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Seeing...Films | 2018 - 5 Star Reviews

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Welcome to my final post in this series and the one we've all been waiting for and it's my 5 Stars films! I've quite enjoyed writing these posts and wondering if I should carry on doing monthly film updates? Let me know what you think. 









The Greatest Showman

There are no words to describe how much I love this film, this was my second viewing as I’d already been to watch it before I signed up to the limitless card. For me, musicals are my favourite genre of film. I can’t sing and I have no real ear for music but give me a jolly sing-along musical and I’m at the front of the queue.


This film had such a beautiful look and feel to it. From the very first scene where you just see Hugh Jackman’s feet to all the music and dancing. It has also ignited a love for Zac Efron which feel far more acceptable than his High School Musical days and yes, I did Google his age! Maybe I shouldn’t admit that but oh well now you all know.

Oceans 8

I really wasn’t sure what to expect, the cast was incredible but I was prepared to be disappointed but it was one of my favourite films of the year and I’m anticipating another one. I’m wondering if there will be a collaboration between the 11 or what’s left of them and this cast? That might be wishful thinking but it would be oh so good!

It was everything Widows could have been. (see my 3-star review post for my thoughts on that one). Oceans 8 was playful, comical and in my opinion delightful to watch.

Mama Mia 2


So good I saw it twice. What I loved most about this film other than Fernando and Cher’s cameo and the credits was that 2 women in the audience had brought in cans of G&T then a bottle of wine, straws and their own glasses. Not something I’d ever thought of doing myself but other than one almost falling down the stairs to go to the loo. That was a real highlight. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the film as the things I’ve mentioned are such small details but they are highlights.

Bohemian Rhapsody

My most anticipated film of the year and it didn’t disappoint. This film had such bad reviews from the critics and I can see some of their points about how elements of Freddie’s life had been watered down of glossed over but to be honest I also understand why the film makes choose to do this and that they left enough references into his life without being graphic about it. Freddie is such a well-loved person and loved by all ages and sitting it at a 12A was the right place for it.
These posts have taken me a few days to write and from making my list to writing this post I was in the works and there was a mother and daughter who was under 12. I’m not good with ages but I’d say she was 10 or 11. They were looking at the books about Queen and Freddie Mercury and they were clearly fans, saying that one is too similar to what we already have. It got me thinking if they had made the film a 15 this girl wouldn’t be able to see it for years but with the 12A and as an existing fan I bet she loved it (If she’s watched it)

A Star is Born


If I’d have written this film straight after watching the film it would have been a 3 or a 4 as while I was watching it, I remember feeling a little bit bored and not totally loving it. However, after digesting it and speaking to other people about it my opinion has changed and what also brought it up was the music. We l love a musical.

Fantastic Beasts 2

When I first watched this, I had only watched the original film once and not all in one go. I loved it but I don’t feel like you could watch this film as a standalone film as they didn’t say some of the character’s name or not that I remember. For example, I had no idea who Abernathy was at all. I came home and rewatched the original film then went to watch it again and it was so much more magical.  

It’s a filler film, building plot for the upcoming movies but I really didn’t mind that and I can’t stop watching YT videos about it and I’ve listened to a few podcasts and it’s really interesting listening to other POVs.

The weekend that I’m writing this post the first film was on ITV and we watched it and now I want to see the second film again. It’s not on at our local cinema any more but I am considering going to the cinema in the city centre to see it.

Mary Poppins Returns


 My final film of the year and it truly was magical. It felt very true to the original with some lovely touches. Did you notice the cameo by the original Jane? I loved the animated elements which is something I don’t like in the original but I think it was good that they included it.
It was so heart-warming and it was nice that I saw it with my mum and gran.


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Seeing...Films | 2018 - 4 Star Reviews

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Welcome to my 4 Stars films week. You will be glad I didn't put these all in one post as I've been using the same word document and without these little intros I've written almost 3000 words (ops) 

Don't forget to let me know if you've watched any of these films and what you thought of them. 

Early Man


Another film I only watched because of having the pass, I watched this on the second day of having my pass as I wanted to try and get my first month’s value in the first weekend. I’ve never been a huge fan of Ardman animation, if things like Wallace and Gromit are on TV I will watch it and laugh but I’d never chosen to watch them, but this was on at a good time and meant I could see another film straight after and have a lot of my day left over.

I really enjoyed this film, it was very funny. It’s based around cavemen and a football team. Neither of these things are my type of thing but it was such a fun film and I laughed all the way through it.

Ready Player One

A very pleasant surprise, I had no prior knowledge of the film before and my friend picked it based on the time of the screening rather than the content of the film. Normally I would steer away from this kind of film but I loved it and wanted to watch it again. Sadly, I didn’t get time to go and see it before it had been taken off at the pictures. I had since reading the book and for once I liked the film better. I really struggled with the book and didn’t enjoy it. I think if I’d have read the book first, I wouldn’t have watched the film. It's set in a dystopian future where the majority of people spend time online in a virtual reality as reality isn’t worth spending time in. When the creator of the virtual reality dies, he’s left a challenge in his will for someone to win the ownership of the company but to win you have to compete in different challenges to get a chance to compete in the final battle. It has been really well done and I think it has been modernised enough to make it relevant and enough retro elements to be in keeping with the book.

Peter Rabbit

This was a lovely film but spoilt by James Cordon, as a rule, I don’t mind him. I don’t go out of my way to watch his stuff but if Gavin and Stacie is on or A League of Their Own is on I’ll watch it. But it was wrong for this film. Everything else was lovely and it was fun and well worth a watch if you can get past his voice.

Show Dogs


You might be surprised to find I rated this so highly but I love stupid talking animal films. This was funny, stupid, silly, laugh out loud funny and I loved everything. It’s one to watch for things in the background as well. It might not be one you tell everyone you watched let alone watched but for me it’s a perfect couple of hours, forget about everything and just laugh.

The plot is so implausible that it’s worth not thinking too hard about it. A police dog and an FBI agent have to team up to infiltrate a gang of criminals which are operating out of a dog show.

Christopher Robin

I can’t remember what rating this film was but it isn’t a kid’s film, it’s very nostalgic and aimed at grownups. It was quite sad in places and there was a lot of children in the screen and they either fell asleep and there was a lot of is it over, can we go. When will it end! It was quite funny as at one point a woman shh’d her child and said it’ll get good soon! Personally, I thought it was brilliant but I feel like you needed to be over 30 to fully appreciate it. Or at least have started to become a little bit jaded with life and have forgotten the joy of childhood.

King of Thieves

Based on the true story of the Hatton Garden robberies which didn’t happen all that long ago. This film was a lot funnier than I expected. It had great comic timing and a fantastic cast. When I originally saw the trailer, I knew I wanted to see the film but it was better than I’d expected.

Nativity Rocks

I’m not sure if I’d ever watched the nativity films before, but while I was off work ill in November, I discovered the first 3 films were on Netflix and Amazon Prime (I don’t think they are all on one, so you have to flip between them) So when I spotted the 4th film was out I decided to take myself off to watch it. Someone I worked with described it as the worst film he’s ever seen but me and him seem to have totally opposite tastes so I knew I’d love and I did. It was stupid in place, very far-fetched and a good one to while away a couple of hours without having anything to worry about. 

I laughed, I cried (more than once) It was a very sweet family film. However, the man next to me didn’t agree and I feel like he was very angry at being forced to sit through it! My cinema has some nice seats so if I were him and hated it that much I’d have popped out, he was with another adult and a child so it wasn’t like he’d be leaving a child alone. It’s always quite funny sitting next to someone who hates a film unless they are doing too much huffing and puffing.

The Grinch


I do love the live action version of the Grinch so when I found out there was a cartoon version coming out, I was excited to see it but no one I knew wanted to see it. Over Christmas, I had a couple of hours to myself so I sneaked off and watched it.
It doesn’t get a 5-star rating as some bit irritated me and they were small things such as the girl’s scarf was way too long and It bugged me so much. But overall it was a sweet and fun family film.


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Seeing...Films | 2018 - 3 Star Reviews

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Over the last couple of weeks I've been sharing news on the films I watched in 2018 on my Odeon Limitless card, the original post was very long so I've split it out, this week I'm going to share the 4 films I rated as 3 stars. 

Please let me know if you have watched any of these and how did you rate them?



Ladybird

To quote Love Island, on paper this was my kind of film but it was a mix of painful to watch as it was set a few years after I’d left high school and while school in Britain is very different from American High schools it felt very raw and while it was nothing like my schooling it was hard for me to watch.

Finding Your Feet


Another film where all the funny clips were in the trailers, it was fun in places and again it was a hard watch as it dealt with dementia and cancer as well as getting old and friendship groups. The general plot is a woman who was quite well off leaves her husband and moves in with her sister in a council flat in London. The sister invites her to a dance class she attends and she reluctantly agrees to go, she makes friends and they all take part in a charity dance to raise money. Fun but would have been better as a 3-part Sunday night BBC1 drama rather than having a cinematic release.

A Wrinkle in Time

I went in with my eyes closed, knowing nothing about the film and I still feel really mixed about it. Which is why it’s sitting slap bang in the middle with a 3-star review. I loved the fairies and the outfit changes, I didn’t like the storyline or know what was going on half of the time but visually it was stunning to watch.

Widows


Again, this looked like my kind of movie, from the trailer it looked like it would be a high body count, lots of shoot 'em ups. But this fell short of the mark for me. It tried too hard and the cast while amazing was lacking in commitment and realism. The backstories felt week and while it did have a couple of nice twisty turns it was missing something for me. Which was a shame, it had a great cast, great location but I can’t put my finger on what I didn’t like. My mum really enjoyed this and prebaby gave it a high 4 if not 5 stars. I know it wasn’t that high for me as I kept clock watching! 

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Seeing...Films | 2018 - 2 Star Reviews

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Last week I shared a list of films I'd watched in 2018 on my Odeon Limitless card, I also started to give each of them a rating but the post was super long before I was even halfway through. I've decided to do weekly posts on each of the star ratings I gave each of the films I've watched. 

From the 23 films I watched, I gave 4 a 2-star rating:




2 Stars

Red Sparrow

A Russian Spy thriller –   I had really high hopes for this, the trailers looked like the kind of films I enjoy but it was mind-boggling. Double, triple and maybe some quadruple crossing. Even months later I still don’t know who was good or who was bad or what actually happened. There as some pretty graphic violence (which I don’t normally mind) but I had to cover my face. I wasn’t a good start to my cinema card.

I Feel Pretty

This is watched with films and it has the making of a girls night out movie but there was a mix of us having to sit right near the front, it was very full and warm and an awful plot and premise of a film. I wanted to give it a one star but I did laugh a few times so decided on that basis it warranted 2 stars. 

The premise is a geeky, unconfident dare I say fat (she was plumper than her co-stars) girl bangs her head and suddenly becomes uber-confident, popular and see herself as thin. What a crap message to send out into the world. It was one of those films that I saw because I wanted to go to the cinema, I’m glad I’ve watched it as I knew I’d be curious but at the same time, I could have lived without seeing it.


Incredibles 2

I might have been unfair in giving this film 2 stars and it’s probably me that needs the 2 stars but this film didn’t hold my attention at all. In fact, I fell asleep a few times and for the parts I was awake I didn’t laugh. I thought about going to see it again but I decided against it. Someone at work really enjoyed it but I haven’t really seen anyone say anything really good (or bad) about it. I would watch it again when it comes on TV but I’m in no rush.

The Book Club


I might be being overly generous in giving these 3 stars but it wasn’t totally awful, just a tiny bit awful. It starts out with 4 women who are all middle-aged and either married and lonely or single and successful who were all college friends start a book club. The film follows them through meeting old loves, starting new loves, rekindling current loves and drinking a lot of wine. In fact as I write this, I’m downgrading it to 2-star review. 

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Seeing...Films | My Limitless Card and 2018 Films

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Ever since my town got an Odeon cinema after not having one for a very long time, I’d been thinking about buying a limitless card but never got round to it.

Earlier this year I got an email through for 13 months for the price of 12 which I thought was a good deal. There is also a 5% discount when you pay in advance. I decided to use some money from my savings to buy it outright.



The pass started on 10th March 2018 and up to 26th December 2018 I have watched about 25 films. I’m not 100% sure I’ve made a record of all the films I’ve watched but from a paper list and going through the calendar in my phone, I think this is the majority of them. I did see a few films earlier in the year but I’ve only made a list of the ones I’ve used my pass for.  

I’m doing this post now as I’ve realised, I’ve finally broken even (in slight profit with the pass). I’ve paid to upgrade to premium seats and for isense a few times for a couple of reasons. Some of these reasons include the film only being shown in premium or isense screens. My cinema is quite small. There are only 7 screens and one of those screens only has premium seats.



I have watched some films more than once, either because I’ve really enjoyed it or I’ve watched it with my mum and then with friends.

Another thing I’m really proud of is that I’ve been to see a number of films by myself. This is something I’d never have done in the past. The only other time I tried, I walked out of the film after about 15 minutes. Luckily that was another time when I had a Cineworld pass.
The films in the order I watched them in:

Red Sparrow
Early Man
Ladybird
Finding Your Feet
The Greatest Showman
Ready Player One
Peter Rabbit
I Feel Pretty
The Book Club
Show Dogs
A Wrinkle in Time
Oceans 8
Incredibles 2
Mama Mia 2
Mama Mia 2
Christopher Robin
King of Thieves
Bohemian Rhapsody
A Star is Born
Widows
Nativity Rocks
Fantastic Beasts 2
Fantastic Beasts 2
The Grinch
Mary Poppins Returns

I’ve given each film a rating from 1- 5 and I’ll talk about them in groups. I’d love to know if you have watched any of these films and if you agree with my scores.



I haven’t given any 1 star although it was a tough call on a few of these. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to give a bit of an overview on each star rating This was going to be one long post but I’m about halfway through writing it and it was over 1600 words long. Plus it gives me 4 weeks’ worth of blog content!! Mwhahaha. 

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