Screen Time: June 2014


I used to post a weekly update on my viewing habits, which I called ‘The Week That Was’. However, as a busy father to two young children this weekly tempo was proving a little too ambitious, therefore I have taken the lead from some other fellow bloggers and reverted to a monthly schedule instead.

I have decided to call this section ‘Screen Time’ and it will follow the same basic structure as the previous weekly edition, covering my viewing habits for 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 am currently deep into.

Score Sheet:                          The tallies for the year, so far.

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


June proved to be a solid month in the cinema, with a triple bill of the years best science fiction (Edge of Tomorrow), comedy (22 Jump Street) and animation (How to Train Your Dragon 2) all hitting the screens. These were ably backed up by another impressive treble: The Rover, Good Vibrations and Galore. So for once, not a dud out there.

Highlights at home included scratching three more off my Hitchcock watchlist (10 down, 46 to go) and showing the girls a couple more classics: Mary Poppins and Superman II. The girls responded well to both, but Mary Poppins in particular proved timeless and was promoted to heavy rotation for a few days afterwards.

Rewatches still edged out new films overall which is habit I am trying, but clearly failing to break. Gravity held up surprisingly well on the smaller screen as did Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which has me pumped for July’s ‘Dawn’.

The Fargo finale brought to an end probably the strongest opening season to show I can remember in a long time. I am still amazed at how they managed to get away with it, both from a critical and fandom perspective, considering the high esteem the film is held in. I also binged through the second season of Orange is the New Black, which whilst not quite reaching the heights of the first season, brought welcome depth to almost the entire cast and finished off with a real badass ending.

Here’s the tale of the tape for June:

Cinema Screenings (6)

Edge of Tomorrow (★★★★)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (★★★★)

The Rover (★★★★)

Good Vibrations (★★★★)

22 Jump Street (★★★★)

Galore (★★★)


Couch Screenings (5)

To Catch a Thief (★★★★)

Labor Day (★★)

Free Birds (★)

Lifeboat (★★★)

Dial M for Murder (★★★)


Rewatches (12)

Mary Poppins

Scott Pilgrim Versus the World

The Big Lebowski

Point Break


Superman II

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

(500) Days of Summer

Pulp Fiction


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


TV Shows

Fargo – Season One

Orange is the New Black – Season Two


2014 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 30

Couch Screenings – 41

Total (new films) – 77

Re-watches – 42

2014 Total film count  – 117


So what about you guys, seen anything good?