Tom and Summer
This week, I finally caught up with IDA. This was the film that was playing up the street from me virtually all summer long, and has already been on Netflix for more than one month.

To say my viewing was overdue would be putting it mildly.

What’s more, I actually felt foolish that I had compiled this year’s “Hey Man, Nice Shot” post before I saw this film…since it handily would have warranted an inclusion. Heck, if anything, I’d probably have a hard time selecting just one image from this film. I could probably do an entire visual essay on this movie alone, but then the challenge would be not screengrabbing every shot and extolling its virtues.

Nevertheless, I do hope that someone like Alex Withrow does up a “42 Things I Love about IDA” post before too long. Likewise, I hope I’m smart enough to revisit this beautiful polish offering before too long.

Also, in amidst a three-screening-week (spoiler alert: another one is beginning today), I found myself soaking up all five of the short films nominated for Best Live Action Short.

It was interesting to see what sorts of stories Oscar voters gravitate towards, and also how varied the subject matter was. While part of me wished they’d been in more of a fanciful mood, I can say that at least four of the five are really beautiful vignettes…with one seeming like something I’ve seen a lot before.

Funny thing – Part of me wishes that short films were a bit of a bigger deal. You’d think in an age where we all spend so much time watching YouTube, that stories that are twenty minutes long would be able to gain better traction.

Any thoughts on why they’re still so niche?


Here’s the week at hand…


JUPITER ASCENDINGI look forward to all of those “In Defense of Jupiter Ascending” posts we’ll be reading in 2020.
KINGSMEN: THE SECRET SERVICE – More on this tomorrow.
THE OSCAR SHORTS: LIVE ACTION – For the record, THE CALL is my favorite of this year’s crop.

Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
IDA – That it took me this long to see this is a massive failing on my part.

Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
SPEED RACER – Can I make my little Suzuki jump like that?
PACIFIC RIMAfter Petula brought it up on The Matineecast, I figured it was time to revist it.
GOSFORD PARK – Any guesses…
MOULIN ROUGE! – …what year…
A BEAUTIFUL MIND – …I’m Dew-ing Over next?


Boxscore for The Year
31 First-Timers, 26 Re-Watched
9 Screenings
57 Movies in Total
How’s about you – seen anything good?