Month In Review (June 2014)

Eric @ The Warning SignBeer, Movies, Television, Video Games12 Comments

In order of viewing:
1) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters [2013] - 5/10
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters [2013]

2) Blue Is the Warmest Color [2013] - 9/10
Blue Is the Warmest Color [2013]

3) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [2013] - 6/10
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [2013]

4) Maleficent [2014] - 6/10
Maleficent [2014]

5) X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014] - 8/10
X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014]

6) Face/Off [1997] - 8/10
Face/Off [1997]

7) Grand Piano [2013] - 6/10
Grand Piano

8) Jug Face [2013] - 7/10
Jug Face

9) You’re Next [2013] - 6/10
You're Next

10) Close Encounters of the Third Kind [1977] - 8/10
close-encounters-of-the-third-kind

Video Games Completed:
1) Assassin’s Creed: Liberation [PS Vita] - 5/10
Assassin's Creed: Liberation [PS Vita]

2) The Blackwell Legacy [PC] - 7/10
The Blackwell Legacy [PC]

TV Shows Completed:
1) Louie [Season 3] - 9/10
Louie [Season 3]

Books Finished:
1) ‘The Sun Also Rises’ by Ernest Hemingway - 7/10
'The Sun Also Rises' by Ernest Hemingway

Best of the Month: Without a doubt, Blue Is the Warmest Color. This film far exceeded my expectations, and I would easily put it in my top five from last year. I also really enjoyed the third season of Louie — a show that seems to get better every year.

Worst of the Month: I suppose that would be Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. While fun in spots, the film overall took itself too seriously for the subject matter. The phoned-in performances from Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton didn’t help either. I was also disappointed with the glitchfest that is Assassin’s Creed: Liberation.

Eric @ The Warning SignMonth In Review (June 2014)

12 Comments on “Month In Review (June 2014)”

  1. ckckred

    Can’t go wrong with the most recent season of Louie, the “Elevator” series was gold. I also did enjoy Blue is the Warmest Color; it went on a bit too long but felt emotionally solid.

  2. sati

    I’m still on season 2 of Louie but it’s such a great show, sometimes it’s so painfully honest and realistic it’s actually horrifying, given how I was expecting straight up comedy.

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign

      The third season pretty much turns into a full-fledged drama, and from what I hear, the fourth continues moving in that direction as well. It’s really interesting to watch the progression of the show — I can’t think of anything else that compares to it, really.

  3. Chris

    Blue is the Warmest Color is in my top 5 of last year as well. The theme of first love is so universal, and the performances excellent. The camera work is very in-your-face, I felt Adele’s facial expressions told large parts of the story.

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign

      Adele was amazing, wasn’t she? That could very well be my favorite performance from last year, regardless of gender. She was phenomenal.

      It’s just a shame there was so much drama after the film’s release. It sounds like it was miserable to make.

  4. ruth

    Glad you love the latest X-Men movie and Face/Off, one of my fave 90s action flicks! Ahah, sorry you watched Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, I knew it was crap even from the trailer. I still might check out Maleficent on rental, too bad it wasn’t as good as I thought it’d be.

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign

      Yeah, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the new X-Men. Great follow-up to First Class. Face/Off was a riot — my review will be up this week.

      Hansel & Gretel could have been “so bad it’s good” but it was just… average. Rumor has it they are making a sequel, too. :\

  5. The Blog of Big Ideas

    I haven’t quite gotten the courage to watch Blue is the Warmest Color for two reasons: the very long running time and its subject matter. However, the sleuth of more than positive reviews that I have been reading certainly put pressure on me. I will give it a go very soon for sure.
    Also, I haven’t been able to watch Louie, but I’m a fan of his comedy, so I expect to indulge in it sooner rather than later.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign

      Yeah, I kept putting off Blue Is the Warmest Color for the same reasons. I can’t recommend it enough though. It’s one of the better films I have seen on the subject of young love, and it has one of the most amazing performances of the last several years.

      I think the first three seasons of Louie are on Netflix. Definitely give it a shot — it’s one of the rare shows that continues to get better with age, too.

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