The Week That Was 10 June – 17 June

A good week screening wise, not a huge amount, only three films but I really enjoyed what I saw.  I also got to visit a new cinema which I always like.  This week found me in a new town on a work trip and I have a bit of a tradition when visiting a new place, I check out a local bar and the  local picture house.  Both were really quite quaint, had unreserved seating and old fashioned curtains with various up and down lighters.  Both felt really quite homely.

So, here is the tale of tape this week. As always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:-

Cinema Screenings

Rock of Ages – I thought this film rocked, but I appear to be very much in the minority.  It was cringeworthy awful at times, but still somehow managed to be a lot of fun.  And you know what, Tom Cruise is not as bad as you would think.  Check out the full review here. Highly recommended.

Couch Screenings

Se7en – Fincher’s epic from 1995.  First time I have watched this in a number of years.  I had forgotten how good it really is.  Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey are all stand out excellent. Highly recommended.

Senna – How this got overlooked for last years Oscars is still beyond me.  It didn’t even make the long list.  A truly engrossing film detailing the life and death of Ayrton Senna.  Highly recommended. 

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 19
Couch Screenings – 25
Total (new films) – 43
Re-watches – 18
2012 Total film count – 61
How about you guys, how’s your week been?



Rock of Ages (2012)

  • Director – Adam Shankman
  • Starring – Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Diego Bonetta and Julianne Hough
  • Written by – Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb
  • Year – 2012
  • Length –  123 mins

I was a rock child of the 80s.  I used to go to gigs in my denim jacket covered in studs and patches, I grew my hair long (bordering on mullet style on one special occasion) and had posters of Guns n Roses, Europe, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard on my wall at home.  Therefore I was always going to love this movie, no matter how bad it was.   I suspect that most others will not.

Deep down I think everybody wants to be a rockstar; I know I do.  I used to dream of performing in front of thousands of adoring fans and living the rock and roll life.   Sadly though the closest that most of us will get to this is performing air guitar in front of a mirror at home or singing in the shower.  That is of course unless you are Tom Cruise (more…)

The Wednesday Review: Prometheus (2012)

  • Director – Ridley Scott
  • Starring – Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender
  • Written By – John Spaihts and Damon Lindelof
  • Year – 2012
  • Length – 124 mins

 At the start of the summer, I decided this was going to be the summer of expectation management.  There was so much promise and potential to look forward to, but I couldn’t shake the underlying fear that when it was all over I would be left feeling a tad disappointed.  However, we got off to a good start with films like The Hunger Games, The Avengers and Iron Sky all arriving on the back of significant levels of marketing which successfully fed the already heightened levels of anticipation.  Luckily, two out three have lived up to the hype, while one felt a little bit too stretched.  That’s not a bad percentage.  Next up was the big one though: Prometheus.

Right from the off, I think it is worth saying I thought Prometheus was fantastic and probably the best film I have seen so far this year.  It is an epic piece of film-making, during which Director Ridley Scott takes us on a gloriously mesmerizing journey following the crew of the spaceship USS Prometheus as they travel in pursuit of the answer to the ultimate question: Where do we come from? (more…)

The Week That Was 3 June – 10 June

Another busy week has come to a close and I am beginning to realise something.  Whilst this blog has inspired me to to watch more movies, I am finding that with work, family and an increased movie watching schedule, this leaves me pretty limited time to actually write about the movies that I watch, which kind of defeats the purpose of the blog.  However I am not disheartened by this, as even I I simply post just once a week via The Week That Was feature, that is better than nothing.  I have a lot of reviews in half-baked drafts at the moment which I am sure will make their way to the blog at some point.

So with that in mind, here is the tale of tape this week. As always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:-

Cinema Screenings

Prometheus 3-D – Has there been a more anticipated film so far this year?  I think the anticipation for Prometheus even beats The Avengers.  Ridley Scott lives up to the hype and delivers an epic piece of film making, let down slightly by the in-your face script and a rushed final reel, but still a fabulous piece of film making. Highly Recommended

Prometheus 2-D – Ridley Scott said in a recent radio interview that the 2D print was glorious and he wasn’t wrong.  The script also made a lot more sense second time round.  Highly Recommended

Get The Gringo – When faced with controversy, revert to what you know.  Mel Gibson returns to his roots in this Martin Riggs style prison drama, which delivers a refreshing return to form for Gibson.  Watch It

Couch Screenings

The WhistleBlower – Rachel Weisz stars in this true life tale of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served in the UN Peace Keeping Mission to Bosnia and outed members of the Mission involved in sex trafficking.  An impressive performance by Weisz in a slightly rushed film.  Skip it

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World – A stunning piece of pop culture penned by Edgar Wright, starring Michael Cera amongst others.   Highly Recommended

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 18
Couch Screenings – 25
Total (new films) – 42
Re-watches – 16
2012 Total film count – 58
How about you guys, how’s your week been?



The Week That Was 27 May – 3 June

Another jet setting week has come to a close and with my feet firmly back on terra nova, I can hopefully get back to watching a few more films and importantly blogging about them.  As last week though my enforced flights has meant that I have been able to watch a few films, albeit on the back of someone’s head.

Here is the tale of the tape for the last week, unfortunately no new films, but a few classics re-watched.  As always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:-

Cinema Screenings

None (boo again!)

Couch Screenings (again in various locations)

When Harry Met Sally – Was this marvellous film really made in 1989?  It it the ultimate rom-com, never bettered.

Inglorious Basterds – I was tempted back into watching this after reading an interview of QT during which he stated that when he wrote the opening conversation in the French house, he knew he had finally written something better than Christopher Walken’s speech to Dennis Hopper in True Romance.   I think I still prefer True Romance, though Basterds is an excellent film.

Plane Screenings (Up In The Air…..)

Pulp Fiction – Continuing the QT week.  A true modern day masterpiece.

The Hurt Locker – I had forgotten what an outstanding piece of cinema this really is and also that Guy Pearce makes an explosive cameo at the beginning.

An American Werewolf In London – Is it just me or has this not aged well.  The acting and dialogue now seem really quite dated.  Still lots of fun though mind you.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 15
Couch Screenings – 24
Total (new films) – 39
Re-watches – 14
2012 Total film count – 53    

How about you guys, how’s your week been?