Screen Time: 2014 – A Year in Numbers

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So it’s been a while……but anyway, back to business and welcome to a special 2014 edition of Screen Time which rather than looking at what I have watched since my last update (almost three months ago now – I know, I know), I thought it might be interesting to have a look at some of my viewing stats from the past year. These stats have been compiled from a combination of my own records and the good folks over at Letterboxd, which if you haven’t checked it out then you should, as it’s a must for any lover of film. (more…)

Screen Time: September 2014

600full-true-romance-photoWelcome to the September 2014 edition of Screen Time, which covers and documents the films 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.

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 September shook down. (more…)

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

Only Lovers Left Alive

We have all the time in the world

The opening of Only Lovers Left Alive sets the scene for what is to come. We see the stylus slip into the groove of an old vinyl version of Wanda Jackson’s Funnel of Love and we are introduced firstly to our lovers, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), two centuries old vampires, bound to each other through time, and then secondly to Marlowe (John Hurt), a fellow vampire and now frail wordsmith.

Director and writer Jim Jarmusch, shoots the opening from above in a circular motion, seemingly to mirror the motion of the record and perhaps hinting at that never-ending notion of immortality. As the music plays and the screen spins, we see our three vampires each drink a glass of blood and it is clear by the end of the scene that this is no regular run of the mill vampire love story and that we are in for one wild ride. (more…)