Screen Time: January 2016

true-romance

Welcome to the first edition of Screen Time for 2016, which is a round-up of the films and television shows 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.
  • Lowlights:  What has stood out for all the wrong reasons.
  • 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 January shook down.

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Carol (2015)

  • Director – Todd Haynes
  • Starring – Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler & Sarah Paulson
  • Writer – Phyliss Nagy (screenplay), Patricia Highsmith (novel)
  • Year – 2015
  • Running Time – 118 mins

rooney-mara-carol

Love comes in many different ways. It can be instantaneous, gradual or familiar, though when it arrives, is almost always surprising. Love is also often complicated and after the initial surprise and the elation settles, there are often barriers to overcome, struggles to surpass and it can feel like the world is conspiring to keep you apart.

This is true in Carol, the latest film by Todd Hyanes, based on the seminal novel by Patricia Highsmith, which tells a complicated and in 1950s New York, an unconventional and misunderstood love story about truth in the face of conflict.

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