Month In Review [July 2014]

In order of viewing:
1) Boyz n the Hood [1991] – 8/10
Boyz n the Hood [1991]

2) Stand By Me [1986] – 8/10
Stand By Me [1986]

3) 30 for 30: Bad Boys [2014] – 8/10
30 for 30: Bad Boys [2014]

4) The Karate Kid [1984] – 8/10
The Karate Kid [1984]

5) Maniac [2012] – 5/10
Maniac [2012]

6) The Innkeepers [2011] – 6/10
The Innkeepers [2011]

7) Enemy [2013] – 9/10
Enemy [2013]

8) Philomena [2013] – 7/10
Philomena [2013]

9) A Skin, A Night [2008] – 5/10
A Skin, A Night [2008]

10) Mystic River [2003] – 8/10
Mystic River [2003]

11) Snowpiercer [2013] – 9/10
Snowpiercer [2013]

12) Under the Skin [2013] – 8/10
Under the Skin [2013]

13) The Incredibles [2004] – 8/10
The Incredibles [2004]

Video Games Finished:
1) The Wolf Among Us [Xbox 360] – 9/10
The Wolf Among Us

2) MouseCraft [PS Vita] – 8/10
MouseCraft

3) Injustice: Gods Among Us [PS Vita] – 9/10
Injustice: Gods Among Us [PS Vita]

TV Shows Completed:
1) Orange Is the New Black [Season 2] – 8/10
Orange Is the New Black [Season 2]

2) Archer [Season 1] – 8/10
Archer [Season 1]

Best of the Month: Not only is Enemy my favorite movie I watched in July, it’s my early front-runner for this year’s best film. Snowpiercer is a close second right now in my book, with Under the Skin just behind that. Those three films were revitalizing after what I thought had been a fairly disappointing year to that point. I’m even more excited to see what August brings, as I hope to finally catch Boyhood and Life Itself (among others). For video games, I played the last four episodes of The Wolf Among Us back-to-back, and loved every second of it. The final episode, in particular, was riveting and was the perfect way to finish the season. Injustice for the Vita was also a pleasant surprise, and it’s definitely up there as far as my favorite fighting games go.

Worst of the Month: As much as it pains me to say it, A Skin, A Night was a bit of a bore. The National, the subjects of the documentary, are probably my favorite band working today, but this little-seen documentary tried way too hard to be artsy, and it offered little in the way of insight on the band itself. On the other hand, I’m really looking forward to finally seeing Mistaken for Strangers, a more recent documentary about the band that has been getting rave reviews. I suppose Maniac could be considered for the worst of the month as well. Despite having a startlingly effective first-person view, Maniac didn’t work so well for me because I had a hard time buying Elijah Wood as an overpowering serial killer. He was definitely creepy, but there is just no way he could have held a woman of similar size down in the water with just one hand.

Onward to August!

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14 thoughts on “Month In Review [July 2014]

  1. Chris says:

    Looks like you had a pretty good month! Enemy slipped by me, I’m intrigued, so I’ll check it out when arrives on dvd. Have you seen the trailer for Nightcrawler, looks really promising and Jake Gyllenhaal is in that too. Boyhood and Life Itself are on my radar.
    A Skin, A Night doesn’t sound like an essential doc. I actually saw Mistaken for Strangers in July, you can read my thoughts on that in my monthly recap.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      I’m curious what you will think of Enemy — it seems to be a very polarizing flick. I did see the Nightcrawler teaser, and Jake looks almost unrecognizable! Really looking forward to that one.

      Will stop by your recap!

  2. Kevin says:

    Wow, you’ve seen some really good movies this month, I too loved Snowpiercer (and on the video game front, I thought A Wolf Among Us was great). I’m a bit bummed to hear that A Skin, A Night wasn’t that good, but definitely go see Mistaken For Strangers. I saw it on demand, and it’s one of my favorite movies of the year so far!

  3. ruth says:

    Great recap Eric! I think Snowpiercer might end up in my Top 10 of the year, or at least Top 15. I haven’t even heard of any of the movies on your Worst List, probably best that way then, ahah.

  4. jackdeth72 says:

    Hi, Eric:

    Surprised to see “Maniac” on your list. A definite no frills, low budget indie that really introduced Tom Savini to the front of the camera. Instead of working his “Whatever’s on the Catering Table” magic for gory special effects. A minor classic in its own right.

    While “Archer” continues to pull its chestnuts out of the “No where else to go”, plot wise. That rears up towards a season’s end.
    Curious to see what happens to Lana after the end of this season. Still waiting for a cameo from either David McCallum (Illya Kuryakin) and/or Robert Vaughan (Napoleon Solo) to honor this tongue and cheek homage to Bond and ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.!

    Good post all the way around!

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Cheers, Jack! I’ll have to check out the original Maniac sometime. I have a feeling Savini makes for a more believable serial killer than Elijah Wood.

      I’m still only on the second season of Archer so far, but I’m loving it. It seems to be getting better with each episode.

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