Monthly Roundup & Favorite Movie of AUGUST 2014


I can’t believe we’ve reached the ‘ber’ month already which soon will turn to ‘brrrrr’ months 😦 It’s really quite depressing to see fashion magazines AND stores are now full of sweaters and coats once again. I’m holding off on buying ANYTHING with long sleeves until at least end of September! [yes I’m in denial Summer is basically over].

Ok, on to the monthly recap!

It’s a rather slow month for press screenings as some of them were held in the morning or I’m simply not interested enough in seeing them. But I think the next few months will hopefully be a lot busier. August is definitely a sad month for film fans & beyond. We lost the great Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall and Sir Richard Attenborough 😦

Posts you might’ve missed:

Blog Relay & Blogathons:

That last blogathon was a lot of fun to work on all weekend and I REALLY took my time writing and finding photos of Toby Stephens 😉 Speaking of the handsome devil, I started August by finally catching up with Noël Coward’s Private Lives starring well, you know, which I enjoyed tremendously!


New-to-me Movies:

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

Into The Storm (2014)

Zodiac (2007)

Aug Blindspot: The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

There’s nothing amazing about this one, in fact I’m glad I never bothered seeing it on the big screen. I didn’t care for the Peter-Gwen romance and the villains are laughably bad. Dane Dehaan was okay before he turned into Green Goblin, blech (2 out 5)

Enemy (2014)
I expected this one to be a weird film and it certainly was. It’s not as disturbing as I thought but it’s definitely a strange film, though the story itself isn’t that groundbreaking. People with arachnophobia should steer clear of this movie though. Jake Gyllenhaal is good playing a dual role, but the pace is far too tedious for my liking. (3.5 out of 5)

Gambit (2012)
Ok so I’ve been warned by the terrible 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes but I figure a movie starring Colin Firth and Alan Rickman (one of my fave actors ever) in a script written by the Coen Brothers can’t be THAT bad. Alas, despite some comic moments (mostly from Firth in a slapstick mode), there’s very little to recommend this one. Plus Cameron Diaz is as annoying as ever here. (2 out of 5)

The French Minister (2013)
We’re in the mood for a comedy Sunday night and the trailer for this one piqued our interest. It’s similar to In the Loop but set in France instead of England, with a heck of a lot less swearing. I think it was pretty hilarious and the main actor who plays the Minister’s speech writer, Raphaël Personnaz, reminds me a bit of Jason Bateman with his constantly baffled expression. Highly recommended if you’re in the mood for a zany foreign comedy. (4 out of 5)


Favorite Movie Seen in August 2014:

This is an easy pick for this month. Though I’m not in love with this movie as most people are, I still think it’s a fun & enjoyable comic-book flick with an absolutely awesome soundtrack. I definitely will rent this later when it’s out on Bluray!


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

43 thoughts on “Monthly Roundup & Favorite Movie of AUGUST 2014

  1. I sadly can’t include Guardians of the Galaxy, as I technically saw it the first time in July. But nice to see it make your top pick for the month nonetheless. (Also really enjoyed Enemy as well earlier this year. 🙂 )

    As for me, I saw a stupid amount of movies this month, but the best one would without a doubt have to be Only Lovers Left Alive. Impeccable movie, simply sublime and an absolutely mesmerizing experience. If you haven’t seen it yet, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s certainly one of the best I’ve seen all year so far.

    1. Well technically I saw the screening at the very end of July as well but I count it as August as I posted the review last month 😀

      I wouldn’t say I *enjoyed* Enemy, but it was well worth a watch for the intriguing story and Jake’s performance. Oooh I definitely will check out Only Lovers Left Alive! It’s been on my Must See list for some time, glad to hear you dug it!

  2. Guardians of the Galaxy was something I wanted to see but my multiplex is temporarily closed for renovations. For me, the best film I saw in August was Boyhood. I’ll watch the new Spider-Man when it’s on TV just to see if it’s worse than Spider-Man 3.

    1. Hey Steven, no need to rush to see ‘Guardians’ I think that movie will be around for a while at cineplexes. Oh I still need to see Boyhood, very curious how that’d live up to the hype.

  3. Stu

    I finally got round to seeing Guardians of the Galaxy last weekend and enjoyed it – glad to see it up there as your movie of the month. I’m actually looking forward to having something positive to say about Marvel for a change! Like you I’m not completely in love with it, but it was fun and I found myself laughing on a number of occasions.

    1. Hi Stu! Hmmm, I think Marvel’s been getting a ton of positive buzz for their movies. I do think Guardians is almost like an anti-superhero movie as none of the characters have superpowers. It was a frivolous good time at the movies when there’s not a lot of good stuff being released around this time.

  4. Looks like you had quite a busy month here at flixchatter! I’ve read mixed reactions to Enemy (2013), curious to see it for myself.
    Zodiac I also saw this summer(rewatch), was told in a suspenseful way, though I felt there really is only one legitimate bad guy the filmmakers are pointing us towards, so I don’t think it’s as big a mystery as some people claim.

    1. Hi Chris! It’s actually not as busy in terms of movie watching, but hopefully the next two months will be much better w/ TCFF coming 😀

      Enemy is worth seeing if you like grim & disturbing type of films but it’s very s-l-o-w that it’s really trying my patience. I guess I’m just not a patient moviegoer, I like a bit more action in my films even if it’s in the form of dialog. I do like Zodiac though it’s not flawless. And yeah, it was pretty predictable but it was quite suspenseful and well-acted all around.

  5. Ted S.

    I only saw two new movies last month, can’t believe it’s September already! Guardians was definitely a lot of fun, I’m not in love with it either. Although I might watch it again when I have my home theater again and a 3D projector. The 3D effects were actually pretty good when I saw it on the IMAX, not sure how it will look when I see it on a smaller screen.

    The other movie, The November Man, well you know how I feel about that one.

    1. Ahah then I don’t feel so bad about my lack of movie watching 😀 I think the 3D was pretty good though generally I still prefer 2D. Well I’ll be posting your November Man review so others can be warned about that one!

  6. Hey Ruth! Nice round-up post. I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, but my favorite movie I saw this month was What If, with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. I thought it was a very charming movie that starred a Harry Potter-free Radcliffe and the lovely Zoe Kazan. It didn’t feel like your typical rom-com, and it felt a little more on the British side with its humor and cast.

    1. Oh I still need to see What If! That sounds like a rom-com I could enjoy because of Radcliffe & Kazan. I could see it’s more like a British movie given Radcliffe’s involvement as well as Rafe Spall.

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  8. Great month! I agree about the villains in Amazing Spider-Man 2 being laughably bad and Dane DeHaan being good before turning into Green Goblin, but I did care for the Peter and Gwen romance, which was ultimately what made me enjoy the film a bit.

    Oh, and I don’t find Cameron Diaz annoying!

    My favorite August movie is a tie: Closer and Midnight in Paris (both rewatches).

    1. It’s really too bad about DeHaan as he’s a good actor! Amazing how much he looks like young Leo DiCaprio. Well y’know I didn’t used to find Diaz annoying until lately, but did you watch Gambit? She really was annoying in that one. Oh Midnight in Paris is such a lovely movie!

      1. Yeah. I’ve thought about both things ever since first seeing him in Chronicle. But yes, he was so awful as Green Goblin!

        And no, haven’t seen Gambit, but like Diaz in general. Think I better steer clear of that one.

        And yes! Definitely one of my favorites 🙂

  9. Is it just me or did August fly by us?! Oh boy time is going by fast. Nice round-up of everything that happened last month. I still haven’t seen that Spiderman flick yet. Agree with you Guardians was my fave too. 🙂

    1. My dahling Queen Mel! Yeah I think the entire Summer just flew by, August was like a speeding train!! No rush seeing the new Spidey flick, it’s really meh even if you’re a fan of Andrew who’s so darn cute. He’s good as Spidey but I also like him in his indie movies like Never Let Me Go.

      Guardians is such a surprise how fun it was!

    1. Hi Sati, no I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. I did read up about what others think about the ending and all the symbolism but then I got tired of it. The performances were good but the film itself was far too grim and overly s-l-o-w that I got a bit sleepy watching it.

  10. Glad you liked Enemy, Ruth. I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy as well, but I think it’s a little overrated. Gambit and The French Minister are on my watchlist, so maybe I’ll give them a look soon.

    1. Hey Josh! Glad someone else think Guardians is overrated. I mean I enjoyed it obviously, but it’s not the best thing since sliced bread as some people’s been claiming. As for Gambit, well I can’t say I’d recommend that one Josh, unless you REALLY REALLY like the cast.

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