A quiet week, but one with a little bit of everything. Two screenings, a year-end screener dvd, and some old favorites to round things out.

At the cinema, I was truly chuffed to experience CITIZENFOUR, since it’s handily one of the best films I’d seen all year. The trick at this point is trying to figure out how to write about it, since it’s not the sort of film that easily lends itself to analysis. Likewise, I (like many of you) paid full price for half-a-story’s worth of a movie.

At home, the screener dvd’s started showing up. The only funny thing is that the package that usually contains the best stuff showed up this week…and it did contain a lot of the best stuff – unfortunately, it was primarily stuff I’ve already seen (and oddly, a lot of it is already on Netflix).

And then the light turned green on watching the Christmas films (we had a big parade on Toronto this week, so that’s usually the tipping point). I know it might seem strange to be talking about holiday fare already, but the way I see it, if you space them out a bit over several weeks, it doesn’t feel like you’re stuffing your face in the days leading up. Likewise, you can pay attention to other things in those last few days and give yourself a break from all things red-and-green. What say you folks? Too early?


Here’s The Week at Hand…


CITIZENFOUR – Honestly gang, I really wanted to just come home and scrub my footprint when this was done.
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY pt. 1We really gotta stop splitting these movies in two.

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
THE GOODBYE GIRL – Yeah, I can understand the hype.
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING – Well that was pretty…
HEARTBURN – The only Mike Nichols film on Netflix I hadn’t seen.

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
GHOSTBUSTERS – We got to introduce my seven-year-old niece to this pop culture touchstone
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Also for my niece – she loved Sally
GROSSE POINTE BLANK – How do I always forget how killer this soundtrack is?
LOVE ACTUALLY – So what’s the first Christmas movie you reach for each winter?

Boxscore for The Year
252 First-Timers, 177 Re-Watched
92 Screenings
429 Movies in Total

How’s about you – seen anything good?