The Monthly Report: May 2011

It’s the beginning of June and that means it’s time to let you know what films I’ve been keeping myself busy with last month – as if you don’t know already or really care – through this nice little post that I’ve added some more editorial to. Let me know what you think of my viewing habits below:

May 01 Psycho (1960) 5/5
May 06 Thor 3D (2011) 4/5
May 07 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) 1.5/5
May 08 Stagecoach (1939) 4/5
May 08 Senna (2011) 5/5
May 15 The Italian Job (1969) 4/5
May 18 Bridesmaids (2011) 2.5/5
May 20 Limitless (2011) 3.5/5
May 21 Pride & Prejudice (2005) 3/5
May 22 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3D (2011) 3/5
May 22 I Am Number Four (2011) 2/5
May 24 The Other Woman (2010) 2/5
May 24 Vanishing on 7th Street (2010) 1/5
May 26 Badlands (1973) 4/5
May 28 Kaboom (2011) 0/5
May 28 The Hangover: Part II (2011) N/A
May 28 Drive Angry (2011) 3/5
May 29 Kung Fu Panda II 3D (2011) 3.5/5
May 30 Wit (2001) 4/5

The Year’s Tally: 2011 First Time Watches: 109 Films/22 Films from 2011

May’s Tally: 19 Films/10 Films from 2011

Highlights of May

Senna (2011): There’re very few documentaries that are able to present a story in such a unique way. Usually when you get into a documentary it intercuts between footage as well as talking head interviews. This film is presented entirely through archival footage, which has never been seen before, with the occasional voice over interview which are all archival I believe. I remember reading a review by the Mad Hatter (from The Dark of the Matinee) and he said “the feeling isn’t that we’re looking back on a life, instead that we’re watching a life unfold” which I completely agreewith (read his full review here). If you like learning about interesting people in our history then this is one of those films for you.

The Italian Job (1969): Every once in a while I’ll be seeing a film that has been remade into a more fun version recently. The Italian Job was redone in 2003 in a very Ocean’s Eleven (the remake) style. Each character had a very well plotted out purpose on the team of thieves for this big heist. In the original 1969 version of The Italian Job however, spent a lot less time on each character doing there job and was more about Charlie getting the heist done and you don’t have to worry about each character’s eccentricities. It allows for the movie to be a lot more entertaining and the end that this movie decides to hang itself on is so hilarious that I can’t help but fall in love with it. It’s completely different from the remake which is why I can openly love both without trying to compare them and I like that.

Badlands (1973): It’s the first film by Terrence Malick (the filmmaker everyone bows to for epic dramatic cinema every decade) where he takes the road movie and makes it a bit differently. When Kit and Holly fall in love they decide that they’re meant for each other, or at least Kit does, and they run off together outlaws just trying to live. Soon enough bodies start to pile up and while the acting and the filmmaking is spectacular, or at least Martin Sheen is awesome, the film suffers from a few problems that any filmmaker would run into on their first big project. However, I still appreciate the film for what it is and can’t wait to revisit it after rewatching True Romance to see if I can find a lot more similarities.

What did you see last month?