Friday, August 31, 2012

August in Movies + Announcement (Yup, Another Break)

August has been a very strange month. It has pretty much been the slowest month out of the entire year (which means that it has gone at a normal pace, considering how fast this year has disappeared). Many cool things have happened, minus the fact that I had the flu earlier in the month. My birthday happened, and it was pretty awesome. Well, Saturday was very awesome. At work I managed to get a NZ zoned copy of Memento for only $2. Now I won't have to watch my US zoned copy which only plays in one of the many DVD players we have in the house (first world problems, I know). So yeah, I got home and my friends were casually sitting in my lounge and are all like "surprise!" Of course, I went into shut-down mode and broke down in excited laughter. They made me a Captain America cake. And this USB with funny stuff on it, and also a video of Ezra Miller which won't play on my computer but it is still awesome because it is Ezra Miller. It was a nice night.

While I've only been present in the blogosphere for a whole two weeks of this month, I'll have to be leaving you again. I admit, it is a little foolish of me, but the last break I had, I really needed, because I was about to explode. This time, I actually do have to break off from the blog. In five days, Little Shop of Horrors goes on stage. So, naturally, I can't be blogging as well. I was originally going to blog right up until the curtains opened, but I realised that with all of the rehearsals between now and then, coupled with the insane amount of school work due in for the next two weeks, some things will have to be shafted. Sorry about that - once this is all over you will have my attention. My full attention. Because you deserve it.

Anyway, here's the very few movies that caught up with in this slow, yet extremely busy month. I blame the Olympics for stuffing up most of my film-watching.

Movies I had never seen until the month of August...

The Awakening - The cool moment when you watch this film on a preview disc at the start of the month, and then find out that it has just come out in cinemas in America this weekend. Woohoo. I honestly don't remember much of the movie itself, but Rebecca Hall is glorious.
Project X - Worst movie of the year. By far. But somehow, along with Tumblr, this has become the latest craze to sweep the school.
La Dolce Vita - I've had this in my DVD collection for over two years, so I thought that while I had a spare three hours, I'd give it a go. I liked it enough, but it just isn't my type of film.
Every Day - Yes, I just watched this for Ezra Miller. It is the hormones talking.
Wrath of the Titans - Oh hey, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, are you trying to wipe the glorious memories of Schindler's List from our brains? This was terrible.
The Rum Diary - I wish that this movie was more fun. Instead, it was self-indulgent. Amber Heard is extremely beautiful, though.
Another Happy Day - I still cannot understand why people loved Ellen Barkin's performance in this so much. She annoyed me to no end.
Good Will Hunting - You know what I realised? I'm pretty much exactly like Skyler in this movie. Anyway, damn fine script.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town - Was feeling in the mood for some old-fashioned comedy, and this was more than serviceable.
The Raid - I still can't get over how awesome this film was.
The Most Fun You Can Have Dying - ...and I still can't get over how good this film was for a NZ film.
Afterschool - Oh, Baby Ezra, how I miss thee. I just wish I wasn't so darn tired while watching this.
Mulholland Dr. - FINALLY got to see it. And I loved loved loved it. I'll have to give it another watch before I send it back.
Down to the Bone - An indie film directed by Debra Granik (Winter's Bone) and starring Vera Farmiga in one of her earlier roles. I didn't love it, but I did love Vera's performance - which kept me going throughout the entire film.
Carnage - So much fun. And the perfect length for an after-rehearsal film.
Battleship - I need to stop making jokes about this film. But considering how bad it is, it kind of deserves it.
A Dangerous Method - I'm not sure what to think about this film. It just...wasn't all that interesting to me. But Keira Knightley's jaw
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - My first film as a 17 year old. Sat down by the heater and watched it with a cup of tea. I am the definition of classy.
Goodfellas - Had the day off school, so after doing a huge lot of homework, I decided to watch this for the first time. I loved it.
Contraband - Missed out on it last month because I couldn't fit seven movies into my crazy movie night. I should have left it on the shelf. The constant zooming in and out was beyond annoying.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) - Watched this in English for our WW1 study. Was probably the only person in my class who really liked it.
Gattaca - Borrowed this off another English teacher because everyone in the other class watched it for their film study. I really, really, really liked this film. That said, I haven't gone into the little "film study" details.

Movies I've seen before but felt the need to watch again because I'm cool like that...

We Need to Talk About Kevin - Made my friends watch it because Ezra Miller is hot. And guess what...THERE WERE NO EARTHQUAKES! Such success.
21 Jump Street (x2) - I actually love this movie. So much so that I've seen it twice this month. It gets laughs out of everyone (apart from my Dad, who thinks it is "sick").
50/50 - Made my friends watch this, too. I love this movie.
The Muppets - I was sick, so what does one little Stevee do when she's sick? Watch The Muppets for a bagillionth time, of course! It is the best medicine ever.
The Dark Knight Rises - Saw it, and loved it, a second time. Cried so much. In fact, in class today, my friend and I started crying over the end again. We need help.
It Happened One Night - Funniest movie ever. Hands down.
Shame - Got it for my birthday, so sat down last Friday and got sad over it again. In class we were talking about movies that have had an impact on our lives, and I was going to pick this one, but then I realised I would have to explain why it had an impact on me. And I don't even know why. So I just chose Requiem for a Dream.
City Island - Watched it along with 21 Jump Street at my surprise birthday party. Things got a little crazy whilst watching this.
The Avengers - Since we had a half-day at school, we got together and watched The Avengers. I like it a lot less than The Dark Knight Rises, but it is filled with priceless moments that make me light up like the sun (and most unoriginal simile goes to...).

So, I guess I'll see you on the other side of two weeks. Keep being awesome! And while we're at it, did you see anything awesome this month?


  1. Nice list of films watched. Mulholland Dr and La Dolce Vita... yes! Enjoy your next break, and best wishes for the play!

  2. I hardly saw anything this month. Just haven't been in much of a viewing mood lately.

    1. Neither have I, actually. I'm quite over watching movies.

  3. Yeah, great list. I, on the contrary, haven't seen many films. But I read The Hunger Games trilogy haha, I loved it. Good luck with Little Shop of Horrors.

    1. I still need to read Mockingjay! Haha, I'm so slack.

  4. Nice to see you're getting into Lynch! Think you know how much I love that guy, so hopefully you'll enjoy his other stuff too.

    1. Ha, yes, I will definitely catch up with some more of his stuff.

  5. Project X is fairly inventive, but it is a crap film. The Good Will Hunting script is great.

    Good luck with your play!

    1. Eh...Project X was just a vile film. And yes, that script is great.


  6. Little Shop Of Horrors is one of my favorite musicals, and I'm not usually a big fan of that genre. Congrats on being a part of that play.

    1. It is a pretty awesome musical! I'm really happy to be a part of it.

  7. You saw some great movies. I must be the only person who loved The Rum Diary though. :)

    YAY! Love for Good Will Hunting, Goodfellas, and Gattaca. Those are some of my favorites.

    Good luck on the play, and enjoy your break!

    1. Ha, I know that there are a few The Rum Diary fans out there!

      Those films were all brilliant.


  8. Good luck and we'll see you when you come back! :)

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    1. Haha, it will wear out in a hurry.

      I love Drive, but haven't seen the rest (well, I have seen Citizen Kane, but that was years and years ago).

      Luckily if I break a leg that won't matter, because I'm only the co-director. But I hope no-one else does!

  10. Another break?! NOOO... Hope you enjoy it :) Some day I feel like I should take one of those breaks myself, having to work 60 hours+ certainly puts a lot of strain on AM :(

    It definitely seems like your list of movies watched is shorter than usual, but then again, it's still quite a bit more than most people.

    1. Haha, sorry. You should definitely take a break if you need one. We can't do everything!

      Oh, and I won't be able to see every film ever made by the end of this year...sorry about that ;)

  11. Enjoy your well-deserved break after all these movie watching, Stevee! Nice selections here, and I love that you had a cup of tea watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Dame Judi Dench would be so proud! :D

  12. Ha, I'm so with it, seeing this seven days after you posted it....have already heard your reactions to the show on Twitter of course, and I'm so glad it's going well! Hope it keeps going well and see in you back here in about another week I guess :)

  13. Your birthday sounded fun, I'm sure you loved it!
    Good luck with your project, I hope everything turns out alright!


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