Over the last few weeks I’ve managed to see quite a few movies, surprising in part because I’m always so busy, but also not so surprising if you consider I’ve spent a huge amount of time flying in those few weeks.
I managed to watch 4 films during both the long haul flights I’ve been on recently, and caught a couple on the day after I returned. Perfect jet lag behaviour!
The first movie I saw was Mockingjay part 1
I watched this movie awkwardly on a tiny screen with audio that came in and out because the headphone jack was too loose and I had to keep spinning it slightly in order to hear in stereo. Despite this I did enjoy the film. I feel like it stayed pretty close to the book, from what I remember, and it was entertaining enough. It wasn’t epic, but then that’s not what these movies are trying to achieve, I don’t think.
I also saw Men, Women and Children.
This movie has a great star cast, and has an independent film feel. It’s a great film just about people and their lives. It’s honest and clever and addresses social media, technology and how this affects people’s relationships. I really enjoyed it.
Next I saw Nightcrawler.
The trailer for this movie gave me the creeps enough that I didn’t want to see it at the movies, but I’m glad I’ve watched it now. Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic in it, and even though the movie is fairly slow-moving, that doesn’t matter. It needs to go at that pace so you can take it all in. This guy just wants to be good at something – anything – to the point of obsession. With some crazy moments towards the end, this movie makes you just the right amount of uncomfortable to be entertaining.
The Skeleton Twins was recommended to me by G Man (as was Men, Women and Children – he knows me well!)
This movie is about a set of twins who have drifted apart, but come back together when one of them tries to commit suicide. This is a touching and wonderfully dysfunctional relationship, depicted in an independent movie style. It’s got subtle humour and comes across very real. It’s a great watch and something I’d like to see again.
I’d had Summer of Sam downloaded on the Sky box for a while.
I remember when this came out originally and people saying the music was really good. Based on real events of a serial killer, this movie really captures the atmosphere of the baking hot summer when women even started to colour their hair blonde in order to be less appealing to this murderer. The culture, music and heat of New York that summer, come across really well and I really enjoyed the movie. Nice and gritty.
In all of the hype that surrounded 50 Shades of Grey, one movie that kept coming up was Secretary.
Starring the other Gyllenhaal, Maggie, this movie was apparently what everyone expected 50 Shades to be – but, you know, good. I remember seeing it reviewed in Empire way back in 2002 and flicking straight past the article. But my interest was piqued, and so I thought I’d give it a go. This movie isn’t for the easily offended. It’s raunchy, rude and explicit. But not gratuitously. Everything is in there for a reason. One of the most interesting things I found about Mr Edward Grey (yes, his name is Mr Grey…. coincidence?) is that at no point do you find him attractive or even really like him. The characters are very well written and that keeps you intrigued. You’re interested in what makes them tick, why they do what they do and the chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Spader is strong. An intriguing and enjoyable movie that takes the mickey out of itself in parts. I’m glad I chose to watch this movie, and not 50 Shades, its inferior cousin 5 times removed.
So that’s a run down of the films I’ve seen recently. Not a single rotten one in the bunch! Have you seen any of these movies? I’d be interested to hear what your thoughts on them are!