April was a pretty good month – nine films in total. Five re-watches and four virgin
sacrifices viewings. And I still managed to watch every episode of The Chase (including the celebrity re-runs on ITV4).
So I started off the month with Borat (2006). My brother came over for dinner and we planned to watch something quite constructive and solid. Buuuuut ten custard donuts later we thought fuck that shit, let’s watch Borat. And it was a great decision. Very nice!
A week later it was Friday again and I had no plans and didn’t want to spend another evening half watching TV, half playing games on my phone, half stoned and half bored. So I decided to watch An Old Favourite. And that An Old Favourite ended up being The Football Factory (2004), which I LOVE. I could never get fed up of watching it.
Something slightly more revered now – The Imitation Game (2014) the true story of Alan Turing and the Bletchley Park code breaking during WW2. I must confess I only watched this because my boyfriend wanted to watch it (and you know, I’d rather be watching stuff like Borat or The Football Factory). He loves all that kind of thing – coding, science, computers, where exactly the International Space Station is every minute of the day…
Yeah, he has to put up with that level of maturity from me pretty much all the time…
As is often the case with films you don’t choose to watch – I really enjoyed it. It was fascinating, heartbreaking and I thought Benedict Cucumberbunnypatch was SO good in it.
Despite his popularity I hadn’t really seen him in a starring role before but I definitely now get the hype. I don’t fancy him though.
So Husk (2011) was just a low rent horror movie, which I tend to enjoy. Kind of a rubbish Evil Dead meets scarecrows and corn fields. Rated 18, I expected a bit more gore (boo!) but it was entertaining and kind of creepy in places. Absolutely typical set up including a road trip, a group of friends, a girlfriend who kinda wasn’t invited but her boyfriend brought her anyway and the other guys are pissed off about it. You know.
Now You See Me (2013) was a film I wanted to see since its release so I made a point of watching it when it showed on TV. It started really well, I loved the introduction to the four magicians but it began tailing off pretty quickly after that. It was fairly entertaining but could have been a better film. I thought the CGI was naff, it cheapened the tricks and just made them seem impossible – which some of them were. And the twist at the end was ludicrous! There’s a fine line between ‘surprising the audience’ and actually being in cloud cuckoo land.
And does Jesse Eisenberg actually have “I must play an arrogant, smug dick at all times” written into his contract?
Now for something we hope you’ll really like – Planet Terror & Death Proof aka Grindhouse (2007) – which I watched mainly because I reviewed the Death Proof soundtrack (here).
Both films are great. I think Death Proof has more re-watch-ability than Planet Terror but the latter is more my kind of mad, insane movie (plus Bruce Willis is in it – legend). Because I’ve droned on like a good’un about both films before let’s skip all that and just click here to watch the awesome fake trailers. My favourite is ‘Don’t’ because it stars loads of British actors – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Mark Gatiss, Lee Inglby, Rafe Spall etc etc. No surprises its directed by Edgar Wright!
Now I’m such a loser I didn’t even know they’d made another American Pie movie called American Reunion. An actual proper American Pie movie, not one of those silly cash-in ones that didn’t star any of the original cast.
I’m not really a huge fan of the American Pie movies, apart from Stifler and maybe the one who shags his mum, I don’t find the characters memorable and as comedy franchises go, they’re hardly the best. But they are ‘feel good’ and as Darren and I were saying the other day, they’re films from our youth and nostalgia can go a looooong way.
The ‘Reunion’ wasn’t anything special, at all. The usual spiel with ‘sexy’ scenes and embarrassing situations but this time they were old, awww. But it was okay to watch once and I do have a soft spot for The Stifmeister (and Willow from Buffy obvs).
And last but never least I watched Pulp Fiction (1994) – again! It was on TV (again) and guess what – I bloody enjoyed it again.