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. (more…)

The Canberra Film Diary: 23 – 29 January 2014


Hello all and welcome to the latest edition of The Canberra Film Diary, your one stop shop for all notable cinematic screenings within the ACT.  For details on specific cinemas check out the Canberra page.


Lots of Australia Day offers plus plenty of Oscar action await you this week in the ACT, as well something special for all your Beliebers out there.  So without further ado, here are this week’s highlights:

$5 Tickets All Weekend –  Palace Electric

The Palace Electric celebrates its first birthday this weekend and appear keen to share this occasion with as many Canberrans as possible, as they are offering all tickets for all sessions between Friday and Monday for a mere $5 each.  That’s practically giving them away and will no doubt be extremely popular so grab them while you can.  My personal recommendation – Her, my first ★★★★★ film of this year.

Australian Cinema – Sat & Sun, Arc Cinema

Continuing the Australia Day theme, the Arc cinema is offering a weekend of Australian cinema for you to enjoy.  On Saturday you can catch The Rocket, Mystery Road and The Goddess; whilst on Sunday, the family favourite Satellite Boy, along with Tim Winton’s epic The Turning.

Oscar Favourites – All week, Dendy

No doubt you will have seen the Oscar nominations last week but just in case you haven’t quite made your mind up, Dendy are bringing back American Hustle, Gravity 3D and Blue Jasmine to Canberra screens.  Screening at different times so best check the Dendy site for more details.

12 Years A Slave – Fri – Sun, Dendy, GRU and Limelight

One of the big guns of this Oscar season with 9 nominations overall is here in Canberra for a preview weekend before opening wide on Thursday next week.  By all accounts this is a harrowing, but must see tale of one man’s fight for freedom.

Justin Beiber’s Believe – Fri – Mon, Limelight

Apparently this film reveals the long-awaited answers to questions about Justin’s passion to make music, relationships and coming of age in the spotlight, as well as never seen before concert footage, unprecedented behind the scenes access and blah blah blah blah.  Probably just for those ‘dedicated’ fans out there.  I thought he had retired?

Major Releases

Three major releases hit the ACT screen this week:

The Great Beauty – The recent winner of the Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes and the opening night feature at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival, finally gets a full and exclusive run at Palace Electric.

The Wolf Of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese’s latest epic is tipped for awards galore and if you have three hours spare and fancy seeing Leonardo Di Caprio fully embracing wealth, women and white powder, then this the flick for you.  But be warned, it’s one long and wild ride, which for me was slightly overcooked. Screening everywhere. ★★★★

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – More colons and more freaky action.  Not a sequel, more of a spin-off.  Screening at Hoyts.

Other Notable Screenings

Reality – Friday 2pm, Arc

A Fistful Of Dollars – Saturday 7.30pm, Arc (Outdoors)

The Castle – Sunday 6.30pm, GRU

Have a good week and let me know what you fancy seeing in the comments.

The Canberra Film Diary: 14 – 20 November 2013


It’s been a while I know, for which my apologies.

During my rather long hiatus I have been discovering the various cinematic gems contained within the ACT. One thing I discovered during this process is that there was a lot more going on in the ACT than I had realised and I had been missing out on some real fun.  Therefore in order to make sure I was up to date on all available options I put together a list, which I named ‘The Canberra Film Diary’.   I used this diary to highlight all notable cinematic events across the Territory and I thought it might be nice to share this on a weekly basis with all you fine folks out there.

Therefore welcome to the first edition of ‘The Canberra Film Diary’, which will be posted each Wednesday and will cover the following (Thurs-Weds) cinematic week.  It will contain news on latest releases, festivals, special screenings and the occasional hidden gem.  I personally have found it very useful and I hope you do to, though I suspect it will only be of relevance to Canberra-based cinephiles. I will cover all cinemas within Canberra and please see here for their full details.

So off we go.  There are two major cinematic events kicking off this week, plus three major releases:

Firstly it is time to welcome back to Canberra the simply delightful Sunset Cinema, which is back in the capital for its second year. Screening from 15 November – 21 December, Sunset Cinema provides the opportunity to relax in the outdoor setting of the gorgeous National Botanic Gardens and watch a wide variety of recent releases, as well as a smattering of modern-day classics.   Full details of the programme can be found here.  My personal highlight: Top Gun, you can’t beat a bit of Maverick outdoors.

Secondly, Palace Electric will be hosting the British Film Festival, which will screen from 19 November – 1 December.  The festival kicks off with One Chance, and closes with the highly acclaimed Philomena.  Sandwiched in-between is a cracking selection of British fayre including screenings of the BFI Top 5 and a Q&A session of Closed Circuit with Eric Bana.  Full details of the extensive programme can be found here and a preview of the festival will be up later on in the week.

Major Releases

Three major releases hit the capital’s screens this week:

Enough Said – James Gandolfini’s penultimate performance, and by all accounts one of his best.  Currently receiving rave reviews, this has been called a sharp and insightful comedy that humorously explores middle-aged romance.  Screening at Palace and Dendy.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Another Jackass character spin-off.  Never seen the original show, see no reason to start now. Screening at Dendy, both Hoyts and Limelight. 

The Fifth Estate – Is this the real story behind Wikileaks?  From the reviews I have read so far, the answer seems to be a resounding no. Screening at Palace and Greater Union Manuka. 

Other Notable Screenings

15 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Diana

15 Nov – ANU – R.I.P.D.

15 Nov – ANU – Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

16 Nov – Sunset Cinema – About Time

16 Nov – ANU – Turbo

16 Nov – ANU – Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters

16 Nov – Palace Electric – Stephen Sonheim’s Merrily We Roll Along

17 Nov – ARC – Decalogue Seven, Eight

17 Nov – ARC – La Maison de la Radio

17 Nov – Palace Electric – Vintage screening of Oklahoma!

17 Nov – Palace Electric  – Mary Meets Mohammad (Special one-off screening)

17 Nov – Palace Electric – Stephen Sonheim’s Merrily We Roll Along

18 Nov – Dendy Cult Classic – Barbarella

19 Nov – Palace Electric – One Chance (opening night of the British Film Festival)

20 Nov – Sunset Cinema – Gravity (Gravity outdoors in the dark sounds superb)

20 Nov – Palace Electric  – BFF – Jump

20 Nov – Palace Electric – BFF – Blood

20 Nov – GU Manuka – Merrily We Roll Along

So that’s it, hope everyone has a good week and let me know what you fancy seeing in the comments below.