Films watched and reviewed in July 2021

There was a mixed bag of films watched this month, from the brilliant North by Northwest to the bizarre Harpoon. I had forgotten about Harpoon until I checked my Letterboxd to write this round up. I think that says it all.

Something that has given me a lot of enjoyment over the last month has been ‘The Walking Dead’. I’ve not had the opportunity to watch it before so have been catching up with series 1-10 on Disney+ plus the last – and final – series airs in August.

1ST TIMERS

Harpoon (2019) – I’m confused… Why is this currently on 6 at IMBb and 97% at RT? Is it because so few people have watched it and the only ones that have and who subsequently rated it have been slipped a fiver? ★
Pocahontas (1995) – Take it at face value and it’s an enjoyable film with some beautiful songs and fun sidekicks. Consider that is a fictionalized account of a famous historical encounter and you understand that it has hugely simplified the real-life events. ★★★½
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) – A visually stunning film that has a lot of charm and character. The vocal cast give strong performances and the story is immersive, incorporating imagery and mythology from across Southeast Asia. ★★★★
Bringing Up Baby (1938) – The stuffy Dr David Huxley is quite a different role for Grant. There are plenty of laughs, but the physical comedy and obvious humour does wear after a while. ★★★½
Behind Enemy Lines (2001) –  Behind Enemy Lines is high action and reminiscent, at least in its opening scenes, of Top Gun. It feels more like a run-of-the-mill action film that a war film, though. ★★★
North by Northwest (1959) – This is an intriguing spy thriller where Grant shines in a case of mistaken identity. There’s a generous helping of innuendo among Grant’s witty retorts, and it’s a physical role with some fantastically choreographed action sequences. ★★★★½
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) – This wasn’t quite the film I was expecting from the synopsis: it’s more. It’s x10 more violence, swearing and artistic camera angles and effects. I think the actors had fun with it but it isn’t one I’ll go out of my way to rewatch. ★★½
Cocktail (1988) – This is an absolute testosterone-fuelled cheesefest but still enjoyable. It definitely falls within the ‘so bad it’s good’ category, as it really is very shallow and hollow, but somehow Cruise pulls its off. ★★★
Charade (1963) – I had a lot of fun with this film. Hepburn plays the part perfectly, and Grant keeps you guessing as, like Hepburn, you try to work out his motivations and true identity. ★★★★
Suspicion (1941) – Going against type, Grant’s charm and strong on-screen presences are still there but it is more devious and sinister, and it is impossible to work out his true motivations. A bit slow to get going but intriguing. ★★★½
The Tomorrow War (2021) – The action sequences are well choreographed and Pratt makes a fine lead, but there are too many inconsistencies, convenient moments and unanswered questions to make this a solid sci-fi. ★★
Love and Monsters (2020) – A fun film with elements of Zombieland and Goosebumps. ★★★½

REWATCHES

The Little Mermaid (1989) – A joy to watch with some catchy songs and fun supporting characters. ★★★★
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
– Connery’s return (and last outing) is glitzy, over-the-top and a lot of fun. It doesn’t bring anything new to the series but is a fun outing nonetheless. ★★★½
Live and Let Die (1973) – Moore’s first outing as Bond gives us voodoo, drugs, and the Caribbean. It isn’t my favourite performance of his as the super sleuth, but it’s still very enjoyable. ★★★

Total: 13

Since 01/01/21

1st timers: 96
Rewatches: 21
Total: 117

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  1. Great read as always, however just want to point out a typo. You seem to have missed half a star of your score for North by Northwest, just thought I’d point that out. 🙂

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