The Month in Movies: May 2013

May was a disappointment for me in terms of the amount of movies I watched. It was the first month of 2013 that wasn’t a “record breaker.” My 20 viewings last month barely beat my 19 viewings in May 2012. But the month fell short of 2011’s 22 viewings. I didn’t even get a chance to watch a director’s work this month. In my defense, however, my month was dominated by television thanks to Netflix and the various season (and some series) finales that aired. I anticipate a better month in June. Hopefully. Anyway, let’s get to it, shall we?

Total Viewings: 20

First Viewings: 12

Theater Viewings: 2

 

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Best First Viewing: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) 

A rare sequel that stands a good chance of being better than its predecessor. It’s a great display of sci-fi, action, adventure and suspense with a healthy mix of perfect casting and a star making villainous performance from Benedict Cumberbatch.

You can read my thoughts (and the thoughts of my friends Mike and Tiny) in our triple review here.

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Honorable Mention: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) 

The more I think about it, the more I like it. I’m very curious what I’ll think of it upon repeat viewings. You can read my thoughts on it here.

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Worst First Viewing: Diamonds Are Forever (1971) 

Bond enters the 1970s and Connery exits the franchise both with a whimper. I’ll post my more in depth thoughts about the movie whenever I get around to Part IV of The Bond 50 Project. I disliked this movie so much that it’s been sitting in my PS3 for a few weeks waiting for me to check out the special features. I can never quite bring myself to watch them. I will soon, though.

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Dishonorable Mention: Made of Honor (2008)

The only thing keeping this from being my Worst First Viewing of May is that it was a 90 minute comfort to me while I was nursing a hangover in my bed. Truth be told, I really only listened to the movie. My field of vision was occupied by my trashcan next to a TV tray holding a single can of sprite at the foot of my bed.

24 hours previous to watching Made of Honor, I went on a tear through several episodes of The West Wing’s season 3. The movie’s one redeeming quality was the way it distracted me from my hangover by making me realize how similar Patrick Dempsey’s voice sounds to Rob Lowe’s voice.

One of the only real images I trapped in my memory while watching this movie were ones involving McDreamy stealing a horse to ride to a wedding he planned on breaking up. It was the single most romcom-y image I’ve ever seen. I love romcoms though. So maybe that’s the real reason I didn’t name it my worst first viewing of May.

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Biggest Surprise: 17 Again (2009)

After watching 13 Going on 30 I had some reservations about going through with my double feature. My fears were unfounded as this was a really fun movie with a great cast and some surprisingly fresh comedy. Read about my 13 Going on 30 & 17 Again double feature here.

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Biggest Letdown: The Campaign (2012)

I expected more from a Will Ferrell/ Zach Galifianakis movie. But the baby-punching scene was funny. That counts for something. Right?

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Returning Favorite: The Avengers (2012)

Joss Whedon made one of the best summer blockbusters ever. The fact that he managed to pull it off with four major super heroes in a movie that had four years and five movies’ worth of build up without buckling is astonishing.

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You can see the full list of movies I watched in May here. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter: @ObsessiveViewer for live-tweets about movies and shows I’m watching and keep up with the blog on Facebook for all the latest posts and blog news.

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