What I've been watching: Last five films

What I’ve been watching: Last five films


Pre-Bahrain I spent a fair amount of my weekends in Summer at the cinema. Well, maybe not weekends, but certainly a lot of Friday nights. See, I’m a sucker for blockbuster films.

Sure we get them here. But as I’ve mentioned before, films can tend to be cut. But you’re left guessing as to which films and what’s been cut. The safest thing for a film fan like myself to do is just see the film on the small screen. So while I wait for summer blockbusters, I catch up on other films.

It’s been such a long time since I mentioned anything film related on this blog. I’ve been wondering whether it fits in anymore here. But I tend to over think things. So to tell with the wondering and here’s the last five films I’ve seen. That are mostly not even recent releases.

Two ‘Let Me’ Films Courtesy of the London Film Festival

100 movies of 2010

The London Film Festival is on and I’m actually seeing films that are screened in it! More than once I confused the titles to create a whole new film. It was very confusing.

Let Me InLet Me In (16/10/10)
I failed utterly at seeing the film this one is based on – Let the Right One In. I had planned on seeing the film long before I even knew I was going to see Let Me In. Ah well! Still, I have it now, so will set some time aside to see it.

Let Me In was a brilliant horror film. Well, I don’t know whether I’d call it a horror film. It has horror-esque moments, but really it’s the story of lonely boy who finally has a friend. There are some brilliant moments that will make you jump. Just because the whole film is so subdued and quiet, when the horror hits, it hits hard. Chloe Moretz is, once again, scarily good at her whole acting thing. She a very talented little girl! Kodi Smit-McPhee is excellent as Owen, but I think Chloe just steals the show.

The story is a little like a twisted love story. It’s touching, but then when you really think about it, you get a little freaked out.
Rating: 5/5

Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go (17/10/10)
This film confused me. I thought it was just a film about the relationships forming and breaking between a group of very close friends. I had heard it had other sci-fi-esque elements. From what I saw I thought it was something to do with the school the children in the film were in.

I was partly right, but I was glad I really didn’t know what part of the film was about. Think of it as a classy version of The Island with extra drama. Actual, proper drama that is. Beautifully told film about three people, from their childhood to adulthood. The relationships they have with one another and how they change over time, but really stay the same. All three main cast members – Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield were fantastic. The casting for the child version of Carey was brilliant! So alike.

I did come away from the film feeling incredibly sad, make sure you line up something the make you feel better after you see the film. It’s what you might call ‘heavy’!
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see the entire list of the movies I’ve seen this year.

100 movies update

100 movies of 2010

Derailed (28/08/10)
Vincent Cassel plays a brilliant bad guy. He really is. I don’t think this film would have been quite as watchable had he not been as good as a villain. It’s a decent enough thriller with a decent enough twist. Nothing really takes it beyond being just good enough. Which isn’t a bad thing. Oh and it had Russel from True Blood in it! Momentarily.
Rating: 3/5

Atonement (29/08/10)
Another DVD that’s been just sitting on my shelf, being unwatched for far too long. Very good film beautifully made. I loved the scene at Dunkirk, on the beach. Just amazing! The ending makes it all worthwhile. Great film.
Rating: 5/5

Sky High (30/08/10)
This film was an accidental watch. It’s a Bank Holiday, you’ve just come back from spending the morning shopping and feeling a little bit tired. Slumped on the sofa, not wanting to do much but watch some mindless TV. This was what was on and it was entertaining enough. Bit more than Derailed – there was a little bit too much typical teen stuff going on for me. Think I’m getting old! Only ‘young’ face I recognised was Mary Elizabeth Winstead! Hello Ramona Flowers! Oh and Bruce Campbell probably gives it one more point than it should do.
Rating: 2/5

I had plans on having a French-ish film weekend. That didn’t quite work – maybe next weekend!

Though talking of French films, I’ve just found out that the French film I saw the other weekend – Pour Elle has been remade as an American film starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks and is titled The Next Three Days. I feel like I need to see the remake, just so I can compare.

Read on to see all the movies I’ve seen so far this year.