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Catching up with films

July 23, 2013

Since we started the Extreme Film Society, and are discussing films almost daily in the run-up and throughout the evening, I’ve begun to realise just how few films I have watched. I’ve always been a little behind the times when it comes to movies – and am very open to an awful ‘stuck-in-my-ways‘ habit of watching and re-watching my favourites, rather than branching out and trying something new. I blame my ‘lack of time‘ and ‘I’m too tired to watch a film during the week‘ for why I don’t watch many films – but now I really want to kick these excuses and start watching those classics that everyone has seen, and the ones that are waiting for me on our Netflix wishlist.

I clearly do have time during the week – if I leave work on time I’m home and plopped on the sofa by 5.45pm (though to be fair, that almost never happens…!). Even if I had an early night that would still leave me with a good 4 hours to make dinner and watch a movie – and yet I catch up with emails, blogs, the news, watch an episode of Man vs. Food, some other programme and oh look, it’s bedtime. So going forward I will watch those films that I’ve heard of but never seen. That list of Woody Allen movies that are so important, which I have never found the time to watch. The French films that catch my eye, the re-makes of infamous Shakespeare stories, the films about domestic violence and sport and politicians and homicide.

Here is how I’m going so far:


Are there any movies that I simply have to watch? Have you seen any of these films?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2013 1:18 pm

    I have the same after-work-routine problem! Definitely like your style in fixing it though, it’s something I’m working on too, watching great films is much better than endless repeats that seem to be on telly every time I try and watch that. That being said, Luther is on tonight and i have an episode of The Newsroom to catch up on.

    I’d be interested to hear what you thought of A Serbian Film? I read to synopsis on Wikipedia and I’m not sure I have the stomach for it…

    • July 25, 2013 1:51 pm

      I’m a terrible person – but I didn’t think A Serbian Film was THAT bad. I guess I was expecting worse – plus I watched it with friends, which made it a lot easier to handle. Others watched it alone, which was pretty awful. I just kept thinking, ‘this isn’t real’ – even though somewhere, it is happening :(

  2. July 23, 2013 2:21 pm

    This is 40 is charming :) I need to watch more Woody Allen…

    • July 25, 2013 1:51 pm

      I actually got really bored watching This is 40! It was funny, but just lost it’s way, for me.

  3. July 23, 2013 6:18 pm

    I’ve seen This is 40 and can attest that it is DEPRESSO. I thought it would be hilarious and then it was just sad. Annie Hall is THE BEST, but I’m a huge Woody Allen fan. Like you, I’m working on watching more films. My boyfriend is a film major so we watch a lot of Criterion Collection films, which I’d recommend if you want to see legit cinema!

    • July 25, 2013 1:52 pm

      I thought This is 40 was really boring! Funny at times, though. Ooh will have to research that collection, thanks for the tip!

  4. Aja permalink
    July 23, 2013 7:22 pm

    I’ve only seen Annie Hall, but if you like Woody Allen movies then Midnight in Paris is a must. It’s one of my favorites.

    • July 25, 2013 1:53 pm

      Thanks for the tip! I’ve heard of it but yet again, haven’t seen it. Will add to my Netflix wish list if they have it!

  5. July 24, 2013 3:11 am

    Man on wire!

    • July 25, 2013 1:53 pm

      Yes! I can’t remember if I watched this when it came out or no – but I’ll watch it (again) anyway!

  6. christinasublime permalink
    July 27, 2013 7:50 am

    Make sure you watch the original version of Let The Right One In, it is wonderful. Also, you are so lucky you can be home so early! I am never home till 7! But we still watch a couple of films every week. It’s the best way to relax xxx

    • July 30, 2013 5:20 pm

      That’s the beauty of living and working in Brighton! I can’t say I miss the travelling in London. I think we watched the original of Let The Right One In – it was in Swedish?

      • christinasublime permalink
        July 30, 2013 5:27 pm

        Yes. It’s one of my favourite ever films xx


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