The Week That Was 21 – 28 October

Welcome to The Week That Was where I take a look back at what I have watched over the last seven days. A high quality week with four trips to the cinema which goes someway to making up for my slightly lacklustre attendance figure as off late.  This also meant that I hit another milestone as I ticked off cinema screening number 50 of the year. My goal at the start of the year was 52 new films at the cinema, essentially one a week, so I am well on course to achieving that.   Amongst all of this I also saw what I think could well be one of the best films of the year.

Ok, so let’s get into it then,  here is the tale of the tape for the week.  As always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here.

Cinema Screenings

To Rome With Love   –   Woody takes in Rome for his latest stop on his European adventure, this time telling a comedic tale of living out one’s fantasies and dealing with the consequences.  This is Woody’s first comedy in a while and with it sees him returning to the screen in an acting role. A cracking script with plenty of laugh out loud moments, but possibly 10 mins or so too heavy.   ★★★

Argo – Ben Affleck delivers what could well be one of the best films of the year, in this incredibly tense drama of the real life experiences of six American diplomats in Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 invasion of the American embassy.  Look out for this come award season. ★★★★★

Frankenweenie – I have never been a particularly big Tim Burton fan, but Frankenweenie is by far his most accessible and enjoyable film for years.  A dark tale of how far a young boy’s love for his dog goes.  A word of warning though if you thinking about taking young children to watch this there are dark elements here, especially in the second half.  ★★★

Dredd – Karl Urban snarls his way through 93 minutes of mega city one fun.  A significant improvement on the Stallone version, but still a little bland in places.  A bit of a combination of The Raid and New Jack City. ★★★

Couch Screenings

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest   –  Michael Rapaport (Dick Richie from True Romance) doc on the trials and tribulations of the end of the road for A Tribe Called Quest.  An honest and frank account of the politics within the group, which whilst watchable enough was not quite up to the quality of other docs of late. ★★

TV Shows

Dexter Season Six  –  Dexter’s back and on the prowl again.  After a bit of a dodgy opening couple of episodes Dexter and his Dark Passenger  have hit their stride and are once again cleaning up Miami’s streets.  Gone through 8 episodes in a week which can”t be a healthy pastime .  ★★★★

 

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 50
Couch Screenings – 65
 
Total (new films) – 115
 
Re-watches – 42
 
2012 Total film count – 157
 
How about you guys, seen anything good?

New Films In The ACT

 

 

Another cracking week for new releases here in the nations capital, of which three could be genuine Oscar contenders.  So for your viewing please I give you:-

 

Argo – Ben Affleck’s tense thriller about the 1979 American Tehran Embassy crisis. I haven’t heard a single bad review so far.  I’m off to see it this morning. Catch it at every cinema in the ACT.

Dredd 3D – Second time round for the Dredd franchise, from all reports this is much better than Stallone’s version.  But be prepared for a some blood and guts. Catch it at Dendy and Hoyts.

Frankenweenie – From all accounts Tim Burton is back on form in this animated tale of a young lad who reanimates his pets. Catch it at Dendy and Hoyts.

Intouchables – The french language drama which has taken the world by storm of late.  Catch it at Manuka.

 

With such a strong list it was tough to pick a film of the week, but after careful consideration it went to:-

 

 

 

The Week That Was 14 -21 October

Welcome to The Week That Was where I take a look back at what I have watched over the last seven days. Another milestone hit this week as I passed movie number 150 for the year leaving me on target for 200 movies by years end.

Ok, so let’s get into it then,  here is the tale of the tape for the week.  As always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here.

Cinema Screenings

Safety Not Guaranteed   – I have waited a long time for this indie tale of time travel and regret which has torn up the festival circuit over the last year and it was well worth it.  A hugely enjoyable film with a cracking performance by Audrey Plaza who finds herself clicking with Mark Duplass who likes tinkering with things in his shed.  Word of warning though, one screening probably won’t be enough.  ★★★★

Couch Screenings

Killer Elite  – Mark over at Marked Movies  and I are clearly in sync at the moment as we both wrote pretty damning reviews of this supposed thinking man’s action flick.  Check out my full review here and Mark’s here.  ★★

The Runaways – All teenagers suddenly grow up and want to be in a band, I just never expected that to happen to Dakota Fanning who teams up with Kirsten Stewart amongst others in this biopic of The Runaways, the group Joan Jett first started out in.  A bit like the Josie and Pussycats, just with a lot more drugs. Watchable enough, but it would certainly help matters if you knew the music before going in.   I didn’t so it was a little bit of a slog. ★★★

The Prestige  – Managed to tick off my one blind spot with Christopher Nolan.  A very divisive film with it tending to sit either at the top or bottom of peoples Best of Nolan lists.  However I think I am going to buck the trend and put it firmly in the middle.  Great performances all round and a really interesting story, once it gets going that is.   However due to the plot structure (which I will not go into at all) it is a film I suspect that will grow on me over future watches, so may well end up more towards the top.  ★★★★

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang –   Still great, but I did spend a lot of the film waiting for Geena Davies to turn up, until I realised that I was thinking of The Long Kiss Goodnight.  ★★★★

Hanna – Been meaning to revisit this for a long time.  Stands up incredibly well.   The kids steal it though, not only Saorise Ronan as Hanna, but also Jessica Barden as Sophie. A really decent compact and tight film, with a thumping Euro-Techno soundtrack and some very amusing Germans.  ★★★★

TV Shows

The Office Season Seven  – One of the few shows which has worked well being remade for a US audience and some would say has now surpassed Ricky Gervais’s original.  Not me though; its good but not that good.  ★★★★

 

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 46
Couch Screenings – 64
 
Total (new films) – 110
 
Re-watches – 42
 
2012 Total film count – 152
 
How about you guys, seen anything good?

Movie Review: Killer Elite (2011)

  • Director – Gary McKendry
  • Starring – Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Dominic Purcell
  • Writer – Matt Sherring (screenplay) based on a book by Ranulph Fiennes
  • Year – 2012
  • Running Time – 120 mins

 What is it with the military and moustaches?

I first came across Killer Elite whilst scrolling through the rental screen on iTunes looking for something to fill a couple of hours with.  The reviews talked about ‘a thinking man’s action film’ inspired by “The Feather Men” a book by British legend Ranulph Fiennes.  The cast also included Jason Statham, Clive Owen and none other than Robert De Niro.  It was a tempting package so I excitedly clicked on rent now.  10 minutes later I knew I had made quite a big mistake, but by then it was too late to ask for my money back.

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New Films in Canberra

Quite a big week for new releases with four new films opening in the territory.

Safety Not Guaranteed – Fresh off getting a standing ovation at Sundance and other film festivals, this mixture of science fiction, fantasy and relationships finally lands in Canberra.  This has been on my radar all summer and clearly my film of the week. Check it out playing at Manuka.

To Rome With Love – Woody Allen’s European adventure continues. Whilst not reaching the heights of Midnight in Paris it has still received from good reviews.  I’ll be checking it out at Dendy.

Savages – Oliver Stone’e latest has split some critics, with most complaining of a poor final reel.  I am tempted though so will almost certainly still check it out.  Playing at Hoyts and Dendy.

Paranormal Activity 4 – Still can’t quite believe how well this franchise is doing.  I have seen the first but not any of the sequels, so will probably give this one a miss.  You can check out a full review by Alex of at Time For A Film who has been on a bit of a paranormal streak over recent days.  Playing at Hoyts.

What new films are you looking forward to this week?