Jan 022016
 

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December is always one of the busiest months of the year. Work is wrapping up, which means deadlines move forward and new year strategies and goals are set. There are Christmas functions and various festive events, including a bunch of screenings for the film media. Distributors try and show outlets as many of their January releases as they can, so there are often 3-4 viewing options per week throughout December. I attended about half of the sessions I could have here, but still kept very very busy. I was lucky because I ended up seeing some of my favourite films of the year, which aren’t released until Jan.

In addition to finishing the The Last of Us, an absolute masterpiece of a game, I wound down the year by watching a few easy-going festive films, read a few novels and started playing Grand Theft Auto Five. 

I revealed my 25 Best Films of 2015, but I also wanted to acknowledge here some great films I watched for the first time in 2015 that weren’t released then – Risky Business, Goldfinger, Dr. No, Velvet Goldmine, Winnebago Man, Wet Hot American Summer, Red Road, Re-Animator, The Secret of Kells, Toys, Swingers, Frailty and Baadassssss!

I ended up watching 345 films in 2015 – 20 short of one film per day, a feat I have eclipsed over the last three years. I caught 27 films in December – you can see how I ranked them after the jump: Continue reading »

Dec 012015
 

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Krysten Ritter filming "Jessica Jones" on March 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)

I watched a total of 29 films in November, with a third of them experienced in the cinema. As we near the end of the year publicity screenings start to increase rapidly, with distributors trying to show their December and January films before the Christmas break. December is going to be an equally busy month, and we can look forward to The Revenant, Star Wars and Carol amongst many more. In addition to these screenings, we attended the British Film Festival, which yielded the month’s top film. On home viewing, I have been enjoying working through all of James Bond films, inspired by the release of Spectre. With ten down (including what I understand to be Connery’s best and Brosnan’s worst), I should be able to complete them all before the end of the year. I also caught up with a few intriguing films that eluded me in cinemas (People, Places, Things and Far From Men) as well as a couple of upcoming indie releases The End of the Tour and Mississippi Grind. Aziz Ansari’s Master of None and Marvel’s Jessica Jones have taken up a chunk of my viewing time too – and are amongst my favourites shows of the year. I am only five episodes into the latter, but I’ll be adding completion to the December goals too.

Check out my thoughts on everything I watched in November after the jump: Continue reading »

Nov 032015
 

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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.

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Oct 312015
 

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October has been a weird month. Following a much needed break, and a short-lived feeling of refreshment, we have had a lot of social engagements and I have been dealing with some exhausting work-related pressure. I feel like I have had a lot of different projects going on at once, but haven’t achieved very much. I have done very little writing, unfortunately. This is both due to time constraints and being unable to articulate my feelings about some of the films I have seen (see The Lobster and Youth). Thankfully Sam has been picking up my slack. We have visited to cinema a lot – it has been a treat catching up with some of the Palme d’Or contenders at various festivals.

In addition to watching 25 films and juggling an anxiety-inducing amount of TV (five shows going at once, very unlike me), I also polished off Making Movies by Sidney Lumet. This has been described as the most honest account of the filmmaking process ever written. It is terrific, and I urge all film buffs to read it. Eye-opening stuff, and if it wasn’t already obvious that Lumet is one of the most intelligent directors to ever work, it will be clear after this. I also tackled Infinite Jest and saw all hope of my December 3 completion goal drift away as I struggled to page 115. I will persevere, and complete it, but I need a new approach. I am nowhere near Zen enough right now to take it in comprehensively. The NBA season has re-started so I can add that to the numerous distractions.

Coming up in November – we will be watching four films at the British Film Festival, including Sufragette and 45 Years, as well as Knight of Cups and Spectre. I will also dedicate some time to catching up on films missed earlier in the year. Also, expect the ‘Awards Season’ to commence, and we will try and cover this period as comprehensively as we can, similar to previous years.

Check out my thoughts on everything I watched in October after the jump: Continue reading »

Oct 072015
 

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September was not the Martian wasteland at the cinema that the photo above might suggest. In fact, September saw me add three films to my favourite of the year list. Aside from these, there were a couple of well executed genre pieces, some underground film festival weirdness, rewarding rewatches, and a film so bad the director refuses to put his name to it. My round-up of the 24 films I viewed in September is after the jump.

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Oct 042015
 

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September was one of the most eventful months of the year so far – which involved moving house, and being without internet for two weeks, and a short holiday in New Zealand – and this resulted in limited opportunities to write. You will have seen a recent absence of content on the site, apologies for that we’ll be back shortly. Without the internet and the ability to stream, I didn’t have too many viewing options at home, so I decided to re-watch some of my blu-rays. I also caught ten films at the Sydney Underground Film Festival, which made up a majority of my cinema viewing, in addition to a select few regular releases we prioritised around our busy packing/moving schedule. Check out my quick thoughts on all of the films after the jump (ranked by preference):

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Sep 012015
 

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A short trip to the Melbourne International Film Festival saw this month have a healthy 22 films viewed, 13 of those at the cinema. While MIFF contained my two favourite viewings of the month, it also saw me walk out of a film for only the second time in my life, and saw me fall asleep in two other films. Oh dear. My film and TV viewing round-up for August 2015 is after the jump.

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Sep 012015
 

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With regular life being busy – planning a move of house, and serious work commitments – my recent viewing habits (29 films in August) have been erratic and somewhat purposeless. We traveled to Melbourne for a long weekend for MIFF, which ended up being a great weekend for socialising, but a mixed bag in terms of films. I caught another six films in cinemas to keep in the know, and spent a considerable amount of time surfing Netflix, watching random films that took my fancy. Certainly the best time investment was Bloodline, which Sam and I consumed one episode at a time over a fortnight. Coming up in September – coverage of the Sydney Underground Film Festival and hopefully the Italian Film Festival. But, it is likely to be another quiet one. Thoughts on everything I watched in August after the jump.  Continue reading »