The Week That Was 21 – 28 October

Welcome to The Week That Was where I take a look back at what I have watched over the last seven days. A high quality week with four trips to the cinema which goes someway to making up for my slightly lacklustre attendance figure as off late.  This also meant that I hit another milestone as I ticked off cinema screening number 50 of the year. My goal at the start of the year was 52 new films at the cinema, essentially one a week, so I am well on course to achieving that.   Amongst all of this I also saw what I think could well be one of the best films of the year.

Ok, so let’s get into it then,  here is the tale of the tape for the week.  As always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here.

Cinema Screenings

To Rome With Love   –   Woody takes in Rome for his latest stop on his European adventure, this time telling a comedic tale of living out one’s fantasies and dealing with the consequences.  This is Woody’s first comedy in a while and with it sees him returning to the screen in an acting role. A cracking script with plenty of laugh out loud moments, but possibly 10 mins or so too heavy.   ★★★

Argo – Ben Affleck delivers what could well be one of the best films of the year, in this incredibly tense drama of the real life experiences of six American diplomats in Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 invasion of the American embassy.  Look out for this come award season. ★★★★★

Frankenweenie – I have never been a particularly big Tim Burton fan, but Frankenweenie is by far his most accessible and enjoyable film for years.  A dark tale of how far a young boy’s love for his dog goes.  A word of warning though if you thinking about taking young children to watch this there are dark elements here, especially in the second half.  ★★★

Dredd – Karl Urban snarls his way through 93 minutes of mega city one fun.  A significant improvement on the Stallone version, but still a little bland in places.  A bit of a combination of The Raid and New Jack City. ★★★

Couch Screenings

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest   –  Michael Rapaport (Dick Richie from True Romance) doc on the trials and tribulations of the end of the road for A Tribe Called Quest.  An honest and frank account of the politics within the group, which whilst watchable enough was not quite up to the quality of other docs of late. ★★

TV Shows

Dexter Season Six  –  Dexter’s back and on the prowl again.  After a bit of a dodgy opening couple of episodes Dexter and his Dark Passenger  have hit their stride and are once again cleaning up Miami’s streets.  Gone through 8 episodes in a week which can”t be a healthy pastime .  ★★★★


2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 50
Couch Screenings – 65
Total (new films) – 115
Re-watches – 42
2012 Total film count – 157
How about you guys, seen anything good?

New Films In The ACT



Another cracking week for new releases here in the nations capital, of which three could be genuine Oscar contenders.  So for your viewing please I give you:-


Argo – Ben Affleck’s tense thriller about the 1979 American Tehran Embassy crisis. I haven’t heard a single bad review so far.  I’m off to see it this morning. Catch it at every cinema in the ACT.

Dredd 3D – Second time round for the Dredd franchise, from all reports this is much better than Stallone’s version.  But be prepared for a some blood and guts. Catch it at Dendy and Hoyts.

Frankenweenie – From all accounts Tim Burton is back on form in this animated tale of a young lad who reanimates his pets. Catch it at Dendy and Hoyts.

Intouchables – The french language drama which has taken the world by storm of late.  Catch it at Manuka.


With such a strong list it was tough to pick a film of the week, but after careful consideration it went to:-