Monthly Roundup & Favorite Films of April 2014


Happy May Day everyone!

Well April’s certainly been a hectic month! We’ve got the Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Festival (MSPIFF 14) and also my hubby and I are planning for our trip to Europe at the end of May. Oh and guess what, I also got a press pass for the first ever Minneapolis Comic-con, yay!


The thing is, this weekend I actually had to fly to Chicago to apply for tourist visa (Schengen visa) as I’m not a US citizen, and the closest Dutch/French embassy is in that city! So I can only attend the Sunday event, which means I’ll miss seeing Nathan Fillion AND William Shatner! Such a bummer eh, those two guys would’ve been a lot of fun to see.

Here are some posts from April you might’ve missed:

Thanks to Josh from JJAMES reviews for partnering w/ me on reviewing MSPIFF movies! His reviews are marked w/ *

Joe* & Brave Miss World
Hotell & Mystery Road*
Breathe-In & The Grand Seduction
Beyond the Edge
Paulette & The Life of Riley*
A Thousand Times Good Night & Words and Pictures
Proxy & The Animal Projects*
The Double* & The Last of Robin Hood

New Releases:


  • Rewatch – Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1959)
  • The Guard (2011)
  • All Things To All Men (2013)
  • Leap Year (2010)
  • The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)
  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
    I mistakenly thought this was one of my Blindspot movies, the other Billy Wilder movie that’s on my list is The Apartment. So I’ll have a double Blindspot post in May to make up for it.

So overall it’s been a pretty good month of movie viewing with 16 new films watched. It’s actually lower than what I had hoped as I missed a few MSPIFF screenings for one reason or another. But hey, I also watched a bunch of TV, well mostly binge-ing on Toby in a variety of TV stuff he’s done, from The Great Gatsby (2000 TV movie), the British cop comedy Vexed & his latest project Black Sails. Thank goodness for Youtube as I could also get my Toby-as-Rochester fix there until my Jane Eyre dvd arrives! So yeah, the Toby Marathon continues! 😀

Favorite Movie Seen in April 2014:


I know The Machine isn’t perfect, I wish they’d focus more on the relationship between the scientist Vincent and the intelligent machine Ava, but still I’m very impressed by Caradog James’ work in crafting a thought-provoking sci-fi thriller with a shoe-string budget.

As for The Grand Seduction, out of all the films I saw at MSPIFF, this is one I’d readily watch again. I had so much fun watching it, lots of thigh-slapping hilarity to be had all around.

So, what movies did you get to see in April and which one is your favorite?

39 thoughts on “Monthly Roundup & Favorite Films of April 2014

    1. Ha..ha.. yeah, April went by like a breeze! I think May too tho there’ll be a brief blogging hiatus when I go to Europe 😀

    1. Thanks Natalie. Well Josh was far quicker than me, I was slacking off, ha..ha.. I like Locke too, but it’s more of a one-time viewing for me. Hardy’s superb indeed.

  1. My two favorites of April were my Blind Spot assignment in Stop Making Sense and Under the Skin. May will rock as I’ve just announced the film I will be watching for my Cannes Film Festival marathon.

    1. Mwahaha well I’m not going to the UK unfortunately, it’ll be Amsterdam, Bruges n Paris. But surely I’ll run into a Brit or two 😉

  2. Since they’re both very different I’ll refrain from separating Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Calvary. Looks like it’s two movies of the month for me! Enjoy your travels Ruth!


  3. By far, best movie I saw in April was The Raid 2. Incredible work of art within the realm of action cinema, and currently stands as the best movie I’ve seen this year so far. B)

  4. Bravo to you and Josh for your stellar reviews during the film festival. 🙂
    Going to Europe in May! Sweet! I’m going to Berlin and Munich in July and hope to catch a film and if lucky a festival. Can’t wait to see ‘The Machine’ and ‘The Grand Seduction’ I will keep a look out for. 🙂

    1. Thank you Cindy! I know I won’t be able to do it without Josh.

      Yeah I’ll be going to Amsterdam – Bruges – Paris for 10 days. That’s cool that you’ll be going to Germany in July, I’ve never been to either, only Frankfurt when I was in Jr high.

      Yes, hope you’ll see those two movies, I’d readily watch both of them again in a heartbeat.

  5. Interesting that you mention The Grand Seduction as your co-favorite of the month. My favorite film I saw last month is Local Hero (1983), which I mentioned is kind of similar. It’s about an American oil man who’s sent to a Scottish village to convince them to sell their land. It’s quite enjoyable, and it’s on Youtube! 😉

    1. I want to see Local Hero, sounds like something right up my alley. Plus i generally like anything Scottish related, ahah.

  6. Ted S.

    I’m so glad April is over with, although it doesn’t feel like May yet, still feels like late October. Hopefully no more snow storm, fingers crossed.

    I think I saw 4 new movies this past month, Capt. America 2, Homefront, The Counselor and of course Locke. And my favorite is definitely Capt. America 2. I probably won’t be watching a lot of movies at home until I find a new place and set up a new home theater. So for the next few months, I’ll just be going to see movies at the theater.

    Have fun on your trip!

  7. Have been planning to start doing a what I watched this month post as well, but have not come around to doing one for April. It ended up being the month in which I watched the most movies of any month this year with a total of 28. Favorites were Narco Cultura, Captain America: Winter Soldier, I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale and Gattaca. Worst movies were Runner Runner and Straight Outta L.A.

    Cool that you are planning your Europe trip. Let me know if you are in the neighbourhood.

    1. Hi Nostra, glad I skipped the Runner Runner screening then. Wow, 28 movies is a lot!

      Yeah I’ll be going to Amsterdam but for only 2 nights though, not sure if you can make it there, otherwise it’d be cool to meet up w/ you.

      1. Well, you have my email address. Just send me which dates you’re there and I’ll check if I can make it. Would be cool to meet up indeed.

  8. So jealous about your Europe trip. Have lots of fun! Comic Con sounds cool, too! I didn’t watch many movies in April, so my favorite was The Amazing Spider-Man 2!

    1. Hi Fernando! Well I hope I get the tourist visa 😉 I don’t know when I’ll get around to Spidey 2, but since I’m not that enthused about it, I might end up renting that one.

        1. Thanks Fernando! Well it seemed that the interview at the embassy went well so fingers crossed.

          Glad that you still enjoyed Spidey 2 as the reviews haven’t been great.

  9. Ruth and Josh what an awesome job! I commend you both for watching all these movies and giving us great write ups on them and exposing us to a lot of movies that we may have never heard of or overlooked. Even if I don’t end of seeing some of them I still love reading about them. Glad that Josh introduced me to your blog! Also look forward to hearing your thoughts on The Apartment, I love that movie!

    1. Thank you! I’m a bit burned out writing reviews now though, he..he.. Thanks so much for commenting on our reviews, I really appreciate it. Yeah I’m glad I found your blog too!

      Can’t wait to finally see The Apartment later this month!

  10. I too watched The Guard (2011), it has quite a lot in common with In Bruges, doesn’t it? The buddy movie, fish-out-of-water approach, Brendan Gleeson, and of course the two McDonagh directors are brothers. The level of profanity I’m not a big fan of in both movies, but I do find the dark humour and dialogue entertaining 🙂
    Enjoy your trip to Europe at the end of May!

    1. Hi Chris! Wow, I was just about to check out your blog when you stopped by, that’s uncanny!

      Yes it’s similar to In Bruges but I actually like The Guard a bit better, esp the more uplifting ending. Yep, the profanity seems to be expected in Irish movies, but generally I’m not a fan of swearing in movies. I agree the dialog is entertaining and hilarious! Btw if you like Gleeson, check out The Grand Seduction, no profanity in that one thankfully and it’s such a hoot!

      Thanks Chris, I sure hope we get the visa on time 😀

  11. I didn’t see many movies in May having spent much of my time watching TV. I did watch Some Kind of Monster, which I think is arguably the best music documentary there is.

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