The Week That Was 24 June – 1 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 during which I ticked off my 50th new film of the year so far.  This means I am just about on target to hit 100 new films before the end of the year.

On last Monday’s “Looking Ahead” I had planned to see Like Crazy, Friends With Kids, Goon and Alien.  So how did I do, well not too bad. I got in four films, but again not quite what I planned.   I missed Friends with Kids as when I got to the cinema I realised that Cabin in the Woods had finally arrived in Aussie cinemas, so no real contest over what to watch.  But I did managed to tick off Like Crazy, Goon and revisit Alien after a long time away.

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

Cinema Screenings

Cabin in the Woods – I’m afraid I was slightly underwhelmed by Josh Whedon’s tale of a weekend in the country.  I wonder if this was due to all the hype, coupled with the very late release here in Australia.  An interesting concept, but let down a little by of all things the script and some pretty wooden acting.  It was good too Josh from The West Wing in a different role though.  Watch it.

Couch Screenings

Goon  – Sean William Scott stars as Doug the Thug, a bouncer who literally punches his way into a ice hockey team.  I had heard a lot of good things about this, but again I was a little underwhelmed.  Whilst it had some good moments and some teeth breaking fights, I was constantly distracted by Scott’s performance.  It seemed too dumbed down, so much so that I started to wonder if had watched Rain Man one to many times. Skip it.

Like Crazy – I finally caught up with this tale of transatlantic love and really glad that I did.  This is a very impressive film, much in the Before Sunrise/Sunset mould, but in a way much more realistic and approachable.  Felicity Jone knocks it out the park with a powerful performance, proving again that she is one to watch.  I think the jury is still out on Anton Yelchin, I just didn’t get the same feeling of commitment from him as I did from Jones, but I suspect that is probably a common complaint in couples.  Highly Recommended.

Alien – 25 years since first watching the original, I sat down to re-watch Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic for the first time.  There is no question this is a stand out classic, it holds up incredibly well after 33 years. All the performances are spot on, none more so than Tom Skerritt as the ships captain and this must have been Sigourney Weaver’s coming of age.  I had forgotten how stripped down it was, especially in the dialogue which feels a lot more grounded than Prometheus.  Next onto Aliens.  All Time Classic.

TV Shows

Breaking Bad – Finished off season one and now have put myself into self imposed cold turkey for a couple of weeks till starting on season two.  Internet rumours seem to have caught fire recently over a movie version, but I haven’t explored them at all so far.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 22
Couch Screenings – 28
Total (new films) – 50
Re-watches – 19
2012 Total film count – 69
How about you guys, how’s your week been?



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