Bye bye, blog

This blog will always hold a special place in my heart but, sadly, the time has come to stop posting.

While writing about my love of film I started conversations and made friends with like-minded film fanatics all over the world, some who are still blogging and some who have stopped.

Thank you to everyone who read this blog and who commented. I will keep logging what I watch here but after seven years the posts will now stop.

[Movies of the Month] November


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them– It is brilliant to be back in the Potterverse. This first offering in the Beasts series is an effective combination of light-hearted fantasy with dark themes that relate to modern culture and history. ★★★★

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Funny, touching and with a great soundtrack; I can’t wait to watch this again. ★★★★½
Cinderella – A charming retelling with some very lovely moments. ★★★★
Star Trek Beyond – The weakest of the trilogy so far, as it feels like the same story (Into Darkness) is being retold. ★★★½
Dracula Untold – An interesting spin on the famous legend, Evans is a good lead supported by strong and effective effects. ★★★½
Warcraft – I am a beginner to the Warcraft world, never having played it before or come across any of the characters. Watching it as a straightforward fantasy film it felt too long with too many characters. I found the effects quite jarring as well, as they are appear to be a hybrid between animation and real action. ★★★½
Sicario – A solid, tense look into a very dangerous world. Excellent performances by Blunt and del Toro. ★★★★

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone  – As always, an excellent first foray into the wizarding world. ★★★★
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  – My least favourite of the series (due to its weak plot, in my opinion) but you cannot fault the brilliant effects, visuals or soundtrack. ★★★½
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – The intensity and drama is taken up a notch with Cuaron at the helm, in particular with interesting visuals and camera angles. ★★★★½
Titanic – A timeless classic that was well deserving of its slew of Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. ★★★★½
– I had actually seen this before (three years ago) but it clearly wasn’t memorable as I didn’t realise for a good while. I won’t make the same mistake in watching it a third time… ★★

Total: 12

Since 1st January 2016 

New releases: 11
1st timers: 73
Rewatches: 53
Total: 137

[Movies of the Month] October


Midnight Special 
– Interesting concept but slow to get going. ★★★
Bad Moms – A handful of laugh-out-loud moments but mostly thinly-veiled sexism, in my opinion. ★★
X-Men: Apocalypse – Great to explore the historical side of the X-Men canon.  ★★★★
Underworld: Evolution – Very disappointing; completely OTT. ★★½

World War Z – A good addition to the zombie genre. ★★★½
Underworld – Interesting ideas and excellent turns from Sheen and Nighy. ★★★½

Total: 6

Since 1st January 2016 

New releases: 10
1st timers: 67
Rewatches: 48
Total: 125

[Movies of the Month] September


The Secret Life of Pets
– Not quite as clever or humorous as I was hoping for but certainly a good kids flick. ★★★½

The Reef 
– This Australian independent certainly tries but fails through weak acting, unengaging characters and by being hugely predictable. ★★
Below – Interesting idea but poorly executed. ★★½
Open Water – Feels very realistic but lacking intensity.  ★★★½
This Is Where I Leave You – A good, but not great, combination of laugh-out-loud and more poignant moments. ★★★½
The Shallows – An excellent addition to the survival genre.  ★★★★
The Legend of Tarzan – Engaging with interesting character development; successfully avoided becoming trite. ★★★★
Zootopia – There are so many things to enjoy about this film, from the lovable characters to the attention to detail and the plot line tackling very serious issues. ★★★★
Me Before You – Thought-provoking with engaging characters; Clarke and Claflin have great chemistry. ★★★★
Everybody Wants Some – In true Linklater style, a fly on the wall’s view at the entertaining first days of college.  ★★★½
Room – The hype was definitely deserved. ★★★★½

Fright Night – Light-hearted, entertaining and action-packed. ★★★½
The Sixth Sense – A great film but slower than I remembered; once you have seen it is understandably not as enjoyable on subsequent viewings. ★★★½
Bad Neighbours – Second time I have seen this and the rewatch was much funnier than I rembered. ★★★½

Total: 14

Since 1st January 2016 

New releases: 10
1st timers: 63
Rewatches: 46
Total: 119

[Movies of the Month] August


Into the Woods 
– Shot well, with great turns by Blunt, Corden and Streep, but the mish-mash of accents is very irritating. ★★★
Rogue – Tense Australian indie that’s let down slightly by poor CGI and some wooden acting. ★★★½
The Nice Guys – Crowe and Gosling are the perfect pairing! Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and a great step back in time. ★★★★

Kill Bill: Volume 1 – Probably my favourite Tarantino film. Q&U created such a  spirited, kick-ass character in The Bride. ★★★★
Kill Bill: Volume 2 – One extended film would have been too much; two parts are perfect. A fitting conclusion. ★★★★
Wayne’s World – An excellent feel-good film that will have you quoting lines for days after. ★★★★
Total Recall – Action-packed from start to finish with a good lead in Farrell. Can’t comment on the fact it’s a remake as I haven’t seen the original. ★★★½

Total: 7

Since 1st January 2016 

New releases: 9
1st timers: 53
Rewatches: 43
Total: 105

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