July 2014 Favourites

fav-july2014Another month has gone by, and here’s another monthly favourites post! July was quite a good month. I’ve recently started a new job and am just generally excited about everything. Here is a selection of the posts I was loving this month, and I hope you love them too!

After Game of Thrones finished up, I was experiencing some pretty intense withdrawals, which were aided very effectively indeed with Melissa’s post over on Snap Crackle Watch! about the film and television characters that bloggers would like to see inserted into the Game of Thrones universe. My favourite thing about this was that everyone picked different types of characters, and varying types of rationales for choosing them. Just goes to show that either Game of Thrones needs a lot of help in a lot of ways, or that the people watching Game of Thrones are deep thinkers who can analyse the needs of Westeros and how best to approach them. Great success!

Cara of Silver Screen Serenade celebrated America’s independence on the 4th of July and showed us what’s great about the great land of the US of A through a selection of moments and inspired thoughts from the cult classic Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), which I adored. Warning: infectious amounts of patriotism! She also wrote a lovely post on Up! (2009) and why it’s her favourite Pixar film.

The perennially classy Eric of Isaacs Picture Conclusions made a pretty awesome and linguistically colourful post about why and how much he hates American Hustle (2013). This post really resonated with me because a) I agree wholeheartedly, and b) I also wrote about this for the “Against the Crowd” Blogathon. Good times! Shitfest Summer 2014 has also been a general favourite of my July as everyone’s posts about bad films have been 100% on point and hilarious.

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Seinfeld is one of my favourite television shows of all time, and Niall‘s excellent post about the show’s use of language, and phrases that have now been immersed into peoples’ daily lexicon without really knowing about it, was quite awesome. My personal favourite is the classic ‘dry heave set to music’, also known as Elaine’s dancing.

Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop is one of my favourite places to read film reviews, but literally nothing in the entire world could ever be better than a review about Transformers: The Age of Extinction (2014) as if it were written by Michael Bay himself. It’s like poetry, but with more explosions.

This review wasn’t posted in July but I recently re-read the review of Mommie Dearest (1981) over at Baked Movie Reviews, and had a nice LOL. It totally reaffirmed my strange obsession with that film. NO WIRE HANGERS! EVER!

There’s no doubt that Holy Motors (2012) is a very unique film. Over at The Sixth Station, John wrote a really excellent post about the film, its complexities, and its strangely incongruous yet totally intriguing story elements. The whole film is a big puzzle but will we ever figure out what it really means? Read that post and become even more spellbound by the film’s mysteries!

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My favourite film that I watched this month (and possibly my favourite of the whole year) was Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin (2014). I just can’t stop thinking about it. Sati of the wonderful Cinematic Corner wrote a very interesting and informative post on Under the Skin, which compares the film adaptation to the book. There are heaps of spoilers in that post, but I read it before seeing the film anyway because I am a rebel. I’d highly suggest reading it if you’re not afraid of spoilers, or you’ve already read the book/seen the film! Thanks to Sati I’m definitely going to read the book that the film is based on too. Sounds amazing.

Mikey of Screenkicker! fame got to meet Boba Fett. I mean, Jeremy Bulloch, the actor behind Boba Fett. From Star Wars. I can’t improve on the awesomeness of that fact. There’s a great little interview over at this post, and Jeremy Bulloch sounds like a really nice guy, which is always great!

Two (of many) favourite posts from Alina’s blog Literary Vittles this month have been: firstly, a top notch post on places to visit in San Antonio, Texas, with some beautiful pictures that make me want to travel ASAP; and secondly, a very thorough post on favourite (and not-so-favourite) television shows that I found really interesting because a) she has great taste in television, and b) I really loved reading the different explanations behind enjoying (and not enjoying) certain shows.

Lastly, I’ve really been enjoying a series of posts at The Dirk Malcolm Alternative entitled Dirk’s Film School. They teach readers about film conventions one at a time! I really liked the most recent one about tracking shots, because tracking shots are so awesome when done right. Just thinking about the one from True Detective in episode four makes me start randomly applauding like that George Costanza gif.

Well, that’s all the posts for July! Please enjoy, and feel free to share your favourites of note this month, whether they’re film, television, tracking shots, or national holidays!

31 comments

  1. Great post. Must check out some of those links. Thanks for the shoutout!

    1. You’re welcome! 🙂 Love that Sein-language!

  2. GREAT post!! EPIC even!!!

    Thank you for the mention! And for using the term “linguistically colorful” to describe me!!

    #soulies

    1. Haha, thanks Eric! It is an apt description!!

  3. I absolutely love these posts, you have great taste in blogs! Apart from describing Eric as ‘perennially classy’!

    1. Thanks Mikey B, I just love to share the love around! 🙂

  4. Thank you again for the shout-out! And I so savored IPC’s review of American Hustle. I’m glad that all three of us hate it with a PASSION!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m happy to have found people who also think American Hustle isn’t that great! According to Rotten Tomatoes we only account for 7% of the people who watched it.

      1. Ha! that’s a very small percentage!
        Well, funnily enough, I really enjoyed the American Idol spoof “American Dreamz” that came out a few years ago. Certified “rotten” with a 41% on Rotten Tomatoes! Also, the Spice World movie is now streaming on Netflix. Gonna be watching that tonight!

        1. Oooh, let me know what you think of Spice World! What a classic.

  5. Thanks for the mention! It made my day. Also, Under the Skin was brilliant. It’s such a haunting movie and I love that it is essentially Scarlett Johansson wandering around Glasgow asking for direction to ASDA or the motorway. Classic!

    1. Aw, glad to hear it! I’m still not over Under the Skin (ha). Plus now I feel like I really know how to get to the motorway if I ever ended up in Scotland.

  6. Awesome links here, Anna, I loved Chris’s Transformers review 😀 😀

    1. It was pretty perfect! 😀

  7. Aw thanks for the mention!

    Great post!

    1. You’re welcome, I’m loving that series!

  8. Awwww Anna you are so sweet! Thank you so much for the shoutouts! Gosh, everyone is just doing the coolest stuff right now!!!

    P.S. I have been severely neglectful of your blog lately, but I am making my rounds and catching up. Expect a notification storm in the near future. Lol.

    1. Thanks Cara! Expect a notification storm when I respond to your comments soon!! 😀

  9. Thanks so much for the shout out! And also for providing me with plenty of good reading 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! 🙂

  10. Awesome wrap up Anna. I was overseas for basically the whole month, so now have a bunch of posts open to catch up on.

    1. Thanks! Plenty of great stuff to read and look at. 🙂

  11. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Anna. You have a hell of a blog, so a mention from you is an honor.

    Also, excellent round up. Looking forward to reading all of the links.

  12. Great links for some amazing blogs. .

    1. So much great stuff to read but so little time! 😀

  13. Thanks Anna for the shout out! Love your monthly round-ups so much fun to see what everyone accomplished for the month. 🙂

    1. Thanks Melissa! I really love gathering it all too. 🙂

      1. Of course look forward to it at every month’s end.

  14. Thank you so much for the link! I hope you’ll like the book, it’s excellent and very creepy!

    1. You’re welcome Sati! 🙂 I love reading creepy books that make you think!

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