The Week That Was 22 – 29 July

So here we are at the end of another week and it is time to take a look back at what I have watched over the last 7 days.   It has been another seven film week which I am really pleased about.  If I keep up this pace I will pass 100 films for the year late next week.

Things have been a touch contagion like in the Malone household over recent weeks.  This week’s victim was my eldest daughter who came down with a middle ear and chest infection.  As far as I know she hasn’t had any contact with pigs or bats, so thanks to the wonders of antibiotics she is on the mend.  I had booked this week off work in order to have a bit of a surge of movie watching and blog writing, instead I ended playing a double role of Dr Daddy and chief projectionist for most of the week.  My main roles appeared to be ensuring a steady supply of medicinal chocolate treats and a continuous loop of Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks flicks for the patient.  Whist it wasn’t the week I had planned, I still had fun with my wee poorly lass.

Due to my new roles Monday’s “Looking Ahead” fell by the way side, so there will no looking back this week. Therefore we can jump right into the tale of the tape for the last week.   As always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:-

Cinema Screenings

Take This Waltz – Michelle Williams, Seth Rogan and Luke Kirby star in this impressive drama which asks the question what happens when new things get old?  I was captivated by this film, which has stayed with me for a number of days and I am still turning things over in my mind.  Williams in particular is on top form, but can Hollywood please put her in a film where she can have a happy marriage?  Highly Recommended.

Magic Mike – I watched this right after Take This Waltz and boy was it a different viewing.  The auditorium was filled with, shall we say a slightly excitable and female heavy audience who screamed and wolf-whisltled every time Channing got his Tatum out. The trailer portrays this more as a light hearted tale but in reality Soderbergh has attempted to deliver a character led drama.  Unfortunately the film falls somewhere in-between the two, so not really satisfying either camp. Watch It.

The Dark Knight Rises –  I really enjoyed my second viewing of Nolan’s epic end to the Batman trilogy.  One thing that particularly impressed this time round was the films pacing.  It is a long movie coming in at 164 mins, however I never once looked at my watch, which for a second viewing of a long film is a true sign of quality. All Time Classic.

The Aristocats – Disney’s 1971 tale of a group of Parisian cats destined to inherit a fortune from their wealthy owner, who are dumped in the country by a jealous butler and forced to make their way back to Paris, aided by a Tom Cat.  Good fun and proof that Disney’s appeal is timeless.  My eldest really enjoyed it and it was quite the tonic. Watch It.

Brave – Second time round for Pixar’s latest faery tale, and as with all Pixar films it gets better with repeated viewings.  Nice dedication to Steve Jobs at the start of the credits which I missed first time round.  Highly Recommended. 

Couch Screenings

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – My daughters latest obsession and I cannot begin to guess the number of times that this film has been on this week.  Fun but instantly forgettable which may account for all the repeat viewings.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams – I had heard lots of good things about Herzog’s documentary on the Chauvet Caves in Southern France which contain the oldest cave paintings known to man.  I personally find Herzogs style and voice a little irritating, so whilst I could appreciate the cave and it’s significance, I couldn’t wait to get out.

TV Shows

Olympics Opening Ceremony – Danny Boyle hits it out the Olympic Park with this innovative and groundbreaking opening ceremony which made me both proud to be British but also incredibly homesick.  Still can’t quite believe he subjected the Queen to The Sex Pistols and The Prodigy.  At times she did not look amused.

Breaking Bad – Almost zero progress this week as not really appropriate viewing for poorly little people.  Marooned on Ep 10, Season 3.  Really need another fix.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 30
Couch Screenings – 38
 
Total (new films) – 68
 
Re-watches – 26
 
2012 Total film count – 94
 
How about you guys, how’s your week been?

Cheers,

Will

The Week That Was 17 June – 24 June

Apologies for the slightly delayed “The Week That Was” post this week, I was struck down with a touch of food posioning yesterday so was some what distracted to say the least.   But I am pleased to report that I feeling better today, so back on on we go.

So on last Monday’s “Looking Ahead” I had planned to see The Way, Like Crazy, Martha Marcy May Marlenne and if I could get tickets, Ghostbusters.  So how did I do, well not too bad, I got in four films, but not quite what I planned.  I missed Like Crazy (but its ready to go in the queue) and couldn’t get to Ghostbusters as Mrs Malone called dibs on Friday night out.

So here is the tale of the tape this week, as always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:-

Cinema Screenings

The Way – Father and son combination Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez combine in this wonderfully simply yet powerful and inspiring film.  Check out the full review here.  Highly recommended.

Brave – The new Pixar offering with a dash of Disney fairy dust.  A bold move by Pixar but one that pays of beautifully. A engrossing tale of a young scottish maiden determined to have a say in her own affairs.  I saw it with my two little girls who were captivated throughout and haven’t stopped talking about it since.  Highly recommended.

Couch Screenings

Martha Marcy May Marlene – I had managed to avoid all but one very short review of this impressive independent and indeed all of trailers, so I was pretty much going in blind.  Elisabeth Olson puts in a mighty performance of a young girl trying to come to terms with life in a cult.  I am saying no more than that accept…..Highly recommended.

Contagion – Steven Soderbergh’s dark tale of a bat and pig coming together which global ramifications.  Each time I watch this I feel a strong urge to wash my hands and lock the door.  Watch it.

TV Shows

Whilst I won’t be recording these in my yearly stats I have made a bit of an effort to try and get back in touch with some good TV again.  So I kicked off with season one of Breaking Bad, the story of a high school chemistry teacher who after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer embarks on a new career of cooking the worlds best crystal meth in order to leave money behind for his family.  I am only halfway through season one, but just like a meth head, I am hooked already.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 21
Couch Screenings – 26
 
Total (new films) – 47
 
Re-watches – 18
 
2012 Total film count – 65
 
How about you guys, how’s your week been?

Cheers,

Will