Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July in Movies + Break Time

Surprisingly enough, by the time I finish watching The Lorax tonight, July has been my biggest month for movie watching. In January, I saw 45 films, and this month, I did one better. Which is strange considering I didn't have any school in January at all, but in July, I had two weeks of school holding me back. The reason that I've been watching so much is mainly due to the fact that July was probably the best month for DVD releases that I've EVER seen. Seriously, the week I watched the least new releases in was the third week - and I got to see four movies. It goes without saying that July was a fantastic month, particularly because I finally got to see my darling The Dark Knight Rises and the Olympics have started. Despite the fact that it is my birthday next month, I can't see August being so cool. There's only like one release a week (apart from on my birthday, where there's a huge burst), and I'll be poor because every man and his bloody dog is having a birthday. I mean, even my dog has his birthday the day before mine. Anyway, here's how July went:

Films I had never seen before until the month of July...


Howl's Moving Castle - There's not a lot that I can remember about this, apart from Emily Mortimer's voice. I really like that woman.
Higher Ground - I honestly don't think that this has rented once. Oh well, I should be glad that we at least got it.
My Week with Marilyn - I still don't get how Marilyn Monroe supposedly had a fling with someone as inexpressive as Eddie Redmayne was. He was such a bore.
This Means War - I admit to enjoying this. But I still can't process Tom Hardy being in this and The Dark Knight Rises in the same year.
Sleeping Beauty - The amount of people who have picked this up expecting it to be some porno...
We Need to Talk About Kevin - I really wish that earthquake didn't happen halfway through this. I'm so paranoid now.
Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope - So I sat down in the holidays and finally gave this a go. I liked it more than I thought I would. I should really get to the rest of the series.
Maid in Manhattan - What was Ralph Fiennes doing in this movie?
Grave of the Fireflies - Excuse me while I go and have a little cry over this...
The Girl who Leapt Through Time - Time-leaping would be very helpful right now.
50/50 - The first of my crazy movie night. I'm really pissed that my blu-ray version that I got off Amazon in February worked. I can't believe I had to wait until July to see it.
Like Crazy - My friend and I love Felicity Jones. She's so purdy.
J. Edgar - So much bad makeup! So little lighting! Ugh, to think this movie was on my wall of 'movies I want to see'.
The Skin I Live In - I can't believe I tricked my Dad into buying a foreign movie for the shop. Unfortunately, it didn't work for A Separation.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - When I watched it I really didn't like it. I think that was just an after effect of it being after 12am and having watched so many movies. Now I think that it was okay.
John Carter - It wasn't so bad.
Rebel without a Cause - The extent of my homework in the holidays. I had to watch this for a class.
Paprika - LOL wut?
Millennium Actress - I can't believe more people didn't recommend this during my anime month. It was awesome.
21 Jump Street - Watching this after having multiple injections numbing my mouth wasn't very wise. It made it too hard to laugh.
London Boulevard - I honestly can't remember any of this film.
Headhunters - Oh Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, you're so good-looking. This film was really entertaining.
The Decoy Bride - I wish my accent was like Kelly Macdonald's.
The Dark Knight Rises - Stuff you all, I freaking loved this movie.
Spirited Away - I wish I could have paid more attention to this.
Aliens - It was good, but it wasn't as good as Alien. I don't know whether I should venture into the rest of the series.
Rampart - Wait...what was this movie about?
The Big Year - Not funny enough to be a comedy, not dramatic enough to be a drama, but still pretty okay. What a cast, too.
Haywire - I was so disappointed by this film. It was so dull.
Wanderlust - This movie was refreshing. I don't know how, but I felt refreshed after seeing it.
The Sitter - I was in the mood for an R-rated comedy, but unfortunately this one didn't suffice.
Martha Marcy May Marlene - So different to what I was expecting. But so good.
Akira - It was very interesting...but I should probably see it again.
Earrings - Alex Withrow is now in my list of reasons why I want to become a director. I really liked his short film. You can watch it here.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - I finally saw the musical version. The ending was so happy. Our play looks so depressing. But still, it is going well.
The Lorax - I'll be finished it soon, so I guess we'll shove it on here.

Films I've already seen before but felt the need to see again because I'm cool like that...


The Artist - Watching this with my friends was the funniest thing ever. We made it into a story about a man's love for Subway and a (really immature) remake of Shame. Because we're cool like that.
Drive - Wow, a lot of people die in this movie.
Memento - I freaking love this movie, to the end of the Earth and back.
The Prestige - Writing an essay about the revenge theme in this film is seriously the hardest thing ever. And now I have to 'connect it to society'. I need to talk to Chris Nolan about it.
Following - Oh gosh, the Batman sticker in this. Chris Nolan knows.
Insomnia - I guess I was having a bit of a Chris Nolan marathon?
Batman Begins - Liam Neeson and Cillian Murphy were so unbelievably awesome in this film.
The Dark Knight - If I could do one thing before I die, it would be to see this on the big screen again.
We Need to Talk About Kevin - I mustered up the courage to watch this again so I could write an essay about the revenge theme in it (I'm so clever). While there was another earthquake, I appreciated it a whole lot more. And I'm so attracted to Ezra Miller in this film. It is so bad.
City Island - Yes, I rewatched this because it is the only Ezra Miller film I own. I loooooooooove him. And this movie is pretty cool, too.

Anyway, as you're all well aware, here comes the hour where I hang my blogging hat up and let it collect dust for a little while. Why? Because there's only so much this 16 year old can take. School is so busy that it has to spill into what little free time I have left, and that free time is taken up by the blog. Which doesn't leave me to do many normal things. And for once, I want to do normal things. So I'm taking a little while off to catch my breath. And once I feel that I've done that, I'll pick up my dusty blogging hat. Therefore, I can't tell you exactly how long I'll be, but I can at least promise you that it won't be terribly long before I start feeling a bit empty. Sorry for the melodramatics - but that's how I'm feeling at the moment.

So to close out this moment, I leave you with this rather appropriate song. See you later, and thanks for being so good to me in this past year!

46 comments:

  1. Interesting month. I agree on the DVD releases thing... I was overwhelmed with how many good films came out. I decided at the last minute to give 21 Jump Street a whirl and boy am I glad I did. I LOVED it. It was a brilliant throwback to a genre I know and love so well. One of the best comedies of the last few years.

    We will miss your blogging voice a hell of a lot Stevee. You've been and continue to be an inspiration for many of us writers and it will be sad to not have new, awesome stuff to read from you. I was thinking of quitting blogging too but instead I've decided just to limit the amount of content I post to just four or maybe five posts a week. Makes it easier. But knowing how busy you are, some time off is perfectly understandable. Enjoy it Stevee and thanks for being an awesome blogger. Counting the days 'til Cinematic Paradox makes it's epic comeback. :)

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    1. There were so many! It was insane! I'm definitely going to cherish July forever.

      21 Jump Street is pretty awesome, isn't it? My friends and I are going to watch it this weekend. I'm so excited to see it again.

      Ah, you'll survive :) I'll be sure to keep up with what you're doing!

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  2. As Aliens has been one of my favourite films for a long time I'm glad you liked it. But I understand your feelings when rating Alien and Aliens against each other. Two very different films - highlighting the strengths of the directors no doubt. I frequently waver on which one I prefer but I think Alien is genuinely frightening which I think I now prefer over Aliens' kinetic thrills - it was different when I was younger.

    As for the others - well, the Alien V Predator films are very average - the first one being marginally better than the second but both not worth paying to see. As for Alien 3 and 4 - both have their merits and Alien 4 certainly looks far better than it did on release when compared to the AvP films.

    I would recommend Alien 3 though - see if you can watch the "Producer's Cut" on the newer DVD/blu-ray releases. There were a lot of production problems on the film - Fincher falling out with the execs which ended up creating plot holes in the original theatrical version and damaging the film. However, the new cut sheds light on the plot holes and makes for a better film. Despite its problems, it is well worth seeing.

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    1. I might see Alien 3, since it is a David Fincher film, but I'm not too sure about the rest. I'll definitely steer clear of the Alien vs. Predator stuff...that doesn't interest me at all!

      Thanks for the advice.

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  3. "Aliens - It was good, but it wasn't as good as Alien. I don't know whether I should venture into the rest of the series." -- I agree with you that the first one is better, while Cameron's sequel is very good, too. As for venturing further, I personally think that it can be done someday without much hesitation. After all, you just have to watch all Fincher films, so it means the third Alien, which I thought was okay. As for the fourth movie, Jeunet's take, I disliked it, but still I believe it can be watched once.

    Enjoy your break Stevee!

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    1. I will take a look at Alien 3 since it is Fincher, and maybe the other one some time. It'll be interesting to see what they do!

      Thanks, I am already.

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  4. Haha "Don't You Forget About Me" is my ringtone!

    Aww Stevee I shall miss you. I will probably be blogging less too. August is just suddenly such a busy month.

    Pretty good month all together. Saw most of the essential 2011 films. I am thinking of rewatching Kevin with you going on and on about it so much :P

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    1. Haha, I want that to be my ringtone!

      August is a very busy month. Bloody hell.

      What can I say? I looooooove Ezra Miller.

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  5. Just as I come back into the world of blogging, you appear to be leaving. You will be missed, Stevee. I'm glad you liked The Dark Knight Rises also, I loved it!

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    1. Nawwwww, that's an awful coincidence :( Yay! The Dark Knight Rises is awesome.

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  6. Aw, hope you enjoy your time off. (You'll still be reading blogs, right?)

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    1. I'm going to try, but I'm trying to stay away from my computer as much as I can.

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  7. Enjoy your break. Reading your blog has become part of my daily routine, so I'll miss it just as much as you will :)

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  8. Stevee.

    Your site has been awarded with a Liebster. Go here to learn more about it.

    http://www.videovangaurd.com/2012/07/the-vern-accepts-liebster-award-and.html

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    1. Thanks...I'll get to it when I get back from my break (by then it'll be so irrelevant, haha)

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  9. I hope you'll enjoy your break! I will try to defent TDKR in your absence :)

    Haha every single review or mention of Headhunters i've seen mentions Nikolaj's good looks, that is so true :)

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    1. Yay! Thank you!

      That's because Nikolaj is SO good looking. Seriously!

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  10. I loved TDKR too, but haters gonna hate. :) Have a good break!

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  11. This is an impressive list! There are some on there that we have never heard of so definitely going to have to check some of those out. We love your blog! It's so cool and obviously such a passion! So we have awarded you the Liebster Award as well! And technically since we are in the States, it's still the 31st here, so we got to you first ;) Enjoy your break! http://www.twoticketsfor.com/2012/07/the-liebster-award.html

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    1. Thanks! I'll get to that when I get back.

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  12. Take care Stevee, I know you will be missed!!

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  13. I have awarded you the Liebster award, to collect it go here: http://movielabyrinth.blogspot.fr/2012/08/the-liebster-award.html

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    1. Thank you very much, I'll get to it when I get back!

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  14. Enjoy your blogging break, we all need a little time away once in awhile.

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  15. I absolutely adore your blog, Stevee. It's a part of my daily Internet diet :) I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award; you check it out here: http://randomfilmbuff.com/2012/08/02/d-7/

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    1. Awwwwww, thank you! I will get onto that when I get back. But by then it'll be so irrelevant :)

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  16. I tagged you for a Liebster Award. Details here:

    http://movienut14.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-liebster-award.html

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  17. Hehe, you're showered in Liebster Awards in the comments Steeve! I think it reflects how we feel about you. You're like the little sister of all of us (or daughter in some cases ;)).

    Enjoy your break and see you around!

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  18. Enjoy your break, it was wonderful not to be able to go online for two (well, almost six) weeks for me.
    And congrats with your 46 movies, my current highscore is still 40.

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    1. Wow, that's a long time. Unfortunately I have to design a website for someone so I can't stay away from the internet...but it is nice not to go on it so much!

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  19. Hot damn, you had a fine July. So many flicks, and great ones at that. Thanks again for your compliments about Earrings, I can't describe how happy it makes me that it is inspiring you to make flicks!

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    1. Yes, July was the best! And thanks for being such an inspiration!

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  20. Oh, the joy of being young... you have all the energy to watch sooo many movies in a month! I envy you! :D

    "...I still can't process Tom Hardy being in [This Means War] and The Dark Knight Rises in the same year" That is incredible isn't it? I mean he looked sooooo different! I still haven't mustered enough interest in seeing This Means War though, the trailer was agonizingly bad!

    Enjoy your break Stevee! You've done an amazing job with your blog here, well done on the multiple Liebster noms!

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    1. Haha, I do have to thank the holidays for allowing me to do that.

      This Means War was okay, because of Tom Hardy and Chris Pine but gee...it just don't make sense.

      Thanks!

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  21. I could've sworn I commented here! Enjoy your break Stevee!

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    1. I did, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end :(

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  22. Wow another month, another impressive number of movies seen. I'm fairly certain you will run out of movies to see by the end of the year girl :)

    One movie I really want to see from your list is Akira but it's always on very long wait on Netflix!!!

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    1. Haha, no, there's way too many movies.

      Damn! Akira is pretty funky.

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  23. I’m putting together a new blogathon. It’s called “Winning Streak” and the idea is that you write about what you consider to be the most impressive unbroken run of great movies from a chosen film-maker. So for example mine would be Robert Altman’s run from Brewster McCloud (1970) to Nashville (1975) where in my opinion he made seven fantastic movies.
    Let me know if you fancy taking part.

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    1. Sounds like a great blogathon, but I haven't seen near enough movies from one director to take part. Have fun with it, though!

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