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
Best viewing: Much Ado About Nothing
To the Wonder
Pacific Rim x 2 (1 x VMAX, 1 x IMAX)
Behind the Candelabra
This is the End
The Way Way Back
My Sassy Girl
The World’s End
New At Home
Best viewing: Gimme the Loot
Wet Hot American Summer
Friends with Kids
Last Days Here
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Black Moon Rising
The Fruit Hunters
Best viewing: Drive
The First Wives Club
Only God Forgives
The Kids Are All Right
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
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.
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By Sam McCosh