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Drama

The Girl on the Train

Published June 16, 2019

The Girl on the Train

Obviously I knew the main plot points and how it all unravelled but it was still really fascinating to see how they worked through it on the screen. It worked pretty well. I wonder if I wouldn’t have struggled a little to start with, it felt quite confusing despite me already knowing the plot, but it soon settled down into a good unpredictable thriller.

My Cousin Vinny

Published June 16, 2019

My Cousin Vinny

I was kind of just enjoying this film as a 90s comedy movie where Joe Pesci does what he does. But as it wore on and Marisa Tomei got more and more awesome, I really fell in love with it. A good courtroom fight is always fun, and this had twists and turns along the way. But Marisa won the day and did so in great style.

Book Club

Published June 1, 2019

Book Club

This was a surprise. The trailer made it look totally watchable but in reality, it was brilliant! The main four cast are obviously fantastic, and they seem to have a good chemistry which is a good start to making a film like this work. Throw in a rather attractive pilot in Andy Garcia as well as some other likeable significant others and you’ve got all you need.

Saving Private Ryan

Published June 1, 2019

Saving Private Ryan

The opening sequence on the beach is harrowing, mind-blowing, intense, a sensory overload that really brings to life the horrors of war in a way that no other film has managed to do so. (For me, so far.) Once that’s through, there’s still two hours of horror, war, tension, needless death, moral questions but also camaraderie, bravery, dark humour, and really some astonishing scenes.

The Fault in Our Stars

Published May 17, 2019

The Fault in Our Stars

I’ve read the book this film is based upon and really liked it but knew it was going to take a little while to muster the courage to watch the film - it’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster, I thought. And yea, it was exactly that.

First Man

Published May 11, 2019

First Man

So many thoughts! First opinion is that this was an epic film on such a grand scale and just so moving. It captured me almost instantly, with that crazy stressful start to a movie and then it never let up. The biggest highlight is the insanely good cinematography that grabs you, thrusts you into the heart of the action, makes you look at things differently and from angles that only the real participants could have seen, and then leaves you to deal with the consequences. I genuinely thought I was inside every rocket that Armstrong was in, I felt that claustrophobic and breathy intensity, and I was more than invested in every step he took.

Dangerous Minds

Published April 13, 2019

Dangerous Minds

Interesting one, this. It’s a good film, interesting plot and all squeezed in to a relatively short running time. I do feel a bit uncomfortable that it has the “white saviour” issue, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, in that respect. For the most part, the kids just needed a bit of a push and they did the rest themselves. That headmaster though, rage!

Creed II

Published March 30, 2019

Creed II

This is just like what happened with Fast & Furious 7. I didn’t think I was going to like the series, but gradually, as you work through each film, you get more and more invested in all of it and then they kill you off with an emotional sequel that knocks you for six.

Creed

Published March 29, 2019

Creed

The most important thing about this film is that they didn’t ruin the Rocky legacy. It’s insane that there is a such a huge gap between the stories, that we’re introducing a whole new generation of fighters but it still worked perfectly. The nostalgia level was huge but they also managed to keep the story moving forward.

Rocky Balboa

Published February 15, 2019

Rocky Balboa

Well, I can see why Sylvester wanted to come back and finish off the series properly but I have to admit I was concerned about this one. It’s so much later and he’s so much older, how is he ever going to get back in the ring again? That’s kinda what the film is about, although it takes a long way round in getting there – showing instead the often overlooked things about life after your famous career has pretty much ended.