Posts Tagged ‘Side Effects’


My Month in Films: September 2015

September 30, 2015

Good Men

21 films, 19 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1995, Taiwan/Japan)
2. L’argent (Robert Bresson, 1983, France/Switzerland)
3. A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1989, Taiwan/Hong Kong)
4. Runaway Train (Andrey Konchalovskiy, 1985, USA)
5. Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924, USA)
6. A Summer at Grandpa’s (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1984, Taiwan)
7. The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1985, Taiwan)
8. The Boys from Fengkuei (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1983, Taiwan)
9. The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1993, Taiwan)
10. The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015, USA)

Best rewatches
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968, USA/UK)
Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh, 2013, USA)

Live From New York! (Bao Nguyen, 2015, USA)
Legend (Brian Helgeland, 2015, UK/France)



Seen Your Video #32: Best of 2013

January 25, 2014


On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I discuss our favourite films released in the UK during 2013, plus some of our biggest disappointments.

Stream the episode here.
Alternatively, you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast by looking up Seen Your Video on iTunes.


2013 in Review

January 4, 2014


Number of films seen, excluding shorts: 343
Number of films seen for the first time, excluding shorts: 278

Pre-1920s: 1 (1 first time viewing)
1920s: 2 (1)
1930s: 6 (4)
1940s: 10 (8)
1950s: 13 (8)
1960s: 18 (17)
1970s: 18 (11)
1980s: 29 (15)
1990s: 32 (15)
2000s: 18 (9)
2010s: 196 (192)

I didn’t exactly succeed with my resolution with older cinema from the 2012 entry, but I did see enough great films for the first time this year to justify expanding the following list from 50 to 75.

75 best first time viewings of 2013, in alphabetical order
Much of a tentative selection of my favourite 2013 films can be found within. Podcast episodes and relevant writing of mine, where available, are linked.

Act of Killing, TheThe Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012, Denmark/Norway/UK/Finland)

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The Skinny’s ‘Films of 2013′

December 15, 2013


I was invited to submit a list of my favourite releases of 2013 for The Skinny’s annual contributors’ poll, going by UK theatrical release dates but not including festival showings. I also wrote blurbs for what ended up being the #1 and #9 films on our group top 10.

You can read my list, other individual lists and the consensus top 10 here.
For reference, our lists were submitted in mid-November to make the December print edition of the magazine.


My Month in Films: April 2013

May 1, 2013


30 films, 17 first time viewings
Another rewatch-heavy month.

Best first time viewings
1. Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu, 2012, Romania/France/Belgium)
2. Vanishing Point (Richard C. Sarafian, 1971, USA/UK)
3. In the House (François Ozon, 2012, France)
4. Niagara (Henry Hathaway, 1953, USA)
5. Iron Man Three (Shane Black, 2013, USA/China)
6. Simple Men (Hal Hartley, 1992, USA/Italy/UK)
7. Oblivion (Joseph Kosinski, 2013, USA)
8. Good Vibrations (Lisa Barros D’Sa/Glenn Leyburn, 2012, UK/Ireland)
9. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941, USA)
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Seen Your Video #16: We Need You To Get Naked Because Art

April 10, 2013


The Seen Your Video podcast has returned after a long hiatus, which coincidentally followed my previous guest appearance on the show. I am now an acting co-host for the podcast’s film-heavy episodes, and the latest episode sees Chris Ward and I discuss two recent thrillers that have been getting lumped together, at least in British film circles: Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects and Danny Boyle’s Trance. We also touch on the late Roger Ebert, as well as a highlight of each of our recent film viewings; Chris spotlights Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, while I talk about Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water.

Stream the episode here.
Alternatively, you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast by looking up Seen Your Video on iTunes.


My Month in Films: March 2013

April 1, 2013


31 films, 21 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski, 1962, Poland)
2. Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh, 2013, USA)
3. Beginners (Mike Mills, 2010, USA)
4. Play It Again, Sam (Herbert Ross, 1972, USA)
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky, 2012, USA)
6. Sex, Lies and Videotape (Steven Soderbergh, 1989, USA)
7. Cop Land (James Mangold, 1997, USA)
8. Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki, 2012, USA)
9. Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli, 1984, USA)
10. Caesar Must Die (Paolo Taviani/Vittorio Taviani, 2012, Italy) Read the rest of this entry ?