Welcome to the July 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 July shook down.
The first half of July in the cinema contained another summer blockbuster that delivered the goods (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), a new & puzzling Polanksi to ponder (Venus in Fur) and a brand new Tinkerbell film (The Pirate Fairy), which had my two daughters captivated in the dark once again.
The second half continued this good form with two of the best films of the year: first off, Calvary (click here for my review), a note-perfect, darkly black and emotive character drama, focusing on the inner workings of a small town Irish community and Still Life in which Eddie Marsan brings dignity and decency to all, especially when they need it most. The month was rounded off with the absolutely 100% Besson, 100% Bonkers, Lucy staring the actress of the year so far, Scarlett Johansson.
At home I finally managed to get on the right side of the new films versus rewatches equation for the first time for a while, thanks in a large part to being able to catch up with some of the latest releases via Video on Demand platforms. I also managed to knock a couple more titles off the Hitchcock watchlist (Marine & Rope), only 44 now to go.
However I think my couch highlight this month was Mistaken for Strangers, which gave me one of my most emotional moments of the year. Here was my 140 character tweet review:
‘Mistaken for Strangers: Boundless enthusiasm and brotherly pride collides head on with reality in this infectiously good & heartfelt roc doc’
Here’s the tale of the tape for July:Cinema Screenings (6) The Pirate Fairy Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Venus in Fur Calvary Still Life Lucy Couch Screenings (10) Marnie Soylent Green Cuban Fury Enemy Mistaken for Strangers The Lunchbox Wadjda Rope Happy Christmas Joe Rewatches (4) The Broken Circle Breakdown Vicky Christina Barcelona Lost in Translation About Time TV Shows VEEP – Season Two 2014 Score Sheet Cinema Screenings – 38 Couch Screenings – 59 Total (new films) – 98 Re-watches – 49 2014 Total film count – 146