I made a vague resolution to make 2015 the year I actually watched some films again. So, with an over-emphasis on what’s free on Amazon this is what I’ve been doing. Not a pig-out, I’m averaging one every other day at the moment – and with a determination to stick to films that look vaguely interesting and that I haven’t seen before and will watch to the end. So, with one-line twitter-length comments about each, this is what I’ve watched in January.
Nebraska – Lovely monochrome, clever framing and restrained acting enhances wry father-son road movie. Meaning of life is a truck.
Moon – Everything about this film is good (premise, acting, plot, set design) although I found the robot’s name annoying
The Double – I can understand why people might hate this deliberately arthouse film. I loved it.
Vampire Academy – Pacing and key-role acting (and too much exposition!) let down otherwise fun Buffy-esque film. Everyone is pretty.
Winter’s Bone – Jennifer Lawrence is the best thing about this naturalistic Ozark blood-feud drama. But everything else is incredible too.
Shadow of a Doubt – Surprisingly little happens but you keep watching anyway. Cotten annoyingly good.
Brighton Rock – Attenborough and a whole cast of Brighton thugs take you on a tour of a pre-war grubbiness. Marvellous mix of nostalgia and grime.
Prometheus – Very engaging until the overkill epilogue. Ignore holes in plot but enjoy the enigmas. Ridley Scott creates sci-fi worlds like few others.
The Theory of Everything – Quality acting, lovely direction and overall more darkness than usual for such films. Almost a classic.
A Night at the Opera – 85 mins for a 20 min Flywheel radio sketch. Tiring in some ways, tedious in others but so much energy at times. Contains laughs.
Almost Famous – “I am not sweet” is a companion piece to “Baby ducks are cute” from Bull Durham. As that film is to baseball so this is to rock n roll.
Double Indemnity – Goes without saying this is a film noir classic but I was completely unprepared for how tender the final lighting of a cigarette could be.
Locke – Mis-sold to the public as a thriller but it’s altogether something tastier than that. If this were French people would write about it at uni.
The Illusionist – Whimsical animation with a minor key vibe. Either perfect tribute to Tati or the ultimate insult – depending on who you ask
Kick-Ass – I don’t think I’ve enjoyed tasteless slaughter as much since Braindead. Comic book violence and fun with smart lines and pain.