It feels so good to be complaining about the weather being too hot. It’s been winter in the UK for forever, and then out of nowhere we’re right in the middle of a heatwave. I just can’t cope, you guys. My winter jumpers have barely left the wardrobe and I’m filling up the paddling pool. Anyway, May brought the return of cinemas here, YAY! It feels SO GOOD. I’m behind on everything to do with the blog, but at least I’ve got another cinema trip booked. I’ve also had my first COVID jab at last which was terrifying (I don’t cope well with jabs) but also kind of amazing. Before I ramble too much, let me share what I’ve watched in the last month…
Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (2021) – Full Review
Things Heard & Seen (2021) – I forgot all about this Netflix movie. In my Letterboxd diary I rated it 2/5 and I don’t think it deserves a rating that high. I feel like it started off quite well, but descended into mediocre-ness. It’s just your usual, city-folk move to the country to an old, haunted house kind of movie with some other pointless plots thrown in for the hell of it.
Shrek the Third (2007) – Remember how last month I used that Netflix feature that just plays something for you at random, and ended up watching 13 Going on 30? Well I gave it another go and ended up with Shrek the Third. I’ve actually never seen it, or the fourth one either! It was good though. Very much the same kind of humour as the first two but just not quite as memorable.
True Lies (1994) – Full Review (Film & Wine Club)
Premonition (2007) – This caught my eye on Netflix. It sounded twisty and I love Sandra Bullock, so I don’t know how it’s escaped me until now. Sandra’s character has a premonition of her husband dying, but the things in her dream start to happen in real life. I loved it, it really took me by surprise, but I wish it ended just 10 minutes earlier. It had a perfect ending, but then it carried on and I wish it had just finished there. Worth a watch if you’re struggling to pick something!
This Is the End (2013) – Seth Rogen and James Franco together is hit and miss for me. Sometimes it’s garbage (I hate Pineapple Express and I won’t apologise) but other times it’s legendary, and I can always count on re-watching This Is the End to cheer me up!
Mainstream (2020) – Oh I feel so conflicted about this! Definitely worth a watch to see Andrew Garfield having the time of his life, but it’s a messy movie. It’s all to do with influencer culture and how dangerous social media can be, which I’m all for, but Mainstream didn’t have anything to say until at least halfway through. Once the gang have their own TV show, everything from that point is an absolute 10/10 for me, it was fantastic, but everything before that point was just pointless.
Oxygen (2021) – Full Review
The Woman in the Window (2021) – Full Review
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) – Full Review (Film & Wine Club)
The Unholy (2021) – Ahh, my first cinema trip of 2021. It had to be some fun trash, didn’t it? There’s a good story in there somewhere, and I like the whole ‘when God builds a church, the Devil builds a chapel next door’ vibe to it, but it’s bogged down by the characters and the script which feels a bit lazy. Good enough for a watch with friends and some popcorn though, especially if you like a few jump scares and slenderman-type creatures.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) – This was a Film & Wine Club watch that I haven’t written up yet, so watch this space.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) – Full Review
Army of the Dead (2021) – Yeah, this was alright. I’m not a fan of zombie movies unless they’re comedies but this one had enough of a balance of serious and entertaining. It was way too long, though. Felt like it took all night to get through. It has some stunning cinematography and I enjoyed it enough to look forward to a sequel at least!
Friends: The Reunion (2021) – Oh, I wasn’t prepared for this. I loved every second of it, until James bloody Corden turned up at least, but he had the decency to keep to his role as host and not try to take over the show. I’ve been pining for some kind of follow-on movie but when the question was asked I agree with their answer, it wouldn’t be the right thing to do. Oh, and can cupid please work their magic on Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer? They are SO CUTE!
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) – Another Film & Wine Club movie that I haven’t written up yet, arghh! I’ll be writing all day today, I think.
Cruella (2021) – If I can stop daydreaming about Emma Stone long enough to write something coherent, I will.
A Quiet Place Part II (2021) – Review coming sooooon, I promise!
I also watched Z for Zachariah (2015), Bombshell (2019) & Mary Queen of Scots (2018) for Mettel Ray’s Hidden Gems Challenge. May’s pick was Margot Robbie, and you can see my post here if you missed it.
TV wise, I’ve started re-watching Friends, and I highly doubt I’m alone in that one. Mare of Easttown has come to an end, and oh boy, what a finale! I loved that moment where the case was solved but then something didn’t quite add up. At that moment I completely lost it and started shouting ‘IT WAS ROY, IT WAS ROY’! Sorry, but David Denman will forever and always be known as Roy from The Office for me. I was so hyped because he was my guess from the very first episode, but obviously it turned out I was wrong. As usual. Who’s hyped for Loki next week?!