Category Archives: Paul’s movies

Bright

Not a great start to my movie viewing year this, Bright is a Netflix produced film and it is pretty terrible, it can’t decide if it’s a comedy, or sci-fi, or social comment, or drama. It ends up being a mess, and is cheap looking even though it had a big budget. It is set in some alternative Los Angeles where humans, Orcs and Elves live together. It follows two cops who find some magic wand which everyone wants etc. Yawn! The main Orc cop was good, at least the actor looked like he was enjoying himself. He can enjoy himself more in the just announced sequel, hopefully the audience can as well for that one!

Date watched: 5th January
Score: 3/10
Film count 2018: 1

Thor: Ragnarok

This is blimmin’ brilliant, Thor the Comedy. Makes perfect sense as Chris Hemsworth is a funny guy, he was the best thing about the recent Ghostbusters reboot. And anything with Jeff Goldblum is always going to be good. Taika Waititi (I still can’t believe he got the job of directing this) has done a grand job of making Thor good again. His cameo as a rock alien thing is pretty damn funny, as is most of the film. And the action bits are good action bits. Top stuff. 

And best use of a Led Zeppelin song in a movie ever.

Date watched: 20th November
Score: 9/10
Film count 2017: 67

Wonder Woman

After reading the Secret History of Wonder Woman I was really looking to seeing this, it was getting good reviews where normally the DC superhero movies get pants reviews so it was looking good for some entertainments to be had. But it was quite the disappointment, boring, ho hum visuals and a bit po-faced. I was well ready for it to be over.

DC have just got their superhero universe all wrong, the films are just not fun, at least Marvel are taking their universe in different directions (Thor) and not taking themselves too seriously.

Date watched: 20th October
Score: 6/10
Film count 2017: 66

The Beguiled

This is a remake of an old Clint Eastwood film, but this is told from the perspective of the lady’s, not the soldier. And tops it is too, Sofia Coppola directs, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst get beguiled and Colin Farrell is the soldier.

Date watched: 19th November
Score: 7.5/10
Film count 2017: 65

Clint’s version might be worth a watch too:

JCVD

This is great, the Mussels from Brussels plays a stressed out version of himself in this crime drama (it’s quite funny too). He is having a bad day and gets caught up in a bank heist in Brussels, and has a bit of a personal crisis inside. At one point he directly addresses the audience, it’s the best part of the film, Peter Bradshaw reviewed the film for The Guardian and called the monologue “a Godardian coup de cinéma”. Indeed it was Peter.

Everyone else is great too, the main bad guy is a deliberate lookalike of Sal from Dog Day Afternoon, in fact, the setup is identical to that film. Top stuff.

Date watched: 3rd December
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2017: 64

Sample This

This is quite an interesting doco about the tune Apache, as covered by the Incredible Bongo Band, who consisted of a few great session musicians, brought together by a producer to supplement the soundtrack to the B-film The Thing With Two Heads (which looks INCREDIBLE, have to try and check that out). It went on to be sampled by hip hop pioneer Kool Herc a few years later. Instantly recognisable now of course. Gene Simmons narrates!

Date watched: 12th November
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 63

So many one-liners!

 

Body of Lies

I’ve been watching this Ridley Scott film in 10 minute chunks over the last three weeks or so (I still have the last few minutes to watch!), which of course did not help its rating. It started off pretty well but quickly turns silly. It all looks very slick, but the story did not hold interest for long enough and Leo (who I normally like) acts grumpy throughout the whole thing and Crowe is just plain terrible. By the end I was playing scrabble online and watching this at the same time, didn’t help me win any games. Thanks a bunch Leo.

Date watched: Days and days
Score: 5/10
Film count 2017: 62

There is a bit of this kind of action to be had:

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