I’ve gotta say, this month has not been great for films… At all! I only managed to make it to the cinema twice and aside from that I’ve mainly just been watching TV shows like Blue Bloods… So I have made progress in that area but not much else! The start of May is also going to be slow too as I’m off to Belgium this Friday and then after that I’ll pretty much going to be concentrating on the Great Manchester 10k run I’ve got coming up. After that though, it’s just gonna be films, films, films!
Like I said, I only managed to make it to the cinema twice this month but I think I made it count! The first time was to see Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) which I thought was fantastic and I wrote about my strong physical reactions to the film. Last weekend whilst I was in London for work, I killed some time at the Curzon cinema in Mayfair. I never, ever would have chosen a cinema in such a posh part of town had it not been the only one with the decent show times. I watched Force Majeure (2014) which I also really liked and you read about what I thought in the post.
This month was like reliving the third year of University again with the features I’ve done. I studied Bollywood which I thoroughly enjoyed and Lagaan (2001) as part of April’s Blind Spot series run by The Matinee, was one I never really had to watch for the topics I was studying. It was fantastic as expected, though I think I’ve seen other Bollywood films I’ll go back to over this one. For Aprilfonso Cuaron run by French Toast Sunday, I wrote about why Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) was the best Harry Potter film in the series because of Cuaron’s direction. It’s been aaages since I’ve had a Harry Potter Marathon and I think a rainy summer weekend would be the perfect opportunity!
There’s been a lot of re-watches this month, with only Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and The Philadelphia Story (1940) being new ones. The former was because I have it on Blu-ray at home in Cumbria as a Coen Bros box set. And when I went back for the Easter weekend I decided to crack it open along with A Serious Man (2009). I know, I know… I have a Blu ray player and a HD TV in my bedroom in Cumbria but I have a very basic set up in my Manchester house, I don’t know why either! It’s probably the comfort of knowing my room at home is a haven of comfort no matter where I might be.
Along with The Philadelphia Story I re-watched Rear Window (1954) as I hope to do an epic post on my all-time favourite actor James Stewart and I want to do the guy justice. Other random viewings include quite easy going romps and comedies like The Help (2011), School of Rock (2003), Superbad (2007), Magic Mike (2012), The Hangover (2009), The Social Network (2010) and Back to the Future (1985).
I finally managed to finish Parks and Recreation!! It’s awesome in case you were wondering. I also re-watched The Inbetweeners including both movies for kicks. I’ve been keeping up with my soaps Neighbours and Coronation Street and Sky on Demand has been getting my business a lot recently with Blue Bloods (just makes me want to go back to New York despite the horrendous crime as displayed in the show), The Flash, Modern Family, About a Boy and Moone Boy and of course Game of Thrones has started again amongst others.
I am still successfully cutting back on my TV watching but I’ve got loads of box sets I want to watch. Next on the list might have to be Breaking Bad as I stole my dad’s box set ages ago and I think I need to get through it whilst I still don’t know the ending! …Don’t ruin it now you have this knowledge though… Please?!
Any TV shows I’ve been missing out on that have aired in the UK this month?
You can also read about My March In Films.