Review 2004: What I Watched #2

March

01/03
The Oscars 2004 [tv, broadcast]
The Red Shoes [film, dvd]
What's Up Tiger Lily? [film, dvd]
Sunshine State [film, dvd]
Never Mind The Buzzcocks [14.7/10] [tv, video]

02/03
Chain Reaction [film, dvd]
Fallen Angels: Professional Man [film, dvd]
The Gingerbread Man [film, dvd]

03/03
Hustle [2/6] [tv, video]
Doctor Who: The Natural History of Fear [54] [audio play, cd]
The French Lieutenant's Woman [film, dvd]

04/03
Looney Tunes: Back In Action [film, celluloid]

05/03
e.r.: Freefall [10.8/22] [tv, video]
Kitchen Stories [film, celluloid]
21 Grams [film, celluloid]

06/03
Friends: The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits [10.5/18] [tv, video]
The China Syndrome [film, dvd]
Roxanne [film, dvd]
Alice [film, dvd]
Mighty Aphrodite [film, dvd]

07/03
Bounce [film, dvd]
Pretty In Pink [film, dvd]
Breakfast at Tiffanys [film, dvd]

08/03
Hustle [3/6] [tv, video]
Dawson's Creek: Merry Mayhem [6.10/24] [tv, video]

09/03
The 400 Blows [film, dvd]

10/03
Les Enfants Du Paradis [film, dvd]

11/03
A Bout De Souffle [film, dvd]

12/03
Le Mepris [film, dvd]
Friends: The One Ross's Grant [10.6/18] [tv, video]

13/03
Three Colours White [film, dvd]
Dawson's Creek: Day Out of Days [6.11/24] [tv, video]

14/03
e.r.: Missing [10.9/22] [tv, video]
Zatoichi [film, celluloid]
Location, Location, Location [tv, broadcast]
K19: The Widowmaker [film, dvd]

15/03
Serendipity [film, video]

16/03
Three Colours Red [film, dvd]
Hustle [4/6] [tv, video]

17/03
Pleasure At Her Majesty's [theatre, dvd]
Mermaid Frolics [theatre, dvd]
Conspiracy Theory [film, dvd]
e.r.: Makemba [10.10/22] [tv, video]

18/03
Doctor Who: The Twilight Kingdom [55] [audio play, cd]
U-Turn [film, dvd]

19/03
Emma [film, dvd]
Three Colours Blue [film, dvd]
Friends: The One With The Home Study [10.7/18] [tv, video]

20/03
The Hunt For Red October [film, dvd]
Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child [1.1.1/4] [tv, video]
Dawson's Creek: All The Right Moves [6.12/24] [tv, video]
High Fidelity [film, dvd]

21/03
Doctor Who: The Cave of Skulls [1.1.2/4] [tv, video]
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy [film, dvd]
Radio Days [film, dvd]

22/03
Doctor Who: The Forest of Fear [1.1.3/4] [tv, video]
Doctor Who: The Firemaker [1.1.4/4] [tv, video]
P.R.O.B.E.: The Devil Of Winterborne [tv, video]
Hustle [5/6] [tv, video]

23/03
Doctor Who: The Dead Planet [1.2.1/7] [tv, video]
Bande a Part [film, dvd]
Duets [film, dvd]

24/03
Doctor Who: The Survivors [1.2.2/7] [tv, video]
Wild Strawberries [film, dvd]
e.r.: Touch and Go [10.11/22] [tv, video]

25/03
Doctor Who: The Escape [1.2.3/7] [tv, video]
Great Expectations [film, dvd]

26/03
Doctor Who: The Ambush [1.2.4/7] [tv, video]
Barry Lyndon [film, dvd]
Friends: The One With The Late Thanksgiving [11.8/18] [tv, broadcast]

27/03
Doctor Who: The Expedition [1.2.5/7] [tv, video]
Sheryl Crow: The Very Best of Videos [film, dvd]

28/03
Doctor Who: The Ordeal [1.2.6/7] [tv, video]

29/03
Doctor Who: The Rescue [1.2.7/7] [tv, video]
Cabaret [film, dvd]

30/03
Along Came Polly [film, celluloid]
Mona Lisa Smile [film, celluloid]
The Passion of the Christ [film, celluloid]

31/03
Gallifrey: Weapon of Choice [1.1/4] [audio drama, cd]
The Very Best of Have I Got News For You [tv, dvd]
Hustle [6/6] [tv, video]
e.r.: NICU [10.12/22] [tv, video]

[Look at all the Doctor Who. If I wasn't listening to the increasingly experimental Big Finish audios I was watching early Hartnell. I think it was around this time that all systems were go on the new series and I got the urge. Just to clear up that I've included some audio material in this list because although granted I haven't 'watched' it in the traditional sense the imagination is a pretty good place to screen things. I didn't watch much television otherwise, just the usual dates, although the e.r. episode 'NICU' was a highlight as Abby and Neela served a three-week rotation in the baby care unit and whole episode told the story of that time cleverly demonstrating the build up in confidence in the nurses, a credit to Maura Tierney and Parminder Nagra.

You'll notice it's in this month that the films I'm watching become somewhat more ecclectic. That's because this was when I signed up to the video-hire-by-post service ScreenSelect and started to fill the list with things I'd always wanted to get around to seeing. Although I was pretty film literate before this year my recognition has increased -- not to the point that I can't get swept up in the spectacle, but it's more interesting that I can see the influences in certain things more quickly. Of the cinema releases, the film of the month is between Zatoichi and Kitchen Stories -- both succeed in telling a non-conventional story in their own terms in magical ways. I think finally I found 21 Grams and The Passion Of The Christ to be a tiring experiences.]

April

01/04
The Thin Red Line [film, dvd]

02/04
Friends: The One With The Birth Mother [10.9/18] [tv, broadcast]

03/04
New York Stories [film, dvd]
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer Presentation [tv, vcd]

04/04
Dawson's Creek: Clean and Sober [6.14/24] [tv, video]
Holidays in the War Zone #1 [tv, video]
Grosse Pointe Blank [film, video]

05/04
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Lessons [7.1/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Beneath You [7.2/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Same Time, Same Place [7.3/22] [tv, dvd]

06/04
The Buena Vista Social Club [film, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Help [7.4/22] [tv, dvd]

07/04
Gallifrey: Weapon of Choice [1.1/4] [audio drama, cd]
The Moscow State Circus 2004 [circus, ring]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Selfless [7.5/22] [tv, dvd]

08/04
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Him [7.6/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Conversations With Dead People [7.7/22] [tv, dvd]

09/04
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Sleeper [7.8/22] [tv, dvd]
The Third Man [film, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Never Leave Me [7.9/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Bring on the Night [7.10/22] [tv, dvd]
Friends: The One Where Chandler Gets Caught [10.10/18] [tv, broadcast]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Showtime [7.11/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Potential [7.12/22] [tv, dvd]

10/04
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Killer in Me [7.13/22] [tv, dvd]
Arsenic and Old Lace [film, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: First Date [7.14/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Get it Done [7.15/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Storyteller [7.16/22] [tv, dvd]
Dirty Pretty Things [film, dvd]

11/04
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Lies My Parents Told Me [7.17/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Dirty Girls [7.18/22] [tv, dvd]


12/04
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Empty Places [7.19/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Touched [7.20/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: End of Days [7.21/22] [tv, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Chosen [7.22/22] [tv, dvd]
Dawson's Creek: Castaways [6.15/24] [tv, video]
e.r.: Get Carter [10.13/22] [tv, video]
Groundhog Day [film, dvd]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Wish [3.9/22] [tv, dvd]

13/04
Shaun of the Dead [film, celluloid]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Doppelgangland [3.16/22] [tv, dvd]

15/04
Serpico [film, dvd]

16/04
Welcome to Collinwood [film, dvd]
Friends: The One Where The Stripper Cries [10.11/18] [tv, broadcast]
Have I Got News For You [27.1/8] [tv, broadcast]

17/04
Eloge De L'Amour [film, dvd]

18/04
Dawson's Creek: That Was Then [6.16/24] [tv, video]
Star Trek: First Contact [film, dvd]
The Tall Guy [film, dvd]

19/04
Around The World In Eighty Days: Homeward Bound [tv, video]

20/04
Around The World In Eighty Days: Outward Bound [tv, video]

21/04
Jules et Jim [film, dvd]
A Hard Days Night [film, dvd]

22/04
e.r.: Blood Relations [10.15/22] [tv, video]

23/04
Mother Courage and Her Children [theatre, stage]
Have I Got News For You [27.2/8] [tv, video]
Firefly: Serenity Part One [1/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: Serenity Part Two [2/15] [tv, dvd]

24/04
Firefly: The Train Job [3/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: Bushwacked [4/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: Shindig [5/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: Safe [6/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: Our Mrs. Reynolds [7/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: Jaynestown [8/15] [tv, dvd]


25/04
Dawson's Creek: Sex and Violence [6.17/24] [tv, video]
Firefly: Out of Gas [9/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: Ariel [10/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: War Stories [11/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: Trash [12/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: The Message [13/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: Heart of Gold [14/15] [tv, dvd]
Firefly: Objects In Space [15/15] [tv, dvd]

26/04
Cambridge Spies [1/4] [tv, dvd]
Cambridge Spies [2/4] [tv, dvd]
Cambridge Spies [3/4] [tv, dvd]
Cambridge Spies [4/4] [tv, dvd]

27/04
Gallifrey: Square One [1.2/4] [audio drama, cd]

28/04
Friends: The One With Phoebe's Wedding [10.12/18] [tv, broadcast]
Alias: Truth be Told [1.1/22] [tv, dvd]
Alias: So it Begins [1.2/22] [tv, dvd]
Alias: Parity [1.3/22] [tv, dvd]

29/04
e.r.: Forgive and Forget [13.16/22] [tv, video]
Office Space [film, video]
Happy Birthday BBC2 [tv, video]

30/04
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [film, celluloid]
Vol. 2 [film, celluloid]
Have I Got News For You [27.3/8] [tv, broadcast]
Alias: A Broken Heart [1.4/22] [tv, dvd]


[I suppose you could call this a Joss Whedon of a month. As well as rewatching the last season of Buffy I was turned into a jibbering wreck by the arrival of Firefly with all the incomprensible attempts to explain its appeal to others. That was a 'busy' weekend as you can tell. And I started on Alias for the first time and enjoyed that for different reasons -- an odd experience just after Cambridge Spies though. On reflection it's funny that so many of my best films of the year were released this early -- there's Shaun of the Dead and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind already. I'd forgotten I'd seen the latter in a double bill with the second helping of Kill Bill but kind of explains why I was so underwhelmed by that. I think I'll re-appraise when the two sections of the film are unified. Not having to sit through the disappointment of The Moscow State Circus 2004 could spoil a month like this.]

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