Films I Watched In: August & September


I’m behind (ag_20161014_200605ain!) so it’s time for a quick look at the films I watched over August and September. And unfortunately this was during my redundancy period (AKA: sitting in my pyjamas all day eating cheese) so uncharacteristically there’s quite a few movies. Well, quite a few movies for me.

Once this old thing is out the way we can continue with the important business of Halloween inspired posts and in the grand tradition of 2014 and 2015, I’ll be posting my annual ‘scary picture of Emma’. NOT (contrary to popular belief) a picture taken first thing in the morning.

On with the films:

An Inspector Calls (1954) / The Winslow Boy (1999) The Entity (1982) re-watch / It Follows (2014) re-watch / Devil (2010) re-watch / David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) / Big (1988) re-watch  / Green Room (2015) Insidious (2010) re-watch / Lights Out (2016) 21 Jump Street (2012) re-watch / Inside Out (2015) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) re-watch / The Visit (2015) re-watch / Smokin’ Aces (2006) re-watch / Touching the Void (2003) re-watch / Run Fatboy Run (2007) 

I already reviewed Lights Out and David Brent: Life on the Road so that’s two wiped off the list. Phew. I enjoyed them.

I watched An Inspector Calls and The Winslow Boy with my grandad. I enjoyed both of them but An Inspector Calls was reeeeally good. I was glad to recommend it to MovieRob for one of his Movie’s from the Hat series and even more glad he enjoyed it (read his review here). It’s an atmospheric film, one that draws you in with a great script and air of mystery. Alastair Sim stars as a creepy inspector who arrives unannounced one night at a wealthy family home, investigating the death of a young girl. What’s great is watching the family secrets unfold, each one of them exposed for their wrongdoings in life. The Winslow Boy is based on a true story, another wealthy family but a very different one. The youngest son is accused of stealing money at boarding school but protests his innocence. The story is basically about the case and the damage it did to their family reputation. An interesting, enjoyable film.

Now, The Entity was so much fun to watch! It was also a defining moment in the life of a scaredy-cat who loves horror films bMSDENTI FE003ut can’t sleep afterwards, because I watched it home alone. I felt like Muhammad I’m Hard Bruce Lee. Plus, when I was a kid this film SHIT ME UP (badly) and subsequently I hadn’t watched it in about twenty years. It’s about a poltergeist raping Barbara Hershey. What more can I say? Supposedly a true story but um…..*whispers* yeah, I don’t believe that. It’s still good though, quite creepy and some great old fashioned effects. Something that stood out was the thumpy score written by Charles Bernstein (he did the music for A Nightmare on Elm Street), which was recently nicked by Tarantino for the first Jew Hunter scene in Inglourious Basterds (2007). Listen to it here.

I proved myself as a hard-arse again by watching Insidious on TV and not going round turning every light on afterwards. I’m obviously growing up! And I know everyone hates M. Night Shyamalan with a plant like passion, but I enjoyed two of his films this month. Devil isn’t perfect but it’s fun viewing if you lean back, enjoy the ride and stop fucking moaning. And it has that cool opener where the city is upside down. And I really liked The Visit, which I watched for the first time. I loved the underlying strangeness, it felt wacky from the beginning and at times downright eeeeewww. And I’m glad the ending – mild irrelevant spoiler – wasn’t anything to do with aliens living down a well (for a moment there I actually  thought he was going to do that to us).

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Sadly I didn’t enjoy Green Room too much, despite being really excited to watch it. I know, I know – I’m SUCH a loser. To be honest I found it quite garbled, hard to follow in places, anti-climatic and though it was enticing having Patrick Stewart play the lead bad guy, I soon realised it was impossible for me to find him scary. I kept thinking of Bullock from American Dad.

The other first time watches this month were Run Fatboy Run, which, well I don’t want to sound mean but I only watched because it was late and there was nothing else on. I don’t want to sound bitchy but it’s not a film I ever wanted to watch run-fat-boy-run-9or anticipated I would watch. In the end it wasn’t TOO bad for fluffy, meaningless time wasting. Simon Pegg’s fake fat guy stomach looked dumb but as usual he was likable in his part and helped carry things.

And Inside Out, which most people have seen anyway but in case you haven’t, it’s textbook ‘meaningful Pixar’. For the most part it was okay but I prefer funnier kids films. I don’t mind sentimentality, it’s very lovely when executed well but too much of it and it starts to feel forced. Though I noticed my boyfriend lean over the sofa in an odd fashion towards the end and whilst I’m certain he wasn’t crying (he’s really not that sort of bloke, he had a beard way before the hipsters) there was definitely a moment he had to compose himself. I hope he doesn’t mind me writing that and anyway – we watched Big that same weekend so it’s my turn to admit to being a tad emotional. I cried at the end when he walks towards his house in the giant suit. When haven’t I cried when he walks towards his house in the giant suit. The music! It’s so sad and bittersweet. But let’s end this on a jovial tone.

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Another re-watch was Smokin’ Aces which I always enjoy. It’s such fun. Did you know that Chris Pine had to fight really hard for his role as neo-Nazi crackpot Darwin Tremor and I think he shines out the most of everyone (and let’s remind ourselves that Ryan Reynolds WITH DARK HAIR AND A BEARD is also in this). The scene where he’s moving dead Ben Affleck’s mouth around is brilliant, how they didn’t laugh.

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Like most people, I loved It Follows (apart from Quentin Tarantino – read his “not just disappointed but almost a little angry” rant here). I re-watched it on Blu-Ray and though it wasn’t as scary or tense the second time around, it was still above par and the soundtrack – which I sometimes drive around at night listening to – stood out even more. Admittedly this is probably because I’ve been driving around at night listening to it (and I do mean when I’m actually going somewhere, I don’t mean I get in my car for a random It Follows music sesh, that would just be creepy). In any case I’ll be reviewing it soon for Halloween and weirdly, it reminded me of The Entity score in places. Both movies use loud music, almost a thudding sound to accentuate some of the scariest scenes. Apart from feeling slightly sorry for my neighbours I did enjoy that a lot.

21 Jump Street and The Wolf of Wall Street I caught on TV having already watched both a while ago. Jonah Hill would be pleased. The latter in particular is a superb film, maybe not a classic as such but utterly irresistible and so damn entertaining. I love the genuine comedy and outlandish situations. And the three hour duration hardly hits home at all, a mark of its high entertainment value.

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That’s almost it, sixteen films laid bare but happily I’ve saved the best til last – Touching the Void, one of my favourite films. It’s a documentary, made up of interviews and a reconstruction, telling the story of two climbers who got into trouble whilst climbing Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. It’s a famous story in the mountaineering world and was first published as a book by Joe Simpson, one of the climbers.touching-the-void7 It’s an exceptional story, both men successfully get to the summit but on the way down Simpson breaks his leg (badly). After struggling down for several hours their situation worsens and his climbing partner Simon Yates makes the controversial decision to cut the rope that connects them, plunging Simpson into a mountain crevasse. Their interviews are frank and the reconstruction is very decent, an incredible story on every level.

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42 Responses to Films I Watched In: August & September

  1. Zoë says:

    What fun! I rewatched 21 and 22 Jump Street recently and I had such a good laugh with them once again, most awesome. Also watched The Hateful Eight this weekend and I was rather let down. As for It Follows, I really didn’t like it, and my husband LOATHED it hahaha. I am glad you enjoyed it though!

    • emmakwall says:

      Haha, you need to read Tarantino’s rant about it then, so funny (even for someone like me who enjoyed it!!)

      21 Jump Street and its sequel are both so much fun, if ever on TV I happily watch them! Yeah I know what you mean about Hateful Eight in a way…. his heyday is over that’s for sure!

      How are you? Guess what I’m watching RIGHT NOW? The Guest! ❤

      • Zoë says:

        I did read it and had quite a laugh about it.

        Well worth it. Oh, I don’t want to say over, but there was so much drama surrounding this one (remember, AGES before it came the script was leaked and he had a temper tantrum and said he wasn’t doing it anymore, then he was, so much madness, and it wasn’t even worth it, to be honest). I hope for a return to form in his next film. This one didn’t suck, per se, and definitely still Tarantino, just not on par with his other work.

        Oooooooooh DELICIOUS viewing choice right there! I am sure you enjoyed the heck out of it!

  2. lweezj says:

    This is a really great format for reviewing so many films, really enjoyable read! Personally I found Inside Out a beautifully crafted thing to explain difficult theories to children but I totally get how you can become cynical to the amount of sentimental cinema directed at the family audience these days 🙂

    • emmakwall says:

      Aww thanks! I got the idea at the start of the year because I never got round to reviewing half the films I watched, so seemed a good way to talk about movies and be a bit silly too haha 🙂

      My bf definitely felt ht same about Inside Out. I appreciated it and enjoyed it but would never be a favourite.

  3. Victor De Leon says:

    loved touching the void, but the entity!…the entity!!! 🙂

    • emmakwall says:

      Is that a good thing?! Did you love The Entity?!!! I hope so!!! 🙂 and Touching the Void is amaze-balls 🙂

      • Victor De Leon says:

        Oh no… I totally dug The Entity lol! 😁 that flick was so amaze-balls that I have to re-watch it asap! Now I’m hooked on that word: “amaze-balls”…

  4. vinnieh says:

    You had one hell of a movie watching time I see. Smokin Aces is just one bad ass movie of utter outrageous events and style.

  5. I might be in the minority, but I really loved Run, Fatboy, Run. I’ve probably seen it a half dozen times and it always puts a smile on my face. I can hardly believe you watched that many movies. I hate to think about how much cheese you ate while doing so. lol

  6. Sean says:

    Good summaries! I am always interested to hear how others feel about movies I love (or hate). And now I’m looking forward to the 2016 scary photo!

    • emmakwall says:

      Haha! I’ll be posting it this weekend 🙂 I did (genuinely) get some new passport photos taken today too, which sadly could pass for the annual Halloween scare….

      Are there any movies here you love or hate? Thanks Sean!!! 🙂

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