Welcome to The Week That Was where I take a look back at what I have watched over the last seven days. Another milestone hit this week as I passed movie number 150 for the year leaving me on target for 200 movies by years end.
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.
Safety Not Guaranteed – I have waited a long time for this indie tale of time travel and regret which has torn up the festival circuit over the last year and it was well worth it. A hugely enjoyable film with a cracking performance by Audrey Plaza who finds herself clicking with Mark Duplass who likes tinkering with things in his shed. Word of warning though, one screening probably won’t be enough. ★★★★
Killer Elite – Mark over at Marked Movies and I are clearly in sync at the moment as we both wrote pretty damning reviews of this supposed thinking man’s action flick. Check out my full review here and Mark’s here. ★★
The Runaways – All teenagers suddenly grow up and want to be in a band, I just never expected that to happen to Dakota Fanning who teams up with Kirsten Stewart amongst others in this biopic of The Runaways, the group Joan Jett first started out in. A bit like the Josie and Pussycats, just with a lot more drugs. Watchable enough, but it would certainly help matters if you knew the music before going in. I didn’t so it was a little bit of a slog. ★★★
The Prestige – Managed to tick off my one blind spot with Christopher Nolan. A very divisive film with it tending to sit either at the top or bottom of peoples Best of Nolan lists. However I think I am going to buck the trend and put it firmly in the middle. Great performances all round and a really interesting story, once it gets going that is. However due to the plot structure (which I will not go into at all) it is a film I suspect that will grow on me over future watches, so may well end up more towards the top. ★★★★
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – Still great, but I did spend a lot of the film waiting for Geena Davies to turn up, until I realised that I was thinking of The Long Kiss Goodnight. ★★★★
Hanna – Been meaning to revisit this for a long time. Stands up incredibly well. The kids steal it though, not only Saorise Ronan as Hanna, but also Jessica Barden as Sophie. A really decent compact and tight film, with a thumping Euro-Techno soundtrack and some very amusing Germans. ★★★★
The Office Season Seven – One of the few shows which has worked well being remade for a US audience and some would say has now surpassed Ricky Gervais’s original. Not me though; its good but not that good. ★★★★
2012 Score Sheet
Cinema Screenings – 46
Couch Screenings – 64
Total (new films) – 110
Re-watches – 42
2012 Total film count – 152
How about you guys, seen anything good?