The month got off to a cracker of a start with 6 cinema trips in a week. And then….well and then life got busy and I stayed at home more. I saw a couple of incredible films, went to one of Sydney’s outdoor cinemas for the first time and finally watched probably the most famous orgasm scene in modern cinema. My round-up of my February 2015 viewing 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: Inherent Vice
New at Home
Best viewing: When Harry Met Sally
The Hundred-Foot Journey
The New Girlfriend
It’s Such A Beautiful Day
Love at First Fight
The Last Diamond
Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious
Best viewing: Stop Making Sense
Sleepless in Seatle
Can i just tell you how much I loved Inherent Vice? Holy hell, that is one funny film. I have not laughed in the cinema that much for such a long time. I think I would have enjoyed the film if it had just been the title card sequence and Joaquin Phoenix watching Josh Brolin eating chocolate-coated bananas. This film transported me to the dirty stoner lives of 70s beachside California and introduced me to the most bizarre web of interconnected characters. I think this is a far more accessible film that most of Anderson’s work, largely because of the existence of an actual linear storyline which runs through the film. As crazy and chaotic as the film gets, there is still that storyline to help anchor you and get your bearings in the film.
I was terrified by the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour. I thought I was kind of aware of the infringements on our privacy, but in reality I had no freaking idea. It’s fairly amazing the risks taken by all involved in this story, particularly by Snowden. I found Snowden to be a far more likeable person that Assange – for one, Snowden seemed to have a bit more of a level head regarding the release of the information and being careful not to put any lives at risk. It was fascinating to watch the players debate the information release – I felt like I was watching history being made in real-time. It’s an astonishing achiecement.
So I finally watched When Harry Met Sally and it was quite wonderful. It’s always interesting to go back and watch a film that has been so influential on many films which came after it. Watching this I was like, ‘oh, that’s where X film got X from’. Meg Ryan was the queen of these films and I utterly adore her in this era. Crystal was surprisingly charming – he doesn’t do it for me in the looks department, but I loved the palpable chemistry between him and Ryan, even when they were ‘only friends’.
Coming up in March? I don’t expect to watch much due to the fact I am getting married and then off sunning myself on a tropical island. Sorry, I don’t mean to rub it on or anything 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing Inherent Vice again and finally catching the new JC Chandor film, A Most Violent Year.
2015 Film Viewing Totals
New at Home: 21
Portlandia – Season 4
The Office (US) – Season 1
The West Wing – Season 6
Currently airing seasons: Broadchurch (S2), The Good Wife (S6), Brooklyn 99 (S2), Togetherness (S1), Parks and Recreation (S7).
Farewell Pawnee. I loved the finale of Parks and Rec – it is a show that really loves its characters and good people and it showed that love all the way to the very end. Portlandia is one of those shows that is very hit and miss for me. When it hits it is painfully on-point with its pop-culture gags and references, but when it misses it just ain’t great. I also think some of the local references are probably completely lost on me. I’m not loving The Office yet, but I will stick it out until mid-season 2 and then reevaluate.
Next on the agenda for TV viewing is season 3 of House of Cards, seasons 1 and 2 of The Fall and possibly starting It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.