June was big. June was very big. Sydney Film Festival loomed large during the month, and as a result I saw 42 films, over 30 of those at the cinema. The number would have been higher, but the festival flu caused me to miss The Past, Stories We Tell and Much Ado About Nothing. Oh well, these things happen. June finally saw me award five stars for the first time to a 2013 film! This year has been great thus far, but it has taken some time for that film to come along. Check out my June 2013 film round-up after the jump.
Screenings: refers to anything I have seen at the cinema/on the big screen.
New at home: encompasses new-to-me, first-time viewings on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD/Screeners
Rewatches: are [obviously] things I’ve seen before , which I’m viewing again at home
Best viewing: my favourite viewing in each of the categories listed above
Apart from the ‘Best Viewing’, films are listed in the order they were viewed in
Best viewing: Dirty Wars
The Act of Killing
Ginger & Rosa
The Broken Circle Breakdown
For Those In Peril
The Bling Ring
Only God Forgives (2nd viewing)
Thanks for Sharing
Twenty Feet From Stardom
This is the End
Despicable Me 2
Man of Steel
The Lone Ranger
New at Home
Best viewing: Despicable Me
Death Metal Angola
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Wag the Dog
Best viewing: Your Sister’s Sister
Silver Linings Playbook
So yeah, that was a big month. You can check out all of my Sydney Film Festival reviews here. I’ve written comments or mini reviews for almost everything on Letterboxd, so be sure to check out my film diary here. I’ll have reviews of This is the End, The Lone Ranger and Twenty Feet From Stardom up next week. I also have reviews of Frances Ha, and my favourite feature film from Sydney Film Festival, Mood Indigo on the burn for later in the month.
The festival was great and I feel so lucky to have been able to see such an incredibly rich and varied selection of films. Apart from The Iceman and Monsoon Shootout there wasn’t anything that I regret seeing at the festival. That’s a pretty high hit rate! Outside of the festival I wish I hadn’t Man of Steel – that film gave me one hell of a 3D headache that lasted well into the next day. It was an extraordinarily destructive and loud film which really did not earn its runtime – if you’re going to be well over 2 hours then you better do something with that time. On the positive side, I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed This is the End – for a film jam-packed with dick jokes, it was surprisingly fun.
There are a few films from this month that I’d like to rewatch as I feel I might appreciate them more away from the festival – Mud comes to mind immediately, as I suspect I let the length bothered me because I was exhausted.
July should be a pretty standard month for viewing. If the weather in Sydney continues to be so awful I might be rewatching a fair few of the 2012 greats that are now out on DVD/Blu. TV-wise, we’ve finished Mad Men Season 5, and are now watching Arrested Development Season 4. Breaking Bad Season 1 is also on the shelf reading to be viewed. Andy and I both only watched the first season and stopped watching; but it’s been a few years since then and people lose their shit over this show. I’m excited to give it another chance – we’ve committed to watching through to the end of Season 2 before deciding if we should continue on. I’m looking forward to seeing Pacific Rim and Behind the Candelabra when they are released in cinemas. I also need to give Only God Forgives a third watch – the score alone justifies this.
New at Home: 50
By Sam McCosh