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.

Blu-Ray/DVD

  • 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.

OnDemand

  • 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.