What I’ve Been Watching: Jan 25 – Jan 31

Dallas Buyers Club

It’s been an interesting month. Lots of football things have kept me occupied and unemployment continues. I had a promising interview this past week which has my a bit up, but things are still looking bleak on that front if all is being honest. I really imagined that I would be in another job by now, but such is life and the decisions I’ve made I guess. Have to just roll with it and hope for a positive result sometime soon.

As it relates to film in January I had a good month for films watched. 45 is a good starting point, and at the same time it feels counter to one of my few film going resolutions; which is to be happy with not seeing. I’ve been that guy for a few years now of constantly pushing myself to see more and more, I’ve been wanting to start to be happy with not seeing. I don’t think I’ve pushed myself past that limit of enjoyment or even to the point where films that would hit me as special start to fly by without any effect, but I feel I should try and spend more time cherishing every film I see rather than focusing on a small group of films that the internet tells me are important. Maybe I’ll come out the other end of this thinking that I’m wrong and should just keep barreling through film as crazily as I did last year. Or maybe I’ll accidentally end up doing more regardless.

Anyways here’s this weeks list of films watched:

FILTH (2013) – it’s as if someone had Gilliam’s weird imagination without the whimsical storytelling ability to make it work.
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (2013) – the McCounaghsense conitinues… love them butterflies.
MITT (2014) – The example of documentaries that ask us just to watch the news and ignore them.
ENDER’S GAME (2013)  – Can’t remember the last time I called the twist before having even seen a film this long in advance.
AFTERNOON DELIGHT (2013) – I assumed this would be funny, guess I was wrong.
HARD EIGHT (1996) – PTA, glad to see your start is this good.

REWATCHED

THE LAST STAND - “I’ve seen enough bloodshed”
HIGH ANXIETY“Those who are tardy do not get fruit cup.”
THE KILLER“Easy to pick up, hard to put down.”
RASHOMON“Man just wants to forget the bad stuff, and believe in the made-up good stuff.”
JACK REACHER - “I mean to beat you to death and drink your blood from a boot!”
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

My count for the year of 2014 is updated to 28 First time watches (3 from 2014); 17 Rewatches; 45 Total Films

A Week of News: Feb 4th

I may not be a fan of writing about film news due to the rumour-like quality that a lot of the articles are. However, I do follow the news on a lot of film blogs and I do think that there’s something to keeping track of all of the “news” that’s mentioned throughout the week as it relates to the world of cinema.

So every Friday I’ll be posting a list of links of the week’s news around the internet. Highlighting my favourite stories of the week and those stories so ludicrous I jut can’t imagine them to be true.

MY FAVOURITE STORIES OF THE WEEK:

Tom Hooper says he won’t cut THE KING’S SPEECH to PG-13 rating

The King’s Speech is one of the many films of 2010 that if I had seen before I had written my Top Ten of the year would quite easily bebreaking into the Top 5. The film gained an R rating for one particular scene where Lionel makes Albert (aka. King George VI) to swear profusely. We’re then treated to a couple of minutes of many four letter words, and a few with some more characters. That scene is the one and only reason why the film didn’t get it’s PG-13 rating, and even though I’d be regurgitating a lot of other bloggers’ feelings about the MPAA by talking about how stupid that is I agree that the film should not be edited just for the sake of that one beautifully foul scene that honestly I don’t know who would watch it and be worried for their children’s innocence. The scene is contextualized in such a way that it never becomes dirty or foul.

Ricky Gervais may host the next GOLDEN GLOBES

Love him or hate him you have to admit that he knows how to bring the smart British humour in taking the mickey out of some of the most vein people in the world. In a society where image in 90% of your job it’s nice to have someone like Gervais who’s willing to just go no holds bar and just rip everyone a new one. Even though this year I didn’t love it that much in retrospect I blame the overall ceremony rather than Gervais who was definitely spot on.

Javier Bardem offered role in BOND 23

Javier Bardem is one of my favourite actors to reach the top of the star ranking in the last five years. He’s calm but scary and always charming. Thinking of him as the next villain in the next James Bond movie kind of excites me. It could definitely not work out, but on paper it seems cool enough.

THE REST:

PRODUCTION NEWS

CASTING NEWS

TV NEWS

OTHER NEWS

POSTERS

TRAILERS

What was your favourite story of the week?