Hobbies? I Watch Movies

Some films old. Some films new. Hopefully not too many films borrowed. Some films filled with blue too (I guess?).

  • Angel Has Fallen (2019) Review

    August 22, 2019 by

    Wait Until You Can Stream It… Towards the end of Angel Has Fallen, Vice President Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson) lays out his ambition to “make America strong again”, in what appears to be a deliberate parallel to Trump. Does this make his orchestration of the rightful President’s attempted assassination (played effortlessly by Morgan Freeman) some… Read more

  • Retrospective Reviews: Apocalypse Now (1979)

    August 18, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War masterpiece, is being rereleased in cinemas for its 40th Anniversary. There are many reasons to re-watch this classic piece of cinema. This has to be seen on the big screen, even if you have seen it countless times before. Its cinematic… Read more

  • Good Boys (2019) Review

    August 17, 2019 by

    Wait until you can stream it… Coming of age comedies have been filling the 2019 movie schedule so far. Following Eighth Grade and Booksmart, Good Boys is the story of three 12-years-old boys who are invited to their very first “kissing party”. Feeling woefully unprepared, they spend the day trying to learn how to kiss… Read more

  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Review

    August 16, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Dora and the Lost City of Gold’s title does not feel particularly inspired. Surely someone could have picked a better, more creative name for the eponymous lost city. Fortunately, the creativity and excitement went into the film itself. This is a solid example of how to adapt something… Read more

  • Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Review

    August 15, 2019 by

    Do not watch this… Toy adverts have recently become feature length and over ninety minutes in length. At least with the Lego Movie series, there is an attempt to be creative and original. At least the rules of the world are firmly established and there is a logic underlying the narrative. It is a shame… Read more

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Review

    August 15, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Blurring the lines between cinema and reality, Tarantino’s 9th (possibly penultimate) film is a glorious celebration of 1960s L.A. and Hollywood films from the same period. If Tarantino was attempting to capture the mood and feel of living in that decade in a film reel, then he is… Read more

  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two and Its Issues

    August 14, 2019 by

    Picture a parabola. It starts off at the top of the graph, dips quite significantly, only for it to rise back up towards the end of the line. As anyone who follows my Instagram stories knows, I am currently re-watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe in chronological order, from Captain America: The First Avenger to Spiderman:… Read more

  • Blinded by the Light (2019) Review

    August 11, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham) has created a new film that embraces two currents of the river flowing through Hollywood at the moment. Firstly, Blinded by the Light is a feel-good tribute to a influential musical mega-artist. There has been an explosion of these… Read more

  • Free Meek and 13th

    August 10, 2019 by

    Documentaries can be a useful tool for social change. They start a debate on a troubling topic, and raise awareness of an often unnoticed issue, whilst also providing lucid insight. When one demands reform, a riveting documentary can prove an invaluable megaphone. No one documentary is the same, though. Even if two documentaries are about… Read more

  • Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (2019)

    August 2, 2019 by

    Wait until you can stream it… From the first rev of the engine, this latest instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise establishes a world where basically anything can happen. Bionic men, characters with nigh superhuman abilities, logic-defying stunts and a deadly super weapon that can wipe out the planet. This film has it all,… Read more

  • The Great Hack (2019) Review

    July 31, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Cambridge Analytica were recently caught out misusing data of 87 million US internet users to create targeted ads. It is perhaps the most serious data breach in modern history, and Netflix’s The Great Hack chronicles this terrifying story. Directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim have created a well-documented… Read more

  • The Lion King (2019) Review

    July 24, 2019 by

    Despite being longer, this film feels like a shot-for-shot remake of the original film, with most of the dialogue being copy and pasted. Same film, new coating. Whilst this does bring some successes, this new look for The Lion King is ultimately a detriment. The only major change that springs to mind is that this… Read more

  • Crawl (2019) Review

    August 23, 2019 by

    Wait until you can stream this… Crawl tells the story of Haley (Kaya Scodelario) as she attempts to rescue her father from a basement filled with alligators. This is all the movie is, nothing more, nothing less. It is a remarkably simple film, but this proves a hindrance as well as a strength. Its simple… Read more

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