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How can we be into March already? February was a very busy month at work for me, so I didn’t have a lot of energy to watch films or attend screenings in my downtime. I did however binge season two of House of Cards, which I enjoyed but was a definite drop in quality in from season one. The Russo arch was just so compelling that nothing in season two could get quite as close. In saying that, wow, what an ending! Like the rest of the population, I too have enjoyed the hell out of True Detective. That shot at the end of episode four?!?! I was floored by it. It’s a great show and I’m really excited to see how this season will wrap up.

Anyway, back to films. My February round-up is after the jump.

Screenings

Best viewing: Nebraska

Le Week-End
Dallas Buyer’s Club
The Wind Rises
Bright Days Ahead
Winter’s Tale
The Past
Made in America
Mysteries of the Universe: Unseen World
(IMAX 3D)

 

New at Home

Best viewing: Clue

Walking and Talking
INXS: Never Tear Us Apart
Admission
A Case of You
First Winter
Say Anything
Murder By Death

 

Rewatches

Best viewing: Eyes Wide Shut

Coraline
Killing Them Softly
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Despicable Me 2
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog

 

I first watched Nebraska in November last year and knew I loved it instantly. It ended up being my favourite film of 2013 and so, I was a little weary when going to watch it again last week. Sometimes films just don’t stand up a second time around (Her is a recent example of that for me). Thankfully, Nebraska didn’t drop at all for me. I found myself thinking more about Bruce Dern’s character and his motivations to go to Nebraska. I noticed how is family talked in front of him like he wasn’t there; I felt the hit to the heart when he put on that cap. It’s a truly beautiful film and I’m so glad it held up. I haven’t reviewed it and I’m not sure why. I think I just want to savour it. I know I love it and for me, that’s enough for this film.

Clue is the movie I probably had the most fun watching this month. Apparently it’s some sort of cult classic that everyone knows about, but it was completely new to me. I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie and those sort of murder mysteries and so when I saw this pop up as a random selection on Netflix I thought, why not? Guys, why didn’t you tell me about this film before? It was both a hilarious, self-aware riff on the genre and a solid murder mystery. The fact the film managed to be both of these things is very impressive. I think this will be a film I come back to time and time again.

Coming up in March? There’s a few interesting releases on the horizon (The Missing Picture, All Is Lost, Tracks) as well as the 25th edition of the Alliance Française French Film Festival. If Sydney’s weather continues to be as unseasonably wet as it is at the moment, there might be quite a few Netflix nights on the cards.

 

2014 totals

Screenings: 16
New at Home:
16
Rewatches:
15

Total: 47

  One Response to “Monthly Film Round-up: February 2014”

  1. I also didn’t have a clue about Clue. I must check it out.

    I think I will have to watch Nebraska again, too. It’s one of those films I reflected on after viewing and realised how much I enjoyed it, if that makes sense. I think those sort of films hold up to repeat viewings well.

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