New Year, New Movies #24: Potato!!

A bleak day, grey and wet, and I have to watch 4 more movies to complete the challenge.

January 31, 2016

28. Ondine, 2010


I don’t know why I chose this, but I’m glad I did, I think. A down on his luck Irish fisherman finds a girl in the water and brings her to shore, where his sick daughter believes she’s a selkie (like a Celtic seal mermaid).

It’s a weird combination of gritty/grotty Irishness and quite lovely mythology. Colin Farrell’s hair is absurd and his eyebrows should have their own imdb credit, but he carries it well. Couple of minor niggles, mostly about accents, but on the whole a sweet little fillum. 3.5/5


New Year, New Movies #23: You Must Remember This

It’s a bit controversial these days, being a Woody Allen fan. I’ve had some awkward conversations at dinner parties, because of his personal life – but to me his personal life has no bearing on his films. I’ve been slowly (very slowly) working through his back catalogue, and this had been on my list for ages.

January 30, 2016

27. Play  It Again, Sam, 1972


Recently divorced neurotic living in San Francisco attempts to date a series of women, guided (in his head) by his hero, Humphrey Bogart. What I love about Woody Allen’s earlier films is the physical comedy, the absolute lack of vanity, and some scorching one-liners. This doesn’t disappoint, and the ending is sublime. 4/5.

New Year, New Movies #22: Sunny with a Chance of Toast

I love animation. It’s one of the best bits of my job, that I can legitimately watch cartoons and claim its work.

January 30, 2016

26. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2009.


This was so great- funny, daft, warm, amazing voice cast – Bill Hader, Ana Faris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Bruce Campbell…. And MR T!!!! Mad story with some lovely touches- only thing is that I was so hungry afterwards. 4.5/5

New Year, New Movies #21: My Hero

I love Rocky Balboa. I know he’s a fictional character but he’s the bench mark against which all others shall be judged. Also I know this isn’t a Rocky film per se, I was just hoping it wasn’t another Rocky V.

January 26, 2016

25. Creed, 2016


Oh my good god, I cried through a lot of this movie. And when I wasn’t crying I was shouting encouragement at the screen. Brilliant, a great addition to the series. Great casting as well – Michael B. Jordan is fantastic. 5/5.

New Year, New Movies #20: Curiosity Killed The Hamster

I hate 50 Shades of Grey. When I read the novel I texted a friend halfway through the first page to comment on its awfulness. I stuck with it though – I needed to read it so I could have an opinion on it. And my opinion was that it was terrible, and the sex scenes read like the author had never actually had sex, let alone anything approaching S&M. I shared this opinion with anyone and everyone; most people laughed with me but my sister told her friends that I was self-important and opinionated. I know this because she accidentally copied me into the Chat Messages saying so – a small thing in itself but one that’s convolutedly led to a massive rift in our family. But a friend told me that the movie ‘wasn’t that bad’, which made me curious. And you’ve seen the title of this post.

January 24, 2016

24. Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015


How bad can it be? is a stupid question. It will always be bad. In this case, the quite frankly piss-poor source material has led to a fucking dreadful movie (and some dreadful fucking). Even the cast don’t give a shit – Jamie Dornan gives up on his American accent about halfway through, and Dakota Johnson starts imitating her mother in Working Girl. Everything about this film is bad. Terrible. Shouldn’t have been made. Awful. Horrible. That’s it – it’s horrible. Horror movies don’t pretend to be anything they’re not: this is abuse dressing itself up as romance. Avoid at all costs. 0/5

New Year, New Movies #19: Oh, now I get it.

Tell people you have a degree in Film, and then tell them you’ve never seen The Godfather, and they look at you like you’re some kind of special alien. What can I say? I just didn’t get round to it. I wasn’t planning on watching it last night, if I’m honest: I was going to watch Inside Out, but couldn’t get it to play properly.

January 23, 2016

23. The Godfather, 1972


That was frigging awesome. 5/5.

New Year, New Movies #18: My Wet Hot American RomCom

My friends are frequently amused by the fact that I have a blackened turnip for a heart. This is because I hate Love, Actually with the fire of a thousand suns. So when Netflix offers me a rom-com spoof with a cast of comedy geniuses (genii?), who am I to stay no?

January 23, 2016

22. They Came Together, 2014


If you’ve seen My Wet Hot American Summer, or any Saturday Night Lives in the last 5 years, or if you’ve ever seen a Zucker Brothers film, you’ll love this: it’s stupid, crude and properly takes the piss out of Hollywood RomComs. I laughed out loud quite a lot, because I’m stupid, crude and frequently take the piss out of Hollywood RomComs. 3.5/5.