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First Half Of 2018 Film Round Up

On starting this post I was pleasantly surprised; I’d made my usual January film resolution to watch more films – with all the vagueness that implies – got through some films and then promptly put the big screen on the back-burner; I did better than I thought.

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Annie (USA, 2014) – Wasn’t feeling it; the casting was fine but the old songs were barely used and I love the original too much for that to work for me.

The Lady Vanishes (UK, 1938) – Loved this. A simple plot so well executed and the comic duo were a lot of fun with their cricket obsession.

The Last Jedi (USA, 2017) – The family thought this was better than The Force Awakens. I didn’t, but it’s still a very good film.

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Nut Job (USA/South Korea, 2014) – Quite good, but not as much as other CGI family films in recent years. The jokes very rarely worked.

Pretty Woman (USA, 1990) – Really enjoyed this; I’d actually grown up thinking Pretty Woman had the story of The Runaway Bride so it was good to put the real thing in perspective. I think I’d now better watch that second film.

Trainwreck (USA, 2015) – It took a (long) while of over the top swearing and not-funny funny stuff to show what this film was all about, and that’s a bit of a pity, because what it tries to do – reverse the stereotype of dating and relationships so that it’s the man that wants commitment – is interesting.

Well, Amazon’s put Bollywood on UK screens at a good time, which is about time. And there are some random New Zealand productions I’m interested in. But, most helpful of all, my mother’s had a DVD clear out so I picked up a few older classics. I may finally see The Shawshank Redemption…

What films have you recently seen and loved?

 
 

Carmen

July 4, 2018, 8:22 pm

You’ve been watching good stuff. I liked The Last Jedi a great deal, even though it stretched the franchise in an entirely new direction. I looooveeed Pretty Woman; Runaway Bride not so much, but it was good to see both actors team up again. I haven’t seen the other movies. Trainwreck is not my kind of humor so I won’t be watching that one.

I have watched recently some movies released this year: Peter Rabbit, A Wrinkle in Time, Annihilation, Tomb Raider, Braven, Unsane, Every Day, Outside In, and Hostiles. I posted about the first five in two weekly features in my blog.

jessicabookworm

July 7, 2018, 8:37 pm

Charlie, I recently watched and loved Solo: A Star Wars Story and Deadpool 2. I also much recommend watching The Shawshank Redemption, as I thought it was brilliant!

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