Looking Ahead

Welcome to our regular Monday morning look at what I hope to watch this week. The main releases this week here in Australia are Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Cosmopolis, Step Up: Miami Heat, Jackpot and Beauty.   What is it with the colons this week?

Here is what I hope to be watching this week:

Cosmopolis 

This seems to have divided a lot of bloggers and critics.  I am not the biggest DC fan, but I am intrigued by the premise.

Jackpot

Will this be the latest success story to come out of Scandinavia?

Take This Waltz

Going back for a second viewing as I am keen to write a review on this thought provoking film which will hopefully go up on Wednesday.

The Weekend

Heard some very good things about this.

The Story go Film: An Odyssey

One of the main reasons for starting this blog was to educate myself on the history of cinema.  From what I hear, this is the place to start, it also has a colon in the title.  Mind you it is 15 hours long, so it may take a while.

Don’t forget to check back on Sunday to see how I did.  Have a good week.

The Week That Was 22 – 29 July

So here we are at the end of another week and it is time to take a look back at what I have watched over the last 7 days.   It has been another seven film week which I am really pleased about.  If I keep up this pace I will pass 100 films for the year late next week.

Things have been a touch contagion like in the Malone household over recent weeks.  This week’s victim was my eldest daughter who came down with a middle ear and chest infection.  As far as I know she hasn’t had any contact with pigs or bats, so thanks to the wonders of antibiotics she is on the mend.  I had booked this week off work in order to have a bit of a surge of movie watching and blog writing, instead I ended playing a double role of Dr Daddy and chief projectionist for most of the week.  My main roles appeared to be ensuring a steady supply of medicinal chocolate treats and a continuous loop of Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks flicks for the patient.  Whist it wasn’t the week I had planned, I still had fun with my wee poorly lass.

Due to my new roles Monday’s “Looking Ahead” fell by the way side, so there will no looking back this week. Therefore we can jump right into the tale of the tape for the last week.   As always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:-

Cinema Screenings

Take This Waltz – Michelle Williams, Seth Rogan and Luke Kirby star in this impressive drama which asks the question what happens when new things get old?  I was captivated by this film, which has stayed with me for a number of days and I am still turning things over in my mind.  Williams in particular is on top form, but can Hollywood please put her in a film where she can have a happy marriage?  Highly Recommended.

Magic Mike – I watched this right after Take This Waltz and boy was it a different viewing.  The auditorium was filled with, shall we say a slightly excitable and female heavy audience who screamed and wolf-whisltled every time Channing got his Tatum out. The trailer portrays this more as a light hearted tale but in reality Soderbergh has attempted to deliver a character led drama.  Unfortunately the film falls somewhere in-between the two, so not really satisfying either camp. Watch It.

The Dark Knight Rises –  I really enjoyed my second viewing of Nolan’s epic end to the Batman trilogy.  One thing that particularly impressed this time round was the films pacing.  It is a long movie coming in at 164 mins, however I never once looked at my watch, which for a second viewing of a long film is a true sign of quality. All Time Classic.

The Aristocats – Disney’s 1971 tale of a group of Parisian cats destined to inherit a fortune from their wealthy owner, who are dumped in the country by a jealous butler and forced to make their way back to Paris, aided by a Tom Cat.  Good fun and proof that Disney’s appeal is timeless.  My eldest really enjoyed it and it was quite the tonic. Watch It.

Brave – Second time round for Pixar’s latest faery tale, and as with all Pixar films it gets better with repeated viewings.  Nice dedication to Steve Jobs at the start of the credits which I missed first time round.  Highly Recommended. 

Couch Screenings

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – My daughters latest obsession and I cannot begin to guess the number of times that this film has been on this week.  Fun but instantly forgettable which may account for all the repeat viewings.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams – I had heard lots of good things about Herzog’s documentary on the Chauvet Caves in Southern France which contain the oldest cave paintings known to man.  I personally find Herzogs style and voice a little irritating, so whilst I could appreciate the cave and it’s significance, I couldn’t wait to get out.

TV Shows

Olympics Opening Ceremony – Danny Boyle hits it out the Olympic Park with this innovative and groundbreaking opening ceremony which made me both proud to be British but also incredibly homesick.  Still can’t quite believe he subjected the Queen to The Sex Pistols and The Prodigy.  At times she did not look amused.

Breaking Bad – Almost zero progress this week as not really appropriate viewing for poorly little people.  Marooned on Ep 10, Season 3.  Really need another fix.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 30
Couch Screenings – 38
 
Total (new films) – 68
 
Re-watches – 26
 
2012 Total film count – 94
 
How about you guys, how’s your week been?

Cheers,

Will

Chatroom (2010)

  • Director – Hideo Nakata
  • Starring – Aaron Johnson, Imogen Poots, Matthew Beard, Hannah Murray, Daniel Kaluuya
  • Written – Edna Walsh
  • Year – 2010
  • Running Time – 97 mins

Director Hideo Nakata is best well known for Ringu, a chilling tale of a mysterious video which kills anyone who watches it and was in many ways the catalyst for Hollywood remaking Japanese horror. Ringu was remade as The Ring, with Naomi Watts, quickly followed by Ju-on, remade as The Grudge starring Buffy.  In both cases the Hollywood remake is not a patch on the original. And this is what Chatroom feels like, a cheap and rushed Hollywood remake.  However this time there is no precursor.
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The Week That Was 16 – 22 July

So here we are at the end of another week and it is time to take a look back at what I have watched over the last 7 days.   A good week during which I ticked off seven films, my biggest week for a while, which included one of the biggest films for a while.

On last Monday’s “Looking Ahead” I had only planned to see the three Batman films and The Artist.  I managed to get a 75% hit rate this week but for the third week running The Artist still sits in my queue letting the side down, I will get round to this one eventually.

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

Cinema Screenings

Batman Begins– Some necessary homework in advance of TDKR.  I really enjoyed seeing this on the big screen for the first time.  My local cinema was doing the Batman triple bill, so the screening had an incredible atmosphere, there were even a few capes and costumes flying around. All Time Classic.

The Dark Knight Rises – An impressive end to an impressive trilogy. The old guard remain on top form joined this time by Thomas Hardy and Ann Hathaway, both of whom put in top notch performances.  This goes straight into my top 5 films of the year so far and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is at the top come December. All Time Classic.

Not Suitable For Children – A sort of Australian 50/50 rom com about a dude who after discovering he has testicular cancer sets out to procreate whilst he remains fertile.  I thoroughly enjoyed this funny and really quite touching film.  The two lead performances were bang on the money, but special credit needs to be given though to Sarah Snook as Stevie.  Watch this space; she is a star in the making.  Highly Recommended. 

Couch Screenings

The Dark Knight – Probably hands down the best Super Hero film I have watched.  Unfortunately I was unable to catch it in the cinema this time round so had to settle for the couch.  Heath Ledger is so convincing as The Joker, it makes me want to watch more of his films. I still haven’t seen BrokeBack Mountain.  All Time Classic.

Warrior – Been meaning to watch this tale of the Ultimate Fighting Championship for months, so really glad to tick it off, especially as it doubles up nicely with TDKR.  It was a lot of fun, albeit totally predictable but I had fun getting there.  The fighting scenes were bone crushingly real, but I felt a little let down by the end.  It felt like it needed another 10 minutes to tie some loss ends up. Watch It.

Chatroom – Tale of internet chatroom bullying brought to us by Hideo Nakata, the director of Ringu. This was a mixed bag, an interesting premise with an innovative physical visualisation of chatroom dynamics, let down by a poor script and lack of character development outside of the two main leads.  Worth a watch though.  Watch It.

Trainspotting – Inspired by Mark over at Marked Movies I threw this classic on the other night.  After 15 years this still stands up incredibly well and not as depressing as I remembered.  It also has hands down has one of the all time best opening sequences.  I still can’t get through the toilet or baby scenes without looking away though.  All Time Classic.

TV Shows

Breaking Bad – I feel like I am on a race to catch up with Breaking Bad as he internet is full of chatter about season 5.  I am currently about halfway through season 3, hungry for more.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 27
Couch Screenings – 36
 
Total (new films) – 63
 
Re-watches – 24
 
2012 Total film count – 87
 
How about you guys, how’s your week been?

Cheers,

Will

Hugo (2011)

  • Director – Martin Scorsese
  • Writer – John Logan, Brian Selznik
  • Starring – Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Year – 2011
  • Running Time – 128 mins


It has taken me a long time to get round to watching Hugo, but I am so glad that I did. This is a wonderful and simply glorious ode to early cinema told through the eyes of Hugo (Asa Butterfield), an orphan who after the death of his clockmaker father (Jude Law) ends up living in the walls of a Parisian train station charged with winding the station’s numerous clocks.

Hugo’s only link back to his late father is through a majestic mechanical automaton, a sort of tin man which his father had been restoring in his spare time. As appears to be the way with all tin men this one is also missing a heart, but this time it is a heart shaped key which Hugo is convinced if he can find will unlock the secrets inside.  This leads young Hugo on a dangerous but adventurous search which often lands him in the clutches of either the local shopkeeper (Ben Kingsley) or the Station Inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen).  Help is at hand though from the shopkeeper’s god daughter Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) and as the two join forces they soon discover they have more in common than they thought. (more…)