When I was a film blogger/journo/critic, back in the day, I wrote about every film I saw. These days I’ve been seriously slacking but I’ve seen some awesome stuff and wanna give you a little highlight of some recommendations.
Wish I Was Here
Zach Braff’s second film as director, which he co-wrote with his brother, isn’t quite as quirky as Garden State but just as charming. It’s a surprisingly moving film about a 30-something man at a crossroads in his life, forced to figure out what’s best for his family. Pretty epic soundtrack too.
Mad Max Fury Road
This was the last film we saw in the cinema before Jenson was born. We sat in the middle of the front row and every time there was an explosion he jumped in my belly! I enjoyed the film more than I thought I would but I don’t agree that it’s one of the best of the year.
This was the first film we saw after Jenson was born – he was a whole two weeks old and we went for Luke’s 30th. It’s funny how we come to associate seeing films with where we were at that point in our lives. Hugely entertaining.
I saw the first two films (not the third, on Luke’s recommendation) in preparation for this cinema trip and liked them more than I thought I would. It’s funny how judgmental I can be about things I really don’t know all that much about. I loved the homage to the first film and Emilia Clarke was the perfect casting choice. Jai Courtney not so much. At least in terms of resemblance to his predecessor.
Probably the best Schwarzenegger performance of all time. He’s very Clint Eastwood-esque in this zombie flick about a father trying to save his daughter. I really liked this one and it’s one of my faves of the year.
I bloody love Paul Rudd so this was always bound to be a good ‘un. Michael Pena was one of the film’s highlights for me and it was a great set-up for Evangeline Lily’s Wasp.
Wow! Matt Damon is one of those actors who I just keep loving more and more. Although the film is primarily about his character being stuck on Mars, I thought the supporting cast were fantastic too – and I always love seeing Sean Bean survive until the end of a film/TV show! I picked up the book super-cheap in The Works recently, so I’ll give that a read when I start the ol’ commute again.
We’ve been watching some random films on Netflix lately and Luke recommended this one to me. It’s another one of those films which is easy to judge when you know nothing about it but is actually really fun.
The Man Who Knew Too Little
Bill fucking Murray! What else do you need to know? Plenty of giggles to be had.
What We Do in the Shadows
Starring and co-written by Jermaine Clement, one half of Flight of the Conchords, and starring, co-written and directed by Taika Waititi, he of Eagle vs Shark fame (and soon to be director of the latest Thor flick – boy done good!), this is a hilarious mockumentary about a group of vampires. Watch out for Rhys Darby as a werewolf – brilliant!
Rom-com starring Lake Bell (with a flawless English accent) and Simon Pegg. I thought it was a bit adorable but Luke said it was unrealistic. Make of that what you will.
You, Me and the Apocalypse
Quite possibly one of the best shows on British TV in years. Fantastic cliffhanger ending which means the series stands well on its own but I still hope there’s more.
We’re only a couple of episodes into this but already love it. I hadn’t seen Krysten Ritter do anything other than comedy before and she’s a force to be reckoned with as the titular anti-heroine. Mike Colter is also proving to be an awesome Luke Cage. These Netflix/Marvel combos are better than most of the stuff on TV lately – and comparable to what’s up on the big screen.
What have you been watching lately and what’s on your to watch list? I need to make my way through the original Star Wars trilogy before we head to see The Force Awakens after Christmas and I’m also quite keen to see Sisters. And, obvs, I can’t wait for The Walking Dead to come back from mid-season break!