Dec 012014


I saw 15 films in November – I think this is some sort of low for me. There were so few films of interest released at the cinema and I have been busy with non-film stuff. I’ve also watched a fair bit of TV. We just finished rewatching all of Entourage which I liked a whole lot more than I remembered, and I’m into season 5 of my rewatch of The West Wing. My monthly round-up for November 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: Nightcrawler

Mr. Turner
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
The Light Shines Only There
Maps to the Stars
Into the Woods



New at Home

Best viewing: The Captive

The Mule
Closed Circuit




Best viewing: Only Lovers Left Alive

O Brother, Where Art Thou?


While my viewing was rather sparse, I did rewatch two of my 2014 favourites, Nightcrawler and Only Lovers Left Alive. I loved Nightcrawler round two. It wasn’t quite as intense as I knew what was coming, but I really appreciated the performances a whole lot more, especially from Riz Ahmed. The scene where he and Gyllenhaal are negotiating pay, is one of my favourite scenes this year. Only Lovers Left Alive still stands as my favourite film of the year (thus far) after a rewatch. It’s such a luscious, textured film and I absolutely adore the way it looks and the way it sounds. Hiddleston and Swinton are gods.

A film I had no expectations for an ended up loving the heck out of was Pride. What an utterly joyous, uplifting film! The cast was wonderful and I appreciate the time and effort taken to give the supporting characters substance and a purpose. I haven’t been able to stop listening to the soundtrack  – it’s my go to happy music for the moment.

Maps to the Stars and Serena went straight to my worst films of the year list, and that’s pretty much all I want to say about them.

Coming up in December? Boxing Day/New Year releases like The Imitation GameThe HobbitThe Water Diviner and the like. I also expect to what a fair number of Christmas films. I have a low tolerance for clichés and the like, but somehow all that goes out the window when I’m watching a Christmas film.


2014 totals

Screenings: 140
New at Home: 91
Rewatches: 58

Total: 289

By Sam McCosh

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