The Week That Was 30 July – 5 August

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 a bit of a disappointing week with only one trip to the cinema and that was a re-watch.  I can sum the reason for this in one simple world: Olympics.  Here in Australia we are slightly hampered by the time difference back to old Blightly, so most evenings I have been glued to Channel 9 watching and cheering Team GB towards yet another gold.  Even made me feel a little homesick.

I had much higher hopes in last week’s Looking Ahead in which I had hoped to watch Cosmopolis, Jackpot, Take This Waltz, The Weekend and make start on The Story of Film. A pretty poor return this week with only Take This Waltz ticked off (again) and a token start of the Story of Film.

So what did I watch?  Here is 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 – Rewatch of this impressive drama starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogan and Luke Kirby.  This is not going to get old any time soon. Highly Recommended.

Couch Screenings

Thank You For Smoking – Aaron Eckhart stars in this satirical look at the Big Tobacco publicity machine.  There are two main standouts here, firstly Aaron Eckhart who puts in a witty and charismatic performance, and  secondly Jason Reitman’s (who also Directs) consistently clever and compelling script.  These combine for a hugely enjoyable couple of hours.  Highly Recommended.

Exit Through The Gift Shop – Banksy’s first foray into art on screen.  I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of this, I thought it was going to be more a documentary on Banksy himself, rather than a documentary about somebody else trying to make a documentary on him.  Did that make sense? It is worth a watch though, but I have my doubts on the authenticity of it all.  Mr Brainwash in particular just seems a little too stupid.  Watch It.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 – I think this may have been my first rewatch of Tarantino’s tale of a Bride scorned and it stands up a lot better than I expected.  I had hoped to watch both volumes in one sitting, but I never quite made it.  I know very little about 70s Kung Fu movies of which this is homage, but it made me want to watch a few.   Vol. 2 next week.  Watch It. 

The Story of Film – Only an hour in, but really interesting.  I think this is going to be a real education.

TV Shows

Olympics – What can I say, it just gets better and better.  Has anyone else found themselves sitting captivated and watching a sport they had never really cared for before?  For me I got hooked on the archery at Lords Cricket Ground.  Gave me a new appreciated for The Hunger Games.

Breaking Bad – Finally got to the end of Season Three but now I feel like I am going through cold turkey.  Need to get season 4 soon. Do you have any?

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 30
Couch Screenings – 39
Total (new films) – 69
Re-watches – 29
2012 Total film count – 98
How about you guys, how’s your week been?