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 →

[Movies of the Month] July

July 1ST TIMERS Miss You Already - Emotional engaging from start to finish; very well put together. ★★★★ The Monuments Men - An interesting story with some poignant moments coupled with comedic ones. Isn’t particularly standout, though, considering its all-star cast. ★★★½ Mr. Holmes - This captures the infamous Holmes at a different point in his life. McKellen delivers a... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] June

June 1ST TIMERS 4th Man Out - Quite entertaining but ultimately forgettable. ★★½ Rain Man - Uplifting and thoughtful, I can see why this is considered a classic. ★★★★ L!fe Happens - Amusing and thoughtful in places. However, the stars go to Bosworth's fantastic, bolshie character. ★★★½ Hackers - Entertaining and completely of its time. Is this ripe for... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] May

May NEW RELEASES Special Correspondents - Plenty of laughs and while predictable in parts, ultimately very enjoyable. ★★★½ Captain America: Civil War - Action-packed from beginning to end, i particularly enjoyed that it answered the question of what happens after the baddies have been caught and the 'heroes' have left the scene. ★★★★ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] April

April NEW RELEASES High-Rise - Bizarre but fascinating (and scarily realistic) take on life and culture within a high rise block of flats. ★★★½ 1ST TIMERS A Room for Romeo Brass - Very much a character piece; Considine shines in his feature film debut. ★★★½ REWATCHES The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers - Still my favourite of the trilogy;... Continue Reading →

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