Films watched and reviewed in August 2021

August saw plenty of 2021 releases watched, including the brilliant Free Guy and quite bizarre Army of the Dead. The Bondathon also continues while thanks to Amazon Prime I have also started, binged and caught up with Outlander.

1ST TIMERS

An Affair to Remember (1957) – A charming film but the leads – Grant and Kerr – lacked chemistry, especially when you consider that it is often quoted in Sleepless in Seattle, a film where the leads – Hanks and Ryan – are the perfect match. ★★★
Crimson Tide (1995) – An excellent, tense thriller expertly helmed by Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. ★★★★
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) – My first watch and I really enjoyed this. Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino clearly had a lot of fun in their roles and there is such a vibe to Nineties films. ★★★★
The Last Samurai (2003)The Last Samurai is quite the sweeping epic: beautiful scenery, stunning costumes, moving soundtrack and a bankable lead ably supported by a great cast. ★★★★
Move Me (2003) – Pleasant but slow paced and predictable. ★★½
Zodiac (2007) – The leads – Gyllenhaal, Ruffalo and Downey Jr. – all give strong performances and the colour palette enhances the delivery. ★★★★
Breakout Brothers (2020) –  The characters are all suitably likeable or unlikeable, and Louis Cheung in particular impresses as the charismatic Chan. What lets the film down is the lack of intensity. ★★★½ [Read my full review.]
Army of the Dead (2021) – There are some interesting concepts to this film but at 2h 28m it is a very long film and not your attention starts to wander. ★★
Jungle Cruise (2021) – This smacks heavily of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and doesn’t offer anything new to the action-adventure genre, but it’s still a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. ★★★½
Cruella (2021) – There is a lot to enjoy about this film. It’s an original and very successful origin film and the costume design is completely stunning. ★★★★
Free Guy (2021) – What a fun ride! A very original film and the casting is all spot on. I can see myself rewatching this and taking the same amount of enjoyment – if not more, as I spot more things – each time. ★★★★

REWATCHES

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) – The plot isn’t seamless but it is a fun story with enjoyable characters. ★★★½
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – The most enjoyable element of this film is the sharp wit and skill of Barbara Bach’s Anya Amasova: always a joy having a capable Bond girl! ★★★★
28 Days Later (2002) – Cillian Murphy delivered a strong, honest performance and there are several moments that are truly terrifying. ★★★★
28 Weeks Later (2007) – A worthy follow up to its predecessor, 28 Weeks Later continues the action and features more of the sordid, dishonourable actions that would naturally follow post-apocalypse. ★★★★
WALL-E (2008)WALL-E is a delightful film that delivers many important messages, including the impact of loneliness and human overconsumption. ★★★★
The Decoy Bride (2011) – My third watching and still I enjoy it. It’s whimsical and funny, and as a British viewer it’s fun to see such a strong line up of British actors and actresses. ★★★½
Vacation (2015) – I had forgotten I had watched this dismal, predictable film. ★½

Total: 18

Since 01/01/21

1st timers: 107
Rewatches: 28
Total: 135

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  1. Lots of great movies of old and new, Claire! Hey, are you catching up w/ the older Bond movies? The Spy Who Loved Me was one of my faves, I grew up with Roger Moore’s Bond though I have a soft spot for Dalton who originated the gritty Bond before Craig came along (but he’s far better looking).

    Wish I could agree about Cruella, I didn’t care for that movie at all, but FREE GUY is a lot of fun!

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