The Week That Was 2 July – 8 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.   Another reasonable week with 5 films ticked off but with only one trip to the cinema, however that was to see Ice Age 4: Continental Drift with the family, so not sure if that even counts.

On last Monday’s “Looking Ahead” I had planned to see Lockout, Ted, The Grey and Aliens.  So how did I do, well not too bad. I got in five films, but again not quite what I planned.   In fact the only one I actually watched on the list was The Grey.  Not quite sure what happened this week, just a case of bad planning on my part I guess.  However out of the five I did watch, three have made it onto my list of favourite films of 2012 (quick hint – one of them wasn’t Ice Age 4).

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

Cinema Screenings

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift –  I have not seen the previous Ice Age films but in reality that wasn’t really an issue.  We took our two little people (aged 2 and 5) to watch this and both had a good time.  The majority of the adults (including my wife) took the opportunity to grab a quick nap.  Pretty standard fare for Dreamworks these days, especially compared to last week’s Brave.  Watch it (with kids).

Couch Screenings

Like Crazy –  Second time round for this tale of transatlantic love which confirmed my origianl thought that this is one of the best films this year.  Highly Recommended.

Bright Lights Big City – A spur of the moment decision on instant watch.  I had fond memories of this late 80’s tale of a young writer (Michael J Fox) caught up in a world of cocaine, night clubs and parties whilst trying to come to terms with the death of his mother and a failed marriage.  After about 15 mins I found myself trying to remember what my fond memories were based on, as time clearly has not been kind. Michael J Fox now seems horribly miscast and gigantic plot holes seemed to have suddenly materialised. Kiefer Sutherland however remains good value.  All in all good for a quick trip down memory lane, but not much more.  Skip it.

The Grey – So much more than the Jaws with Paws that I was expecting.  A simply astonishing film of survival, hope and belief all set to a stunning backdrop that is a character in itself.  Liam Neeson’s understated performance ranks as on of the best of the year and not a kidnapping in sight. Highly Recommended.

Carnage – Hands down the funniest film I have seen in some time.  A short, sharp and truly dark comedy.  Polanksi back to his best.  Check out the full review here.  Highly Recommended.

TV Shows

Breaking Bad – Started up on season two.  Very pleased to see that seasons 2–4 are all 13 episodes of meth induced goodness, compared to the paltry seven from season one.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 23
Couch Screenings – 30
Total (new films) – 53
Re-watches – 21
2012 Total film count – 74
How about you guys, how’s your week been?



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