February Films Ranked/Watching and Writing With Depression

As you may have noticed, I've been on what can only be described as an unannounced sabbatical for most of the month of February. You may not know that I often struggle with depression, as it's something that not many people talk about. What people don't really understand is the intense feeling of I can't that comes with being depressed. When I'm in a low phase, I stare at my computer screen, trying to force the words that aren't there to come. When I'm feeling good, I can write for days.

As I just, in the last week or so, started to emerge from my most recent low phase, I started getting back into writing with some things that are close to my heart. You can find them here and here. I've been feeling like writing about topics far from film. I could talk about film forever, because the words come so naturally when I'm interacting with a real, live human being. So this writing is in a more conversational format than I usually prefer. I hope you don't mind too much.

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The one thing that I am absolutely able to do when I'm in a depressive phase is watch movies. I can view them in a very intense way and examine their themes and subtexts in a way that may be even more profound than when I'm feeling "right". I'm also aware that this may lead me to rate more highly than I normally would a film that elicits a strong emotional reaction – but that's also my style at any time. Film is both an escape a friend in these times. Unlike music, which has always been something of an enemy when I'm feeling low (many of you undoubtedly know what I'm talking about), film always feels welcome, always has something to offer to make me feel better or at least to ponder over for far longer than is probably healthy.

With that, it's time to list my rankings for the films I saw in the past month. Again, I stayed ahead of my goal for 2014, with 39 films in 28 days.

Format:

Rank
Title (Year)
Director(s)
Writer(s)
Editor(s)
Original Rating

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39
V/H/S/2 (2013)
Directors: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Huw Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard
Writers: Simon Barrett, John Davies, Gareth Huw Evans, Jamie Nash, Timo Tjahjanto
Editors: Jason Eisener, Gareth Huw Evans, David Geis, Bob Rose, Eduardo Sanchez, Adam Wingard
Original Rating: 1.5/5

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38
Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (2012)
Directors: Mark Catalena, Peter Jones
Writer: Peter Jones
Editor: Mark Catalena
Original Rating: 2.5/5

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37
John Waters: This Filthy World (2006)
Director: Jeff Garlin
Writer: John Waters
Editors: Jared Gustaldt, Rob Naylor
Original Rating: 3/5

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36
The Woman Who Wasn't There (2012)
Director: Angelo Guglielmo
Editors: Christina Burchard, William Haugse
Original Rating: 2.5/5

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35
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Director: Harold Ramis
Writers: Robert Benton, Richard Russo
Editor: Lee Percy
Original Rating: 2.5/5

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34
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie
Editor: John Ottman
Original Rating: 2.5/5

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33
Prisoners (2013)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Aaron Guzikowski
Editors: Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach
Original Rating: 1.5/5

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32
RoboCop (2014)
Director: Jose Padilha
Writer: Joshua Zetumer
Editors: Peter McNulty, Daniel Rezende
Original Rating: 3/5

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31
Outrage (2009)
Director: Kirby Dick
Writer: Kirby Dick
Editors: Douglas Blush, Matthew Clarke
Original Rating: 3/5

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30
Pi (1998)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Darren Aronofsky
Editor: Oren Sarch
Original Rating: 3/5

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29
Only God Forgives (2013)
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Nicolas Winding Refn
Editor: Matthew Newman
Original Rating: 1.5/5

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28
Microcosmos (1996)
Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou
Writers: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou
Editors: Florence Ricard, Marie-Josephe Yoyotte
Original Rating: 3.5/5

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27
The Iceman (2012)
Director: Ariel Vromen
Writers: Morgan Land, Ariel Vromen
Editor: Danny Rafic
Original Rating: 3/5

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26
Touching the Void (2003)
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Writer: David Darlow
Editor: Justine Wright
Original Rating: 4/5

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25
God Bless America (2011)
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Writer: Bobcat Goldthwait
Editor: Jason Stewart
Original Rating: 3/5

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24
Targets (1968)
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Writers: Peter Bogdanovich, Samuel Fuller
Editor: Peter Bogdanovich
Original Rating: 4/5

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23
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Director: John Carpenter
Writers: Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein
Editors: Steve Mirkovich, Mark Warner, Edward A. Warshilka
Original Rating: 3.5/5

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22
Valhalla Rising (2009)
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writers: Roy Jacobsen, Nicolas Winding Refn
Editor: Mat Newman
Original Rating: 3.5/5

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21
August: Osage County (2013)
Director: John Wells
Writer: Tracy Letts
Editor: Stephen Mirrione
Original Rating: 3.5/5

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20
Prince Avalanche (2013)
Director: David Gordon Green
Writer: David Gordon Green
Editor: Colin Patton
Original Rating: 3/5

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19
Haywire (2011)
Director: Stephen Soderbergh
Writer: Lem Dobbs
Editor: Mary Ann Bernard
Original Rating: 3.5/5

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18
Enough Said (2013)
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Editors: Robert Frazen, Nick Moore
Original Rating: 4/5

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17
Mother (1996)
Director: Albert Brooks
Writers: Albert Brooks, Monica Johnson
Editor: Harvey Rosenstock
Original Rating: 4/5

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16
Days of Heaven (1978)
Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
Editor: Billy Weber
Original Rating: 4/5

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15
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Director: Brad Bird
Writers: Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec
Editor: Paul Hirsch
Original Rating: 4/5

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14
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Director: John Ford
Writers: Willis Goldbeck, James Warner Bellah
Editor: Otho Lovering
Original Rating: 4/5

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13
Young @ Heart (2008)
Director: Stephen Walker
Editor: Chris King
Original Rating: 4/5

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12
Trading Places (1983)
Director: John Landis
Writers: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod
Editor: Malcolm Campbell
Original Rating: 4.5/5

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11
Hunger (2008)
Director: Steve McQueen
Writers: Steve McQueen, Enda Walsh
Editor: Joe Walker
Original Rating: 4/5

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10
Broadcast News (1987)
Director: James L. Brooks
Writer: James L. Brooks
Editor: Richard Marks
Original Rating: 4.5/5

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9
The Invisible War (2012)
Director: Kirby Dick
Writer: Kirby Dick
Editors: Douglas Blush, Derek Boonstra
Original Rating: 4.5/5

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8
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr., Billy Wilder
Editors: Doane Harrison, Arthur Schmidt
Original Rating: 4.5/5

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7
Hard Eight (1997)
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Editor: Barbara Tulliver
Original Rating: 4/5

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6
All is Lost (2013)
Director: J. C. Chandor
Writer: J. C. Chandor
Editor: Pete Beaudreau
Original Rating: 4.5/5

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5
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: I. A. L. Diamond, Billy Wilder
Editor: Arthur P. Schmidt
Original Rating: 4.5/5

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4
Ghostbusters (1984)
Director: Ivan Reitman
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Editors: David E. Blewitt, Sheldon Kahn
Original Rating: 5/5

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3
The Conversation (1974)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Francis Ford Coppola
Editors: Richard Chew, Walter Murch
Original Rating: 5/5

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2
Citizen Kane (1941)
Director: Orson Welles
Writers: Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles
Editor: Robert Wise
Original Rating: 5/5

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1
Taxi Driver (1976)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Paul Schrader
Editors: Tom Rolf, Melvin Shapiro
Original Rating: 5/5

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