Tom and Summer


So I’ve been a little bit lax with posting this summer (quick show of hands: who actually noticed?)

That lax attitude finally found its way to this series of posts last weekend when I shrugged it off in the hopes of dedicating my writing efforts to a rare set of back-to-back reviews. The funny thing about that though? This is one of the posts I pull together that pretty much pulls itself together. Seriously, I love Saturdays because of how easily they keep the line moving.

So here we have two weeks’ worth of watching, and if I do say so myself, this is more up to the pace I am used to. I’m back to the pace of more than one a day, there are a healthy batch of screenings, and most of the selections are first-timers.

And speaking of first-timers, you’ll notice that amongst this batch is a pair of Scorsese’s documentaries. I’ve decided that one little project I want to undertake this year is to really catch-up with one of my favorite directors. So besides the fact that I have borrowed the final two features of his that I’ve never seen, I’ve also dug around a bit and sourced as many of his doc features and shorts as I could find.

So in the weeks to come, expect to see mention of a lot of the smaller Scorsese selections, which ought to be interesting in deciding how to tally them up.

Beyond that, it’s been a great stretch for catching things on the bog screen…as tends to happen every summer in this city. I’m actually not entirely certain I’ll be able to see everything I want to see by Labour Day! Talk about your First World Problems.


Here’s the week at hand…


TANGERINE – It’s amazing what can be done with iPhones these days!
ANT-MANAnd so Phase Two came to a gentle conclusion
TRAINWRECKIt’s been really hard to stay away from comments about this all week.
MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION – Part of a Technicolor retrospective with a lecture by Guy Maddin
LOVE & MERCY – More on this later in a few days…


Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
THE WAY WE WERE – I liked the first half way more than the second half, but wow – what a good-lookin’ couple!
PUBLIC SPEAKING – Can anyone suggest where to start with the writings of Fran Lebowitz?
BULWORTH – Know what’s crazy? A lot of the political commentary in this movie still applies.
A RAISIN IN THE SUN – I bluffed my way through this play in Grade Ten English. I consider this finally taking the make-up test.
BAD WORDS – Wowo is it weird to hear Michael Bluth use such naughty language.
THE WOLFPACK – An amazing doc, but I’m gonna need to let that settle for a bit.
THE WORLD OF TOMORROW – It’s not often that a film can pack that much existential beauty into seventeen minutes.


Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
LOOPER This is quickly becoming one of my most re-watched movies of the decade so far.


Boxscore for The Year
145 First-Timers, 85 Re-Watched
57 Screenings
230 Movies in Total
How’s about you – seen anything good?