August’s been a funny old month… I feel like I’ve not really done much with my summer, but then the weather hasn’t been great! I also not sure I’m liking summers out of education. You know, those summers where you have to work. Urgh, those are so annoying. I did manage to watch a hec of a lot of films though. Mainly ones I’ve seen before but I’m also getting towards my goal of watching 52 films at the cinema with Ant-Man (2015) and finishing all of the films that I physically own on blu-ray or DVD.
I also went to the Edinburgh Fringe festival with my family which was so fun, my highlights blog will be up on Tuesday!
100% better than last month’s cinema trip effort which was a grand total of one. I managed to see Ant-Man (2015) and Inside Out (2015) and I thought both were really great. Of course everyone loves Paul Rudd in this role and why the hec wouldn’t you. But for me Michael Pena stole the show from the sidelines. I am genuinely looking forward to seeing what Marvel do next with Ant-Man. I know he’s due to be in Captain America: Civil War (2016) but I’m more concerned about Hope Van Dyne’s character and what they’ll do there. If it’s anything less than her own movie I’m not interested.
Inside Out was way better than I thought it would be. Just because it was Pixar and just because everyone said it was great, that doesn’t mean I was without scepticism. I really didn’t know how they were going to flesh out a story from the premise then BOOM they did and it totally rocked. I’m so glad we’ve got The Good Dinosaur (2015) coming out later this year to sort out our Pixar fix.
I always feel a bit like a fraud when a blogathon or a feature comes around and it’s on a topic I know nothing about and I’m like “Gaaaah everyone will know I can’t POSSIBLY be such a huge film fan if I’ve not watched X, Y or Z…” so when French Toast Sunday announced August Cronenberg (a month dedicated to David Cronenberg) I wrote about the ONLY film I had seen directed by him for the 2nd time on this blog (Maps to the Stars (2014) in case you were wondering). Yeah. What a great film though, right?!
For this month’s Blind Spot which is a feature run by The Matinee, I wrote about Chinese film Raise the Red Lantern (1991) and what an AWESOME film. There were a few duds towards the middle of my Blind Spot year but I’m so pleased I decided to go with World Cinema, just think of all the awesome films I would have missed otherwise! I’m totally thinking about keeping the World Cinema thing for next year, but you know, I don’t watch as many documentaries as I should…
Other posts I wrote this month include the Against the Crowd blogathon ran by Dell on Movies. This is where you can find me dissin’ The Matrix (1999) and biggin’ up the love for Miss Congeniality 2 (2005)). Also, I took part in the The “Movies that haven’t aged well” blogathon ran by MovieMovieBlogBlog and wrote about the Carry on Hanna (2011) film series.
As a special extra, I also wrote about the 100 James Bond postcards my mother sent me for 2 and a half years. I’ve had a lot of lovely feedback from this one so thank you all! You’re all so awesome.
Where do I even begin. I remember all the way back to My January In Films when I mentioned that often you can make links between my state of mind, my mood, of what I’d been up to by the movies I watched that month. Though of course some show no correlation. Since I’ve re-watched so many old films and watched so many new films, I’d hate to think what someone could determine from my state of mind.
Because I own them on DVD and I hadn’t watched them yet: Body of Lies (2008), Layer Cake (2004), Gosford Park (2001), Under the Skin (2013)
Because I’ve been meaning to watch more Docs: Supermensch (2013), Food Inc. (2008)
Because my laptop broke and is currently in repair: The Parent Trap (1998), Our lips Are Sealed (2000), The Social Network (2010), Blue Jasmine (2013), I Love You Man (2009), Invictus (2009), The Hangover (2009), The Dark Knight (2008), Rock of Ages (2012), Mamma Mia (2008), Jersey Boys (2014), Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Hanna (2011) and many, many more
I really need to catch up on my soaps, Neighbours and Coronation Street. I also need to catch up on True Detective, Marvel’s Agents of Shields, Under the Dome and Agent Carter but I’m re-watching Sex and the City. That’s what you have to do when the device you watch TV with (AKA laptop) because you never watch TV at their scheduled times decided to freak out and need repairing. Pray for me.
You can also read about My July In Films
Have you guys watched anything good this August?