The Week That Was (2 -9 September 2012)

A bit of a light week this week, mainly due to a Mrs Malone bagging most of the nights out this week, leaving me home looking after the wee ones.  Therefore I only managed to get in five films, all watched from the comfort of my couch.  This has to be the first week in a long time that I haven’t made it to the cinema, I try and not let this happen too often.

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

Cinema Screenings

None  🙁  

Couch Screenings

Domino – Watched as part of my research for an upcoming Tony Scott top ten list.  Squasher88 over at Film Actually warned me via twitter in advance that it wasn’t Scott’s finest hour and boy was he right.  An incredibly over-exposed, fast edited mess of a film which tries (and fails) to tell the story of Domino Harvey, a British-born bounty hunter.  Skip It.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey – The heartwarming tale of Kevin Clash, the main force behind Elmo, the cute furry red puppet off Sesame Street. This has received some real critical praise and in parts rightly so, I however was not quite as sold as others.  But then again the Muppets did very little for me as well.  Watch It.

Punch-Drunk Love – Paul Thomas Anderson gets a career high performance out of Adam Sandler.  Click here for the full review.  Highly Recommended.

Juno – Jason Reitman’s 2007 first tie up with Diablo Cody is still as fresh and watchable as I remembered.  What I didn’t remember was Rain Wilson (US Office – Dwight Schrute) turning up in the first 5 minutes.  Seeing him with Ellen Page again reminded me of Super (Shut Up Crime) which I have a bit of a soft spot for.  Highly Recommended. 

Up In The Air – The second half of my Jason Reitman double-bill and probably my favourite of his to date.  George Clooney, Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga all deliver top notch performances in this highly engaging and ultimately touching drama about letting go and indeed being let go.  Highly Recommended.

TV Shows

Peep Show – My new obsession.  How can I be British and not seen this already?  Halfway through season two, luckily there are seven seasons.

Miscellaneous

TIFF – The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off this week with an opening night screening of Looper.  It seems that my twitter feed is full of bloggers descending on Toronto for some film festival goodness.  I am enjoying this vicariously through Toronto residents Ryan McNeil from The Matinee, Corey Atad from JustAtad and after flying in from Melbourne, temporary Torontonian  Tom Clift who is on part one of a North American cinematic adventure. Have a great festival guys, really enjoying your coverage.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 36
Couch Screenings – 49
 
Total (new films) – 85
 
Re-watches – 38
 
2012 Total film count – 123
 
How about you guys, seen anything good?

Cheers,

Will