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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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