The Week That Was 2 July – 8 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.   Another reasonable week with 5 films ticked off but with only one trip to the cinema, however that was to see Ice Age 4: Continental Drift with the family, so not sure if that even counts.

On last Monday’s “Looking Ahead” I had planned to see Lockout, Ted, The Grey and Aliens.  So how did I do, well not too bad. I got in five films, but again not quite what I planned.   In fact the only one I actually watched on the list was The Grey.  Not quite sure what happened this week, just a case of bad planning on my part I guess.  However out of the five I did watch, three have made it onto my list of favourite films of 2012 (quick hint – one of them wasn’t Ice Age 4).

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

Cinema Screenings

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift –  I have not seen the previous Ice Age films but in reality that wasn’t really an issue.  We took our two little people (aged 2 and 5) to watch this and both had a good time.  The majority of the adults (including my wife) took the opportunity to grab a quick nap.  Pretty standard fare for Dreamworks these days, especially compared to last week’s Brave.  Watch it (with kids).

Couch Screenings

Like Crazy –  Second time round for this tale of transatlantic love which confirmed my origianl thought that this is one of the best films this year.  Highly Recommended.

Bright Lights Big City – A spur of the moment decision on instant watch.  I had fond memories of this late 80’s tale of a young writer (Michael J Fox) caught up in a world of cocaine, night clubs and parties whilst trying to come to terms with the death of his mother and a failed marriage.  After about 15 mins I found myself trying to remember what my fond memories were based on, as time clearly has not been kind. Michael J Fox now seems horribly miscast and gigantic plot holes seemed to have suddenly materialised. Kiefer Sutherland however remains good value.  All in all good for a quick trip down memory lane, but not much more.  Skip it.

The Grey – So much more than the Jaws with Paws that I was expecting.  A simply astonishing film of survival, hope and belief all set to a stunning backdrop that is a character in itself.  Liam Neeson’s understated performance ranks as on of the best of the year and not a kidnapping in sight. Highly Recommended.

Carnage – Hands down the funniest film I have seen in some time.  A short, sharp and truly dark comedy.  Polanksi back to his best.  Check out the full review here.  Highly Recommended.

TV Shows

Breaking Bad – Started up on season two.  Very pleased to see that seasons 2–4 are all 13 episodes of meth induced goodness, compared to the paltry seven from season one.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 23
Couch Screenings – 30
Total (new films) – 53
Re-watches – 21
2012 Total film count – 74
How about you guys, how’s your week been?



Looking Ahead….

Welcome to our weekly Monday morning (well Tuesday this week…) look ahead and what I hope to watch this week.

So this week I will be mostly watching…….

Like Crazy – I am determined to tick this off the list this week 


Friends With Kids – I’ll only catch this if I can get to a cheap screenings, I suspect its not worth full price

Goon – Heard some good things about this.  Let’s see how Stifler faces off.

Alien – After the joy of Prometheus, its time to re-watch Alien after 20 years away. 

Four appears to be a good and pretty achievable number to aim at, but I do have a few social nights out this week, so as always come Sunday we will see how I did.  I am also aiming to get one review up mid-week.

How about you guys, what’s your plans this week?



Looking Ahead…

I thought I might start a regular Monday post looking ahead to what I hope to watch this week.  Hopefully this will make me lock in a few screenings and I can hold myself a little bit more accountable when writing ‘The Week That Was’ post on Sundays.

So this week, I will be mostly watching…….

The Way (2010)

I have been meaning to check this out for weeks and weeks and it is still on at a local cinema.  I was really impressed with the trailer and quite intrigued to see how the Emilio gets on directing his Dad.

Like Crazy (2011)

I am a real sucker for the Before Sunrise/Sunset films and this looks like it is cut from the same cloth.  I was also very impressed by Felicity Jones in Cemetery Junction, but luckily managed to avoid Chalet Girl….

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

I have managed to avoid knowing very much about this, so much so that I haven’t even seen this trailer.  But from the limited information I have picked up, it seems well worth the wait.

And if I can manage to get tickets…….

Ghostbusters (1984)

Which is playing for one night only at a local cinema. I have really fond memories of as a 12 year old seeing this the first time round.  I think it was probably also my first time seeing Bill Murray in a film and have been a huge fan ever since.

So thats it, four films should be a pretty easy fit into this week, but we will see come Sunday.

How’s your week looking?