August 2011 films

This month has been somewhat better than July for movie watching. I still haven't come anywhere close to watching a movie a day, but I have seen 11 in total - that's one every three days or so (35% if you're being pedantic). More importantly, I've actually really enjoyed a lot of these movies. It probably helps that there's a good smattering of Harry Potter in there, which I knew I'd enjoy as I'd seen them all before. The most disappointing thing is probably that ITV didn't show the sixth Harry Potter movie, so I haven't had the chance to rewatch that one (I wasn't expecting to see the seventh instalment, as I realise that was released a bit too recently). Anyway, here's the full list:
  • Eagle Eye (2008) - 2.5 stars
  • Exit through the Giftshop (2010) - 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) - 3 stars
  • Together Again for the First Time (2008) - 2.5 stars
  • The Duchess (2008) - 3 stars
  • Twilight (2008) - 5 stars
  • Super 8 (2011) - 2.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) - 3.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - 4.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) - 3.5 stars
  • Kidulthood (2006) - 4.5 stars
Film of the Month is so, so easy. I know it's not for everybody, but I loved - and I mean loved - Twilight. I've already rewatched it (I figured blogging about it more than once in a fortnight wasn't really necessary). I'm so glad the final Harry Potter and Twilight weren't both viewed in August, or I'd have found it impossible to make a decision about Film of the Month. This is to take nothing away from Kidulthood or Exit through the Giftshop, which are both also very good - and very different - movies. But if my criteria is what movie would I happily watch again, Twilight was always going to win.

As for Film not to waste your time on, no movie this month has been awful. The two contenders are Together Again for the First Time and Eagle Eye. Both movies do exactly what they say on the tin, so you can't really judge them on that. Eagle Eye, for me, just loses though - because I quite like a Christmas movie (even in August), and because I'm far more likely to remember that movie than a random action movie where nothing particularly memorable happens. Neither movie, though, is by any means the worst one I've seen this year.

As I said, it's been a pretty good month for movies overall, with some awesome films and no true stinkers.

So, how am I doing with my 365 Films? It's not looking good. I've watched 67 of 365 films. I should be on 172. So I've only watched 18% of my 365 movies, when I should have watched nearly half. Let's see if I can do some catching up... so at least I can finish this project in two years!

Film of the Month: Twilight
Film not to waste your time on: Eagle Eye

No. of Film 365 watched: 67/365
Target no. of Film 365 films to have watched: 172/365

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.