March, you were a pretty average month overall and I’m not sad to see you pass. Bring on the “blockbuster season” and the film festivals which will soon follow. While I saw 10 films at the cinema, only a few were memorable. I didn’t see anything bad per say, there just wasn’t much to get excited about. March has been my most prolific film-watching month in 2014 thus far, with 33 films watched in total. I watched quite a few films at home over the month, including a couple of Agatha Christie film adaptations. I love reading her books and find the films rather cheesy and fun, but they don’t really hold a candle to the books. My March 2014 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.
Best viewing: All is Lost
The Missing Picture
Mr Peabody and Sherman
The Lego Movie
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
New at Home
Best viewing: Duck Soup
The Garden of Words
Fantastic Mr Fox
For the Love of Movies
The English Teacher
Murder on the Orient Express
Dinner at Eight
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Best viewing: Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Non-Stop. Granted I saw it before the awful events surrounding MH370, but as someone who is afraid of flying, I’m generally not a set-on-aeroplanes movie fan. Yes it had some laughable dialogue and yes the ending asked you to forget about science and the laws of physics, but you know, it was a hell of a ride anyway. Liam Neeson is almost a parody of himself in this film (when I first saw the trailer I actually thought it was a parody trailer), but he does a fine job of it. The mystery at the core of the film is a good one and I was honestly surprised by how things turned out. Recommend for fans of 90s action thrillers!
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a film that I am still thinking on, for all good reasons. The production design and quality of this film is simply exquisite and I was utterly blown away by the attention to detail. Ralph Fiennes delivers one of his best performances, and Jeff Goldblum holding a beautiful cat is quite possibly one of the greatest things I have seen on the big screen this year. Wes Anderson’s world is such a fascinating one and I had so much fun visiting it again. I’m still deciding if I’ll review it, but I can say without reservation that it is a film that you must see.
On a final note I have to mention the absolute awfulness of St Trinians. I watched this on a whim because it was on (the reason I watch so many questionable films – laziness!) and there was nothing else to watch. I should have watched the wall. This was such a poorly constructed, badly acted (Colin Firth, what were you thinking?), terribly edited films I have ever seen. Don’t even get me started on the awful music and horrible music interludes… I believe this film is adapted from a book and I wonder if this hodgepodge style is taken from the book or if it is just bad film-making? Either way, it’s awful.
Coming up in April? Errr.. I’m not actually sure. I’m looking forward to seeing Only Lovers Left Alive and The Raid 2 and I am thinking about trying to work my way through Wong Kar-wai’s catalogue. I’ve only watched a couple of his films and believe that is something which I really need to rectify. Also The Princess Bride – I have never seen this much beloved children’s classic and April will be the month I fix this wrong. Hopefully April will also see the first hints of some of the films which might screen at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival…it’s only 2 months away!
New at Home: 34