The Week That Was 10 June – 17 June

A good week screening wise, not a huge amount, only three films but I really enjoyed what I saw.  I also got to visit a new cinema which I always like.  This week found me in a new town on a work trip and I have a bit of a tradition when visiting a new place, I check out a local bar and the  local picture house.  Both were really quite quaint, had unreserved seating and old fashioned curtains with various up and down lighters.  Both felt really quite homely.

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

Cinema Screenings

Rock of Ages – I thought this film rocked, but I appear to be very much in the minority.  It was cringeworthy awful at times, but still somehow managed to be a lot of fun.  And you know what, Tom Cruise is not as bad as you would think.  Check out the full review here. Highly recommended.

Couch Screenings

Se7en – Fincher’s epic from 1995.  First time I have watched this in a number of years.  I had forgotten how good it really is.  Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey are all stand out excellent. Highly recommended.

Senna – How this got overlooked for last years Oscars is still beyond me.  It didn’t even make the long list.  A truly engrossing film detailing the life and death of Ayrton Senna.  Highly recommended. 

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 19
Couch Screenings – 25
Total (new films) – 43
Re-watches – 18
2012 Total film count – 61
How about you guys, how’s your week been?



Rock of Ages (2012)

  • Director – Adam Shankman
  • Starring – Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Diego Bonetta and Julianne Hough
  • Written by – Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb
  • Year – 2012
  • Length –  123 mins

I was a rock child of the 80s.  I used to go to gigs in my denim jacket covered in studs and patches, I grew my hair long (bordering on mullet style on one special occasion) and had posters of Guns n Roses, Europe, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard on my wall at home.  Therefore I was always going to love this movie, no matter how bad it was.   I suspect that most others will not.

Deep down I think everybody wants to be a rockstar; I know I do.  I used to dream of performing in front of thousands of adoring fans and living the rock and roll life.   Sadly though the closest that most of us will get to this is performing air guitar in front of a mirror at home or singing in the shower.  That is of course unless you are Tom Cruise (more…)