What I’ve been watching: Last five films #2

What I've been watching: Last five films

Guess who’s upped her film count in a matter of days? This person. You know how you make time to clean the house or plan your weekend. Well, I’ve made time for some film watching and it reminded me that it’s something I need. I need my film time. So I carved out some time to watch some great films.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Don’t know if it’s because I’m suffering from comic book film fatigue, but days after watching Avengers: Age of Ultron, I’m still wondering if I liked the film. Sure it held my attention for the couple of hours. But it felt the same. The same as Avengers Assemble (or whatever the first one was actually called) – the same problems in the team, the same issues to overcome and I swear almost the same sort of end battle. Then there’s the whole nature of the Marvel film universe where everything is being so interlinked, you really do miss out if you haven’t seen everything Marvel up to that point. Not me, but Anish. I had to fill the gaps in for him. Feel a little sad saying this – but my excitement levels for yet more Marvel comic book films isn’t at its highest.

Ex Machina

Ex Machina

This is more like it. An intelligent little sci-fi film with some original characters that’s got an ending that feels like a punch to the gut. All my praise has to go to Oscar Isaac as the definitely off kilter, Nathan. And the set designers and make-up department. A lot of amazing work done in this film. Ex Machina is one of those films where I truly didn’t know which way it would head. It’s funny that I actually watched this after Avengers: Age of Ultron, what with both films tackling AI. To some degree. The way the story unfolds with everyone having that very unhinged sort of vibe to them – I do enjoy these sorts of films.

White God

White God

If you are any sort of animal lover, but especially if you’re a dog lover I both recommend that you see White God but prepare yourself for what you’re about to see. The story of a girl losing her dog and her journey to find him again. And the dog’s journey after being lost. Probably one of my favourite films I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks, but also, one of the toughest watches. Some scenes were toe curlingly painful to watch for me. And it takes a lot for my toes to curl. It’s a beautiful film. The final shot is imprinted firmly on my memory. It was the perfect emotional culmination for the film. You need to see White God.

It Follows

It Follows

YES! A horror film that has reminded me that the horror genre isn’t a lost cause of silly ghost stories and over the top violence. From the beginning, It Follows, had the feeling of an 70/80s sort of horror film. Filled with actual ominous music and sounds that were well-timed and put to good use. Gorgeously framed shots. Some truly creepy moments that made me wonder why I decided to give this one a watch while I was on my own at home and had in fact switched all the lights off. I felt for Jay and how she just gets more and more desperate to save her own life as the film progresses. Tried to listed to the score yesterday and had to stop. Takes on a whole other feeling of creepy when listened to on its own. Please let there be more in the horror genre like this one. Soon.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman is one ridiculously over the top film that’s a fuck load of fun. There’s nothing about it I didn’t enjoy. The action/fight sequences are brilliantly choreographed. Great fun to watch. Even more fun seeing the likes of Colin Firth’s face in said scenes. Even if it was just CG’d onto the stuntman’s body. There are plenty of times during the film when if you stop to think about the situation too hard, you know it makes absolutely no sense. But there’s no ounce of you that gives a shit at the point, because you’re having so much fun with the film at that point. Sure the film bounces around and hits he end on a particularly obvious note, but I didn’t care one bit. I enjoyed the hell out of this film and if they’re doing more, please bring ‘em!


Out of all of these films, the one I was most looking forward to seeing – Avengers: Age of Ultron, was the one that I was least satisfied with. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun and I enjoyed it. But like I said up there, I think comic book films are beginning to wane on me. White God is the one I’d recommend the most highly. Just brace yourself if you’re a dog person.

What have you been watching? Anything interesting?