Saturday, June 30, 2012

Monthly Round Up: The Best Films I Saw in June

I watched a total of 38 films in June. 27 of them came during the duration of the Sydney Film Festival (6-17 June) so prior to the festival and in the weeks after I did not watch much at all. Holy Motors became my first 5 Star film of 2012, and will be very tough to top. A repeat viewing of Black Narcissus further secured my love for the film.

Not much more to say. I wish I had the time/energy to review all of my Sydney Film Festival experiences, but some of them were underwhelming, and some of them were too many films ago to adequately discuss. I have just completed my 2012 Halftime Report, highlighting the best and worst of the year so far.

Looking ahead to July, I will be posting significantly less. I will be very busy working the Spanish Film Festival - so my reviews of the films screening there will be my theme, and I will also be contributing to the Spanish Film Festival 2012 Blog ( While I won't be having a break, in fact I will be busier than ever, I hope to return to regular reviewing in August when I visit Melbourne and cover the concluding days of the Melbourne International Film Festival.

New-to-Me Films (Cinema/DVD)

—————Essential Viewing————— 

Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)

Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau, 2011)

Undefeated (Daniel Lindsay, T.J Martin, 2011)

Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)

Caesar Must Die (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 2012)

Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)

 The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard, 2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012)

Killer Joe (William Freidkin, 2012)

Brave (Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, 2012)

Liberal Arts (Josh Radnor, 2012)

Neighbouring Sounds (Kleber Mendonca Filho, 2012)

Side By Side (Christopher Kenneally, 2012)

A Royal Affair (Nikolaj Arcel, 2012)

Birthday (James Harkness, 2011)

Prometheus (Ridley Scott, 2012) TWICE

—————Essential Viewing————— 

Ted (Seth MacFarlane, 2012)

Goodbye (Mohammed Rasoulof, 2011)

The King of Pigs (Sang-ho Yeon, 2012)

Headshot (Pen-ek Ratanaruang, 2012)

Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)

La Pirogue (Moussa Toure, 2012)

Chinese Take-Away (Sebastian Borensztein, 2011)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)

Not Suitable For Children (Peter Templeman, 2012)

Elena (Andrei Zvyaginstev, 2011)

Excision (Richard Bates Jr, 2012)

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Takashi Miike, 2012)

Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow, 2012)

On The Road (Walter Salles, 2012)

Policeman (Nadav Lapid, 2012)

Alps (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2012)

Despite The Gods (Penny Vozniak, 2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman (Rupert Sanders, 2012)

Rampart (Oren Moverman, 2011)

Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, 2011)

Re-watches (Cinema/DVD)

Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947)

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (Seth Gordon, 2007)

Year to date: 153 + 38 = 190 Films Viewed. 29 Reviews in June.

1 comment:

  1. Great month! Lots I still need to see out of that lot. Hope you enjoy the Spanish Film Fest!