26 films viewed in May, my most for quite some time. It could have easily been more, but I’ve developed any unhealthy addiction to Gilmore Girls. It’s Winter, I’m tired – when I get home I just want to curl up with some chocolate and watch the residents of Star Hollows live their crazy little lives. In saying that, I watched a lot of good film this month. The round-up is after the jimp.
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: Far From The Madding Crowd
New at Home
Best viewing: Song of the Sea
The Man Who Knew Too Little
Mike Birbiglia: What I Should Have Said Was Nothing
My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
She’s Out of My League
50 Shades of Grey
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Wide Open Sky
The Primary Instinct
Best viewing: This is Spinal Tap
Mission: Impossible II
Mission: Impossible III
The best film I saw this month (and possibly even this year) was Song of the Sea. My review is embargoed until it screens at the Sydney Film Festival, but I have to say that it is an absolute joy. It made my cold heart sing. I’ve been watching a few films in preparation for the festival – check back in throughout for my reviews of films like Vincent, Wide Open Sky and Love & Mercy.
50 Shades of Grey hit home release, and curiosity got the better of me. You know what? It’s boring. It’s not that it’s even THAT bad (I, mean it is..), but its biggest crime is making what should be an interesting subject, into something so dull and vanilla. Andrew and I were amused by how much of Anastasia’s dialogue was made-up of questions – at one point we counted 13 questions in a row.
Blackhat (Michael Mann’s newest film went straight to home release here in Aus and I’m not sure why. Well, it’s probably because it tanked in the US, but this film deserves to be seen. It has a great mystery at its core and it looks absolutely fantastic. There are some of the best foot chase scenes I’ve seen in a long time. Seek it out, it’s worth it.
Finally I have to give a shout out to My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, a 60min doco made by Refn’s wife, which largely focuses on the production of Only God Forgives. It’s a fascinating insight into both the film making process and Refn’s own internal struggles. He is not a very confident man and it was actually painful at times, to see him struggle with so much self-doubt. Ryan Gosling features here and if you weren’t already in love with him, just wait until you see him chilling with Refn’s kids and with Refn outside of the film production.
Coming up in June? Sydney Film Festival baby. I’ve got 30 films booked it. Let’s see how many I make it to. Bring it on!
2015 viewing totals
New at Home: 52
Mad Men – Season 7 (Part 2)
The Layover – Season 2
Gilmore Girls – Season 2-3
Brooklyn 99 – currently airing episodes
Mad Men. What more is there to say? I just want to give thanks to the writers for having my two favourite characters (Roger and Peggy) share such a joyous scene in the last episodes. Did Don make the ad? I’d love to know everyone’s thoughts on that.