Mar 312014
 

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.

Screenings

Best viewing: All is Lost

Non-Stop
Tracks
The Missing Picture
Mr Peabody and Sherman
Cuban Fury
The Lego Movie
Noah
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

New at Home

Best viewing: Duck Soup

The Garden of Words
11.6
Mademoiselle C.
Domestic Life
Fantastic Mr Fox
For the Love of Movies
The English Teacher
Imogene
Endless Night
Jet Lag
Murder on the Orient Express
St Trinians
Sherlock Jr.
Dinner at Eight

Tootsie
The Croods
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

 

Rewatches

Best viewing: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Moonrise Kingdom
Adventureland
Paul
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!

2014 totals

Screenings: 26
New at Home: 34
Rewatches: 20

Total: 80

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