What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #126


Happy New Year, I hope your day is going better than mine as I am holed up watching football with a sinus infection, but there is still work to be done as I am putting together my top ten of 2011 for publishing this coming Tuesday. But this week was more about older films than newer ones as on top of the couple of films I mention below I also watched Criterion’s Blu-ray editions of Tokyo Drifter, Branded to Kill and Traffic, all of which I will be discussing in full this coming week, but for now…

Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac poster
After watching Traffic I got an urge to pop in David Fincher’s Zodiac and as I watched the opening scene I noticed something I hadn’t ever before, or at least had never contemplated. When the first couple is shot, the girl appears to think she may actually know who the shooter may be. I always thought she was just saying, “Oh, just ignore who it is,” but watching again it almost appears as if she doesn’t want her boyfriend to go out there because she believes she knows the person outside and is concerned for what he may do.

I may be simply be looking for meaning where there is none, but it was the first time I ever looked at the scene in that way.

The Guard (2011)

The Guard poster
I actually watched this last week, but forgot to mention it. This is one of the lesser-known comedies of the year. It came and went back in July, but from what I can tell those that saw it enjoyed it. You’ll be able to buy/rent it on DVD and Blu-ray on January 13 and you can read my full theatrical review right here. But if you haven’t seen this one yet, I urge you to seek it out. It won’t blow you away, but it’s a fun flick with a great partnership between Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson.

And that does it for me. 2011 is done and 2012 is here. What did you watch this last week to finish off the year?