Screen Time: January 2016

true-romance

Welcome to the first edition of Screen Time for 2016, which is a round-up of the films and television shows I have seen on all types of screens over the preceding month split down into the following areas:

  • Highlights:  What has stood out for me this month.
  • Lowlights:  What has stood out for all the wrong reasons.
  • Cinema Screenings:  First time watches I have seen in the cinema.
  • Couch Screenings:  First time watches at home.
  • Rewatches:  Any rewatches, either in the cinema, at home or on the move.
  • TV Shows:  Any TV shows I’m currently bingeing on.
  • Score Sheet:  The tallies for the year, so far.

So without further ado, here is how January shook down.

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Carol (2015)

  • Director – Todd Haynes
  • Starring – Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler & Sarah Paulson
  • Writer – Phyliss Nagy (screenplay), Patricia Highsmith (novel)
  • Year – 2015
  • Running Time – 118 mins

rooney-mara-carol

Love comes in many different ways. It can be instantaneous, gradual or familiar, though when it arrives, is almost always surprising. Love is also often complicated and after the initial surprise and the elation settles, there are often barriers to overcome, struggles to surpass and it can feel like the world is conspiring to keep you apart.

This is true in Carol, the latest film by Todd Hyanes, based on the seminal novel by Patricia Highsmith, which tells a complicated and in 1950s New York, an unconventional and misunderstood love story about truth in the face of conflict.

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Shelter (2015)

  • Director – Paul Bettany
  • Starring – Jennifer Connelly & Anthony Mackie
  • Writer – Paul Bettany
  • Year – 2015
  • Running Time – 105 minutes

 Shelter JC

The final title card of Shelter, Paul Bettany’s first foray as a writer/director, dedicates the film ‘for the couple which lived outside of my building’. The couple disappeared after Hurricane Sandy and to this day, neither Bettany nor his wife and star of Shelter, Jennifer Connelly, know what became of them. This card sets the scene for what is to come, a powerful though at times problematic, tale of love, dignity and survival on the streets of New York.

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2016: My Blogging Aims

Looking Ahead

The end of the year is always a listactial time, so here are my blogging aims for the year ahead.  These aren’t resolutions as such, more like general themes which will hopefully get me back, and keep me on, the right blogging track.

For me, 2016 is all about consistency. Too often, especially at this time of year, promises are made only to be broken come February. This is often true with reviewing. A quick look back through my posting schedule would highlight this – a rush of enthusiasm in January, before nothing but a barren wasteland, with an occasional oasis, until years end. 2016, I hope, will be different.

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Screen Time: 2015 Edition

Canberra Sunset

So it’s been a while……but anyway, back to business and as the sun has set on another year, welcome to a special 2015 edition of Screen Time where I look back at 2015 and see where all the time went. I thought it might be interesting to have a look at some of my viewing stats from the past year which have been compiled from a combination of my own records and the good folks over at Letterboxd, which if you haven’t checked out then you should, as it’s a must for any lover of film.

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