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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Films watched and reviewed in March 2021

I watched 14 films in March, which is broken down as 12 first time views and two rewatches. I finished rewatching The Hobbit series but couldn't find any charm in Made in Italy. 1ST TIMERS Moxie (2021) - Moxie is a powerful film that will hopefully empower audiences to challenge the status quo that they witness. ★★★★... Continue Reading →

Films watched and reviewed in February 2021

During February I finished watching the Mission: Impossible series, started rewatching The Hobbit trilogy and revisited Drive, 10 years on from its release. 1ST TIMERS Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) - Action-packed, entertaining and with a healthy dollop of humour. ★★★★ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - Powerhouse acting from McDormand, Rockwell and Harrelson: intriguing plot and worth all of... Continue Reading →

Films watched and reviewed in January 2021

I kicked off 2021 by watching Casablanca for the first time; it fully met my expectations. Other films watched this month included the Oscar-nominated Pieces of a Woman, Da 5 Bloods and The White Tiger, as well as the BAFTA-nominated The Dig. 1ST TIMERS Casablanca (1942) - A great film worthy of its acclaim. ★★★★ [Full review] Demolition Man... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] November

November NEW RELEASES Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them- It is brilliant to be back in the Potterverse. This first offering in the Beasts series is an effective combination of light-hearted fantasy with dark themes that relate to modern culture and history. ★★★★ 1ST TIMERS Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Funny, touching and with a great... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] October

October 1ST TIMERS Midnight Special - Interesting concept but slow to get going. ★★★ Bad Moms - A handful of laugh-out-loud moments but mostly thinly-veiled sexism, in my opinion. ★★ X-Men: Apocalypse - Great to explore the historical side of the X-Men canon.  ★★★★ Underworld: Evolution - Very disappointing; completely OTT. ★★½ REWATCHES World War Z - A good addition to the... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] September

September NEW RELEASES The Secret Life of Pets - Not quite as clever or humorous as I was hoping for but certainly a good kids flick. ★★★½ 1ST TIMERS The Reef - This Australian independent certainly tries but fails through weak acting, unengaging characters and by being hugely predictable. ★★ Below - Interesting idea but poorly executed. ★★½... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] August

August 1ST TIMERS Into the Woods - Shot well, with great turns by Blunt, Corden and Streep, but the mish-mash of accents is very irritating. ★★★ Rogue - Tense Australian indie that's let down slightly by poor CGI and some wooden acting. ★★★½ The Nice Guys - Crowe and Gosling are the perfect pairing! Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments... Continue Reading →

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