oscar nom: ex machina (alex garland, 2015)
oscar nom: cartel land (matthew heineman, 2015)

what i watched last week

Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan, 2000). This got lost in the shuffle for me when it was released. I liked The Sixth Sense, saw a few other Shyamalans over the years, found Signs to be the best of a mediocre lot (and can’t remember now why I liked it). All I remember of Unbreakable was the ad campaign, and there must have been something in it to turn me away. The context of seeing it in 2016, when Shyamalan had long been known for his surprise endings, changes things ... I spent the entire movie wondering what the big reveal would be. This was unfair to the movie, which wasn’t that bad ... the ending was startling but also silly, and the first 100 minutes weren’t all that good, either. Still, Unbreakable has its fans, most notably Quentin Tarantino. #870 on the They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They list of the top 1000 films of the 21st century. 6/10.

Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015). 8/10.

The Godfather Epic (Francis Ford Coppola).

The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015). 7/10.

Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015). 8/10.