Screen Time: July 2014


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
Still Life
Couch Screenings (10)
Soylent Green
Cuban Fury
Mistaken for Strangers
The Lunchbox
Happy Christmas
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

10 thoughts on “Screen Time: July 2014

    • Hey Sam, BCB held up well, I was worried that due to the subject matter it might be a one watch wonder, but its naturally less impactful and emotional on a rewatch so providing an easier base for the two lead performances and music to come through even stronger. Would you ever revisit, I know you weren’t a fan the first time round?

      Lost in Translation was a first watch on Blu and the first time I have seen it since having kids, which gave me quite a different read on the film. Maybe I have just become more parental in my outlook? It was glorious on Blu and firmly retained its place in my all time top ten.

  1. Love your Hitchcock countdown there. I should do the math on that myself as well. I suspect I would have less than 44 left to go. But still a whole bunch I have never seen.

    • Hiya, its a way of holding myself to account, I am trying to get through all of them if I can, though I suspect it may be harder trying to track down some of the rarer ones. Also trying to do the same with Woody Allen, but failing miserably there!

      • I’ve sworn off Allen. Just find him too unpalatable a man to support in any way.

        I have a lot (not all) of Hitch’s more obscure British stuff on DVD. Happy to loan them to you if you cannot find anywhere else.

        • That’s totally understandable and brings us back to the age old debate of can or should you separate the art from the man.

          Thanks for the offer on the Hitchcock stuff, I will def take you up on that once I have run down all the VoD options.

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