The Week That Was 13 May – 27 May

Apologies for missing last weeks ‘The Week That Was’, I have been bouncing around on quite a lot of planes recently which has restricted my ability to post, but it has given the opportunity to catch up on a few films.  So here is the tale of the tape for the last two weeks, as always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:

Cinema Screenings

None (boo!)

Couch Screenings (in various locations)

Shame – Simply astonishing.  Michael Fassbender produces the years standout performance so far in Steve McQueen’s amazingly honest portrayal of one man’s struggle against addiction.  Check out my thoughts here, but be warned they are heavily spoilerific.  Highly Recommended. 

Young Adult – The latest Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody match up starring Charlize Theron.  Not as good as Juno, or Up In The Air (still one of my favourite films), but still pretty good. Watch it.

Shaun Of The Dead – Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg.  Genius and still stands up 8 years later.  Pub anyone?  Highly Recommended.

Hot Fuzz – Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg Part II.  I still prefer Shaun, but Hot Fuzz is pretty damn good as well.  Highly Recommended.

TT3D: Closer To The Edge – Up there with Senna as one of the best docs from last year.  Amazing camera work, amazing stories.  Highly Recommend.

Plane Screenings (Up In The Air….)

Contraband – Pretty nuts and bolts action/thriller with Marky Mark, a reformed smuggler trying to go straight (you can guess the rest)  Good fun, but nothing else.  Watch it.

Haywire – Steven Soderbergh’s latest non-linear flick with an all star cast, this time including Gina Carano, a mixed martial arts fighter who packs a mean punch.  A little confusing, and too complicated for its own good.  Bin it.

We Bought A Zoo – The latest Cameron Crowe cheesetastic affair about Matt Damon and family who buy a zoo with Scar Jo as head zoo keeper.  Some say too cheesy, personally I thought it was wonderful.  Highly Recommended. 

The Muppets – I just don’t get The Muppets.  Growing up in the UK it was never really a big thing so whilst the film was good fun, I just didn’t really connect with it in the same way that others have.  Bin it.

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol –  Still ridiculous and still with more plot holes than swiss cheese, but still such fun.  Watch it.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 15
Couch Screenings – 24
Total (new films) – 39
Re-watches – 9
2012 Total film count – 48    

How about you guys, how’s your week been?



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