The Week That Was 29 October – 4 November

Welcome to The Week That Was where I take a look back at what I have watched over the last seven days. My apologies for the slight delay this week, I have been somewhat preoccupied with CIFF and a weekend wedding in the Hunter Valley.

Last week was my lightest week for some time with just the four films, but as they say, quality is better than quantity and there were some crackers.  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

Grabbers – A craicing start to my CIFF as Tremors comes to Tipperary.  The Garda takes on the Bugs whilst raising a glass, but purely in self defence.  Huge amounts of fun.   ★★★★

Berberian Sound Studio – Toby Jones puts in a impressive performance as a sound engineer working on an Italian horror film who finds his reality blending with fiction. Not at all what I expected. Hard to watch and even harder to understand.  10 walk outs from the screening I was in.  I was almost one of them.  ★★

Couch Screenings

Cockneys vs Zombies  –  A sort of cockney Shaun of the Dead, but with Richard Priors from The Good Life.  Surbiton is not quite what it was.  A great example of horror comedy done right with a great Chas and Dave soundtrack.   ★★★

Primal Fear – Edward Norton sets the tone for future roles in this impressive debut performance alongside Richard Gere and Laura Linney all on the top of their game.  ★★★

TV Shows

Dexter Season Six  –  Finished off the season which just got better and better as it went along culminating with one of the best end of season finales I have seen.  Slightly concerned about the long wait now till season seven.  ★★★★


2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 52
Couch Screenings – 67
Total (new films) – 119
Re-watches – 42
2012 Total film count – 161
How about you guys, seen anything good?

New Films In The ACT


A big week ahead in the ACT as the Canberra International Film Festival kicks off with a plethora of great films across three different venues all screening over the next 10 days or so.  I have a pretty hectic festival schedule taking in 20 flicks and you can see the full details here.  If any bloggers are heading to Canberra and fancy meeting up then drop me a line.  Details in the contact section above.

If nothing takes your fancy at the festival then the following are all opening in the ACT this week:-

Bachelorette – Some say this is better than Bridesmaids, see what Sam over at An Online Universe thinks. Playing at Hoyts.

End Of Watch– David Ayer the writer of Training Day and Fast and Furious takes the helm of this gritty drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peria as two hotshot cops who go up against the local cartel. Playing at Hoyts.

Housos v Authority  – I am so sick of seeing this trailer which seems to be playing in in front of every film I sit down for.  Apparently this is a satirical look at residents of an Australian Housing Commission project.  Not sure I have been in Australia long enough to get this, even if that does make me un-Australian.  Playing at Hoyts (where else….)

You Will Be My Son – A French tale of family, friendship and conflict all wrapped in a vineyard.  Don’t know too much about this one, but the trailer looks interesting.  Not sure I will get round to it though.  Playing at Manuka.