Films watched and reviewed in October 2021

Well, spooky season seemed to fly by, didn’t it? I had a busy month with several wedding-related appointments (I said ‘yes!’ to my boyfriend when he popped the question in September) but I did squeeze several films in, including a trip to the cinema to see No Time To Die.

1ST TIMERS

The Farewell (2019) – Utterly charming, and made me miss my grandmothers more than I usually do. I am not Chinese, nor am I American, but so much of what was depicted felt familiar. ★★★★
The Guilty (2021) – Gyllenhaal delivers a strong performance and it truly is gripping at certain points. However, there are a few inconsistencies that start to distract from the drama. ★★★½
Halloween (1978) – I can see why Halloween would have been an absolute frightfest to contemporary viewers, but I found it a lot slower than I was expecting. It felt more like a play at some points and I would have liked to have seen more of Loomis and Laurie. ★★★
Halloween II (1981) – There are some excellent scenes, but on the whole it still feels very tame, at least to this viewer watching it for the first time 40 years after its release. ★★★
No Time To Die (2021) – This was a strong final outing for Daniel Craig, heralding the end of a great tenure as Bond. My overarching memory of the film is how much more human it felt, as it explored different types of relationships. [Read my Letterboxd review.] ★★★★
Black Widow (2021) – Did Black Widow add much to Nat’s story? No, not really, but it was fun seeing her take centre stage. [Read my Letterboxd review.] ★★★
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) – Wilson, Brody and Schwartzman all deliver fine performances but after seeing seven of Anderson’s 10 feature films, it’s middling in my ranking. ★★★
Ready or Not (2019) – If, like me, you were on the fence about watching it because it’s classed a horror, I think it is more of an action film with a few handfuls of horror and a generous dollop of humour. It’s an absolute riot. ★★★★

REWATCHES

Hocus Pocus (1993) – A fun film to get into the Halloween spirit. ★★★½
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) – There’s a sense of nostalgia putting on the Harry Potter series, as I’ve watched it so many times now. It almost feels as if you’re going to a school reunion, as the pupils, staff and school are all so familiar. ★★★½
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Unfortunately, Chamber of Secrets is slipping on the enjoyment scale and is becoming more of a film to watch for background noise. Still, the kids are all fine actors, especially Grint’s Ron. ★★★½
Free Guy (2021) – My second viewing and still great fun to watch. ★★★★
The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009) – While the premise doesn’t quite hold, you can look passed that thanks to Bana and McAdams’ heartfelt performances. ★★★½

Total: 13

Since 01/01/21

1st timers: 119
Rewatches: 35
Shorts: 5
Total: 159

4 thoughts on “Films watched and reviewed in October 2021

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  1. I have been watching. Ton of movies since I am recuperating and wish I could remember them now. I have seen Serpico, which is great plus watched Ballistic..which is not. Anyway, before going under the knife, we went to see the latest Bond film and I agree with your assessment plus it was just so very sad. Halloween is good but I wish it would just stop. This asshole has to finally die. I love all the Harry Potter flicks and agree with you that it is like I am back with them in school.

    1. Pleased to hear you’re on the road to recovery, Birgit. Where would we be without films to escape to?!

      No Time To Die was very sad… my fiancé and I both shed a little tear!

      I enjoyed Halloween but was a little underwhelmed. I think that’s a symptom of watching it 40 years later.

  2. I haven’t had a chance to review the Netflix version of The Guilty but I did review the original Danish version and it’s far superior. As a big Bond fan, I still enjoyed No Time To Die but it’s just so somber and the more I think about it, the more I dislike a lot of the problematic elements. I suppose Craig wanted it that way for Bond, to ensure he won’t ever have to come back doing the role, ahah.

    1. Ha, I think you’re right there, Ruth – Craig wanted to make sure it was an absolutely final, final performance!

      I’ve heard from others that the Danish version of The Guilty is much stronger. I’ll try and find it.

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