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July is a reasonably quiet month on the film calendar for me. There aren’t any festivals or special film events and I’m quite busy at my day job. This year however there was an unusually high number of decent releases at the cinema. From Only God Forgives, to Before Midnight and Pacific Rim, there was a lot to see. July gave me the wonderful gift of my second 5 star 2013 release. This was particularly exciting, as it was a film I had meant to see in June, but was too ill to make the screening.

Check out my July 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

 

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Screenings

Best viewing: Much Ado About Nothing

To the Wonder
Pacific Rim x 2 (1 x VMAX, 1 x IMAX)
The Heat
Behind the Candelabra
This is the End
The Wolverine
The Way Way Back
My Sassy Girl
The World’s End

 

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New At Home

Best viewing: Gimme the Loot

Wet Hot American Summer
Friends with Kids
Last Days Here
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Paperboy
Sharknado
Black Moon Rising
The Fruit Hunters

 

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Rewatches

Best viewing: Drive

The First Wives Club
Django Unchained
Cloud Atlas
Valhalla Rising
Only God Forgives
The Kids Are All Right
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Margin Call

 

The cinema really spoiled me this month. I loved Much Ado About Nothing so very, very much. I’m looking forward to purchasing it on DVD/Blu and rewatching before I write a review of it. It was just such a delight. Pacific Rim, To the Wonder and The Way Way Back all won me over in different ways. I didn’t expect to love To the Wonder, but I found it to be a really beautiful exploration of the many types of faith. In the sea of noisy blockbusters, To the Wonder was a welcome slice of serenity. Pacific Rim in IMAX was an awesome experience – the film filled the entire screen and just sucked me in with its awesome energy. The Way Way Back was so relatable that it was scary. I laughed, I’m sure I almost cried and I just wanted to give the boy a hug. I will be rewatching it this weekend; hopefully that will help me write about it.

Gimme the Loot which is showing at the upcoming Possible Worlds Film Festival was such a smart, snappy film. The story of two New York teens and their mission to ‘tag’ the apple the comes up at the stadium when the New York Mets score a home run. I loved the New Yorkness of this film and the incredibly natural dialogue which the leads fired at each other. Review to come! Sharknado  was possibly the biggest disappointment (if that’s even possible). It was nowhere near as fun as the people of Twitter lead me to believe!

Coming up in August? The Possible Worlds Film Festival and the Korean Film Festival in Australia! Between these two festivals, I shouldn’t feel too sad that I’m missing out on MIFF this year. At the cinema, I am really looking forward to seeing Elysium and Kick Ass 2.

 

2013 totals
Screenings: 89
New at Home: 59
Rewatches: 40
Total: 188

By Sam McCosh

  3 Responses to “Monthly Film Round-up: July 2013”

  1. What were the two 5 star film? I assume one was Much Ado About Nothing.

    I just saw it at a packed Embassy screening here in Wellington. It was superb.

    Diverse audience too – lots of older people there, most of whom I assume were more fans of Shakespear than Whedon.

    • The first was the documentary DIRTY WARS which is also screening at NZIFF.

      Whedon isn’t exactly the first person you would think of when you think Shakespeare, but wow he really nailed it. I loved the energy so much. Also – can you insult one any better than Shakespeare? Im not sure it’s possible.

      • Indeed I suspect you’re right. The Bard was quite one with a barb,

        I haven’t read a lot of Shakespeare, but I tend to think his comedies are a little underrated by comparison to his tragedies.

        And yes, the energy and pacing was excellent, without getting all Baz Luhrmanny. And the cast! I just wanted to high-five them all. This is what people should mean when they say “feel good film”.

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