2015

January 8, 2016

Pete’s 2015 Media Diary

2015 was a different year for me.  I moved to Chicago in May which shook things up a bit.  I moved away from comfort and more importantly, my ability to go to movie screeners.  As a result, I saw less movies in the theater than I had in many years.  I was still able to catch some here and there, and certainly made up for it by watching as many as I could regardless.  Along with losing my screeners, I had no internet or cable for seven months.  Having said that, 2015 was a great year and I met a lot of great people.  Here’s a list of MOST of the television and film I watched throughout the year that was 2015.

KEY 

ALL CAPS- MOVIE I SAW IN THEATERS

Italics- Television Show (Complete Season)

No adjustments– Saw the movie outside of a theater

January

I saw a few movies in theaters this month, and re-saw a few.  The Grand Budapest Hotel was insane.  Selma showed Ava DuVernay is a force to be reckoned with.  Blackout showed me Michael Mann may be on the out.  American Sniper was pretty terrible, but made me want to join the army-and actually did make me finally register to vote.  Cake was a Jen Anniston tour-de-force, and Project Almanac was ultimately forgettable.

1/9/15- Predestination

1/10/15-THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

1/11/15- Better Living Through Chemistry

1/12/15- BOYHOOD

1/12/15- SELMA

1/12/15- Rope

1/12/15- Collateral

1/13/15- BLACKHAT

1/15/15- RocknRolla

1/16/15- Contact

1/17/15- Ace Ventura Pet Detective

1/17/15- A.C.O.D.

1/17/15- Double Jeopardy

1/19/15- Goon

1/20/15- Sexy Beast

1/20/15- Transformers 4

1/21/15- Revolver

1/22/15- AMERICAN SNIPER

1/24/15- Rocky Balboa

1/26/15- Batman and Robin (Shumaker commentary)

1/27/15- CAKE

1/28/15- PROJECT ALMANAC

1/29/15- The Firm

1/29/15- Extract

1/30/15- Love

1/31/15- Thief

7- THEATER

21- At Home

February 

February had Kingsman and A Most Violent Year, which was one of my favorite films of the year,

2/1/15- Horns

2/1/15- Idiocracy

2/2/15- I Confess

2/4/15- JUPITER ASCENDING

2/5/15- To Catch a Thief

2/5/15- Strangers on a Train

2/6/15- Strange Wilderness

2/6/15- John Wick

2/9/15- A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

2/10/15- KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

2/11/15- Kill the Messenger

2/12/15- The Trial

2/13/15- Basquiat

2/15/15- Taken 3

2/17/15- Dumb and Dumber 2

2/17/15- HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2

2/20/15- Batman (1989)

2/21/15- The Ring

2/21/15- Hard Boiled

2/22/15- Get Shorty

2/23/15- FOCUS 

2/24/15- Synecdoche, New York

2/26/15- RUN ALL NIGHT

2/27/15- Whiplash

2/28/15- LAZARUS EFFECT

7-THEATER

18-At Home

March

Chappie wasn’t perfect, but certainly better than its reputation.  It follows… great.  Furious 7 was absolutely ridiculous.  I expect ridiculousness with this franchise, but this movie wasn’t great

3/1/15- Maps to the Stars

3/3/15- Timecop

3/3/15- House of Cards: Season 3

3/3/15- CHAPPIE

3/6/15- Neighbors

3/8/15- Draft Day

3/9/15- Harmontown

3/10/15- Die Hard

3/11/15- Die Hard with a Vengeance

3/12/15- Three Days of the Condor

3/13/15- Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: Stones Throw

3/14/15- Rocky 4

3/15/15- Demolition Man

3/15/15- Hard Target

3/15/15- Judge Dredd

3/15/15- Nightcrawler

3/16/15- Edge of Tomorrow

3/16/15- Last Action Hero

3/17/15- T2

3/17/15- Aziz Ansari Live From Madison Square (2015)

3/18/15- Saw

3/18/15- Culture High

3/19/15- Blue Ruin

3/22/15- Bitter Moon

3/25/15- Killing Them Softly

3/26/15- Collateral Damage

3/26/15- Deep Blue Sea

3/27/15- IT FOLLOWS

3/28/15- Whiplash

3/30/15- Going Clear

3/31/15- FURIOUS 7

3- THEATER

27- At Home

April 

April is the month were I don’t have too much to say about any of the movies I saw.  That is for the exception that is Ex Machina, easily fitting into my top 5 list of the year.  Incredible performances.

4/1/15- Trailer Park Boys: Season 9

4/1/15- Swearnet: The Movie

4/2/15- WHILE WE’RE YOUNG

4/3/15- IT FOLLOWS

4/3/15- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

4/6/15- Snake Eyes

4/6/15- Better Call Saul: Season 1

4/8/15- The Last Stand

4/8/15- Live Free or Die Hard

4/9/15- Rambo: First Blood

4/12/15- EX MACHINA

4/13/15- Louie: Season 4

4/19/15- Babadook

4/20/15- Daredevil: Season 1

4/20/15- UNFRIENDED

4/22/15- Legit: Season 2

4/23/15- The Fifth Estate

4/25/15- Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome

4/27/15- AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

4/28/15- The Wedding Ringer

5- THEATER

9- At Home

5- TV Seasons

May

On May 1st I moved to Chicago and for many reasons, this month is lost in space.  I’m like almost everyone else in that I thought Mad Max was bloody awesome.

5/10/15- MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

1- THEATER

?- At Home

June

It rained ALOT here in June, hence the large number of movies watched .  June is also memorable for the reason that I didn’t see a flick in the theaters for the first time in YEARS.

6/1/15- Executive Decision

6/2/15- Army of Darkness

6/3/15- Midnight Run

6/4/15- The Fugitive

6/4/15- A Women Under the Influence

6/5/15- Watchmen

6/6/15- Drive

6/8/15- Flight of the Concords: Season 1

6/9/15- Flight of the Concords: Season 2

6/10/15- Children of Men

6/10/15- Bruce Almighty

6/10/15- The Last Samurai

6/11/15- Saving Private Ryan

6/11/15- Unforgiven

6/11/15- Mystic River

6/11/15- Gran Torino

6/12/15- Million Dollar Baby

6/12/15- The Bourne Identity

6/12/15- The Bourne Supremacy

6/12/15- The Bourne Ultimatum

6/13/15- Old School

6/13/15- Traffic

6/14/15- Once Upon a Time in America

6/15/15- Little Miss Sunshine

6/16/15- Absolute Power

6/16/15- The Deer Hunter

6/17/15- Laurence of Arabia

6/17/15- Born on the Fourth of July

6/18/15- Syriana

6/18/15- Drive, He Said

6/19/15- Mercury Rising

6/19/15- Road to Perdition

6/20/15- Blade Runner

6/21/15- Liar Liar

6/22/15- Heat

6/22/15- The Nutty Professor (1998)

6/25/15- Animal House

6/26/15- Harold and Maude

6/27/15- Broadcast News

37- At Home

2- TV Seasons

July

In July I went on another Hitchcock kick.  It took me awhile to fully appreciate everything Hitchcock did in progressing the art that is cinema.  I also liked Terminator: Genysis way more than Jurassic World, and the Vacation reboot/sequel was rough to get through.

7/1/15-12 Monkeys

7/2/15-Beasts of the Southern Wild

7/3/15- The Watcher

7/4/15- Mud

7/5/15- Into the Wild

7/6/15- American Gangster

7/7/15- TERMINATOR: GENYSIS

7/7/15- The Trouble With Harry

7/8/15- Rear Window

7/8/15- Psycho

7/9/15- The Man Who Knew Too Much

7/9/15- JURASSIC WORLD

7/10/15- Rope

7/10/15- Vertigo

7/11/15- Foreign Correspondent

7/12/15- The Birds

7/13/15- Marnie

7/14/15- Psycho

7/15/15- Frenzy

7/28/15- ANT-MAN

7/3015- VACATION

4- THEATER

17- At Home

August 

Spent most of August outdoors exploring my new city, but still enjoyed a few flicks.  The End of the tour was fantastic.  It made me want to read David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, but like most dummies, I never got around to it.

8/3/15- TRAINWRECK

8/6/15- Step Brothers

8/7/15- THE END OF THE TOUR

8/10/15- FANTASTIC FOUR

8/13/15- Dune

8/13/15- Taxi Driver

8/16/15- Get Hard

8/17/15- Poltergeist (2015)

8/18/15- Max Max: The Road Warrior

8/18/15- True Detective: Season 2 

8/19/15- Gone Girl

8/19/15- THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

8/24/15- Re-Animator

8/24/15- A Beautiful Mind

8/25/15- Momento

8/25/15- Cape Fear

8/28/15- Frailty

8/29/15- Chef

4- THEATER

12- At Home

1- TV Seasons

September 

I saw only three flicks in the theaters this month.  Straight Out of Compton was better than I expected, Black Mass was disappointing, and No Escape was pretty fun.  Pierce Brosnan killed it.  I also started watching Halloween movies earlier than I typically do, by going on a Friday the 13th kick.

9/2/15- Pulp Fiction

9/3/15- STRAIGHT OUTA COMPTON

9/4/15- Mad Max: Fury Road

9/5/15- Kill Bill Volume 2

9/6/15- Menace II Society

9/7/15- NO ESCAPE

9/7/15- True Grit

9/9/15- True Story

9/9/15- Unfinished Business

9/11/15- Area 51

9/12/15- Jurassic Park 3

9/13/15- Jurassic Park 2

9/15/15- Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

9/16/15- Jurassic Park

9/17/15- Die Hard

9/18/15- Die Hard 2

9/18/15- Die Hard With A Vengeance

9/19/15- Sean of the Dead

9/21/15- BLACK MASS

9/23/15- Joyride

9/24/15- Jason X

9/25/15- Friday the 13th Part 5

9/26/15- Friday the 13th Part 8

9/26/15- Friday the 13th Part 7

9/27/15- Friday the 13th (2009)

9/28/15- Friday the 13th Part 6

9/28/15- Friday the 13th Part 2

9/29/15- Freddy Vs. Jason

9/29/15- Friday the 13th Part 3

9/30/15- Friday the 13th

3- THEATER

27- At Home

October 

Continuing my Halloween movie spree, I watched mostly seasonal flicks in October.  The Martian was great, and the Steve Jobs film was complete nonsense.  I don’t get the Sorkin love on this one.  It was a sloppy movie with a great performance or two.  The three act structure they presented was frustrating.

10/1/15- The Omen

10/1/15- The Omen 2

10/2/15- The Omen 3

10/3/15- Friday the 13th Part 4

10/4/15- Halloween 5

10/5/15- Halloween 3

10/6/15- Seed of Chucky

10/12/15- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

10/12/15- Lethal Weapon 3

10/12/15- Scream

10/13/15- Burn After Reading

10/13/15- Club Dread

10/13/15- Lethal Weapon 4

10/14/15- Susperia

10/14/15- Going Clear

10/15/15- Scream 2

10/15/15- Scream 3

10/16/15- Childs Play 2

10/16/15- Childs Play

10/17/15- The Exorcist 3

10/17/15- The Exorcist

10/18/15- Atlantis: The Lost Empire

10/19/15- THE MARTIAN

10/20/15- Insidious

10/20/15- The Box

10/21/15- Back to the Future 1, 2, and 3

10/22/15- Lifeboat

10/22/15- Notorious

10/23/15- North By Northwest

10/23/15- Forgetting Sarah Marshall

10/23/15- Charade

10/24/15- The Descendants

10/24/15- The Wrestler

10/25/15- Cliffhanger

10/26/15- STEVE JOBS

2- THEATER

35- At Home

November 

Looking back at the entire year, Creed was one of my favorite movies.  It had the right amount of nostalgic moments while doing something fresh and new.  Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl was also a favorite of mine.  It certainly made me cry.

11/2/15- Southpaw

11/5/15- The Final Girls

11/8/15- Star War Episode IV

11/9/15- SPECTRE

11/11/15- Her

11/14/15- Dial M for Murder

11/16/15- Oceans 12

11/16/15- Oceans 13

Warrior

Get Him to the Greek

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

The Skin I Live In

The Fighter

Skyfall

Star Wars Episodes V and VI

Dope

11/23/15- Touch of Evil

11/28/15- Confessions of A Dangerous Mind

11/29/15- Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl

11/30/15- CREED

2- THEATER

19- At Home

December

I finally got Internet access for my apartment, so it was time to catch up on all the television I’d missed over the past seven months.  Star Wars  but a helluva lot of fun.  The Hateful Eight wasn’t Tarrintino’s best, but it was freakin great.  Possibly my favorite film of 2015.  If not my favorite film, easily my favorite theater experience.  I am appreciative of his pretension as far as giving movie-goers the old school experience.

12/1/15- Rocky 2

Master of None

The Leftovers: Season 2

12/7/15- KRAMPUS

Marvel’s Jessica Jones 

12/10/15- Creep

12/10/15- Manson Family Vacation

Silicon Valley: Season 2

Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer

12/13/15- Primer

Nathan For You: Season 3

Fargo: Season 2

Community: Season 6

12/17/15- SPOTLIGHT

Home Alone 2

Christmas Vacation

It’s a Wonderful Life

12/25/15- Love and Mercy

12/27/15- STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

12/28/15- Knock Knock

12/28/15- Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

12/30/15- THE HATEFUL EIGHT

4- THEATER

9- At Home

7– TV Seasons

Yearly Totals:

42: THEATER

230: At Home (or outside of a theater)

16- TV Seasons (Plus at some point I watched the entire series of Breaking Bad, The Wire, and Seinfeld) 

Closing Thoughts

2015 was in no way a great year for cinema, but as always, I loved every minute of it.  I love the bad movies just as much as the good ones.  I’m sure this year will be remembered as being the year MOST people got the Star Wars film they’ve been waiting since 1983 for, but there were better pictures that went under the radar. My top five of the year in no particular order- Sicario, Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, Mad Max, and A Most Violent Year.  Besides these five, there are many more that I enjoyed but didn’t make the list.  After close to 300 movies and only one book read, I’ve come to a realization.  2015 was a year of learning for me and helped teach me the most important thing of all- I NEED TO READ MORE BOOKS.



About the Author

Peter Towe
Peter Towe
A graduate of UMASS Boston, I have successfully put off getting a "real" job, and continue to watch, produce, review, and obsess over movies. I lived in Boston while I completed my degree, and now live in Chicago trying the improv thing.




 
 

 

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