Month In Review (June 2014)

In order of viewing:
1) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters [2013] – 5/10
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters [2013]

2) Blue Is the Warmest Color [2013] – 9/10
Blue Is the Warmest Color [2013]

3) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [2013] – 6/10
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [2013]

4) Maleficent [2014] – 6/10
Maleficent [2014]

5) X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014] – 8/10
X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014]

6) Face/Off [1997] – 8/10
Face/Off [1997]

7) Grand Piano [2013] – 6/10
Grand Piano

8) Jug Face [2013] – 7/10
Jug Face

9) You’re Next [2013] – 6/10
You're Next

10) Close Encounters of the Third Kind [1977] – 8/10
close-encounters-of-the-third-kind

Video Games Completed:
1) Assassin’s Creed: Liberation [PS Vita] – 5/10
Assassin's Creed: Liberation [PS Vita]

2) The Blackwell Legacy [PC] – 7/10
The Blackwell Legacy [PC]

TV Shows Completed:
1) Louie [Season 3] – 9/10
Louie [Season 3]

Books Finished:
1) ‘The Sun Also Rises’ by Ernest Hemingway – 7/10
'The Sun Also Rises' by Ernest Hemingway

Best of the Month: Without a doubt, Blue Is the Warmest Color. This film far exceeded my expectations, and I would easily put it in my top five from last year. I also really enjoyed the third season of Louie — a show that seems to get better every year.

Worst of the Month: I suppose that would be Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. While fun in spots, the film overall took itself too seriously for the subject matter. The phoned-in performances from Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton didn’t help either. I was also disappointed with the glitchfest that is Assassin’s Creed: Liberation.

12 thoughts on “Month In Review (June 2014)

  1. ckckred says:

    Can’t go wrong with the most recent season of Louie, the “Elevator” series was gold. I also did enjoy Blue is the Warmest Color; it went on a bit too long but felt emotionally solid.

  2. sati says:

    I’m still on season 2 of Louie but it’s such a great show, sometimes it’s so painfully honest and realistic it’s actually horrifying, given how I was expecting straight up comedy.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      The third season pretty much turns into a full-fledged drama, and from what I hear, the fourth continues moving in that direction as well. It’s really interesting to watch the progression of the show — I can’t think of anything else that compares to it, really.

  3. Chris says:

    Blue is the Warmest Color is in my top 5 of last year as well. The theme of first love is so universal, and the performances excellent. The camera work is very in-your-face, I felt Adele’s facial expressions told large parts of the story.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Adele was amazing, wasn’t she? That could very well be my favorite performance from last year, regardless of gender. She was phenomenal.

      It’s just a shame there was so much drama after the film’s release. It sounds like it was miserable to make.

  4. ruth says:

    Glad you love the latest X-Men movie and Face/Off, one of my fave 90s action flicks! Ahah, sorry you watched Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, I knew it was crap even from the trailer. I still might check out Maleficent on rental, too bad it wasn’t as good as I thought it’d be.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Yeah, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the new X-Men. Great follow-up to First Class. Face/Off was a riot — my review will be up this week.

      Hansel & Gretel could have been “so bad it’s good” but it was just… average. Rumor has it they are making a sequel, too. :

  5. The Blog of Big Ideas says:

    I haven’t quite gotten the courage to watch Blue is the Warmest Color for two reasons: the very long running time and its subject matter. However, the sleuth of more than positive reviews that I have been reading certainly put pressure on me. I will give it a go very soon for sure.
    Also, I haven’t been able to watch Louie, but I’m a fan of his comedy, so I expect to indulge in it sooner rather than later.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Yeah, I kept putting off Blue Is the Warmest Color for the same reasons. I can’t recommend it enough though. It’s one of the better films I have seen on the subject of young love, and it has one of the most amazing performances of the last several years.

      I think the first three seasons of Louie are on Netflix. Definitely give it a shot — it’s one of the rare shows that continues to get better with age, too.

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