I watched 24 films in April, not a huge amount but there was a lot of quality. In April I discovered a new favourite film of the year at the cinema (overtaking Nebraska), was completely baffled by another film, and crossed off a classic from everyone’s childhood (except mine) off my must-see list. My April 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. Films reviewed this month are linked – click to read the review.
Best Viewing: Only Lovers Left Alive
New at Home
Best viewing: The Station Agent
The Princess Bride
Forces of Nature
Like Father, Like Son
In Your Eyes
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Best viewing: Much Ado About Nothing
The Ides of March
Babe: Pig in the City
Well what can I say about Only Lovers Left Alive? I can’t even count the ways that I love this film. I was entirely unprepared to feel this way. I haven’t watched that many Jarmauch films and I hadn’t read too many reviews for this one. I was floored. From about 10 minutes into the film I knew that I loved it. God, it’s a sexy film. It’s lush, exquisite, contemplative, depressive, invigorating, wonderfully performed and phenomenally scored. I didn’t write a review for it because it would read “gush gush gush gush”. Let’s just say I love it and I think you should see it.
This week I saw Richard Ayoade’s sophomore feature The Double. My overwhelming response to that film is…huh? I am still confused about the film and what it was about. It’s not a bad film by any means, in fact it’s possibly a great film, but I just don’t know what it was getting at. The film is incredibly creepy and atmospheric, and the score is invading my thoughts this week. Let’s hope I can get something together on the film. It’s released in Australia on 4 screens only next week.
I wanted to watch more Wong Kar Wai films this month and I managed to watch 1, which I guess still counts as “more”. My favourite viewing at home this month was the absolutely delightful The Station Agent. How lovely is that film!?! Talk about a dose of all the emotions. This film explores relationships in such an interesting way. I adored Peter Dinklage in this and thought Bobby Cannavale was so enduring. It’s a sweet little film that I recommend you watch if you haven’t.
The most interesting rewatch this month was Babe: Pig in the City. This was orchestrated by Luke Buckmaster who claimed that this film was genius and horribly misunderstood. Not believing him for one second, we invited him over to show us the film and enlighten us. I’m sorry for doubting you Luke, this film is rather great. Putting the incredible technical achievements aside (how did they get the animals to do those things? how did the mouths for the talking animals work?) this film is an incredibly dark adventure and a blatant commentary on how we treat those who are reliant on us, on those who need a little help. 14-year-old me completely missed all of this back when the film was released.
Coming up in May? The Sydney Film Festival line-up is announced next week and following on from that I hope to be able to see some of the films in advance. This is dependant on my media accreditation application being successful, so fingers crossed that happens and I can bring you the even more fantastic festival coverage this year. I’m really looking forward to seeing Godzilla in IMAX 3D later in the month as well as trying to watch a least one more Wong Kar Wai film. This project might be a slow going. Oh, I almost forgot! I am seeing Star Wars Episodes IV-VI for the very first time at a May 4th marathon at the cinema. No longer will I be the film geek who hasn’t seen Star Wars! Check back next week for my thoughts on the experience.
New at Home: 45