Whenever a director I dig has a new film coming out, I find myself going on a mini-marathon of their previous films. I know I’m not the only one to do this, but I do wonder how many more times I’ll keep on doing this.

Already this year I’ve pulled this stunt with the films of Wes Anderson and now David Fincher. I’m already mapping out doing this for Christopher Nolan later this month in the run-up to INTERSTELLAR. I can also foresee myself doing this for Paul Thomas Anderson in December. In that instance, there’s a funny dichotomy with Anderson having a relatively short filmography, but with most of his titles being pretty long.

A small part of me wonders why I do it…why I gear myself up for something new by watching something old. I mean, it’s like spending the drive to the concert listening to the album you’re about to hear the band perform. In this case it’s even worse, since it takes away from time that could be spent watching new material.

Maybe it’s about time I knock this off. I mean hell, when Scorsese’s next movie drops, I’m not going to spend the three weeks leading into it watching the twenty-one titles of his I own. Ditto Steven Spielberg and the twenty-five of his I own. So maybe I need to limit myself to one or two going forward and have one less obsessive-compulsive behaviour.



Here’s The Week at Hand…


THE BOXTROLLSI am now continually on the lookout for these creatures after sunset
GONE GIRLRemind me why I saw this alone two weeks before my fifth anniversary?

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
ALIEN 3 – Ahhh, so that’s why Fincher disavowed this movie
CLOSE-UP The most blindsiding blindspot that ever blindsided.
HATCHET FOR A HONEYMOON – The Halloween viewing begins with some truly weird shit!

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
ZODIAC – So tell me, why did you see this in theatres?
THE SOCIAL NETWORK I’m beginning to think this might be one of my very favorite films of the decade
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON I’m the guy who likes this movie more every time I watch it.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011) The world needs more Rooney Mara
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER No, seriously, when do we get a Black Widow movie?

Boxscore for The Year
217 First-Timers, 151 Re-Watched
81 Screenings
368 Movies in Total

How’s about you – seen anything good?