I haven’t screened many films of late, but in a sense, I’ve been watching—or rewatching—one movie with more than 50 acts. I’ve gone back through all five seasons of Mad Men and in many cases, it felt like I was seeing an episode for the first time. A show that moves as slowly as it does wouldn’t seem to support multiple views, but in fact, Mad Men’s fierce commitment to detail makes revisiting it as pleasurable as thumbing through a favorite novel to locate that one sentence that stays on your mind.
Let’s not bury the lede: I didn’t make it. I couldn’t watch 30 films in 30 days. Life intervened. I did, however, make it to 23. I suppose this needs to be filed under the category of Noble Failure. I also learned that if I don’t write the reviews directly after watching the films, I’ll never do it. (And it took me an extra month just to finish this wrapup.) But I’m not giving up. We’ll try it again when the weather grows colder.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at what was able to screen: