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: June 2014

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I used to post a weekly update on my viewing habits, which I called ‘The Week That Was’. However, as a busy father to two young children this weekly tempo was proving a little too ambitious, therefore I have taken the lead from some other fellow bloggers and reverted to a monthly schedule instead.

I have decided to call this section ‘Screen Time’ and it will follow the same basic structure as the previous weekly edition, covering my viewing habits for 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 am currently deep into.

Score Sheet:                          The tallies for the year, so far.

So without further ado, here is how June shook down. (more…)

The Rover (2014)

  • Director – David Michod
  • Starring – Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy
  • Writer – David Michod (Story, Screenplay), Joel Edgerton (Story)
  • Year – 2014
  • Running Time – 102 minutes

 

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How far would you go and for what?

Have you ever woken up at night, not quite sure where you are or how you got there?  Well, this is a very similar feeling to the opening of The Rover, when director David Michod who previously brought us the Australian powerhouse Animal Kingdom, throws us straight into the middle of the unforgiving Australian outback and straight into the repercussions of a robbery gone wrong.

Set ’10 years after the collapse’ The Rover paints a picture of an unsettling, dangerous and diverse future, where survival depends on uneasy and temporary alliances.  Material positions are limited, hard to come by and what you have, you guard and defend with your life.  Visual clues litter the landscape, which hint at what may have led to ‘the collapse’ but the true nature is never explained, nor is it needed.  What is important is the present; the past does not matter and the future uncertain. (more…)