Dumplin’

Year Released: 2018
Main Stars: Danielle MacdonaldOdeya Rush, Maddie Baillio, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Jennifer Aniston,
Last watched: February 2019
Number Watches: 1

I randomly picked this when I was bored at home and what-d’you know, it’s not bad. Really not my usual cup of tea and took me a bit out of my comfort zone but I can’t deny that this is a well made movie.

Danielle, Odeya, Maddie and Bex play it is really well and it’s Jennifer that lets the side down by being a little too American until nearer the end. Maybe I’m being harsh here as it’s possible the cultural divide means I just don’t get American Moms and their attitudes so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.

Other than that, the direction and production as a whole is rather delightful and I even get why the question of how people react to non-typical beauty-queen looks wasn’t rammed home more – the journey in this movie is for the central kids and one mom rather than society. I wanted to see people out-ranged and then learning the errors of their ways but I was the one who learned that not all pictures have to smash the message home like that.

It’s not a deep meaningful hit on mid-American ideals but rather a very small town mother-daughter / parents-kids understanding of their individual sensibilities and I think it does a really nice job too.

More than a made-for-tv movie but not one most people would think to watch. Maybe consider it for the production values.

 

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Once.
Then keep DVD?
No.
Then watch if on TV?
No.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog.

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John Wick

Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen
Last watched: February 2019
Number Watches: 2

“You stole my car, and you killed my dog”

Violence, puppies and more violence. Really, this is a straight forward film about choreography with fights,  guns and bodyguards. There’s nothing else.

It’s one of those steeplechase movies with a start, a lot of severe obstacles in the way and an end. No need for complicating it with thoughts or other notions of drama. This is a straight-forward corridor full of baddies. Occasionally Keanu opens a door.

Keanu is born for this role. In my opinion he doesn’t have a great range and that’s ok as there are a lot of actors in the same place. Bruce Willis for instance. For John Wick, Keanu is excellent and it’s wonderful to see the dynamism and energy he puts in to each bloody episode. Even when there is a quiet bit in the hotel, he’s still got the presence needed to keep the brooding ticking over.

No one should like a movie built around this kind of plot but it’s hard not to be carried along and see it through to the end. This is a near perfect gun-fight film.

Not for grannies, kids, those who like silver-screen puppies to be alive or those who prefer cutesy rom-coms.

Yes for all other grown-ups.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Thrice and no more. Don’t get drawn in again. But you never get out….
Keep DVD?
Yes, in concrete, beneath the garage.
Watch if on TV?
Yes, in a secure hotel.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Marry. I don’t know why but it’s not like I have a gun to my head or anything….

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Early Man

Year Released: 2018
Main Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Rob Brydon, Richard Ayoade
Last watched: April 2019
Number Watches: 1

I really like Aardman Productions and jump at the chance to see their latest animations. Shame this one is crap.

It tries to get going and the start is a good build up but the main premise and the dull delivery just makes you forget it’s on at all. The animation isn’t sharp enough and the backgrounds don’t have the usual depth with silly things going on behind the main action to make you chuckle.

Really, this should have been a half-hour bit of fun shown on the holidays. It’s as if the writers and director were just not into it.

I’m sure some tiny kids will love it as they do but for the rest of us it’s not that interesting.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Once if you’re a wide-eyed child. Everyone else, nope.
Keep DVD?
Nope.
Watch if on TV?
No.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid.

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The Shallows

Year Released: 2016
Main Stars: Blake Lively
Last watched: April 2019
Number Watches: 1

All at sea in the shallows. An interesting idea of a contained and desperate situation but it shouldn’t have lasted move than half an hour.

This was a very long-winded affair and with some glaring problems both with the tissue-paper twists of the plot and the way it was dramatised. It’s an attempt to update the shark movie and a chance to see a good-looking central character in the blue-waters of the tropics. Ok, I get that but why have nothing else happen? It’s just visual-candy and there’s no need to stretch it out so much.

To quell any shouts of sexism, I would have objected to such a premise if this were a good-looking guy in trunks as well.  For those teenage boys that think this might be one of a good night in – forget it. It’s only as sexy as a couple of photos on the front of a women’s magazine and that, at least, is a saving grace.

I had a hard time keeping my finger off the fast-forward button during the oh-so-very-slow introspective parts and lack of flash backs. Really, there could have been a chance to put in some back-ground drama that would have at least thrown some irony into her predicament.

The ending was also deplorable.

To summarise: a flash of bikini-bum and legs, an exercise in concentration to keep awake, a stupid shark in a beautiful setting. Don’t bother.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Zero.
Keep DVD?
Nope.
Watch if on TV?
No.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid.

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The Spy Who Dumped Me

Year Released: 2018
Main Stars: Mila Kunis , Kate McKinnon
Last watched: April 2019
Number Watches: 1

An attempt to make a mash-up of all the comedy ‘accidental hero’ films you can imagine. Doesn’t work.

The plot if slim, the action is unbelievable (not in a good way) and the script if woeful to say the least. I don’t get why anyone tried to splat on the ending and Kate’s character’s antics were not only dire and distracting but also ludicrous. (again, not in a good way)

Sorry, but Mila and Kate look like they’re not getting on and the result is flat, unexciting and dull, dull, dull.

Wasted idea. Waste of time.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Never.
Keep DVD?
Nope.
Watch if on TV?
No.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid.

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Incident In Ghostland

Year Released: 2018
Main Stars:  Crystal Reed, Mylène Farmer, Anastasia Phillips, Emilia Jones, Taylor Hickson, Kevin Power , Rob Archer
Last watched: January 2019
Number Watches: 1

Not what I expected. Seemed a little amateur in places but also full-on and then a lot of little twists with some strange what’s-happening? moments and some brutal scenes that were mostly not gory, just in your face.

Very weird, fun once you’ve watched it. Very stylish as well with incredible, though subtle, set and costume dressing. However, that’s nothing compared to the DVD extras.

DVD Extras: A few things including Making of. Wow. It’s a documentary. The amount of work everyone put in is much clearer to see than it is in the feature itself. I kinda want to watch the film again now I have a better understanding of the actors and scenes. It’s as if they were the back-story to the characters themselves. An odd feeling. Really do try to see this after the movie. This is where you see all the actors showing what they’ll go through to make a movie.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice
Keep DVD?
Yes, kinda. Certainly want to watch it again.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog because of the extras.

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Captain Fantastic

Year Released: 2016
Main Stars:  Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso , Nicholas Hamilton , Shree Crooks , Charlie Shotwell
Last watched: January 2019
Number Watches: 1

Not a wonderfully funny or fun film but a very good one for getting immersed in.

As plots go I found it a bit unnerving to start with as you get hit in the face straight away with one man and his authority but stick with it and the questions about how we all live and how we want to grow up start to take over, or they did for me, and the script becomes more introspective, involved and ultimately satisfying. Although the story doesn’t do a big Disney ending, to me it was the correct ending.

I know this all sounds a bit stuck up but without discussing the ins and outs of the movie, I’m finding difficulty describing why it’s one worth persevering with. Not that there’s anything wrong with the production or the performances, far from it. Viggo is brilliantly cast although his willy stayed in my mind longer than I wanted. The kids give the impression of being a family already and certainly know how to act and the rest of the cast are good at their roles as sparring partners for the plot.

The only sticking point it that sometimes nothing seemed to happen. I’m going to put that down to my watching too many movies recently with explosions and stuff!

A solid and interesting story, well told and nicely un-hollywoody. Not a kids film and not full of action but certainly worth an evening for adults and older kids.

Blu Ray Extras: Disappointing ‘making of’, especially as it’s a blu ray.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog.

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