The Departed

So, the goal of watching “a shit film” doesn’t alway pan out, and in this case seeing a cast list with the names “Nicholson / DiCaprio / Damon” in it meant no further searching was needed.  Unfortunately for me, I have a genuine problem telling DiCaprio and Damon apart – …

Faster

We weren’t really paying attention in this – it’s got The Rock, but he’s playing a sort-of-bad-guy (as you’re constantly reminded by the prosthetic scars) on a revenge mission: it makes a tilt at moral ambiguity but you never really get there, and in the end I think we only …

This Is Where I Leave You

Surprisingly emotional/dramatic piece for a cast of this pedigree (Bateman, Fey, Fonda, Driver, Byrne) with not quite enough comedy to push it out of being a drama. Enjoyable enough but pretty middle-of-the-road.

Walking Tall

No, we’re NOT obsessed with The Rock.  We can stop watching his films any time we want…  no, YOU’RE crying. etc.  So, this one’s BASED ON A TRUE STORY (credible), where an ex-marine goes back to his hometown but doesn’t wanna get involved in the shenanigans at the casino, gets …

Good Will Hunting

Throwback to the late-90s with this one, which when asked I realised I’d never actually seen! It’s funny how your enjoyment of a film becomes harder in an objective sense when so many cultural tropes are derived from it…  and then there’s the whole Kevin Smith connection (which had me …

Official Secrets

Dramatisation of the whistleblowing & prosecution of GCHQ translator Katharine Gun who leaked a US communique to GCHQ instructing them to falsify a case for going to war in Iraq in 2003. Decent performances albeit seemingly heavyhanded dramatisation in places, leading one to wonder how much licence was taken and …

Misbehaviour

The Miss World pageant in 1970 was a groundbreaking focal point for womens’ rights & equality, conflating a simultaneous uprising of the Womens’ Liberation movement with the pageant’s recognition of non-white contestants, all against a depressingly sexist cultural backdrop which while easy to imagine possible, was pretty unsettling.  Reasonably told …

Snitch

The combination of Dwayne Johnson, the phrase “based on a true story”, and an IMDB rating of 6.4 probably best convey what this tale of a construction company owner going undercover to free his wrongfully imprisoned son is going to deliver.  Severely fails the “Yeah, but you wouldn’t, would you?” …

Hustlers

BASED ON A TRUE STORY tale of strippers who band together to fleece Wall Street types, in which nobody comes off particularly well.  I think I was fine with it when it was just the strippers taking advantage of the city boys “conventionally”, but when they pivoted to their “business …

The Aeronauts

Victorian tale of balloonists pushing the boundaries of science & learning a lot about life and each other suspended in a tiny basket tens of thousands of feet above London.  PROPERLY gave me the willies, if only due to the lack of safety equipment.