Weekend Viewing Roundup … and Question of the Week

Hello everyone! To those who celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday, I hope you had an excellent time with your family.

ManOfSteelHenryCWell, sounds like many of you have seen Man of Steel by now, judging from the stellar box office take $125 mil so far in four days (including the $12 Thursday night tally). It’s apparently broken a record for highest opening ever in June (ahead of Toy Story 3‘s $110 mil) according to Box Office Mojo. Well, it’s sort of made a record for me as well as this is the first film ever that I’ve seen twice on the big screen within a week :D

Yeah, after the press screening on Tuesday, my hubby and I re-watched it again (also in 3D) Friday night. You know what, I actually liked it more the second time around, though I still have issues with the CGI-action overload in the second half. But the good still outweighs the bad for me so I settled with a score of 4/5 in my in-depth review. If you haven’t read it already but you’ve seen the movie, I’m curious to see if you agree with my praises and gripes about it. No matter how you feel about it though, it’s hard to refute the fact that Man of Steel was a major movie-going event of the year and I certainly felt a certain rush of excitement going into it (yes I’m not gonna lie, Henry Cavill in the role of Supes certainly has something to do with it, too!) :D I had a hunch he’d be perfect for the role when I saw him in The Count of Monte Cristo, but he still exceeds my expectations! I sure hope this means he’d get more prominent roles in Hollywood, the guy’s certainly earned it!


Now before I get to the recap, I’m curious to hear whether you’ve felt the same way I did this past week, that is wanting to re-watch a particular movie fairly soon after seein it. So my question for you this week is this:

Which movie(s) have you seen twice (or more) in a single week?


Now here’s a brief recap what I saw this past week besides Man of Steel:

MonstersU

Monsters University
(review done for posting later next week)

OutsourcedMovie

Outsourced (2006)
Apparently this movie is the inspiration behind the NBC TV series back in 2010 set in
a call center in India. It’s a pretty hilarious cultural comedy. It’s on Netflix streaming,
so it’s worth renting if you’ve got that subscription.

TheTudorsI actually watched a few episodes of this a few years ago as I quite like historical dramas
based on the British monarchy. I only watched a couple of episodes of season 1 this time
(if you guessed it’s because Henry Cavill then you’d be right ;) )
Not sure how long I’d want to continue watching this one though.

Screenings this week: The Bling Ring & World War Z


That’s my recap folks. Please take the time and answer my question above and/or tell me what you’ve watched this weekend.

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51 thoughts on “Weekend Viewing Roundup … and Question of the Week

  1. There has been a number of them through the years, but I don’t make a regular habit, especially within a one week period. The first one I did this with was Jaws in 1975. Recently, any of Chris Nolan’s in the Batman trilogy, and believe it or not, Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows. I know, I must be a little bent ;-).

    • Yeah, I just realized I haven’t done that in ages! Sounds like a lot of people have done it though. Ahah, I think Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes is quite fun, but yeah, I didn’t expect you’d be keen on seeing it twice in a week Michael :D

      • We saw SHGoS here at home, and then went up to Portland, OR to visit family for the holiday and took it in again because we liked it and nothing else drew us ;-).

  2. I’ve never done that in theaters, though I came close with Star Trek Into Darkness. It was a week and a couple days before I saw it te second time… Though the gap between the second and third was only a couple of days so that counts I suppose!
    Usually I just go back and watch certain scenes, not the whole film until much later.
    The first time I saw Lawrence of Arabia, I watched it all again within a few days because I wanted to see it again before I had to take it back to the library. I had a hard time taking it all in the first time and definitely benefitted from a second viewing so soon after the first. It is now one of my favorite films of all time!
    I actually didn’t watch much this weekend. Saw Man of Steel on Friday, rewatched some scenes from Bringing Out the Dead which I watched for the first time earlier in the week, and also watched the last third of Pulp Fiction because that’s my favorite part and I didn’t have time to watch the whole thing. I’m so glad man of steel payed off for you!

    • Hi Hunter! Hey that’s close enough for Star Trek Into Darkness, so yeah that counts!! WOW, you saw Lawrence of Arabia twice in a week? It actually took me 2 days to watch it all, ahah.

      I’ve done that too, watching only some scenes of a movie. I did that with Sense & Sensibility (the BBC version) recently.

      • Yeah well Lawrence took me four days in all! First time took two days, then I waited until the weekend was over, and then took two days to watch it the second time. I mean, that’s at least seven hours of movie watching right there!

  3. I’ll prob go see Man of Steel later in the week, IMAX theater tends to be not that busy during the week.

    I used to go see the same movie that I really enjoyed 2 or 3 times on the same weekend back in high school and college. But ever since I started working full time, I just don’t have the time to do that anymore. But I did go see Skyfall twice on the same weekend, it opened on IMAX on a Thursday last November. Went to see it opening night then saw it again Sunday night. Also, saw Nolan’s Baman flms a few times in theater, The Dark Knight twice on the same weekend, the first time regular theater and the second time on IMAX. Then last summer I was at the advance screening of TDKR at the IMAX theater on Tuesday night then saw it again Sunday night at the same theater. I wanted to see them on IMAX as much as I could. See those big action films on the biggest screen in the state was pretty awesome.

    I watched a couple of Criterion Blurays, David Fincher’s The Game and the infamous Heaven’s Gate. I’m actually thinking of writing up a review of that film and send it over, I haven’t done my Criterion review in a long time. I’ll give a little history of why Heaven’s Gate was so infamous.

    • Hi Ted, hope you enjoy Man of Steel despite the flaws. Let me know what you think of the IMAX quality.

      I actually never really rewatch films on the big screen that often in my life, maybe 3-4 times total, that’s why it’s odd that I wanted to see Man of Steel so soon after I’ve seen it :D

      Cool, I’ll be happy to post your stuff, I might post your Directors’ post tomorrow as I’m gonna be on blogging hiatus for at least 2 weeks. I’ll post an announcement for it later today.

  4. Twice in a week? Off the top of my head… The Thin Red Line, Goodfellas, The Dark Knight, The Usual Suspects, Serenity, The Social Network and yes… Titanic. I do have such a crush on Kate. ;) Usually this involved taking someone else the second time around.

    I watched Weeds on Netflix. Never got all the way through it. Great show. Way underrated. The British sitcom Friday Night Dinner with Simon Bird from the Inbetweeners series. Started the The Bridge series which is from Denmark with Kim Bodina from Refn’s Pusher Trilogy. The remake is coming to FX shortly Lastly I watched the Black Mirror from Britian. Sort of a modern day Twilight Zone in the technology age but seriously, seriously warped. So lots of TV…

    I noticed Cavill has a cleft chin worthy of Kirk Douglas in the pic above. “He has grown up to be Henry Cavill, an absurdly bemuscled British actor who moreover has the most bankable dimple since Kirk Douglas.” – Jay Stone of the Vancouver Sun. I knew I wasn’t the only one.

    • Hello Dave! Those are great movies to see twice on the big screen! I think I saw Titanic more than once too on the big screen, but not in a week. Kate is gorgeous as Rose, so I don’t blame you :D

      I’m so terrible w/ shows, I just don’t have the attention span anymore. Oh geez, he’s a million times better looking than Kirk Douglas, surely!! His dimples are amazing but what’s more killer is his smile. There are only a few times he smiled in Man of Steel but boy, it was worth the 3D ticket price just to see THAT!! :P

  5. Hi, Ruth:

    Being stationed at military bases around the world offered all kinds of opportunities to catch films when not working. I’ve sat through many films during the same week or month. Dating back to ‘American Graffiti’, ‘Jaws’, ‘The Ninth Configuration’ and ‘The French Connection’.

    Have also seen lots of much better than B-movies to fill and kill time. Like, ‘Truck Turner’, ‘Hickey & Boggs’, ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’, ‘Winter Kills’, ‘Where Does it Hurt?’, ‘Wrong is Right’, ‘Payday’ and ‘Cutter’s Way’.

    Also, some real dogs. Like ‘Lepke’, ‘The Valachi Papers’, ‘Crazy Joe’ and a particularly bad, Italian dubbed gangster film titled, ‘Pete, Pearl and the Pole’.

    • Ah, I see that’s one of the perks of being a soldier :D That’s pretty cool Jack, and back then ticket prices weren’t astronomical as they are now, or did you see those for free??

      • Hi, Ruth:

        Films were never free, but prices usually ran about $2.00 to $2.50. And you hand to stand for ‘The National Anthem’ short film before the real film began. Popcorn ran about .75 to $1.50 depending on size.

        Good times. Good times.

    • You know Kevin, The Ninth Configuration is one of my favorite unheralded gems. The back and forth between Stacy Keach and Scott Wilson was just amazing. The biker bar scene is a bit dated but the dialog was something to hear and the ending really made the film.To my eyes the image of the crucifix on the moon is one of the most striking images of all of cinema.

      Even I had to look up some of those B-movies. I haven’t seen Who’ll Stop The Rain, Cutter’s Way, Winter Kills and Wrong Is Right since the days of Betamax in the 80’s. LOL. I looked up the other films and found out some interesting things. Jonathan Kaplan, who directed Truck Turner, was in Corman’s stable of directors and has nice run of Heart Like A Wheel, Project X, and The Accused. A young Jennifer Jason Leigh played a girl who wanted to kill her parents in the black comedy Wrong Is Right, Hickey & Boggs was James Woods film debut. Can’t find the Peter Sellers movie Where Does it Hurt? except on a heavily edited region 2 dvd from Australia.

      Found this great scene from Payday. It would make a great triple bill with Tender Mercies and Crazy Heart. “You didn’t earn it.”

      • Hi, Dave:

        It’s nice to see that I’m not the Lone Ranger on so many titles.

        ‘The Ninth Configuration’ is one of those films best enjoyed by sitting back and letting it happen. Superb dialogue, sets and story. Wickedly quirky cast. Easily some of Stacy Keach’s best underplayed work. Also a near flawlessly choreographed bar fights in films. One of the more re-watchable films of the 1980s.

        ‘Hickey & Bogs’ is an unknown cinematic gem. With Culp and Cosby in very non Culp and Cosby roles. Also one of the first roles for Michael Moriarty. While ‘Payday’ is a sometimes slimy look at Country Western life. Rip Torn Rocks!

        And your idea for a triple feature would be very, very cool!

        “Roger Corman Commandos” are everywhere and assembling exceptional bodies of work, And there’s more every day.

  6. it seems you enjoy Superman and quite live up to your expectation ;)

    Movies I saw twice in the same weeks are all by Cillian Murphy, let’s see: Inception and Red Lights. If I like In Time, it would be twice too…but I hate the movie.
    …Other than Cillian’s, are The A Team and all Matrix series.

    • Hi Nov! Yes it did, esp. in regards to Henry who you could call my proper crush now (but like I said previously, it’s not gonna be as crazy as I did w/ GB).

      Cillian have some great films, I could’ve easily seen Inception twice in a week, I think I did see it twice in a month.

      • Ha! Actually, no! When Luke had his hand on his knee as he contemplated his boring life and desired to break from his responsibilities at home and escape–the sun set on Tatooine and the rosy colors cast Luke in aglow and John Williams’s score held my heart with his violin strings–oohh! I was 13. Luke was all that in my book….

  7. Only Man of Steel this weekend. Got back home late Saturday night and crashed! Should have my Man if Steel review up tomorrow.

    As for your question, I’ve seen a few movies twice in a week. The Last Samurai, Star Wars Episode 2, The Dark Knight, just to name a few. But I’ve also seen a movie twice in one day! The Book of Eli. I won’t go into the strange reasons surrounding that but twice in the same day!

    • Hope you had a wonderful vacation Keith! I still look forward to reading your Man of Steel review though I might not have time to comment.

      So you saw those twice in a week on the big screen? WOW, Book of Eli twice in a day is quite something. I like that movie but it’s quite violent.

    • On the big screen I take it? Now I wish I had seen it at least once on the big screen as it’s so beautiful, but I’m also afraid I might be lulled to sleep :)

  8. Glad you liked it better the second time. I also watched it in 3-D and while it didn’t provide anything special, it didn’t distract either.

    I saw the movie Drive 3 times in one week. Never did that before. lol, great question though.

    • Hi Chris! I really could’ve just gone to the 2D showing the second time around but the timing just didn’t work out. Ahah, your love for Drive knows no bounds :D

  9. Watching movies more than once in the theater is something I just started doing recently. Normally I’ll go and watch a movie for the first time with my dad or a friend, and if it’s good enough, I’ll go see it again with a different group of people.

    Recent films I’ve done this with were The Avengers (saw it three times, which may have been a mistake as it lost a bit of its muster each time), The Dark Knight Rises (I know lots of people hated it, but I loved it), and Iron Man 3, which I probably wouldn’t have seen again in theaters if my mom hadn’t wanted to go. :) And that’s about it, for now anyway. I think I’ll be seeing Man of Steel again this week though, so you can go ahead and add that to the list. Haha! :D

    • Hi William! Yeah I’m the same way too, that I’d see a movie more than once if my friends asked me to go. Of course I have to enjoy the movie. But w/ Superman, it was me who dragged my hubby to see it again right away, but thankfully he’s also a fan :D

      I enjoyed The Avengers but I never felt like I REALLY want to see it again right away. In fact, I still haven’t rewatched it since I saw it on the big screen. Nolan’s Batman movies on the other hand, have that effect on me. I hope you enjoy Man Of Steel even more the second time around!

  10. I can think of two movies that I saw in the same week. The first was Magnolia, where I was so blown away by that I had to see it again. The other was Serenity, which I had been anticipating because of Firefly more than almost any other movie at that point. I went with my wife for a late showing the first time, then I went back solo for a second time later in the week. It’s very rare for me, especially since I don’t get to the theaters as much these days.

    • Man, you really made me want to rent Magnolia right away. I did see Serenity though and it does have a great rewatchability value :D Thanks Dan!

  11. The most recent movie that I’ve seen twice in a single week was Django Unchained. It wasn’t really on purpose. I went to see it, and then my friends asked me if I wanted to go a 2nd time. And since I’d enjoyed it so much, I said yes.

    The funny thing is… I’ve seen three Tarantino movies twice in the theater, and I don’t normally do that (go twice for the same movie).

    • Wow, so that’s like 6 hours at the theater in a week, John! :D I guess if you like QT’s style then I could see why you dug it so much. I actually can’t even watch his movies on the big screen as I can’t handle the violence.

      • Oh, it’s even worse than you think, Ruth. The second time I saw Django with friends, it was part of a double bill with The Hobbit. So… six hours just in one day alone.

        They have a young son (he’s 2) and so they don’t get many chances to go to the movies. Since they had the day to themselves (babysitter), they doubled up and did both movies.

  12. I’ve never watched a movie more than once in a cinema. I’d always sooner watch a different movie. I only watch a film multiple times at home.

    I’d like to ask a question about that Cavill picture at the top of your post as well. Is it just me, or does he look a bit… backwards? ;) He’s doing a funny thing with his bottom lip like all the tools aren’t in the toolbox, if you know what I mean? :)

    • Yeah I tend to watch movies multiple times at home too, it’s just cheaper and more comfy that way anyway.

      Ahah, I’m not seeing anything wrong w/ Cavill’s picture. It’s possible it was flipped vertically from the original shot but I still think he still looks very Superman-y :D

  13. Hmm, I believe I can only answer The Amazing Spider-Man. I was really into Andrew Garfield back then, ahah (maybe still). I don’t think I have other movie to be mentioned, because I don’t always have time to go to the cinema. Maybe rewatch a movie couple of times. But I wish I can watch more than once to several movies. I definitely don’t mind watching Man of Steel again.

    • Ahah, I don’t blame you about Garfield Andina!! As I was lucky enough to be sitting mere inches away from him at Comic-con, that young man is fiiiine :D Henry Cavill as Supes certainly has a lot to do with why I wanted to see Man of Steel so soon after seeing it the first time, ahah.

  14. Glad to hear Man of Steel didn’t disappoint for you, Ruth. I know how much you were looking forward to that one. :D I opted for a different movie over the weekend — This Is the End. Loved it! It was a riot from beginning to end.

    As for your question, I don’t think I have ever went to see a movie twice in one week. In fact, I can’t recall ever seeing a movie twice in the theater at all. I don’t rewatch films very often for some reason.

    • I’m so touched that people wanted me NOT to be disappointed by Man of Steel :D He..he.. yeah it didn’t disappoint despite some quibbles, and I certainly am anticipating more from this Superman franchise!

      I totally understand about not seeing a movie repeatedly on the big screen Eric, I very rarely do that myself that’s why this was such an unusual thing for me, ahah.

  15. Nice recap. This weekend I saw Man of Steel (which by now you know I really liked), and my favorite director’s (Pedro Almodóvar) debut film, “Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras Chicas del Montón”.

    Which movie(s) have you seen twice (or more) in a single week? The latest would be Great Gatsby but I remember I also did it with Prometheus and Hunger Games. I watch Ratatouille 4 times during its theater run over here.

    • I know, it’s incredible!! At one point it was too huge for my taste tho, esp the fire rescue scene when he was shirtless. He certainly is a dedicated actor to get into such a shape.

  16. I’m definitely going to check out your review of MoS once I see it, great to know Henry was good in the role! Why are you not sure how long will you watch The Tudors? I thought it was a fine show, the quality dropped a lot after Dormer left, but Henry was there right up to the end :)

    As for watching movie twice in a week..oh, many. None twice in the week in cinema though, but when it comes to DVD – Snatch, Trainspotting, Black Swan, In the Loop and Killer Joe.

  17. I’ve seen several movies in the cinema twice in a week, so I’m not sure if I could list all of them. Some recent ones include Django Unchained, Les Miserables, and The Dark Knight Rises.

  18. My nerdy self has been busy watching the most recent incarnation of Battlestar Galactica. I’ve devoured through season 1 & 2 and I’m now on Episode 6 of Season 3. This is why my movie watching has been suffering for the past two months.
    I’ve seen a bunch of flicks on more than one occasion in one week. I just can’t remember which. Most of them fall under the lighthearted and easy to watch, rather than heavy-set dramas.
    Looking forward to your review of Monsters University.

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