October wasn’t a particularly busy month for viewing, but I did see some rather wonderful films. The highlight of my month was a first time viewing (on Halloween eve) of An American Werewolf in London. Those who read the site often will know I am not much of a horror buff, so this was a rare dip into the genre. It’s such a fantastic film. I can see why it won the inaugural Academy Award for Best Makeup – the transformation from man to wolf is something special. Thanks for everyone who encouraged me to watch it. Check out the rest of my October viewing after the month.
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
Best viewing: The Martian
New at Home
Best viewing: An American Werewolf in London
Women He’s Undressed
On the Town
Tu dors Nicole
Digging for Fire
Coffee and Cigarettes
The Odd Couple
Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden
Best viewing: Skyfall
All is Lost
The Martian is one of my favourite films this year, so it’s no surprise that my second viewing of the film was my favourite big screen experience during October. We saw it at the wonderful Roxy Cinema in Wellington – an art deco building that was recently renovated. It’s a beautiful cinema and they serve amazing cocktails that you can take into the film. I highly recommend a visit if you’re ever in Wellington.
Mistress America, Youth, and The Lobster were all extremely enjoyable films. I’m still not entirely sure to think about The Lobster, but I loved the weird journey that it took me on. It certainly has something interesting to say about the pressure to find the perfect partner and the unrealistic expectation society puts on people. I’m working on a review of Youth now – i thought it was a contemplative film about aging, memory, and legacy. His films aren’t for everyone and I totally get that, but they speak to me.
So, I also watched United Passions, the film now officially recognised as the having the worst ever opening weekend in US box office history. The film (which was 90% funded by FIFA) is a hack job of a film, like something that a government would make to try to convince its citizens that it did something glorious, when in actual fact they’d committed multiple crimes. It’s not even so bad it’s good, it’s just bad. The script, the hammy accents, the racism, the complete rewriting of history – this film has it and more. Tim Roth (who plays Seth Blatter) admitted to German newspaper Die Welt that he took the job for the money, saying it helped him out of a “financial hole,” adding, “but you know what? The hole FIFA has dug for itself is so deep, they’ll never get out of it.” Ha, nice burn Tim.
Coming up in November? KNIGHT OF CUPS! I have looked forward to this film since the trailer came out back in February, and I still can’t believe it is getting a cinema release here, 4 months before the US. I am also catching a few films at the British Film Festival (including Brooklyn and 45 Years), and am very much looking forward to seeing Mr Bond.
2015 viewing totals
New at Home: 88
During October I watched episodes from the following shows:
Freaks and Geeks
The Last Man on Earth – Season 1 & 2
Brooklyn 99 – Season 3
Jane the Virgin – Season 1
Bojack Horseman – Season 1
Parenthood – Season 5
Freaks and Geeks is possibly the best TV I have watched this year. It’s clever, fun, and so damn on point about the teenage experience. We’ve only got 2 episodes left to watch and I am not sure if I am ready to let it go. It’s crazy to see James Franco, Seth Rogan, and co in their early years – the casting director of this show certainly had an eye for talent.
I finished Parenthood after watching the whole series through for the first time. You know, it was okay. There were characters and storylines I liked more than others and there was enough to keep me interested, but I never really fell for the show. It was a little too ‘rich white people’s problems’ for me.