Nov 042013

Considering how busy October was for me personally, I’m surprised I managed to fit in 27 films.  This batch included 2 rare visits to IMAX to see 2 extremely different films, and a watch of all the films nominated for Best Picture at the 1967 Academy Awards. My round-up of my October 2013 viewing is 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: Gravity (2 viewings – 1 IMAX, 1 VMAX)

Stories We Tell
About Time
Metallica: Through The Never
Fruitvale Station
The Counselor
Thor: The Dark World


New at Home

Best viewing: In the Heat of the Night

Evil Under the Sun
Hotel Transylvania
The Red and the Blue
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Doctor Dolittle (1967)
The Winning Season
Bonnie and Clyde
The God of Ramen
Jack Reacher
Jack and Jill



Best viewing: The Avengers

Super 8
The Graduate
The Five Year Engagement


In terms of a viewing experience, it’s hard to go past Gravity in IMAX as once of the most immersive and intense that I’ve ever had. I felt like I was spinning through space, out of control, bewildered and frightened. Wow. Metallica: Through the Never was one of the funniest movie-going experiences I’ve had of late. The crowd was definitely hairier and more tattooed than the average cinema audience, and they treated the film much like a live concert, sharing, clapping and passing round hip flasks. Hearing Metallica through the IMAX speakers was quite simply, awesome.

I caught Prisoners at 9.30pm on my birthday, after a fantastic but extremely busy day of spoiling myself rotten. I was exhausted and I can’t say that I was really in the mood for a 2 hour+ crime drama/thriller. Wow, this film floored me. I loved it after I walked out of it and as the days have gone past, I’ve come to admire it even more. This film is a sleeper – it’s rooted itself in my brain and every now and again out of nowhere, I think about it. The screenplay is fantastic, I particularly loved Jake Gyllenhaal’s character’s arch and the methodical, quiet way which he went about his work.

This month I also watched all 5 films nominated for the 1967 Best Picture Academy Award. The reason for doing so was because I picked up a 2nd hand copy of Scenes from a Revolution by Mark Harris. I thoroughly enjoyed In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; love 2/3 of The Graduate; and liked aspects of Doctor Doolittle and Bonnie and Clyde. The book is quite interesting so far, although I do find it a bit of a slow read due to the continual introduction of so many industry players. It definitely offers an interesting and different prospective of the films.

Coming up in November? I’m heading home to New Zealand for 2 weeks so I suspect film watching will be quite reduced during the month. I can’t have a holiday without at least one movie though! I do plan to introduce Mr Buckle to the cinemas that helped cultivate my love of film.

By Sam McCosh

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