August was a dead quiet month for me. Well actually it was extremely busy. But my film watching focus was on films to consider for The Blue Mountains Film Festival, which I can’t really share my thoughts on here. But I thought I would still post this up quickly, just to share my thoughts on the couple of cracking things I did manage to check out.
- Behind the Candelabra (2013), Steven Soderbergh – Apparently not deemed ‘too gay’ for Aussie cinemas which is fantastic. Soderbergh in top form. The film looks great and the performances are extraordinary. Damon is really good as always, but Michael Douglas just kills it as Liberace. One of those rare films that is essentially all just sitting around and talking, but which is never less than totally engaging.
- Weeds Season 6 (2010), Jenji Kohan– Having the Botwin family on the run is a nice change-up for this series, which had grown ever so slightly stale (seriously, only ever so slightly). Rarely has a screen big or small seen a hero as flawed as family matriarch Nancy Botwin. Whilst there is no core storyline as strong as many of the previous seasons, and also less of the peripheral characters that made the show so incredible, a fantastic last couple of episodes are the sweet icing on what is still an excellent season of telly.
- Pacific Rim (2013), Guillermo Del Toro – Del Toro has done a hell of a job bringing this passion project to life. This is a film that is rambunctious fun, thanks to its playful tone. And Del Toro’s designs perfectly bring to life those childhood dream robot vs monster fights. Whilst I’m not entirely on the bandwagon with this film, it is still one hell of a ride in what I think has been a pretty decent blockbuster season.
Not Worth Watching:
- Absolutely nothing.
If you only have time to watch one Behind the Candelabra
If you only have time to watch two Pacific Rim