Month In Review [May 2014]

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In order of viewing:
1) A Prophet [2009] - 8/10
A Prophet [2009]

2) Who Framed Roger Rabbit [1988] - 8/10
Who Framed Roger Rabbit [1988]

3) Contracted [2013] - 3/10
Contracted [2013]

4) The Past [2013] - 9/10
The Past [2013]

5) The Awakening [2011] - 6/10
The Awakening [2011]

6) Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead [2014] - 8/10
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead [2014]

7) Unbreakable [2000] - 7/10
Unbreakable [2000]

8) Mystery Road [2013] - 7/10
Mystery Road [2013]

9) Blue Ruin [2013] - 8/10
Blue Ruin [2013]

10) Locke [2013] - 8/10
Locke [2013]

11) The Iron Giant [1999] - 9/10
The Iron Giant [1999]

12) George Washington [2000] - 7/10
George Washington [2000]

13) Big [1988] - 8/10
big-piano-scene

14) Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope [1977]* - 9/10
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope [1977]

15) When Harry Met Sally… [1988] - 8/10
When Harry Met Sally... [1988]

16) Godzilla [2014] - 6/10
Godzilla [2014]

  • denotes rewatch

Video Games Completed:
1) Call of Juarez: Gunslinger [Xbox 360] - 8/10
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger [Xbox 360]

2) Titan Attacks! [PS Vita] - 7/10
Titan Attacks! [PSN: PS3/PS4/PS Vita]

3) Assassin’s Creed IV [Xbox 360] - 8/10
Assassin's Creed IV [Xbox 360]

TV Shows Finished:
1) Parks & Recreation [Season 6] - 8/10
Parks & Recreation [Season 6]

Books Read:
1) ‘Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter’ by Tom Bissell - 7/10
'Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter' by Tom Bissell

Best of the Month: While I saw many great films last month (many of which were project movies), there were two new watches that stood out the most: The Past and The Iron Giant. The Past is the latest film from A Separation director, Asghar Farhadi, and I found it to be even better than his Oscar-winning film. The Iron Giant surprised me with how much I enjoyed it, and I’ll have a full write-up on that this week. I also had a blast playing Assassin’s Creed IV. It has its fair share of issues — including an over-reliance on trailing missions — but being able to explore and sail the seas as a pirate more than made up for any shortcomings.

Worst of the Month: I checked out the indie horror flick, Contracted, based on some positive reviews, but it was just an awful film. Ludicrous character behavior, amateur acting, terrible script… a shame really, since it could have been an interesting spin on the body horror subgenre.

How about you? What was the best film you saw last month?

Eric @ The Warning SignMonth In Review [May 2014]

6 Comments on “Month In Review [May 2014]”

  1. Chris

    A pretty good run you’ve been on, good scores outweigh the duds! Who Framed Roger Rabbit I’ve only seen bits and pieces of, the opening impressed me.
    Love Big (1988), one of my all-time favorites, such a likeable, rewatchable movie, for all ages I guess.

  2. ckckred

    Great to see some praise for The Past. I loved it almost as much as A Separation and felt it was unfairly ignored by most people. One of best of 2013 in my opinion. I thought Parks and Rec’s sixth season was pretty good but it was the show’s weakest since its first. I’m curious what the series has in store come this fall after “Moving Up.”

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign

      Yeah, it really does seem like The Past was ignored by most. I actually prefer it to A Separation, though both are fantastic films.

      Agreed on Parks & Rec. It was a fun season, but I’m kind of disappointed that they are making another one. I thought the finale would have been a perfect end to the series.

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