Christmas is great, if like me you end up with a lot of time off work. It’s the time of year I like to chill out the most, when I’m off work I usually give myself a long to do list, but not during Christmas. Instead I can sit on my bum and watch lots of films. Here’s what I watched throughout December from the comfort of my sofa via Amazon Prime, Netflix or Bluray.
Super Dark Times (2017) – IMDb
Dark is about right for this, teenagers mucking around, with, frankly, something they shouldn’t be mucking around with, end up having a massive accident that results in the death of one of them. They hide the body and the evidence but it becomes clear two of the teens are struggling to contain the information. One goes paranoid, the other turns sadistic violent which all leads to an bloody conclusion.
Shot Caller (2017) – IMDb
I gave it a go purely based on what people had said, and they were right, a well good gritty prison film starring that guy who plays Jaime in GoT. Surprised they didn’t make a bigger deal out of this, but seems a small studio and budget, deserves to become a cult classic.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) – IMDb
Slow burner, but very capitvating final hour. The so called true story into the detection of Osama Bin Laden and his eventual execution.
Trance (2013) – IMDb
Guy is part of a plot to rob a painting, bumps head, loses memory, his gang hire a hypnotist to assist in getting him to remember where the painting is and the plot thickens.
High Fidelity (2000) – IMDb
re-watch of one of my favourite films. Who doesn’t enjoy doing a top 5 break ups list.
The Dark Tower (2017) – IMDb
How can a film with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey be so poor? No idea, but it is. Maybe because the star of the show, is a kid, and we all know that unless it’s a horror film, films centered around a kid are generally shit. This is no exception.
Annabelle: Creation (2017) – IMDb
Better than the first one, actually made me jump in a few places, nothing that hasn’t been done before mind.
Shame (2011) – IMDb
Michael fassbender has a sex problem. Downside is he can’t get horny for the Woman that actually likes him. He has sex with hookers and wanks on webcam with cam girls. His sister moves in to complicate things and she fucks his boss. You may as well just watch an erotic film, there’s probably a better plot.
Misery (1990) – IMDb
Rewatch of a favourite film. Kathy Bates is just brilliant in this as the mad woman imprisoning her favourite author and making him bring back her favourite character to life.
Atomic Blonde (2017) – IMDb
MI6/CIA spy/action film that treads all the same ground that existing films in this genre have visited before. It’s nothing new. It’s not a bad film, but it’s not anything you’d ever watch again. Clearly an attempt at creating a new franchise, not quite sure it performed well enough at box office to warrant a sequel, but then hardly anything has performed well over the past 24 months.
Hell or High Water (2016) – IMDb
Really enjoyed this one, two brothers robbing banks, and the just about to retire sheriff who wants to nab them.
Eraserhead (1977) – IMDb
David Lynch’s weird debut about a guy, his moany girlfriend, odd mutant child and plenty of odd trips. Hasn’t dated well.
The Iron Giant (1999) – IMDb
Good to see a film animated in the kind of way I remember them as a child, it’s a heart warming story and despite the typical sad ending for a kids film, it isn’t a total sad ending.
’71 (2014) – IMDb
British soilder gets abandoned in Belfast during a riot, but I failed to connect emotionally one way or the other with this film
Brazil (1985) – IMDb
More weirdness, this time from Terry Gilliam as an admin bloke tries to correct an error, falls in love with a woman from his dreams & gets blamed for terrorist bombs.
Gremlins (1984) – IMDb
Rewatch of this 1984 Christmas classic, and boy it has not aged well. Everyone in the film is an idiot and I forgot just how bad the second half of the film is, total car crash.
The Limehouse Golem (2016) – IMDb
A pretty poor horror/thriller about murders that could only be caused by a mythical creature, which of course, are not.
Dunkirk (2017) – IMDb
Unfortunately I just couldn’t forgive the inaccuracies which is obviously common in film versions of such events but I expect better from Nolan. I appreciate he doesn’t like using CGI but this film needed it so badly in an attempt to make it more authentic. I didn’t watch this at the cinema as I expected I’d be a bubbling mess but I just didn’t connect emotionally with it at all.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) – IMDb
A very watchable criminal mastermind befriending arch enemy to help him out in order to get one from A to B in order to get to a courtroom to expose more baddies. It’s pretty much a fast & furious film without as many fast cars and a bit more guns and fighting. If you like them, you’ll like this.
Logan Lucky (2017) – IMDb
Kylo Ren and his brothers attempt to pull off a massive heist while at a NASCAR festival. Its nothing special. and it’s no brainer, a bit like the ocean’s films. It passes the time and doesn’t offend and has a few laughs.