Suddenly, Last May

What I’ve been Watching
June’s viewing have already surpassed May’s, and were only half way through the month, so you can see why I’ve only logged eleven movies last month. Movie viewings seemed to only go down for me in May, I guess due to how many season finales we witnessed – TV pretty much consumed any time I had to see something.

Here are my favourite new-to-me films from last month:


GODZILLA (2014)
Directed by GARETH EDWARDS
Starring AARON JOHNSON, KEN WATANABE, BRYAN CRANSTON and ELIZABETH OLSEN

Knowing close to nothing going in, the plot alone was an exciting surprise that provided a solid structure to this thrilling blockbuster. Godzilla kept me on the edge of my seat for two hours of imposing cinematography, grand catastrophes, and superb acting from everyone involved.

SIDE EFFECTS (2013)
Directed by STEVEN SODERBERGH
Starring ROONEY MARA, JUDE LAW, CHANNING TATUM and CATHERINE ZETA-JONES

Though not mind-blowing, I thoroughly enjoyed it – especially the works of Law and Mara. It has an eerie atmosphere that I find attractive, and enough twists to prevent my mind from stalling; but Side Effects is not as intense as I expected it to be, and ultimately that prevented it from becoming a favourite.



What Comes Next

The two weeks left in June will be rather quiet — I’d like to still be a part of a couple of web events, and write something special about Michael Haneke’s Funny Games. For some reason that film has really been on my mind lately. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook will continue to be updated with Mad Men related things from season one and on. 
What was the best movie you saw in May? If you still remember…
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6 Comments

  1. June 17, 2014 / 9:10 PM

    I really need to see Godzilla, although the blockbusters I saw recently – Maleficent and X Men were rather disappointing :/

    • June 17, 2014 / 10:35 PM

      I suppose they’re not that similar, X-Men and Godzilla, but I liked both so I don’t know if I can recommend it to you!

      All I can say is that I’ve never been a fan of monster movies, and so I went in with low expectations, but Godzilla changed the genre for me, I really enjoyed it. It was more like a thriller at times… and Cranston and Watanabe were fabulous in it.

      It’s better to see it in the cinemas — it’s really a huge film with quite stunning cinematography — but I get it if you don’t feel like taking the risk. I know I’m not taking it with Maleficent.

  2. Alex Withrow
    June 17, 2014 / 10:51 PM

    Glad you liked Side Effects. I do love that film, but I agree with you that it isn’t nearly as intense as the trailers made it look. More like a solid, slow-brew thriller. Can’t wait for your write-up on Funny Games!

    • June 17, 2014 / 11:06 PM

      Yes, they were quite misleading, not sure what the point was since it just disappoints those who don’t enjoy that style.. which is not my case, thankfully!

      Oh I’m happy to know you’re interested, I find Funny Games fascinating. I can’t shake it off, and I’m just starting to figure out why.

  3. Josh
    June 29, 2014 / 5:21 PM

    Godzilla was much better than I was expecting. I liked Side Effects more than you did, but I’m glad you liked the performances from Law and Mara. I love what they did with those roles!

    Funny Games is amazing! Like Alex, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it!

    • June 30, 2014 / 11:19 AM

      I wasn’t expecting much of Godzilla either, but as soon as I saw the initial credits I was thinking “this movie is going to be awesome”.

      I’ll try to post my thoughts on Funny Games today, glad you both like the film!!

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