My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 12

Not a lot to report this week. The weekend was spend doing DIY – soon the majority of my DVD collection will emerge from the attic and take residence in the lounge’s new alcove shelving, as soon as I finish putting it up next weekend – but I have been making some ground in terms of my movie goals. Still no green ticks yet, but I’m not far off on a couple of lists. Also, a quick shout out to French Toast Sunday, which turned five years old a couple of days ago. I’ve only been writing for the site for less than two years (my first post was in August 2013, a review of The World’s End), but I’ve made some great friends through the site, some of whom I’m expecting to meet later this year. We’re doing a bunch of posts to celebrate the birthday over at FTS, so make sure you head over there to check them out. There’s some links lower down for such an activity. Here’s what I’ve watched this week:

Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013)
I made the correct decision to watch this one evening when my partner was out on a work function, because this is a film that is quite far from being up her street, what with it being 3 hours long, subtitled and featuring a great deal of nudity, none of which was Kit Harington. You can read my full review here (that’s right, I wrote a review in the same week that I saw something).
Lists: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Nominated Movies

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
I’d heard enough bad things about this film to not see it in the theatre, effectively cancelling a Lambcast episode in the process (although almost no-one else saw it and wanted to be on the show too). You know what I didn’t hate? This movie. But you know what I don’t like? This franchise. It’s not bad, but it isn’t as good as it could be. For starters, if you’re film has the title “Hunger Games” in it, there better well be a goddamn Hunger Game at some point. And there wasn’t, because we’ve reached the point where the game is barely even referenced, let alone takes place. Also, and I can’t believe I’m about to weigh in on a love triangle from a young adult book/movie series, but what the heck does Katniss see in Peeta? It could just be Josh Hutcherson’s pathetic, insipid portrayal, but I’ve always hated the guy, and can’t understand why Katniss doesn’t settle down with the comparatively dreamy Gale (Liam Hemsworth) instead. It was good to see the character of Effie (Elizabeth Banks) having to deal with the circumstances thrown up by Catching Fire, and they tried to shoe-horn in Stanley Tucci’s series highlight Caesar Flickerman where they can, but there wasn’t enough of him to bring enough entertainment. I’m intrigued as to what will eventually happen, and this wasn’t as bad as expected, but it still isn’t as good as I want it to be. And, of course, R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman, it saddens me that this will be one of the last things you did.
Lists: None
Choose Life 6/10

Brave (2012)
Aisha put this on whilst I was laptopping during the week. It’s easily in the bottom half of Pixar’s movies (which should not be seen as an insult, as to date they’ve only made one terrible film, and one that’s just OK [Cars 2 and Cars, respectively]) but I still really like it. Particularly all of the bear-related comedy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are few things in life funnier than watching a massive bear falling down a small flight of stairs.
Lists: None
Choose Film 7/10

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (1987)
My review of this movie will go up on French Toast Sunday this Saturday, and I’ll link to it in next week’s post. This month we’re celebrating March of the Coens over at French Toast Sunday, so I jigged my USA Road Trip series around a little to slot in Mississippi for this movie. It’d been a long time since I’d seen it, and my memory hadn’t been overly kind, but after a re-watch I feel like I’ve rediscovered a classic.
Lists: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Empire’s 5-Star 500, French Toast Sunday USA Road Trip, Coen Brothers

Posts you may have missed:
A Hard Day’s Night
Wall Street
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Top 11 Coen Brothers Regulars
: Like I said, it’s March of the Coens, so here I counted down my Top 11 actors the Coens have used in more than two movies. So basically it’s a list of character actors and George Clooney, but in what order?
Top 5 Animated Movies from the Past 5 Years: Kicking off the 5th birthday celebrations over on French Toast Sunday is my list of my favourite animated films from the past 5 years. Some interesting choices makes it, go check it out.
Lambcast #261 Whatcha Been Watchin’ Lately?: It’s time for another edition of Whatcha Been Watchin’ Lately, wherein myself and my guests discussed, well, films we’ve seen recently. I was joined by Jason, Nick, Lackey and Will to initially talk about films like Wall Street, Miller’s Crossing, Open Windows, The Guard and What We Do In The Shadows, but as usual we took a few tangents and ended up down some very unexpected streets.

Goals Update
Aim: Watch all saved TiVo films
Watched: 12
To go: 49
Should be on: 14
On Track: No!

Aim: Watch 59 movies released in the UK in 2015
Watched: 4
To go: 55
Should be on: 5
On Track: No!

Aim: Review Kate Winslet’s remaining films
Reviewed: 0
To go: 3
Should be on: 1
On Track: No!

Aim: Watch 12 “bad” films from the 1001 List
Reviewed: 1
To go: 11
Should be on: 3
On Track: No!

Aim: Watch 1 nominated film a week from the 1001 List
Reviewed: 6
To go: 46
Should be on: 12
On Track: No!

Aim: Cross off 75 films from the 1001 List
Reviewed: 14
To go: 61
Should be on: 17
On Track: No!

2 thoughts on “My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 12

  1. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since you started writing at FTS. That went by really fast!

    Since you’re currently not doing so hot with your goals it’s making me feel better about myself (then again your goals are far more demanding than mine). I’ll commiserate with you though because I am lagging currently. Going away last week has gotten me about 4 movies behind in my weekly resolutions goals. Not that I’m complaining about vacation, but I have been keeping on such good track that I now feel freaked out that I haven’t been hitting my goal. I believe we can catch up though!

    • I know! The time has flown by! For example, it’s been almost a week since you left this comment, and I’m only just getting to it now.

      My aim at the moment is to scratch back one goal at a time, and once I’m on top of each one, to just not let it get out of hand again. Here’s hoping. I sat down the other day and worked out whether or not this is going to be plausible for the rest of the year, and let’s just say between you and me that I don’t have a hope in Hell of coming out all in the green on this one. Ah well. Good luck with your goals too!

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