Feb 012014
 

2014. Another year, another few hundred films ahead! This month was a slower one for me, with only 24 films viewed. I did see a few of the Oscar nominated films at the cinema, The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, The Great Beauty, which were all interesting and enjoyable in different ways. At home I caught up with a few I missed in 2013, as well as watching a stream of the Roger Ebert doco Life Itself. I have issues with big names using kickstarter/indigogo for funding, but Life Itself proved that if done right, it’s a good thing. I supported the film and in return I was able to view the film the very moment it had its world premiere at Sundance. The communication from the company behind the campaign has been exemplary, and I’ve felt very much in the loop on the film’s development. Bravo!

My January 2014 monthly round-up 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.

Screenings

Best viewing: The Wolf Of Wall Street

Drinking Buddies
Night Train to Lisbon
Inside Llewyn Davis
Her
The Great Beauty
Are We Officially Dating?

 

New at Home

Best viewing: Life Itself

Flirting with Disaster
Rushmore
White House Down
The To Do List
Pain & Gain
Kung Fu Hustle
Shine A Light

 

Rewatches

Best viewing: The Master

Celeste & Jesse Forever
The World’s End
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
The Wedding Planner
The Bling Ring
Mystery Road
Wish You Were Here
Notting Hill

 

I blame my recent engagement for The Wedding Planner viewing. Look it was on TV and I couldn’t turn it off. I really enjoyed rewatching Australian films Mystery Road and Wish You Were Here – they’re both wonderful examples of the talent this country has to offer. It’s a real shame that the AACTAs can’t see through their cash-tinted glasses to recognise these sort of local films.

Her was a film that went down for me on 2nd viewing. I still loved it, but I really felt the length this time. Inside Llewyn Davis isn’t going to be a favourite Coen brothers film of mine. I loved aspects of it, but I was left a little unsatisfied. The cat though? Oh boy, I loved the cat.

Coming up in February? Honestly I’m not too sure. It’s a quieter period at the cinema here, but The Wind Rises and Blue is the Warmest Colour are two that I’m quite looking forward to seeing.

 

2014 totals

Screenings: 7
New at Home:
8
Rewatches:
9

Total: 24

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