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Is it sick that as I sat down to start putting this post together, I thought to myself “it’s gonna be a short list this week” and yet here I am to tally up nine films in seven days? I could have sworn I “didn’t watch much this week”, and still I go ahead and damned near log in double-digits. Hell, were I to count the films I put on as background noise, I’d easily climb up over a dozen.

The reason why I thought I’d be logging a low number this week is because last weekend – the part of my week where I easily do the most amount of watching – I dedicated the better part of a day to soaking up episodes of the Fargo TV series from FX.

Lordy is that ever a show!

As a big fan of the movie, it’s been fun to spot all of the references to the film in the course of the episodes. All the while, it’s been a blast to let the original story play out and stare slack-jawed as the show runners capture their twisted tale with a great deal of panache. When I think about Malvo’s assault on the syndicate building, I find myself trying to decide whether it’s the best scene I watched on television this year…or if that honour goes to True Detective’s drug house raid.

Still – the show is so darned handsome, well-acted, and well-crafted that I have to tip my hat. What could have easily been a derivative, watered-down, rip-off turned out to be something that understood what makes a great adaptation. I’m a little bit saddened that I won’t get to spend anymore time with Colin Hanks, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Oliver Platt and Allison Tolman in these roles…but will certainly sit-up and pay attention the next time they decide to do more TV.

 

Here’s The Week at Hand…

 

Screenings
BOYHOOD –  Something tells me I’ll be talking about this one at the end of the year.
SNOWPIERCER – This one, on the other hand, I’ll be talking about first thing tomorrow morning

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
THE APOSTLE – Somehow I was expecting more from this. Still pretty intense.
THE TRIAL – Not sure I “got it”, but wow is this ever cool.
SLACKER – For podcasting purposes.
THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL – I could die happy watching baseball docs the rest of my life.
CAN’T BUY ME LOVE – I feel the urge to do that crazy dance now.

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – With every lacklustre comic book movie that drops, this movie looks better and better.
LENNY – Seen it?

Boxscore for The Year
153 First-Timers, 104 Re-Watched
42 Screenings
257 Movies in Total
How’s about you – seen anything good?