I'ma be an overachiever and give a few capsule reviews for the past three or four that I've watched.
Most recently I watched Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. While I had seen it in theaters, I decided to give it a second watch in the hopes of improving my opinion of it. Disappointingly, my opinion remained about the same. It's not a bad film, but it's weakened by a poor supporting role from Noomi Rapace and a wholly uninteresting villain who, despite his brilliance and clearly considerable resources, is hatching a scheme with the ultimate goal... of money. I mean really? 2 stars out of a possible 4.
Fortunately, before that I had watched one of my all time favorites, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind! There's not enough praise for this film. Visually stunning, emotionally satisfying and endearing, expertly acted, and just... god. Amazing. 4 stars.
Further back, I watched (500) Days of Summer, a charming romantic comedy that - while somewhat afflicted with the quirky-curse of indie films past 2000, ultimately manages to be funny, endearing and honest in equal measures, focusing not on the annoying romance tropes but on the moments in between; moments of uncertainty, of insecurity, but also of rapture and unbridled enthusiasm. Bolstered by strong leading performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, it's one of the best romantic films of the aughts. 4 stars.
Before that, I rewatched the masterpiece Chungking Express. Unknown to most (a real crime), Wong Kar-Wai's film about love in Hong Kong plays jump rope with plot conventions, relying on editing to convey a story dominated not by causality but by coincidence. The direction, cinematography, and editing of the film are so well executed that it manages to create a set of compelling but entirely unrelated romances with minimal dialogue. 4 stars.
So yeah - I've watched a lot of personal favorites lately.