I went mad in April. Absolutely a root-toot-tooting mad and watched thirteen movies. Thirteen movies in thirty days – something I had not done for a very long time, certainly not since I’ve been keeping track of my viewing (January 2016) and a while before then too I’d wager. Here’s April’s Mad List of Films –
Dinner for One (1963)
Jackass 3D (2010)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Black Swan (2010)
Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)
The Seasoning House (2012)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
The Football Factory (2004)
Now You See Me (2013)
Three first time watches and ten re-watches (I’m a creature of habit). Okay, let’s see if I can whizz through these as quickly as possible. Two of my favourite films – The Football Factory and Dead Man’s Shoes I’ve already reviewed (here and here) so you can go read those if you’re interested. Done.
Same with Mars Attacks! which I recently reviewed as part of Gill’s Jack Nicholson blogathon, read it here. Cage is literally not worth mentioning like NOT EVEN WORTH MENTIONING because it’s a shit nothingness horror film I watched out of boredom on Prime. And instead of turning it off I did housework instead and rolled my eyes and stuff.
The Seasoning House is another one I’ve watched and reviewed (here). It’s a pretty brutal thriller and upon my second watch I couldn’t quite last to the end. Not sure how much I like it really. Now You See Me has featured in a past Films I Watched In, a fun enough movie with a good cast but too far fetched for me. Jesse Eisenberg is also so smug (which I think I’ve mentioned before). I saw him on the Graham Norton show once and thought, right I’m gonna see if the smug little twat is as smug in real life. And you know what? He wasn’t, he was really nice.
One cool thing I did watch (on Prime) in April was a documentary film that explores the weird world of fetish tickling (don’t worry it’s just a wiki page), which mainly involves hunky young men being tied down and tickled by other hunky young men – who all say it’s all very heterosexual. There’s a huge element of secrecy and weirdness in the exploration of Tickled and after a while things get stranger because the guy making the documentary starts getting threats from the tickling community and a darker truth is implied. Worth a watch and if you want to know a fun fact I didn’t read the description properly before watching and actually thought it was a horror movie. About tickling. That’s the kind of thing I would be willing to watch.
Black Swan is one of my favourite horror films. I’ve seen it loads of times. It’s the typical kind of horror I enjoy – creepy and nightmarish. I like the set-up, the ballet school and the way it jumps straight in. I could watch it every month.
I’ll use Sightseers to cross from horror to comedy (and thus end this post with laughter in our hearts), the weird Ben Wheatley film about a couple on a caravan holiday who start murdering people. The premise is weird enough but this is Ben Wheatley remember. The actual plot, script and the way it’s executed make it even weirder. Not my favourite of all his movies but still so good and with the best soundtrack (of all his movies). And one of the best lines too – “he’s not a person, he’s a Daily Mail reader”. BOOONG.
Now onto two comedy films that are likely to divide opinion. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jackass 3D. Two movies I’m quite happy to say I like. Well Jackass 3D is just….Jackass. It’s a little glossier (and 3D folks!), some of the stunts are ‘bigger’ than within the series but if you like Jackass on TV chances are you’ll like the films. Jay and Silent Bob I’ve always liked (I once had the entire ‘fuck fuck motherfucking fuck’ rap as my facebook status), though I’m not a huge fan of Kevin Smith. This, Dogma and Clerks are pretty much it for me but I love the cameos, industry jokes and the eponymous duo themselves in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Plus it’d be a good answer on Pointless if the question were ‘films starring Will Ferrell’.
Clueless we all know and (surely) love. Lost count of the times I’ve seen this and the soundtrack is so 90s I love it. One freaky thing is I swear Paul Rudd looks no different.
Lastly but not leastly we have old comedy with Dinner for One (also known as The 90th Birthday). This is a short film with a duration of just 18 minutes. It centers around an old, rich lady’s birthday dinner. She is blind and doesn’t realise that her esteemed guests (Mr Pomeroy, Mr Winterbottom, Sir Toby and Admiral von Schneiderare) are not actually there. As each course passes (and you know how many these posh people have) it’s also accompanied by a different alcoholic drink and her butler (played by Freddie Frinton) humorously plays each guest and gets drunker and drunker as the alcohol flows. It’s a silly kind of comedy, but played well. Frinton plays the pissed butler perfectly and his impressions of the guests – as well as the physical acting – is great.
It’s so funny that even the Germans – not exactly known for their love of ridiculous humour (or in fact, any humour at all) – watch it every New Years Eve.