Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Best Films I Saw in April

I watched a total of 22 films in April.

New Releases (Cinema): The Lincoln Lawyer (Brad Furman, 2011), In A Better World (Susanne Bier, 2010), Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek, 2010), Sucker Punch (Zach Snyder, 2011), How I Ended This Summer (Alexei Popogrebski, 2010), Paul (Greg Mottola, 2011), Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010), Arthur (Jason Winer, 2011), Thor (Kenneth Branagh, 2011)

Watched for the First Time (DVD): 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957), Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969), The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972), All the Presidents Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976), Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979), The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986), Scream (Wes Craven, 1996), Maelstrom (Denis Villeneuve, 2000), Boy A (John Crowley, 2007), Un Prophete [A Prophet] (Jacques Audiard, 2009)

Rewatched (DVD): An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, 1981), Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985), Date Night (Shawn Levy, 2010)

Must Watch from April

12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957)

Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969)

All the Presidents Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976)

Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)

Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)

Un Prophete [A Prophet] (Jacques Audiard, 2009)

In A Better World (Susanne Bier, 2010)

Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010)

Tally for the year to date - April (22), March (26), February (19), January (35) = 102 Films


  1. Ran is amazing, if I had to choose an all time favourite film, it would be probably be Ran...

    You've watched a lot of good stuff this month, especially Un Prophete, great film.

    Will you be posting a review of Boy A sometime ? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on it.

  2. Oh yeah, it is incredible! I had a good month, especially with the Tarkovsky and In A Better World and Incendies. They make for a solid month at the cinema. I really liked Boy A, but I hadn't thought about writing a review. I am so busy this weekend with a film I am working on, and I have cinema work for the next week too. I think my posts will be slim. I hope to watch and review The Battle of Algiers sometime this week, and then see Source Code on the 5th! I hope I can continue to post regularly :-)

  3. Cool, The Battle Of Algiers is amazing, I'm sure you'll enjoy it :)

  4. Thank you for recommending all these films, that I haven't seen yet :)

  5. I absolutely love Twelve Angry Men! And the most amazing thing I think about it is that the film was Sidney Lumet's big screen debut. Such a fantastic director with such a brilliant debut. And the film would not have been anywhere near as good without him in the director's chair. Great post!

  6. No worries Lime(tte), glad you find some of the films I have mentioned interesting.

    @ Matt S. - I don't know why it took me so long to watch 12 Angry Men, but I absolutely loved it. Thanks for following and reading Matt, I really appreciate the support!

  7. I've put off watching A Prophet, because I've nevr found myself to be in the mood for a prison drama. I know it'll be worth it when I do eventually watch it though.

  8. Chris, you should certainly check it out. I agree though, it is not a film you can sit and watch at any time. It is gritty and confronting, and quite long. I'm sure you will find it a powerful and compelling drama!