If you're interested, here's what I watched and what I thought of them. Warning: could contain spoilers! and all are completely biased, not remotely evenly weighted, and potentially make me look like a nerd/fool/groupie/wimp!!! Enjoy!
Into the woods
Maybe I’ve been living in a cave, but I didn’t know this was a musical. Sheesh. It’s kinda everything I hate about musicals and nothing I love: there are no complete songs, just a lot of randomly singing in the middle of having a conversation.
I believe this one is up for/has won lots of awards. Personally, I don’t get it. I think there are lots of messages and story in there, but honestly, I found it a snooze fest and didn’t follow much of it as a result. Also, as a Disney movie about Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rupunzel and Red Riding Hood, it’s seriously dark. Like original Brothers Grimm dark - awesome, but sooooo not child friendly.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
If you can get over Michael Cera playing Michael Cera for the hundredth time, this one is cute. Predictable, cheesy and at times a little common-denominator, but overall very pleasant and fun.
This is the End
OK, I’ll be honest, I only watched 30 or so minutes of this before the movie cut out ... and I didn’t bother to rectify it. But those 30 minutes were entertaining. Stupid, gross, ridiculous and full of actors being their own biggest fans, but still, entertaining. I suspect being drunk, stoned, or a boy would make me like this more.
Full disclosure: I only watched this for Charlie Hunnam. Phew, just gotta take a moment for Charlie Hunnam thoughts....
OK, I’m back. This movie is epic, and a masterful mixture of awesomely cool and utterly absurd. I’ve never before had two such strong reactions concurrently: this is so cool/this is so stupid.
I believe the writer or director probably made all his little boy dreams come true on this one. It has about as much story line and character arc as a cheap porno (I mean, from what I’ve heard), just enough shirt-less Charlie, plus giant robots controlled by people fighting giant aliens. #WorkIt
My sister’s comment was “I think this movie needs beer”. She is absolutely right.
I had wanted to see this at the movies. Now, I can’t really understand why.
My friend dropped by when I was just starting this and her partner gave me a very helpful warning. She said:
“It’s the first in a series. So be prepared for that at the end”.
Without that warning, I might have been very disappointed at this Lord of the Flies-esque romp. I gave this movie three separate shots, and each time it lost me. At least once I fell asleep. Also it’s very screechy, and Suke and I don’t go in for screech. Eventually I got to the end, but more in an "oh, the credits are on now" way, not in an engrossed way. At. ALL!
This movie has achieved something I always deemed impossible - it made me like Keira Knightly. If you know how strong my previous feelings towards her were, you would not need any more convincing to go and watch it. Right. Now.
True, she doesn’t do that awful talking with her teeth together thing, but also she does acting, which is a great change. And singing, at which she does not suck.
This one is all about second chances, and happy endings, but both come about in not entirely expected ways and left me feeling uplifted rather that sick to my stomach.
Warning: you can’t actually get the soundtrack for $1 :(
Oh, and if you didn’t understand that, then you didn’t wait for the stinger during the credits. What’s your rush?
On one of my all time favourite Podcasts Comedy Film Nerds, the hosts are regularly referencing this movie. So it was a must see for me.
One night where no crime is punishable, where American’s can “purge their souls of evil and hatred”.
I can only say two things - it was everything I was expecting. And ... wow. There is a sequel. I don’t anticipate watching it. But I am glad to now be the in the club of knowing what this was all about.
Harry Potter wakes up with the biggest pimples of all time.
Ok but really ... I don;t know what to say about this movie. I do know that I can’t say it without cursing. It was playing, I was working ... and then suddenly it had ny full attention in a pure “excuse me, what the actual fuck” moment.
A new entry to my bucket list is “To one day ask Daniel Radcliff what very special combination of drugs he was on when he read this script and agreed to do it”.
Have you seen Dogma? Totally tame in comparison. Horns is some fucked up shit. Oh, and also a really sweet love story. WTF? NFI.
I didn’t mean to have a Daniel Radcliff-a-thon, but it happened. This movie is basically the Hipster version of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (which would be the punk version of About Time).
It’s predictable, it’s heartwarming, it’s lovely and it takes the very odd Harry Potter Is The Devil? taste out of one’s mouth following Horns.
Recommended for going to sleep with a smile on your dial.
This one perfectly sums up the beauty of watching a movie you know nothing about - you think it’s just going to be a lads-on-the-piss fun tale, and then suddenly there are robots and aliens and killer artwork. Bizarre, fun, and makes you want to go to the pub with your mates.
First off, I’ve got to say it: SPOILER ALERT! You can’t honestly be trying to sell the suspense of “will they make it???” when you call the movie LONE survivor, can you? I mean, we all know what LONE means!!
25 minutes in I realised for certain I had already seen this before. An hour in I remembered why I never finished it: Too violent, me no likely. Didn’t finish watching it.
Thought this was a cool sci-fi. Ended up being a horror movie. Thank goodness for daylight savings. Smart horror, but only for you if you’re into being scared (which I am 100% NOT!).
I saved the best for last because I had been wanting to see this for AGES, and didn't want to be watching it on the tiny laptop while working. Oh boy it didn't disappoint.
To be fair, I typically love most things the new-look Matthew McConaughey does, and now that people have stopped telling me I look like her, Anne Hathaway too. Oh my and SPOILER ALERT!!!! seeing Matt Damon being a bad guy is freaking awesome!
Watch this one twice - once to enjoy the sci-fi awesomeness and juggernaut hugeness of the film, and again to take in and reflect on the message about time, relativity, and what's really important in life.
So... that's what watched! Yup, all in a weekend. And yup, I also got a heap of work done. I wonder - is that anything like how you work? Do you need music, silence ... what? Let me know in the comments below, I'm super curious! Also, I'd love to know if you've seen any of these movies and if you agree/disagree with me!!
With slightly square eyes,