Welcome to the August 2014 edition of Screen Time, which covers and documents the films 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.
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 August shook down.
August was a real bumper month, with a total of 32 films, my highest monthly total for some time. This was helped by an enforced week off work due to a couple of ear infections, which had me confined to the couch for a fair few days.
Cinematically, it was another high quality month including three impressive and very different Australian offerings: These Final Hours, Felony and Predestination. Looking wider, Snowpiercer proved it was worth the wait whilst Guardians of the Galaxy brought some much needed lightness of touch to the MCU and John Carney proved Once was not enough with the delightful Begin Again.
At home, time was well spent on the couch with a healthy ratio towards first time watches this month and a few classics thrown in for good measure. Locke and We Are The Best! were the current release standouts; Locke is currently showing at Dendy, while We Are The Best! should hit Palace screens soon.
You may have seen on twitter that Tim from Beer Movie and myself have agreed on a Hitchcock watchlist bet, in order to encourage us both to try and knock off a few more from the master of suspense. Hitchcock was prolific and made 56 movies during his career, though a lot of his earlier work is hard to come by. As a first goal, we have agreed to try and get our respective watchlists down to 20 (i.e. 36 watched) as soon as we can, with the loser buying the other local beers. Tim already had a cheeky headstart on me, but I managed to knock off three more this month (The Wrong Man, Shadow of a Doubt & Torn Curtin), which leaves me on 15 out of 56, so still a long way to go.
Here’s the tale of the tape for August:Cinema Screenings (10) A Most Wanted Man Guardians of the Galaxy Lucy Snowpiercer The Final Hours Begin Again The Inbetweeners 2 The Expendables 3 Felony Predestination
Couch Screenings (12) The Frozen Ground Starred Up The Double We Are The Best The Wrong Man Shadow of a Doubt Torn Curtin Locke The Apartment Some Like It Hot Pulp: A film about life, death and supermarkets Neighbours Rewatches (11) Shaun of the Dead Hot Fuzz Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind Stand By Me The Departed Alien Supergirl True Romance Goodfellas Sideways Brick TV Shows Parks and Recreation – Season One & Two True Detective – Season One 2014 Score Sheet Cinema Screenings – 46 Couch Screenings – 67 Total (new films) – 113 Re-watches – 57 2014 Total film count – 170