What I've been watching

. 22 Sep 2017 .
I always want to do one of these kinds of posts, but never feel I can amass enough things to talk about, even though I watch a fair bit. I've tried to make the effort to see films I've been somewhat interested in, or on the other end of the scale - stupidly excited to watch. And it's that time of year where there aren't many shows you can properly binge watch, which is what I prefer to do! I was inspired by Michelle's post to chinwag about what I've seen at the cinema.


IT ★★★★☆

I was going to avoid this film like nobody's business, because clowns. When I was little, Channel 4 aired the mini-series...let's just say that many years later I am not the biggest fan of clowns. But I was hearing relatively good things about it, so thought I would dive in head first to try and get over my fear (by making sure I sat right near the back so nobody would see me jump...) and I came out of it, kind of excited to see the second one. To me, Bill Skarsgård, who plays Pennywise, is just the right amount of creepy and terrifying. All the kids in the cast as well were so good. Came out of the film wanting to take fashion tips from Richie (Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard).

Detroit ★★★★★

I had heard about this film for quite some time as I follow John Boyega on Instagram. Was hoping it would get a UK release, and thankfully it did! Hadn't looked into the synopsis of it, but when watching other films, the trailer would come on. It's really hard-hitting and at times, you wish that you could interact with those on screen, try and help them in some way. In 1967, Detroit is in the midst of unrest and riots, due to the way POCs are being treated - the city was segregated, yet run by a white police force. Can you blame them for wanting change? To not be treated the way they were, and we know, still are in this day and age? 

A gunshot is heard from a nearby motel, where Michigan State Police and the National Guard are patrolling. They go to the Algiers, and basically go into lock down, suspecting all of those in the motel to know where the supposed gunshot came from. We see the police starting to bend the law to suit them, and it gets to a point where the National Guard pull out, because they don't want to be involved with what is going on. 

It's a hard watch, but something I feel everyone needs to see. And the fact it was something that happened only 40 years ago, and in this day and age, racism is still rife in this world and from what we see in the news...it's just something I feel people need to watch.

Logan Lucky ★★☆☆☆

I wanted to like this film. I really did. The cast seemed awesome. The trailer got me wanting to see it. But as I left at the end, the feeling was that of just mildly enjoying it. To be honest, the only reason I carried on watching it was because of Katherine Waterston and Hilary Swank.

The Hitman's Bodyguard ★★★★☆

Enjoyed this film so much - it's one of those ones I could watch time and time again. We all love Ryan Reynolds, right? How can you not? The storyline is pretty much in the title. Darius Kincade (Samuel L Jackson) plays a hitman who is being transported to The Hague to testify a big case. But of course, it doesn't go exactly to plan, and Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is hired to get him there in time to testify. If you need to laugh, this is the film for you.

The Dark Tower ★☆☆☆☆

Oh, how I wanted to enjoy this film. It has Idris Elba in, for goodness sake! But eventually he's the only reason I didn't walk out. I wasn't gripped at all. Genuinely can't remember that much from the film. I suppose if you've read the book, you may want to check it out to see how it compares, but...I wouldn't bother. Makes me want to read Stephen King though (both The Dark Tower, and IT).

Atomic Blonde ★★★★★

Mate. I've been excited for this film ever since the trailer came out. You have a woman kicking butt, that woman being Charlize Theron? Set in the 80s? Killer Queen playing? I AM THERE. From what I heard, it was going to basically be a 80s, female John Wick, which intrigued me as John Wick: Chapter 2 is awesome. And the fact that her character wasn't straight is also a good thing.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle ★★★★☆

If you know me, you will know how much I love the first Kingsman film. Lost count of how many times I've watched it. I see Colin Firth in a suit, and fighting...and they've got me. Maybe it's the fact I went to the midnight showing, and also wasn't completely with it (as in, just feeling tired) but for me, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. There were parts I really loved though - the fight scenes, obviously.

However, there were some of the big names that I felt may as well not have been there, as they weren't really that relevant to the plot? They could have been taken out and the film would have been fine without them. But let me tell you, Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) needs to be in the next one, if there is a third. 

I also liked the nods to the first film, flashbacks and of course, the return of Harry. Eggsy finding out Harry was alive? Hoooo boy. Julianne Moore was great as Poppy, but I wish there was more to her storyline? Felt that it was a bit flat, and didn't give her much to play with, which is a shame because she's a great actress. The addition of Elton John made me chuckle, but after a while I was bored of seeing him popping up.

What films have you seen lately?
I always want to do one of these kinds of posts, but never feel I can amass enough things to talk about, even though I watch a fair bit. I've tried to make the effort to see films I've been somewhat interested in, or on the other end of the scale - stupidly excited to watch. And it's that time of year where there aren't many shows you can properly binge watch, which is what I prefer to do! I was inspired by Michelle's post to chinwag about what I've seen at the cinema.


IT ★★★★☆

I was going to avoid this film like nobody's business, because clowns. When I was little, Channel 4 aired the mini-series...let's just say that many years later I am not the biggest fan of clowns. But I was hearing relatively good things about it, so thought I would dive in head first to try and get over my fear (by making sure I sat right near the back so nobody would see me jump...) and I came out of it, kind of excited to see the second one. To me, Bill Skarsgård, who plays Pennywise, is just the right amount of creepy and terrifying. All the kids in the cast as well were so good. Came out of the film wanting to take fashion tips from Richie (Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard).

Detroit ★★★★★

I had heard about this film for quite some time as I follow John Boyega on Instagram. Was hoping it would get a UK release, and thankfully it did! Hadn't looked into the synopsis of it, but when watching other films, the trailer would come on. It's really hard-hitting and at times, you wish that you could interact with those on screen, try and help them in some way. In 1967, Detroit is in the midst of unrest and riots, due to the way POCs are being treated - the city was segregated, yet run by a white police force. Can you blame them for wanting change? To not be treated the way they were, and we know, still are in this day and age? 

A gunshot is heard from a nearby motel, where Michigan State Police and the National Guard are patrolling. They go to the Algiers, and basically go into lock down, suspecting all of those in the motel to know where the supposed gunshot came from. We see the police starting to bend the law to suit them, and it gets to a point where the National Guard pull out, because they don't want to be involved with what is going on. 

It's a hard watch, but something I feel everyone needs to see. And the fact it was something that happened only 40 years ago, and in this day and age, racism is still rife in this world and from what we see in the news...it's just something I feel people need to watch.

Logan Lucky ★★☆☆☆

I wanted to like this film. I really did. The cast seemed awesome. The trailer got me wanting to see it. But as I left at the end, the feeling was that of just mildly enjoying it. To be honest, the only reason I carried on watching it was because of Katherine Waterston and Hilary Swank.

The Hitman's Bodyguard ★★★★☆

Enjoyed this film so much - it's one of those ones I could watch time and time again. We all love Ryan Reynolds, right? How can you not? The storyline is pretty much in the title. Darius Kincade (Samuel L Jackson) plays a hitman who is being transported to The Hague to testify a big case. But of course, it doesn't go exactly to plan, and Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is hired to get him there in time to testify. If you need to laugh, this is the film for you.

The Dark Tower ★☆☆☆☆

Oh, how I wanted to enjoy this film. It has Idris Elba in, for goodness sake! But eventually he's the only reason I didn't walk out. I wasn't gripped at all. Genuinely can't remember that much from the film. I suppose if you've read the book, you may want to check it out to see how it compares, but...I wouldn't bother. Makes me want to read Stephen King though (both The Dark Tower, and IT).

Atomic Blonde ★★★★★

Mate. I've been excited for this film ever since the trailer came out. You have a woman kicking butt, that woman being Charlize Theron? Set in the 80s? Killer Queen playing? I AM THERE. From what I heard, it was going to basically be a 80s, female John Wick, which intrigued me as John Wick: Chapter 2 is awesome. And the fact that her character wasn't straight is also a good thing.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle ★★★★☆

If you know me, you will know how much I love the first Kingsman film. Lost count of how many times I've watched it. I see Colin Firth in a suit, and fighting...and they've got me. Maybe it's the fact I went to the midnight showing, and also wasn't completely with it (as in, just feeling tired) but for me, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. There were parts I really loved though - the fight scenes, obviously.

However, there were some of the big names that I felt may as well not have been there, as they weren't really that relevant to the plot? They could have been taken out and the film would have been fine without them. But let me tell you, Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) needs to be in the next one, if there is a third. 

I also liked the nods to the first film, flashbacks and of course, the return of Harry. Eggsy finding out Harry was alive? Hoooo boy. Julianne Moore was great as Poppy, but I wish there was more to her storyline? Felt that it was a bit flat, and didn't give her much to play with, which is a shame because she's a great actress. The addition of Elton John made me chuckle, but after a while I was bored of seeing him popping up.

What films have you seen lately?

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