Quite a high volume of them have been new releases, and I feel pretty good about my coverage of 2011 so far. I feel like I have seen everything I have needed to see, and some that I wish I hadn't. In the next week or so, I'll be uploading my 'Best Films from the First Half of 2011' list, which will be feature some truly outstanding cinema, and some Half Yearly Awards of some description. I haven't thought too much about it yet, but check back to see what I come up with.
I had a lot of fun at the Sydney Film Festival watching multiple films a day, and meeting some great new people. I hope you all enjoyed my Festival coverage. It was quite exhausting work, but well worth it. The only film from the Festival I haven't reviewed is The Tree of Life, which will come shortly. Hopefully, after all this time (well, two weeks) I can create a fresh response to this widely discussed film.
I considered, for the month of July, working through the 30 Day Movie Challenge. I might hold off until August/September though. There are still plenty of new releases to cover each week, and I am also thinking of working through the notable films of Krzysztof Kielslowski and Henri Georges Clouzot, two directors that interest me very much. I love the White/Blue/Red Trilogy, but I have been meaning to see The Decalogue and The Double Life of Veronique for some time. As for Cluzot, Diabolique is top of the list.
I saw a total of 35 films in June. Find out my 'Essential Viewing' selections after the jump...
First Viewing (Cinema) - X-Men: First Class (Michael Vaughn, 2011), Julia's Eyes (Guillem Morales, 2010), Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011), Super 8 (J.J Abrams, 2011), The Trip (Michael Winterbottom, 2010), Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois, 2010), Cars 2 (John Lasseter, 2011), Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson, 2011)
First Viewing (Sydney Film Festival) - The Troll Hunter (Andre Ovredal, 2010), The Guard (John Michael McDonagh, 2011), Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin, 2011), Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh, 2011), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog, 2011), Even the Rain (Iciar Bollain, 2010), Project Nim (James Marsh, 2011), A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011), Three (Tom Tykwer, 2010), The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011), Win Win (Thomas McCarthy, 2011), Norwegian Wood (Tran Anh Hung, 2010), Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within (Jose Padilha, 2010), Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols, 2011), Jane Eyre (Cary Fukunaga, 2011), The Beaver (Jodie Foster, 2011), Senna (Asif Kapadia, 2011), Armadillo (Janus Metz, 2010) and 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike, 2010)
First Viewing (DVD/Torrent) - Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960), The Fog of War (Errol Morris, 2003), The Last Circus (Alex de la Iglesia, 2010)
Re-watched (DVD/Torrent) - The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1988), Batman and Robin (Joel Schmacher, 1997), Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009), Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, 2010), 127 Hours (Danny Boyle, 2010)
Of Gods and Men
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Tree of Life