Films watched and reviewed in April 2021

First time watches dominated this month, although I kicked off my Bondathon (again) ahead of No Time To Die‘s release later this year. Thanks to a free one-week trial of NOW I was able to see quite a few films from classic Hollywood as well as the Oscar-winning Promising Young Woman.

1ST TIMERS

Fatal Attraction (1987) – A powerful film where Close and Douglas deliver strong performances based on the script they were given. For both characters it’s a case of ‘appearances can be deceiving’. ★★★★
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) – Allen and Keaton are fun on screen together but, man, does this feel every single minute of its 1h 49m running time. ★★★
The Quake (2018) – To its detriment it’s not on par with the first film, and the ending feels very rushed. ★★
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) – An enchanting story that seamlessly brings together multiple elements, including familial bonds, Japanese culture and the spirit world. ★★★★
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Monroe and Russell make a fine pairing, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is quite a riot with the catchy songs, beautiful outfits and funny retorts. ★★★★
Arrietty (2010) – As it’s a familiar story it’s less magical and enchanting than its Studio Ghibli siblings, but it’s still very whimsical and lovely all the same. ★★★★
Romancing the Stone (1984) – A very fun adventure film with likeable characters, plenty of comedic moments and a very Eighties soundtrack. ★★★★
The Jewel of the Nile (1986) – While it’s fun to see Douglas and Turner reunited, this falls short of its predecessor and lacks the joy of the first film. ★★½
Operation Petticoat (1959) – Building from a slow start, Operation Petticoat is very entertaining, and Tony Curtis makes a fine pairing with Cary Grant. ★★★★
Palm Springs (2020) – It’s an interesting spin on a time loop movie but I found the characters unlikeable and it was more serious than I had been expecting. ★★★
Sound of Metal (2019) – An outstanding film technically, but I found it highly predictable. ★★★½
Rocks (2019) – The young cast deliver such excellent performances that you forget that this a film and not a documentary. ★★★★
Stowaway (2021) – An interesting premise but overall felt very slow and tame. ★★★
Promising Young Woman (2020) – A film that I won’t forget in a hurry; a powerful and timely film that I hope more people decide to watch. ★★★★
Unhinged (2020) – Although highly predictable, Unhinged kept me on the edge of my seat. ★★★½
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) – An important and special film for a multitude of reasons; read my Letterboxd review. ★★★★
JoJo Rabbit (2019) – The cast all deliver strong performances and Waititi has achieved what he wanted to: showing a glimpse of what life was like in the Third Reich through the eyes of a child in the Hitler Youth. ★★★★
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) – While it was fun to see the foursome again, I don’t think this film added much more to the series. ★★★
Indiscreet (1958) – A slow start but Grant and Bergman make a fun pairing and there are lots of fun moments in the second half. ★★★½
Cape Fear (1962) – Peck and Mitchum are expertly cast, and the tension builds as you wonder how far Cady will go. ★★★★
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019) – Robbie was positively luminous, and DiCaprio and Pitt delivered strong performances, but overall I felt like it could have been so much more. ★★★½
Rear Window (1954) – From the moment this started I was invested, and it was brilliant seeing Kelly in a role where she was more than ‘just’ a high society princess. ★★★★★
Vertigo (1958) – This feels very modern in some ways, including the camerawork and plot, yet has many qualities that are hallmarks of classic Hollywood. ★★★★
Roman Holiday (1953) – Hepburn is a joy to watch, and she fully deserved her Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. ★★★★

REWATCHES

 Dr. No (1962) – A fun film that sets up the series: exciting plot, beautiful women and exotic scenery. ★★★½
From Russia with Love (1963) – This has a much more complicated plot than its predecessor (Dr. No) and the action, the villains and Bond’s mission have all been taken up a few notches.. ★★★
Goldfinger (1964) – One of my favourites from the series. There’s an enigmatic but despicable criminal mastermind, exotic locations and a Bond girl who is more than a match for the man himself. ★★★★

Total: 27

Since 01/01/21

1st timers: 64
Rewatches: 13
Total: 77

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  1. I’m glad you got to see so many films the past month from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes toOperation Petticoat. I really liked JoJo Rabbit as well. I love all the Bond films but I really like From Russia With Love.

  2. Wow – lots of movie-watching in April! 🙂 Romancing the Stone is one I could do with rewatching. Ohh – first time watch on Rear Window & Vertigo? Brilliant films! Been trying to talk my daughter into getting a start on Hitchcock movies by watching Rear Window with me. I know I loved it as a kid – I think she’ll like it. And decent rating for Unhinged! I really enjoyed that. One of those movies where the whole time I was thinking “this movie is dumb and these characters are doing such stupid things and this really isn’t a very good movie but I’m thoroughly enjoying it…!” 😆

    1. Plenty of films watched in April but this month – thanks to a house move and no WiFi – will be quite the opposite!
      I’ve seen a few Hitchcock films now and I think Rear Window would be a good one to start her on, as it’s more about intrigue and suspicion rather than anything sinister.
      Unhinged has actually got me thinking about how I react when I’m behind a wheel, ha!

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