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The Object Of My Affection

Published August 17, 2019

The Object Of My Affection

This maybe wasn’t the rom-com I was hoping for, it was far more serious than the current breed of comedies. But it was still good and raised a lot of interesting questions about love and friendship. It was quite nice, as well, that there was no real bad guy, although Vince did the best he could to be hated. It was just people falling in and out of love and doing their best to deal with it.

Camp Rock

Published August 16, 2019

Camp Rock

I loved this and I’m not ashamed of it - it’s exactly what you think it’s going to be. A group of Disney teens running around singing, dancing and getting into scrapes both romantic and otherwise. It took a minute or two to adjust to seeing all the baby-faces, and let’s be honest there are a lot of flaws in the way the story comes together. But it’s fun, and it’s musical, and everyone is friends by the end of it. What’s not to like?

Destination Wedding

Published August 4, 2019

Destination Wedding

I really loved this. I can totally understand that this is going to be a film that you either love or hate, but I loved it. It’s just Winona and Keanu bickering for 90 minutes, and it was brilliant. Although at times things got a little bit wordy and it started to feel you were watching a high-brow play, but whenever that happened, one of them would just let slip an insult that brought you right back down to earth.

Backdraft

Published August 2, 2019

Backdraft

This was not the film I was expecting it to be, although in hindsight, knowing it came from Ron Howard, I probably should have been thinking along these lines. It gets off to a slow start and the brothers are very frustrating to the point you just want to bang their heads together. There’s a lot of testosterone flying around and the women aren’t particularly treated very well. Lots of punching and ego and blah.

The Favourite

Published July 13, 2019

The Favourite

Not really a fan of this one, I have to admit. I did think going into it that it was going to be kinda arty and maybe a bit hard-going but it surpassed my expectations. First, the good: I quite liked how quirky the script was. Weird sentences and funny moments. Not sure it came to any kind of satisfying conclusion but then again I don’t actually know what a satisfying conclusion would have been. Just disappointing that no one ended up happy.

Moulin Rouge!

Published July 6, 2019

Moulin Rouge!

So look, we may not have been exactly in the right frame of mind to start watching another film - it was late, we had been drinking. But this was so not good. I love Baz Luhrmann’s work, so arty, so well-crafted, so fitting with strong music that gives you a sensory overload sort of vibe and really sucks you in.

Fighting With My Family

Published June 27, 2019

Fighting With My Family

Good film, this one. I was expecting good things, what with the Rock teaming up with Stephen Merchant but it delivered. I had heard them discussing it on various promotional opportunities and they often said that you didn’t need to know anything about wrestling to enjoy the film, which I think is true and I was grateful for.

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.