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.