Month in Review [May 2013]

May was a great month for me, but I ended up turning in my lowest movie-watching total since I started blogging. In fact, in the last week of the month I watched five films, just one less than I was able to see during the first three weeks total! I did manage to finish a handful of video games (including Retro City Rampage, which I had been stuck in the final castle since the beginning of the year) and watched the conclusions to two of this year’s better comedies, Parks & Recreation and The Office. The summer in general is looking increasingly busier, but I hope to at least make more significant progress in my 50 Movies Project next month.

In order of viewing:
1) Sullivan’s Travels [1941] – 8.5/10
Sullivan's Travels [1941]

2) The Place Beyond the Pines [2013] – 8.5/10
The Place Beyond the Pines [2013]

3) The Room [2003]* – 2/10
The Room [2003]

4) The Impossible [2012] – 7/10
The Impossible

5) Hard Boiled [1992] – 8/10
Hard Boiled [1992]

6) Beyond the Valley of the Dolls [1970] – 6/10
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls [1970]

7) Star Trek [2009] – 6/10
Star Trek [2009]

8) Wreck-It Ralph [2012] – 7/10
Wreck-It Ralph [2012]

9) The Sessions [2012] – 8/10
The Sessions [2012]

10) Robot & Frank [2012] – 8/10
Robot & Frank [2012]

11) Sweet Smell of Success [1957] – 9/10
Sweet Smell of Success [1957]

Video Games Completed:
1) Thomas Was Alone [PS Vita, 2013] – 8/10
Thomas Was Alone [PS Vita/PS3]

2) Forza Horizon [Xbox 360, 2012] – 8.5/10
Forza Horizon [Xbox 360, 2012]

3) Bioshock Infinite [Xbox 360, 2013] – 10/10
Bioshock Infinite [Xbox 360, 2013]

4) Crysis 3 [Xbox 360, 2013] – 7/10
Crysis 3 [Xbox 360, 2013]

5) Retro City Rampage [PS Vita, 2012] – 8/10
Retro City Rampage [PS Vita, 2012]

TV Shows Finished:
1) Mad Men [Season 5] – 9/10
Mad Men [Season 5]

2) Parks & Recreation [Season 5] – 8/10
Parks & Recreation [Season 5]

3) The Office [Season 9] – 8/10
The Office [Season 9]

Movie of the Month: This kind of spoils my upcoming post(s), but Sweet Smell of Success was absolutely brilliant. Cannot wait to share my full review of this classic soon.

Dud of the Month: Nothing I watched in May was outright bad (aside from the “so bad it’s good” The Room), but I didn’t find Star Trek as engrossing as nearly everyone else has. I was into the origin stories during the first act, but once it fell into the generic sci-fi/action blockbuster formula, it lost me. I wanted to finally catch up with it in case I wanted to see the sequel in theaters, but I felt pretty underwhelmed.

How about you guys? What’s your favorite movie/game/show out of those listed? What’s the best film you watched last month?

25 thoughts on “Month in Review [May 2013]

  1. sati says:

    Glad you liked new season of Parks and Rec! Can’t wait for next one. I haven’t seen many movies but I’m hoping to see Stoker very soon, I’m sure I will like this one.

  2. SDG says:

    You guys are building my The Room expectations too high. I am telling you, It will have to perform very well to meet them now. 😀

    I remember watching Star Trek when it came out. I remember I liked it. I had never seen anything related to it before and I did not fall in love with it either but I liked it. Maybe 7/10 on your scale. And loved The Sessions last year. It made my top 10.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Haha, just make sure you watch The Room at the theater if you can. It would make for an experience you would never forget. 😀

      Glad to hear you enjoyed The Sessions. I liked that one a lot more than I expected.

  3. ruth says:

    Wow, busy month for you Eric! Oh you saw Hard Boiled, that’s John Woo’s right? I’ve been wanting to see that for ages as I like the cast too. Looking fwd to your review on that one. Glad you enjoyed The Sessions and Robot & Frank, two wonderful and heartfelt indies I saw last year.

      • ruth says:

        Oooh really? Then you must check out Face/Off. I LOVE that movie, perhaps one of my fave Nic Cage roles. He and Travolta played a dual role (when you see the plot you’ll know why) and I thought both did a good job. I like Woo’s action style. Yes it’s over the top at times but it’s cool, I even like his doves 😀

  4. jackdeth72 says:

    Hi, Eric:

    It looks like you’ve been kind of busy with an intriguing list of films.

    Looking forward to your critique of ‘Sweet Smell of Success’!

  5. Chris says:

    When I feel like a “so bad its good film”, I’m giving The Room a watch. Can’t believe I still haven’t seen it.

    I’ve heard high praise for those late 80s John Woo movies, so will get to Hard Boiled eventually. The Killer (1989) is also supposed to be a good one, that I hope to finally see.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Haha, The Room is an experience unlike any other. Best seen in a packed theater if possible.

      Hard Boiled is a lot of fun. Should have my review up later today. It’s made me want to see more from John Woo, that’s for sure.

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