film roundup

I’m a huge film fan and love nothing more than going to the cinema, especially on my own! The only reason I don’t go more often is purely down to cost. (Note to cinemas:  PLEASE STOP BEING SO EXPENSIVE!)

 

I have been using Netflix for a year now and it’s been great so far. Both boys login and use it too so having our own individual profiles on there is great – it means Netflix don’t keep suggesting I watch Dr Who and Sherlock again (Dexter’s favourite programmes EVER.)

 

I love talking about films but as I have no-one at home to listen to me ramble on (and on), I thought I’d share with you the films I’ve watched recently – the ones I’ve enjoyed (and the ones I haven’t) and, if you’ve watched them too, I’d also love to hear what you think of them.

 

I’ve found a similar site to Netflix that we now also use but I’m loathe to promote them as they were really rude to a blogging friend on Twitter recently – which is annoying, because it’s been a great site for me. (But if you email/private message me, I’ll let you know what it’s called.)  It has SO many films/boxsets on there that I decided over Christmas to set up a library of films for me to watch this year. I actually spent two days making that list, THAT’S how dedicated I am!

 

(No YOU’RE sad.)

 

So here is the first batch of films I’ve watched over Christmas:

 

Lucy

 

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“From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.”

 

In a nutshell, Scarlett Johansson (Lucy), gets caught up in drug trafficking (as you do), but the drug involved enables users to access parts of their brain that we can’t normally access – outcome unknown. Obviously, Morgan Freeman is in it (he’s in everything) and plays a scientist researching how the brain works. Their paths cross, throw in some Japanese bad guys, and that’s about it.

 

I love the fact that we have a strong female main character in this film and there’s no denying that Johansson is a bad-ass, but I was just left feeling (pretty much throughout) … WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH?  It’s a ‘what if’ film. What if we could access 100% of our brain … what would happen? And I love a film that makes me think. BUT … it is incredibly similar to the Bradley Cooper film, Limitless which, in my opinion, was way better. However, as a friend on Twitter said, it’s a bold film and it should be applauded for that, and I’d agree.

 

Apart from the fact that the ending was really really weird, it finished quite abruptly and I certainly wouldn’t bother watching it again. If you liked Limitless, this will disappoint.

 

Verdict:

 
 

 

Philomena

 

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“Philomena is the true story of one mother’s search for her lost son. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.

Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between them.”

 

I deliberately don’t find out what films are about before I watch them because I think trailers give too much away. The only reason I chose to watch this film was because it stars two of my favourite actors and because Twitter told me it was great.  And I wasn’t disappointed. I naively didn’t realise it was a true story until halfway through when I said to my eldest, “The name Martin Sixsmith sounds really familiar.” He then explained I was a numpty and it was a true story.

 

I was crying within ten minutes. There’s something about Judi Dench’s face that always makes me cry! The story is incredibly sad, made even more so because it’s a true story and without giving too much away, there are a few twists and turns and well … it’s just a lovely, lovely film. The story is an important story that needed to be told but without the two main characters (Coogan and Dench), it would have just been a ‘made for TV’ film. But their performances are outstanding. Understated, poignant and, in places, funny.

 

You will love it.

 
 

Verdict:

 

I have so many films lined up that I’ll be writing up mini reviews as I go, but I thought I’d start with these two. I’m going to be watching The Guest and Gone Girl next so stay tuned for those!

 

I’d love to know if any of you have watched Lucy and/or Philomena, and what you thought of them. Please let me know in the comments below!

 

In the meantime, I’m having to suffer Smurfs 2 again and it may take me a day or two to recover.

 

kate

 
 

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