Dec 012013

November was a month of rewatches for me. 2 weeks of the month I spent on holiday in New Zealand and I found the perfect way to wind down after a busy day out and about was to watch the 8.30pm film on one of the movie channels.  November also gave me one of the best films I have seen this year. Check out my round-up of the 28 films I saw in November 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: The Spectacular Now

The Butler
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Mystery Road
Mister Pip
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Great White Shark (IMAX 3D)
Enough Said
12 Years a Slave


New at Home

Best viewing: Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen

Ore Ore (It’s Me, It’s Me)
Men in Black 3
One for the Money
The Company You Keep
Crystal Fairy
Touchy Feely
Trouble with the Curve



Best viewing: Ratatouille

Frances Ha
Life of Pi
My Week With Marilyn
Iron Man 3
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Italian Job (1969)


I was lucky to see two of my most highly anticipated 2013 films this month, 12 Years a Slave and The Spectacular Now. My 12 Years review won’t be posted until closer to the Australian release date (Jan 30th), but the film won’t feature among my favourite of 2013. While the acting, direction and technical aspects are almost impeccable,I had issues with the screenplay. The film didn’t engage me in the way I expect such an incredible story to – it really kept the audience at arm’s length. I saw the events on screen, but I didn’t feel them. I’ll expand on that in my review. The Spectacular Now however, blew me out of the park. This is a film which perfectly encapsulates that awkward time between being a teenager and becoming an adult. Incredible acting and a near word-perfect screenplay ensured that this will be among my top films come the end of the year (review to come in the next couple of days). Catching Fire and Mystery Road were also two films which rated highly for me. If I pretend Filth didn’t happen, I can say that November was an excellent month at the cinema.

I didn’t watch anything which was particular good new at home this month. Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen was like an epic game of movie trivia, which was very entertaining to watch. Crystal Fairy was a bit nutty for my tastes (I prefer Magic Magic), while Touchy Feely was an incredibly disappointing follow-up to Your Sister’s Sister, which I utterly adore.

Frances Ha was the film which improved the most upon rewatch. I HATE flying, so when I saw it on the entertainment choices on my flight I thought it was the perfect film to rewatch. It filled me with joy and hope, all while making me cringe and wanting to hug Frances. I liked this when I first saw it, now I can say that I love it. Oblivion also impressed upon rewatch. I really think people misunderstand that film. Life of Pi however really diminished outside the cinema, without the 3D.

Coming up in December? Well December is a fun time to be a movie reviewer and a movie fan in general. I’m privileged to get the chance to see many of the Christmas/New Years films before release, so I will be looking forward to that immensely. American Hustle and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty  are the two which I am the most excited for. December also means end of year lists! I can’t believe it’s that time already. Can anything knock Cloud Atlas off the #1 spot in my list of  2o13 cinema releases (Australian release schedule)? Time will tell…


2013 totals
Screenings: 141
New at Home: 95
Rewatches: 63
Total: 299


By Sam McCosh

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