Films I Watched In: August
I watched nine films this month – all re-watches apart from my one cinema outing, which OF COURSE was to see The Meg (2018). I’ve droned on long and hard (hee hee – long and hard) about how much I anticipated I’d love this movie and how much I actually DID love this movie – so I won’t say so much now.
Anyway I find what you can say with words, you can so often say much better with a gif? CHOMP. Okay maybe one word was necessary.
After post ‘The Meg’ depression set in (we couldn’t afford to go again, one night in a 3D / IMAX cinema screen literally crippled us) I did the obvious thing and watched Jaws (1975). It’s one of those films that’s always on TV and usually I catch the opening scene with the girl being pulled along or Robert Shaw dragging his fingers on the blackboard or whatever, but I hadn’t actually seen it IN FULL, for years. And I really enjoyed it. I forgot that Richard Dreyfuss is pretty funny in it as well.
I enjoyed it far more than Prometheus (2012) – which was another re-watch that same weekend. To be honest it just clarified what I thought I felt when I watched it the first time – that I didn’t like it that much. I’m not some huge Alien fan anyway – in the way that some people are really into the franchise and dissect ‘what it all means’ – which for the record, I am NOT mocking, I think it’s cool. But I’m not hardcore – I genuinely like Alien Resurrection (1997) for fucks sake – if you need anymore proof. But going back to Prometheus, I can’t really….I can’t really believe in it. It’s not something that excites me.
I was a little bit pissed when I watched Snakes on a Plane (2006). Not that I needed to be pissed – I’ve seen it before and it’s okay for fun. But yeah in this instance I was a little bit pissed. I did manage watch it to the end but I felt rather fuzzy headed. I don’t actually drink that much to be honest but by coincidence I was this time hung over when I watched Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (2006) – on TV. And it wasn’t a hangover from the Snakes on a Plane thing.
But anyway, despite not being a fan of Tim Burton films really much at all, I do like Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. It’s a lot closer to the book than the Gene Wilder one was, which for the record, I don’t like AT ALL.
I also watched David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) (AGAIN) and The Inbetweeners 2 (2014) for a ‘bit of a laugh’. Both enjoyable, the former better than the latter. Read respective reviews here and here. The Inbetweeners 2 movie I never really thought was THAT great, but it did have some good moments.
Oh and before I forget (I meant to tell you earlier but my memory – like a siv!) – August’s total brings my tally so far this year up to *drum roll please* seventy two movies. Finally perhaps (and for the first time since I first started doing these posts), I might be on the way to a hundred by New Year. Exciting! Keep watching this space.
Tropic Thunder (2008) was another re-watch one evening at home – me and my boyfriend fancied watching something silly and you don’t get much sillier than Tropic Thunder. Still a good film though and Robert Downey Jr is EFFING HILARIOUS. Let’s be honest, having a white guy play a black guy in that kind of way did give a green light to some massive clichés and stereotyping. Which was EFFING HILARIOUS.
“I don’t read the script, the script reads me”
And onto the last film on the list (and my seventy-second film watched this year!) – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – which was also another re-watch at home and gave me the opportunity to be my usual hilarious (AKA – antagonising and annoying) self.
After the film had ended and we were suitably freaked out, the credits rolled back round to the DVD menu, which had the creepy, weird, super scary soundtrack playing. I turned off all the lights and made horror movie monster noises and crawled along the floor a bit and then chased my boyfriend into another room. And though my boyfriend is a fully grown man and not easily scared – OF COURSE it was a little bit horrid. Mwahahaha. Just wait until it’s Halloween!