Review 2004: What I Watched #5

September

01/09
Master & Commander: Dark Side of the Moon [film, dvd]

03/09
Donnie Darko: The Directors Cut [film, celluloid]
Dodgeball [film, celluloid]

04/09
Measure for Measure: Live From The Globe [theatre, broadcast]

06/09
Trilogy: One: Cavale

07/09
Days of Heaven [film, dvd]
NY-LON: Something about Chemicals [1.1/7] [tv, video]
NY-LON: Something about Baggage [1.2/7] [tv, video]
NY-LON: Something about Commitment [1.3/7] [tv, video]

08/09
Trilogy: Two: Un Couple Epatant [film, dvd]

09/09
Trilogy: Three: Apres La Vie [film, dvd]

10/09
Shaun of the Dead [film, dvd]

14/09
The Motorcycle Diaries [film, celluloid]

16/09
People Like Us: The Police Officer [1.3/6] [tv, video]
People Like Us: The Solicitor [1.4/6] [tv, video]

17/09
Sweet Smell of Success [film, dvd]
Irreversible [film, dvd]
NY-LON: Something about Honesty [1.4/7] [tv, video]

18/09
The Princess And The Warrior [film, dvd]

20/09
Building Empires: The Story of Star Wars [film documentary, dvd]

21/09
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope [film, dvd]

22/09
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back [film, dvd]

23/09
Star Wars: Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi [film, dvd]

24/09
Can't Hardly Wait [film, dvd]

25/09
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [film, dvd]

26/09
Belle Epoque [film, dvd]

27/09
NY-LON: Something about Family [1.5/7] [tv, video]

29/09
Le Petit Soldat [film, dvd]

30/09
Boudo Saved From Drowning [film, dvd]

[The latest version of Star Wars. As home entertainment passes from video to dvd there were always going to be certain landmark releases. It certainly lived up to the hype and even if the extras package suggested yet another release even further down the line (deleted scenes - where are you?) it was worth the wait. Trilogy was really interesting (even if it felt like a more intensive version of the Kieslowski's Three Colours films but if I'm being honest I don't remember watching Le Petit Soldat -- no, no hang on. Now I do. At the cinema, I caught Donnie Darko for the first time in it's director's cut (interesting) and loved The Motorcycle Diaries. On TV NY-LON began its six week attempt to infuriate me. What was it about that programme that I loved and hated in equal measures?]

October

01/10
Doctor Who: Faith Stealer [61] [audio play, cd]

02/10
American Pie: The Wedding [film, dvd]

03/10
NY-LON: Something about Friends [1.6/7] [tv, video]

04/10
Clerks: The First Cut [film, dvd]
The Snowball Effect: The Story of Clerks [film documentary, dvd]

05/10
The Governess [film, dvd]
The Stone Tape [tv, dvd]

06/10
Super Size Me [film, celluloid]
Collateral [film, celluloid]
NY-LON: Something about Love [1.7/7] [tv, video]

08/10
Five Obstructions [film, dvd]

09/10
Seabiscuit [film, dvd]
Clerks [film, dvd]

10/10
Heartbreakers [film, dvd]

11/10
Holidays in the Danger Zone: America Was Here [1/2] [tv, video]

12/10
Holidays in the Danger Zone: America Was Here [2/2] [tv, video]
Freaky Friday [film, dvd]

13/10
Sunrise [film, dvd]

14/10
Goodbye Lenin [film, dvd]

15/10
Himalaya with Michael Palin [1/6] [tv, video]
Bride and Prejudice [film, celluloid]

16/10
Have I Got News For You [28.1/8] [tv, broadcast]
The Claim [film, dvd]

17/10
In This World [film, dvd]
Stepmom [film, dvd]

18/10
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [film, dvd]

20/10
Dangerous Minds [film, dvd]

21/10
Farscape: Premiere [1.1/22] [tv, dvd]

22/10
Murder One: One [1/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Two [2/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Three [3/23] [tv, dvd]
Have I Got News For You [28.2/8] [tv, broadcast]
Murder One: Four [4/23] [tv, dvd]

23/10
Murder One: Five [5/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Six [6/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Seven [7/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Eight [8/23] [tv, dvd]
Tanner 88: The Dark Horse [1/11] [tv, broadcast]

24/10
City of God [film, dvd]

25/10
Alien Vs Predator [film, celluloid]

26/10
Murder One: Nine [9/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Ten [10/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Eleven [11/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Twelve [12/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Thirteen [13/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Fourteen [14/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Fifteen [15/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Sixteen [16/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Seventeen [17/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Eighteen [18/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Nineteen [19/23] [tv, dvd]
Murder One: Twenty [20/23] [tv, dvd]
Tanner 88: Child's Play [6/11] [tv, broadcast]
Tanner 88: The Great Escape [7/11] [tv, broadcast]

27/10
Tanner 88: The Girlfriend Factor [8/11] [tv, broadcast]
Tanner 88: Something Borrowed, Something New [9/11] [tv, broadcast]

28/10
City Slickers [film, dvd]
Tanner 88: The Boiler Room [10/11] [tv, broadcast]
Tanner 88: The Reality Check [11/11] [tv, broadcast]

29/10
Amelie [film, dvd]
Have I Got News For You [28.3/8] [tv, broadcast]

30/10
Jewel - Live At Humphrey's By The Bay [music, dvd]
The Polyphonic Spree [music, live concert]

31/10
Tanner on Tanner [tv, vhs]
Un Coeur En Hiver [film, dvd]

[The 26th of the month is a perfect example of what can happen if you have free day and a dvd boxset (via screenselect) of a compelling series. Then I got to the end and realised I would have to wait for another disc to be sent. Filmwise I think the month is a perfect example of how sometimes you need to see the dreck to really enjoy the fried gold. Sat through Heartbreakers wanting to get one plane to ask Jason Lee what the hell he was thinking and through Bride and Prejudice want to run away as fast as I could. But in the same month I saw gems like Amelie, The Claim, Un Coeur En Hiver and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (yeah for dvd). Also at the cinema there is Super Size Me and Collateral (or Die Hard in a Taxi) as a double bill. Spritually similar?]

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