October has been quiet. Let’s chalk that up to a combination of recovering from TIFF, having the flu (it sucked) and the cinemas being a little quieter than usual. I only watched 17 films in October, but the quality was really high. Six of the films I watched this month made by ‘Best Films of 2014 (Australian Release Schedule)‘ list; and two films made me cry…My October 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.
Best viewing: Interstellar
New at Home
Best viewing: Whisper of the heart
Edge of Tomorrow
In a World
The Green Prince
Best viewing: Stop Making Sense
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar was the best new film I saw in October. I know that this film will divide people (it already is) and I can totally understand why people have issues with it. It’s by no means a perfect film, but there is something so utterly magical about it – it really does capture the essence of the human need to explore and to survive. I hope to have a review up over the weekend, so please check back.
So the second film that made me cry (Interstellar was the first) was the adorable Big Hero 6. The fusion city of Sanfransokyo is one of the best animated worlds I have seen in a non-Japanese animated film. I loved the fun energy of the film and am still bemused by the fact it got me to fall in love with an inflatable robot.
I caught up with Edge of Tomorrow at home and now I totally understand why it was so warmly received, well by those without a Tom Cruise issue (let it go people, he’s a great actor). The story felt so fresh – I really couldn’t guess where it was going. I also enjoyed In A World – that Lake Bell sure is charismatic. Have I seen her in much before? I don’t feel like I really know her as an actor.
Coming up in November? You know, I’m not really sure. I’ve got a handful of films at upcoming festivals booked in (British Film Festival, Japanese Film Festival), but there’s nothing that I am particularly excited about at this stage. Oh wait, that’s a lie. I get to see Nightcrawler again next week!! It’s the best film I’ve seen in months and I am so very excited to rewatch it. Hopefully I can write a review worthy of the film.
New at Home: 88