Took a small detour from regular scheduled programming in order to watch some DVDs that I got for Christmas but, oh, what a fine detour it was:
December 22: Raging Bull (1980) - Martin Scorsese's brutal but poetic film about boxer Jake LaMotta. Robert De Niro has never been better than is here, playing a man who insists late in the film that he isn't an animal, despite behaving like one at every possible turn.
December 23: Rebel Without a Cause: (1955) - Nicholas Ray's masterpiece about teenage alienation, and the film that cemented James Dean's status as an icon. A perfect movie from beginning to end.
December 25: Moonrise Kingdom (2012) - Wes Anderson's latest is one of the highlights of the past movie going year. It's just as good the second time around.
December 26: Hanna (2011) - While not one of the best films from last year, this is certainly one of the most entertaining. I'm kind of amazed that a video game version of this movie hasn't been released yet.
December 27: Melancholia (2011) - My favourite movie from last year. Lars von Trier's darkly comic take on the end of the world more than holds up to multiple viewings.