The Week That Was 16 – 22 July

So here we are at the end of another week and it is time to take a look back at what I have watched over the last 7 days.   A good week during which I ticked off seven films, my biggest week for a while, which included one of the biggest films for a while.

On last Monday’s “Looking Ahead” I had only planned to see the three Batman films and The Artist.  I managed to get a 75% hit rate this week but for the third week running The Artist still sits in my queue letting the side down, I will get round to this one eventually.

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

Cinema Screenings

Batman Begins– Some necessary homework in advance of TDKR.  I really enjoyed seeing this on the big screen for the first time.  My local cinema was doing the Batman triple bill, so the screening had an incredible atmosphere, there were even a few capes and costumes flying around. All Time Classic.

The Dark Knight Rises – An impressive end to an impressive trilogy. The old guard remain on top form joined this time by Thomas Hardy and Ann Hathaway, both of whom put in top notch performances.  This goes straight into my top 5 films of the year so far and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is at the top come December. All Time Classic.

Not Suitable For Children – A sort of Australian 50/50 rom com about a dude who after discovering he has testicular cancer sets out to procreate whilst he remains fertile.  I thoroughly enjoyed this funny and really quite touching film.  The two lead performances were bang on the money, but special credit needs to be given though to Sarah Snook as Stevie.  Watch this space; she is a star in the making.  Highly Recommended. 

Couch Screenings

The Dark Knight – Probably hands down the best Super Hero film I have watched.  Unfortunately I was unable to catch it in the cinema this time round so had to settle for the couch.  Heath Ledger is so convincing as The Joker, it makes me want to watch more of his films. I still haven’t seen BrokeBack Mountain.  All Time Classic.

Warrior – Been meaning to watch this tale of the Ultimate Fighting Championship for months, so really glad to tick it off, especially as it doubles up nicely with TDKR.  It was a lot of fun, albeit totally predictable but I had fun getting there.  The fighting scenes were bone crushingly real, but I felt a little let down by the end.  It felt like it needed another 10 minutes to tie some loss ends up. Watch It.

Chatroom – Tale of internet chatroom bullying brought to us by Hideo Nakata, the director of Ringu. This was a mixed bag, an interesting premise with an innovative physical visualisation of chatroom dynamics, let down by a poor script and lack of character development outside of the two main leads.  Worth a watch though.  Watch It.

Trainspotting – Inspired by Mark over at Marked Movies I threw this classic on the other night.  After 15 years this still stands up incredibly well and not as depressing as I remembered.  It also has hands down has one of the all time best opening sequences.  I still can’t get through the toilet or baby scenes without looking away though.  All Time Classic.

TV Shows

Breaking Bad – I feel like I am on a race to catch up with Breaking Bad as he internet is full of chatter about season 5.  I am currently about halfway through season 3, hungry for more.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 27
Couch Screenings – 36
 
Total (new films) – 63
 
Re-watches – 24
 
2012 Total film count – 87
 
How about you guys, how’s your week been?

Cheers,

Will

2 thoughts on “The Week That Was 16 – 22 July

  1. Glad you loved The Dark Knight Rises as much as I did Will! It’s currently my #1 film of the year, definitely an all time classic.

    I’ve been meaning to watch Not Suitable for Children so will get to it over the next week after your recommendation.

    Good to see you checked out Warrior, it was my #2 film of 2011 so I’m a big fan.

    • I really liked not suitable for children, as a newcomer to Australia I have been trying to watch a decent amount of Australian films and have so far been pretty impressed. I didn’t quite get on so well with Warrior, I though the ending let it down a little, I think there needed to be some additional scenes after the final bought to bring some of the loose threads together. Still great fun to watch though.

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