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Friday, February 07, 2014

Sean Kelly

Watch I Watched – January 21 – February 6, 2014

In the 2 1/2 weeks since I last posted my watchlist, I didn’t watch a single new release in theatres.  Instead, I took advantage of the fact that January is typically a slow month and instead set out to catch up on a few of the Oscar nominated films I had yet to see.  I should also really improve my home viewing, since I still have a backlog of unopened blu-rays, some of which are two or more years old.  I guess that’s what happens when you buy more than you watch.  Plus, I also try to rotate in older films I have not seen in a while.  Anyways, here is what I watched.

Theatrical Screenings

  • Dallas Buyers Club – I wasn’t entirely sold on the awards praise for the film, but it was still decent.
  • Philomena – While decent, this film will definitely get no more than “also ran” status at the Oscars.
  • Stop Making Sense – This concert film definitely helped to make me more of a fan of Talking Heads.
  • The Final Member – Despite a chuckle-worthy premise, this is an interesting film about a man trying to complete his (admittedly weird) life’s work.
  • August: Osage County – Not as crazy as the other Tracy Letts adaptations, but I still enjoyed it.
  • Christine – I like how John Carpenter tries to play this, inherently campy, killer car plot as straight as possible.
  • Akira – Despite a not-so-great theatrical experience, I still enjoyed the film, which was a lot more weird than I was expecting.

Blu-Ray/DVD

  • You’re Next (rewatch) – Admittedly the film is not as fun to watch without a crowd, but I still love it.
  • Manborg/Bio-Cop (rewatch) – The short length makes for great “on the whim” late night viewing.
  • Django Unchained (rewatch) – My 5th annual “Movie SuperBowl” selection. Didn’t having the pacing issues I had on my first viewing.
  • The Master (rewatch) – Popped this on in response to Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death.

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).