy and Gillian is kick-ass. Nightcrawler is one that I still really need to see. Gyllenhaal is turning out awesome performances like crazy! 🙂

    • They’re both so great in The Fall, hope you get to see the second season soon! He really has, his last couple of years have been insanely good 😀

  • inspiredground

    I wish to watch Nightcrawler soon. Prisoners was one twisty thriller, loved it. Not fond of Obvious Child like you, but it’s entertaining.

    • Hope you get to see it soon too, I want to know what you think of it!

  • TheFilmWhore

    Hi Sofie I just wanted to let you know that I am a huge fan of your site great job on it. And as for your movie list I recently saw Nightcrawler and I highly suggest watching. Jake, does any amazing job!

    • Thank you, that makes me happy! Ah Nightcrawler is the best, still think about it from time to time. He really is great, and this year he was particularly good.