The Week That Was 17 June – 24 June

Apologies for the slightly delayed “The Week That Was” post this week, I was struck down with a touch of food posioning yesterday so was some what distracted to say the least.   But I am pleased to report that I feeling better today, so back on on we go.

So on last Monday’s “Looking Ahead” I had planned to see The Way, Like Crazy, Martha Marcy May Marlenne and if I could get tickets, Ghostbusters.  So how did I do, well not too bad, I got in four films, but not quite what I planned.  I missed Like Crazy (but its ready to go in the queue) and couldn’t get to Ghostbusters as Mrs Malone called dibs on Friday night out.

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

Cinema Screenings

The Way – Father and son combination Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez combine in this wonderfully simply yet powerful and inspiring film.  Check out the full review here.  Highly recommended.

Brave – The new Pixar offering with a dash of Disney fairy dust.  A bold move by Pixar but one that pays of beautifully. A engrossing tale of a young scottish maiden determined to have a say in her own affairs.  I saw it with my two little girls who were captivated throughout and haven’t stopped talking about it since.  Highly recommended.

Couch Screenings

Martha Marcy May Marlene – I had managed to avoid all but one very short review of this impressive independent and indeed all of trailers, so I was pretty much going in blind.  Elisabeth Olson puts in a mighty performance of a young girl trying to come to terms with life in a cult.  I am saying no more than that accept…..Highly recommended.

Contagion – Steven Soderbergh’s dark tale of a bat and pig coming together which global ramifications.  Each time I watch this I feel a strong urge to wash my hands and lock the door.  Watch it.

TV Shows

Whilst I won’t be recording these in my yearly stats I have made a bit of an effort to try and get back in touch with some good TV again.  So I kicked off with season one of Breaking Bad, the story of a high school chemistry teacher who after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer embarks on a new career of cooking the worlds best crystal meth in order to leave money behind for his family.  I am only halfway through season one, but just like a meth head, I am hooked already.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 21
Couch Screenings – 26
 
Total (new films) – 47
 
Re-watches – 18
 
2012 Total film count – 65
 
How about you guys, how’s your week been?

Cheers,

Will

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?

Cheers,

Will