What I Watched – May 27-June 3

With many of my regular TV shows gone for the summer I have a lot more time for casual movie-watching.  This is shown in this week’s watchlist, which saw me watch no less than eleven films over the course of the week.  This included a handful of M. Night Shyamalan films in advance of last weekend’s release of After Earth.  I personally wish I had more time to rewatch his whole filmography (and I reminded myself that I probably should pick up The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable on blu-ray, since I only have those films on VHS).  Anyways, here is what I watched. Theatrical Screenings

  • Mud – Despite being a bit slow, I overall enjoyed this film and its themes and relationships and family.
  • American Mary (rewatch) – It may not be personally my type of film, but the Soska twins definite have their hearts in the right place.
  • Charles Bradley: Soul of America – An interesting story of a man, who found musical success so late in his life.
  • After Earth – The film is not perfect, but I liked it.

Projected DVD

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – This film is definitely made by Jack Nicolson’s performance as someone somewhere in between crazy and sane.


  • Run Lola Run – A very high octane and fun film.
  • Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story – I can say I enjoyed this very self-reflexive British comedy.
  • Signs (rewatch) – This is probably my second favourite Shyamalan film after The Sixth Sense.
  • The Happening (rewatch) – Sure the acting’s not the greatest, but I still think it’s a solid horror film.  Also I came to the realization that I think Zooey Deschanel’s character is supposed to have Asperger’s.


  • The Words – Nothing truly special about this film, which is part romance, part morality tale.
  • Behind the Candelabra – Other than the hype of this being Steven Soderbergh’s final film, I didn’t see the film as much more than a so-so HBO biopic.

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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).