Welcome the the Week That Was where I take a look back at what I have watched over the last seven days. Due to work and home pressures this week got off to a slow start but certainly picked up pace towards the end and saw me pass the 100 new movies mark for the year. I still hope to hit 150 by the years end, CIFF will certainly help in this regard but I reckon I will still need to put in some solid screen time in November and December.
Talking of CIFF (The Canberra International Film Festival), I finally locked in my schedule and bought the tickets so there is no going back now. As always there were some casualties along the way and you can read about my CIFF Casualties here. I am hoping to do some CIFF related posts in the run up to the festival highlighting in a bit more detail the films I hope to watch.
Ok, so let’s get into it then and here is the tale of the tape for the week. As always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here.
Arbitrage – Richard Gere stars in this solid thriller about a Hedge Fund manager whose life gets turned upside down by a car crash with unexpected consequences and the financial pressures of trying to save his company. This was an impressive return to form for the Silver Fox (who appears to be getting younger) as well as Tim Roth who plays a cop investigating the car crash. Not quite as good as I expected but solid enough. Won’t make the top ten of the year though. ★★★
The Dictator – Sasha Baron Cohen’s latest ‘comedy’ about a Middle Eastern dictator who travels to New York to address the UN. An offensive, unfunny and poorly judged film. Cohen needs to look again at what he is doing as he is clearly on the wrong track at present. However once I realised that Anna Farris, who plays the female lead, was the voice from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs it made the film slightly more palatable, mainly as it reminded me how much fun Meatballs was. ★
Guns, Girls and Gambling – The girls over at Reel Insight recently ran a feature on is there an actor for which you will watch anything they are in? Well for me it appears that it may be Christian Slater as that was the sole reason for renting this cheap Tarantino knock off about 5 Elvis impersonators who get caught up in a heist. Not good at all, but better than The Dictator. ★★
The Woman In Black – Or as it could be entitled Harry Potter meets Home Alone. However Harry has clearly grown up and Daniel Radcliffe puts in a measured and mature performance in this tense hammer horror. Considering that for a large part of the film it is just Radcliffe inside a house, this shows he can carry a film outside of the franchise. Beware though, jumpy stuff in places. ★★★
Marley – I needed to chill out a bit after The Woman In Black and Kevin Macdonald’s raw, honest and compelling documentary which deals more on the man rather than the music was just the tonic. This is up there with Senna as one the best docs I have seen in recent years. ★★★★
Breaking Bad – It was a good day on Monday when I found that Season 4 was on Bigpond download. 10 episodes rattled off in a week. Already getting concerned where I will get my next fix from. Truly excellent television.
2012 Score SheetCinema Screenings – 44 Couch Screenings – 58 Total (new films) – 102 Re-watches – 38 2012 Total film count – 140 How about you guys, seen anything good?