Month in Review [August 2015]

In order of viewing:
1) Gladiator* [2000] – 8/10
Gladiator [2000]

2) Mistaken for Strangers [2013] – 7/10
Mistaken for Strangers [2013]

3) The Other Woman [2014] – 4/10
The Other Woman [2014]

4) The Guest [2014] – 8/10
The Guest [2014]

5) Two Days, One Night [2014] – 8/10
Two Days, One Night [2014]

6) In a World… [2013] – 6/10
In a World... [2013]

7) The Immigrant [2013] – 7/10
The Immigrant [2013]

8) Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief [2015] – 7/10
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief [2015]

9) The Suspect [1944] – 8/10
The Suspect [1944]

* denotes rewatch

TV Show Seasons Finished:
1) Justified [Season 1] – 8/10
Justified [Season 1]

2) Californication [Season 7] – 6/10
Californication [Season 7]

3) It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia [Season 3] – 8/10
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia [Season 3]

4) Catastrophe [Season 1] – 8/10
Catastrophe [Season 1]

Books Read:
1) “The Extra 2%” by Jonah Keri – 8/10
"The Extra 2%" by Jonah Keri

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9 thoughts on “Month in Review [August 2015]

  1. Chris says:

    Mistaken for Strangers: I was undecided if this was great or just bad. Wasn’t what I expected. If you look at it as a character study about brothers and living in the shadows of fame, then it is quite revealing. Was messy and could tell this was by a first time filmmaker. 7/10 for me.
    The Guest: I loved the first half, good soundtrack, and Dan Stevens gives an unforgettable performance, although I felt the last act was implausible. Think I gave it 7/10. I would rate the first 45 minutes 8 or 9.
    Two Days, One Night: I liked you could empathize with both sides. I think regardless if she got the job or not, the struggle, and persistence needed, made her a stronger person for the future. Quite gripping, just a tad repetitive with the constant begging so that aspect dragged my rating down a notch. 7/10
    Charles Laughton is a great actor, I should add The Suspect [1944] to my film noir watchlist 🙂

    • Eric says:

      Agree with you 100% on Mistaken for Strangers. It is hardly a great piece of filmmaking, but I loved the inside look at the relationship between Matt and his brother (and the rest of the band).

      My initial rating for The Guest was also a 7, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I really liked the film. I think the soundtrack was what pushed it to the next level for me. Absolutely loved it.

      If you are a Laughton fan, you’ve gotta check out The Suspect. Great bit of noir. He even somehow has a believable relationship with a sultry young vixen in it. 😀

  2. The Blog of Big Ideas says:

    Interesting collection of stuff. I was also impressed by Gladiator when I first watched it many years ago, and I still find myself sitting through it if I happen to come across it and I have a few hours to spare.
    I have been meaning to watch Two Days, One Night, especially since I’m a fan of Marion Cotillard. I will see anything that she is in. I wish I could have kept you from The Other Woman, but something tells me you already had an idea of how bad it is, but watched it anyhow. I relate. It happens to me all the time.
    As for shows, I also endorse the very solid first season of Catastrophe. A surprise considering the fact that the trailer makes it seem like it would be a different kind of show. I am definitely looking forward to season 2.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Eric says:

      Rewatching Gladiator was an especially great experience because I went to the live symphony orchestra screening up at Ravinia. My first time going there, such a cool venue. If you get the chance, I would recommend going to a movie screening there.

      Haha, you are spot on about The Other Woman! My girlfriend put it on, and I watched it with her. It was pretty much what I expected.

      Nice to see another fan of Catastrophe! I was genuinely surprised at how good it was — a shame that it was only six episodes.

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