Screen Time: February 2016


Welcome to the second 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 February shook down.


February is Oscars time, which while an inherently flawed process, is something I still enjoy, follow and have fun getting swept up in, though mainly these days via social media channels. From a critical point of view I tend to pay more attention to the BAFTAs and the other preceding awards shows such as the SAG, DGA and PGA as these tend to reflect the critical consensus, which is something the Oscars aren’t overly renowned for.

I try and watch as many of the major awards contenders before the Oscars ceremony, which led to three strong cinematic highlights this month. Both Brooklyn and 45 Years were 5 star favourites and while Steve Jobs did not land particularly well on a first watch, I can’t quite shake it, therefore I am keen to revisit this when it hits VoD. Deadpool was a welcome bout of silliness amongst all the seriousness, but doesn’t quite subvert the genre as much as it thinks it does.

At home the clear highlight was The Dressmaker, which I now regret not making time for when it was in the cinemas. Tonally it was all over the place, there were far too many story lines, a bunch of hard rights and lefts, but overall a hell of a lot of fun. A great example of Australian Cinema and #52FilmsByWomen.

February has also been a good month in regards to my 2016 Blogging Aims. I had one small cheat by reposting an old review, but I will aim to double up on posts at some point in the year to counteract this. I got the four planned posts up and the reviews of Brooklyn and 45 Years had a more personal flavour. Thanks to the ever-enthusiastic James Tew, the blog has gone through something of a behind the scenes upgrade, though hopefully things should still look the same. James is font of knowledge on a wide variety of marketing and business ideas, which you can check out on his You Tube channel or via @James_Tew.

Here’s the tale of the tape for February:

Cinema Screenings (5)

  • Brooklyn
  • Steve Jobs
  • The Notebook
  • Deadpool
  • Brooklyn (again)

Couch Screenings (6)

  • 45 Years
  • Zoolander
  • Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show
  • The Intern #52FilmsByWomen (4)
  • The Dressmaker #52FilmsByWomen (5)
  • Pawn Sacrifice

Rematches (2)

  • Wild
  • Your Sisters Sister #52FilmsByWomen (6)

TV Shows 

  • Freaks & Geeks – So good, how did it take me this long to watch this?

2016 Score Sheet 

  • Cinema Screenings – 16
  • Couch Screenings – 12
  • Total (new films) – 28
  • Re-watches – 8
  • 2016 Total film count – 36

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