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First Half Of 2015 Film Round-Up

It’s an interesting thing, I’ll watch many films early in the year – January, February – and then, ironically later, think I’ve lots of time to go. Of course in reality I do, but part of the point of these round ups is to get me watching more films and that’s not happening so much when I constantly think I’ve lots of time. For the most part I have enjoyed what I’ve seen. I’ve noted some Bollywood films from 2013 I want to watch (the year I stopped actively following the industry) and plan to get to more classics. I have never seen When Harry Met Sally, for example, which, from what I can ascertain, is quite strange.

Here are the films I have watched so far this year for which it was my first time watching them.

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Becoming Jane (UK, 2007) – About Jane Austen’s early years. Takes some liberties to tell a film-worthy tale, but overall good.

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Bee Movie (USA, 2007) – Excellent. Timely, relevant, very funny. The creators were quite obviously focused on adult enjoyment.

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Bright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours) (France, 2013) – I’d wanted to see this at the cinema so was happy to find it on BBC Four. Not as good as I’d expected, but a fair film nonetheless.

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Catching Fire (USA, 2013) – Best book; best film. The new cast members fit wonderfully.

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The Fault In Our Stars (USA, 2014) – There are differences to the book, obviously, but this is a solid effort and a good adaptation overall. It translates differently due to viewpoint, loses a bit of humour, but the emotion is there.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy (USA, 2014) – I can see it being a hit for big Marvel fans, but I prefer the ‘regular’ Marvel movies.

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The History Boys (UK, 2006) – I practically jumped in delight when I saw this on iplayer; I’d wanted to see it for a while after watching the French scene on Live at the National Theatre. The history and literature were of course right up my alley but I think what I loved most about this film was the way they didn’t just not try to hide the fact it was a play, they created a good balance between film and theatre. The acting was mostly theatrical and the ending perfectly staged.

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I Capture The Castle (UK, 2003) – Not as fun as the book, but not bad.

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If I Stay (USA, 2014) – Sickly sweet at times, though as it nears the end it is exceptional and the emotion works well. I noticed, as others have, that the direction could have been better – people swerve to avoid Mia which of course they shouldn’t be doing and are obviously doing so that they don’t hit the actress. Maybe it’s the musician in me, that I ‘get’ it, but I found it emotional, even though I knew the story.

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Krrish 3 (India, 2014) – Bollywood does Marvel. This isn’t a bad film but it could have done with a better director and not so much lifting from other films because albeit that Rakesh Roshan is good for the story it sometimes feels as though he’s too in awe of his son. I got the feeling they really wanted Shah Rukh Khan instead of Vivek Oberoi as Vivek plays his role as SRK would, and there is a bit too much violence, angst, and even for a Bollywood it goes on too long. I did love Kangna Ranaut, however. It’s the first film I’ve seen her in and I definitely want to see more.

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My Fake Fiancé (USA, 2010) – Fun, light escapism.

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Renoir (France, 2012) – It’s all right, it’s just not very interesting. A biography would be better. I also felt that, although they obviously wanted to cover the meeting between the couple and combine it with the artist’s work, the film years would’ve been a better choice.

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (UK, 2015) – Not as good as the first, partly because the first wrapped up so completely, but still fun and worth seeing. Use of Bollywood songs much appreciated.

So a basic plan in mind: classics, famous films I’ve missed, but otherwise I’m going to go with the flow.

What’s the best film you’ve seen recently?


Tracy Terry

July 3, 2015, 3:00 pm

Thank you for some great recommendations, I’ll be sure to add some of them,Krrish particularly, to our LoveFilm list.


July 3, 2015, 5:51 pm

Looks like you’ve been watching some interesting films. I too enjoyed Becoming Jane and Catching Fire. I am sorry to hear The Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t quite up your street. I loved it! For the exact reason that it was different but also because it has a cool soundtrack.

Recent films I’ve watched and loved are Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Saving Mr Banks (2013), Maleficent (2014), The Book Thief (2013), Mad Max (2015) and Jurassic World (2015).


July 3, 2015, 6:55 pm

I just re-watched Becoming Jane yesterday, and I agree Catching Fire is the best book, so far the best movie in the series.
For some escapism I enjoy Pitch Perfect and just went and saw the sequel a few weeks ago.


July 20, 2015, 2:02 pm

Tracey: Krrish is okay; it’s mostly interesting for its differences and similarities. Certainly the first Krrish was better.

Jessica: Oh the soundtrack was good; I loved the start where it’s shown he’s listening to music. I’m waiting on a friend lending me Maleficent so hopefully that’ll be on my next list, and I’ve heard so much about Mad Max. The Book Thief is due a watch, too.

Elizabeth: Yes; it’s nice that the book and film matched up in that way. I didn’t enjoy Mockingjay (book) as much, but am hopeful in regards to the film adaptation. Pitch Perfect seems to be creeping its way in here.



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