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The Gentlemen

Published April 27, 2020

The Gentlemen

I wasn’t expecting to like this. In my head, I feel like I’ve had mixed responses to Guy Ritchie’s gangster-style work and I wasn’t sure this was going to be any good. I was so wrong. I loved it! Hugh Grant is incredible in this, slimy and sneaky, but bouncing so well off Charlie Hunnam’s implacable, quiet and stern character.

Birds Of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Published April 24, 2020

Birds Of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

I took quite a long time to come round to this movie, and definitely considered stopping it at the twenty minute rule. But I’m glad I didn’t because after the first half hour or so, I started warming to it, and by the end I was completely on board.

The Hard Way

Published April 18, 2020

The Hard Way

This was a good one, I’ve never heard of it before but I enjoyed it. It probably hasn’t aged all that well but not as badly as other movies we’ve attempted from this era. The swinging around from a cigarette at the end wasn’t all that believable but it worked.

U.S. Marshals

Published April 9, 2020

U.S. Marshals

It was okay as a sequel but it didn’t quite live up to the first one. Tommy Lee Jones was excellent, really stole quite a lot of the scenes and it was disappointing he didn’t have anyone as good as Harrison Ford to play off. The story wasn’t as good, too complicated, and by the end, when the adorable one got shot, I just checked out, really.

Analyze This

Published March 19, 2020

Analyze This

Not sure how we stumbled upon this film, but a good comedy is always what’s needed in times like this. And it was a really good comedy - an interesting idea, well executed, with great work from Billy Crystal. Lisa Kudrow was pretty much being Phoebe but she had her moments too.

The Fugitive

Published March 18, 2020

The Fugitive

This was so good! I’ve never heard of the TV show or the film but I obviously know Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones and they were both excellent. I loved that everyone in this was good at their jobs and doing some great work but still managing to just miss each other. There weren’t any rubbish cops or anything like that.

21 Bridges

Published March 17, 2020

21 Bridges

This was so much better than I thought it was going to be. We only really knew of this because Boseman had appeared on the Graham Norton sofa to sell it, and it sounded interesting. With everything going on in the world at the moment, and our brains pretty consistently fried, we wanted some action adventure goodness to keep us going.

The Untouchables

Published March 7, 2020

The Untouchables

Really good film, this one. Of course I’m a Costner fan so that helped, but what a cast they’ve gathered here! It was funny and heartbreaking and a good action drama, based on the true story of bringing Al Capone to some kind of justice.

Hustlers

Published February 21, 2020

Hustlers

A great film this one. Takes a minute to get used to the masses of stilettos and the lack of clothing on display but once you’re in the right headspace, it’s really just a female version of The Wolf of Wall Street - hustlers using their skills to get the most out of the greedy, without feeling guilty about it.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Published December 7, 2019

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

For a sequel, this movie stands up really well. I think there was some concern in our household about how exactly a kid would get stranded in a completely different state, but actually the circumstances made sense. They wouldn’t happen these days, obviously, and there’s no doubt that the mother really needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror, but as setups go, it worked.