Every month I’m astounded at how much I get through in such a short time, because it definitely doesn’t feel like I get through as much as I do. I always feel like I’m playing catch-up and this month was no different. I realized this month how much a relatively short amount of time can change my willingness to jump into a few episodes of a TV show versus a single film. Here’s what I got around to

Highlights of the Month

Slow West (2015)

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I was not expecting Slow West to be as good as it was and I hadn’t heard much about it despite the buzzworthy cast. Ben Mendelsohn and Michael Fassbender were both great, and Kodi Smit-McPhee plays the naive youngster role well. I love Westerns and I appreciated the different take this film took to portraying the period. I usually avoid films this short because I find they often try and take on too much storytelling in the time they have, but I appreciate what they pulled off. The aspect of the film I can’t get out of my mind is how great some of the scenes looked, especially the firefight in the wheat field.

Better Call Saul (Seasons 1&2)

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Like most people, I really enjoyed Breaking Bad and Bob Odenkirk’s character, Saul Goodman. I was hesitant that a show based on Saul Goodman would work, especially following up on the success of Breaking Bad. I am so glad that Better Call Saul delivers.

Bob Odenkirk is fantastic and I really enjoy watching the transition of Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman as much as I did Walter White to Heisenberg. A lot of the same storytelling techniques that Vince Gilligan used in The X-Files and Breaking Bad are present, and they work just as well as they did then. I think the marketing has been on point, setting the right expectations and building well on the momentum of positive press. I’m really looking forward to the next season.

Movies

  • Focus (2015)
  • The Intern (2015)
  • He Never Died (2015)
  • IP Man 3 (2015)
  • Slow West (2015)
  • Suffragete (2015)
  • Get A Job (2016)
  • Straight Outta Compton (2015)
  • In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

TV

  • The Office (Seasons 1-6)
  • Justified
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • 30 Rock
  • Better Call Saul
  • Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown
  • Downton Abbey
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Manhattan Love Story

Honourable Mention

He Never Died (2015)

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I love Henry Rollins and the concept of this film. I even love that it’s bad in a way I’ve only ever seen small english-language Canadian films can be. I loved the film. I just can’t recommend it to a single person I know. Am I the only one?