Month in Review [February 2013]

Hey folks, hard to believe it’s March already! February was a slow month for me in terms of movie watching — my lowest total in a couple years, at least. A combination of factors led to this decrease, with the biggest being my new-found addiction of Boardwalk Empire. We just burned through the first two seasons of the show, and it has been fantastic. A stellar cast of character actors and a number of well-written, tight storylines have had me hooked. Can’t wait to start season three! Alas, here is what I managed to catch up with last month:

In order of viewing:
1) Goodfellas [1990]*
GoodFellas [1990]

2) Manic [2001]
Manic [2001]

3) Paper Moon [1973]
Paper Moon [1973]

4) The Battle of Algiers [1966]
The Battle of Algiers [1966]

5) The Last Waltz [1978]
The Last Waltz [1978]

6) The Kid with a Bike [2012]
The Kid with a Bike [2012]

7) Jiro Dreams of Sushi [2012]
Jiro Dreams of Sushi [2012]

8) 2001: A Space Odyssey [1968]*
2001: A Space Odyssey [1968]

9) Amores Perros [2000]
Amores Perros [2000]

10) Silent House [2012]
Silent House [2012]

11) Dredd [2012]
Dredd [2012]

12) Seven Psychopaths [2012]
Seven Psychopaths [2012]

13) The Paperboy [2012]
The Paperboy [2012]

14) Kramer vs. Kramer [1979]
Kramer vs. Kramer [1979]

* denotes rewatch

Video Games Completed:
1) Contra [NES, 1987] (with the 30 lives code)
Contra [NES]

2) Urban Trial Freestyle [PS Vita, 2013]
Urban Trial Freestyle [PS Vita]

TV Shows:
1) Boardwalk Empire (Seasons 1-2)
Boardwalk Empire

Movie of the Month: Based on “new” viewings for me, I would probably go with Paper Moon. Wasn’t sure what to expect with that one, but it was so much fun to watch Ryan and Tatum O’Neal go on a cross-country conning adventure. If I were to include rewatches, it would be 2001: A Space Odyssey, hands down. One of my all-time favorites.

Dud of the Month: Silent House is one of the worst movies I have seen in quite some time. What a waste of Elizabeth Olsen.

How about you guys? See/play anything good last month?

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28 thoughts on “Month in Review [February 2013]

  1. sati says:

    Oh Boardwalk Empire was such a fabulous show in its first two seasons, for some reason season 3rd was disappointing for me, I don’t believe I even finished it.

  2. jackdeth72 says:

    Hi, Eric:

    Great selections for the month!

    Both surprised and pleased that ‘Manic’ made the cut. Joseph Gordon-Levitt goes out of his way to create a character who is messed up. Kind of redeems himself while letting the audience empathize with him. Then goes off on every pain in the a** and bully remembered and hated in high school.

    ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is getting to the point of painting its characters into corners. But what great slimy, sometimes disgusting characters!!!

    ‘The Last Waltz’ just plain Rocks!

    And I caught ‘All That Jazz’ last night. Roy Scheider is awesome as Bob Fosse. See the film and you will discover and understand everything about the manic master and his choreography!

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Yeah, Manic was a good surprise for me as well. I think it was Alex over at And So It Begins.. that turned me onto that one. Very well done, and I loved its use of a couple different Aphex Twin songs. His music seems to be sorely underutilized when it comes to film.

      I know exactly what you mean with Boardwalk Empire. I was wondering just how the hell some of the characters would get out of their situations, and well, some of them just flat out didn’t. Pretty crazy stuff so far — can’t wait to see what happens in season three!

      Count me in for All That Jazz. Been hearing lots of praise for that lately — sounds like a must see!

      • jackdeth72 says:

        Hi, Jedi:

        I don’t have a blog anywhere. I just kibitzed and commented a lot on other sites. And Nostra, Ruth, Terrence and Michael (leopard13) asked if I would like to guest post.

        Glad you like my offerings.

  3. Chris says:

    I agree, Paper Moon [1973] is such a fun watch, Peter Bogdanovich was on a roll in the 70s.

    Myself, I recently watched Lawrence of Arabia, and loved it. I also enjoyed the Up series, which was quite a marathon.

  4. ruth says:

    Quite an eclectic list here Eric. Man I still have to see Goodfellas. That’s cool that you have both contemporary and classic movies here. I also saw a bunch of TV shows, but mostly BBC stuff, Spooks and Robin Hood. I could see that you’re addicted to Broadwalk Empire, sounds like it’s a very good show indeed.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Boardwalk Empire is terrific. It took me a couple episodes to really get into it, but it didn’t take long for it to hit its stride. Things have escalated in season two, and now I’m curious to see what happens in the third.

      I have been meaning to check out some BBC stuff. A few of my friends keep raving about Sherlock, and now that it’s on Netflix I might give it a go.

      • ruth says:

        One of my coworkers raved about Boardwalk Empire too, no doubt that’s a great series.

        I love a lot of BBC stuff. Oh yeah, Sherlock is definitely worth checking out, fortunately there aren’t too many episodes as there are only 2 episodes. Benedict’s career is on fire right now.

  5. John says:

    That you saw Boardwalk seasons 1 and 2 tell me that you apparently liked it a lot. Or at least, liked it enough to watch two seasons in one month. I liked season 3 quite a bit, but that’s just me. To each their own and so forth.

    I just saw Seven Psychopaths over the weekend and liked it a ton. It may be Sam Rockwell’s best role yet, and he’s had some amazing roles.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Dude, I’m loving Boardwalk Empire so far. It pretty much single-handedly absorbed most of my movie watching time last month. Few shows have gotten me hooked like that.

      Great to hear you enjoyed Seven Psychopaths. It seems to be a “love it or hate it” type film, but I thought it was a lot of fun.

  6. The Blog of Big Ideas says:

    I was also disappointed with Silent House, especially in its very predictable and uninspired resolution.
    I’ll be watching Seven Psychopaths and Dredd in the coming days thanks to your endorsements of both films.
    Kramer vs Kramer, 2001 and Goodfellas are deserved classics. The last two are probably among my top 50 films ever.
    I’d love to play the original Contra, since I’ve only played the very popular Contra III and I loved it. Is there a way to play it if you don’t have the NES?

  7. keith7198 says:

    Loved Kid with a Bike and wish more people have seen it. I did better on my February movie viewing this year than last year. Around 24 or 25 NEW movies in February. Doesn’t count rewatches. My video game playing has taken a big hit though! lol

  8. ilovethatfilm says:

    Great films this month. I watched the original foreign version of Silent House and that was terrible too. Nice idea but jeez, just a load of crap!

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