The Week That Was 4 – 11 November

Welcome to The Week That Was where I take a look back at what I have watched over the last seven days. And what a week it truly was with 19 films crammed in; 16 of which were in cinemas.  Can you tell there was a festival in town?

Ok, so let’s get into it then, here is the tale of the tape for the week.  As always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here. Also look out for the My CIFF Diary series which should be up during the week.

Cinema Screenings

Amour –  A stunning, poignant and immensely impressive portrayal of one man’s love for his wife.  One of the best of the festival by far.  ★★★★★

Sightseers – A killer comedy about serial killers in the countryside which finally reveals what I have long suspected about caravaners★★★★

The Hunt – A powerfully shocking Danish drama about paranoia, injustice and what happens when the truth doesn’t matter anymore. In my top three CIFF films★★★★

American Mary – A deftly directed and slickly stylised horror about a trainee surgeon cutting a second job as an underground surgeon. This is what would have happened in Lisbeth Salander had gone to Medical School.  ★★★

I, Anna – A gripping and gritty British noir with British acting royalty Gabriel Byrne, Charlotte Rampling and Eddie Marsden★★★

Chasing Ice – A beautiful and compelling but frankly terrifying tale of one man’s obsession to record glacial melt levels.  After this I don’t need that house on the beach anymore….★★★

No – Gael Garcia Bernal stars as an ad executive hired to run the No campaign against Pinochet in the 1988 Chilean election. I must admit, I had a bit of a sleep during this one.  ★★★

The Loneliest Planet – My least favourite film of the festival about a young engaged couple who go on a trek in the Georgian countryside.  Almost as much pointless walking as The Two Towers and no wizards to boot.  ★★

Love Story – An intriguing, unique and organic tale of a Kiwi who merges fact, fiction and fantasy in search of true love in New York.  An interesting premise which got a little tired towards the end.  ★★

Sleepless Night – A fierce and unflinching French undercover cop drama which is being remade by Hollywood as we speak.  See it before they do.  But like a French Training Day, but with more Gitaines. ★★★

Searching For Sugar Man – Another highlight of the festival and looked gorgeous on the new Arc Cinema projector.  It is best to know nothing about this film prior to watching so I will say no more★★★★★

The Imposter – See above….first impressions weren’t that good, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. All credit goes to the Editor. ★★★

Turn Me On Dammit – A delightful Norwegian coming of age comedy/drama about sex, school and small town mentalities.  ★★★

Rust and Bone – Powerful French film making again, with an impressively raw performance from Marion Gottiard.  Warning – you will end up humming Katy Perry on the way home.   ★★★★★

Room 237 – Fascinating look at the many layers of The Shining, but it simply can’t be healthy to have watch the film as many times as the makers of this doc must have done.  ★★★

The Shining – This film will never be the same for me after watching Room 237. It will be better.  ★★★★★

Couch Screenings

Casino Royale – Bond homework in preparation for when we here at the other end of the world finally get Skyfall.  First rewatch in a few years, still equally good.   ★★★

Quantum of Solace – I’m thorough in my homework, which is the only reason why anyone would want to return this misjudged direct sequel to the far superior Casino Royale.  Craig is still good, but hampered by the script.  ★★

Friends With Kids – Never before have I disliked two lead characters more than I did in this tale of two best friends who decide to have a baby whilst keeping their relationship plutonic in order to avoid the stress that a baby puts on a marriage. Offensive, unfunny and horrendously overacted.  With friends like these, who needs enemies. 

TV Shows

Nothing – no time at all!


2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 67
Couch Screenings – 68
Total (new films) – 135
Re-watches – 45
2012 Total film count – 180
How about you guys, seen anything good?

3 thoughts on “The Week That Was 4 – 11 November

  1. Sounds like you had an awesome time at CIFF!

    I also loved The Hunt + Searching for Sugar Man. Keen to see Rust and Bone.

    Haven’t seen Quantum of Solace and after your review and others, I don’t have the motivation to!

    • Really enjoyed it, Rust and Bone was excellent, still pondering my final rankings for all the films I saw at CIFF, will post the results soon.

      There really is no need to ever see Solace, unless for completeness sake. There is no connection at all to Skyfall, which makes me look forward to it even more!

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