Films watched and reviewed in June 2021

I watched a mixed bag of films in June. My selection included my first trip to the cinema in over 12 months to see A Quiet Place Part II. It felt great – and safe – being back in the cinema and I look forward to watching more releases on the big screen over the coming months.

1ST TIMERS

Highlander (1986) – Completely bonkers and a lot of fun. ★★★
The Woman in the Window (2021) – Adams delivers a strong performance but too many filming techniques and plot devices have been utilised, making it quite chaotic. ★★
A Fish Called Wanda (1988) – Slow to get going but by the end, an absolute riot. ★★★½
Only Yesterday (1991) – While beautifully animated, it drags in a few scenes and lacks the widespread appeal of some of the other, fantasy-based, films from Studio Ghibli. ★★★★
The Predator (2018) – It’s a decent enough watch but it doesn’t bring anything new to the series. ★★★
Luca (2021) –  In some ways it felt like it was lacking finesse, especially compared to last year’s Soul but a water-based trip to the Italian Riviera is fine by me. ★★★★
Second Chance (1953) – While Linda Darnell and Robert Mitchum give decent enough performances, it is the stunning locations and Jack Palance’s ominous Cappy Gordon that really improve this film. ★★★
The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A slow burn and very self-aware. The casting is spot on, but it won’t be one I make an effort to watch again. ★★★
A Quiet Place Part II (2020) – It’s great to be reunited with the characters, picking up just moments after the events of the previous film, and Cillian Murphy is a welcome addition. [Read my Letterboxd review.] ★★★★
One Hour Photo (2000) – A thought-provoking and intense film where Williams delivers a strong performance. ★★★★
The Ice Road (2021) – Even though I called it scene-for-scene, I still had a lot of fun with this. The scenes with Neeson in are the strongest. In fact, you don’t miss much if you decide to make yourself a cup of tea when the action cuts to the miners or corporate. ★★★

REWATCHES

Jaws (1975) – An evergreen favourite. There is just something about ‘Bruce’, Amity Island and Chief Brody. ★★★★★
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
– Always a fun watch that still holds up on repeated viewings. ★★★★

Total: 13

Since 01/01/21

1st timers: 84
Rewatches: 18
Total: 102

2 thoughts on “Films watched and reviewed in June 2021

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  1. Hey Claire, lots of action/thriller/horror viewings for you. Ohhh I’m hoping to watch more Adam Driver movies and one of them is The Dead Don’t Die. As for The Woman in the Window, well glad I haven’t seen that yet, given the bad-lukewarm reviews, doesn’t look like I’m missing anything.

    1. Hi Ruth. Thanks for you stopping by. No, I don’t think you’re missing much if you don’t see The Woman in the Window. Adams gives a good performance but the film is lacking.
      I’ll be interested to hear what you thought of The Dead Don’t Die.

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