March’s Bluray/Streaming Movie Micro Reviews

What I watched in March on Bluray, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky.

Ingrid Goes West (2017) – IMDb
Not quite sure why this has good reviews, it’s pretty terrible and just shows the desperations many of the young go too, in order to just be liked on social media. What made the film worse was that despite how it all went so wrong, it seemed nothing was ever learned by the main character. A massive missed opportunity to appeal to some younger social media obsessed people.

The Florida Project (2017) – IMDb
Follows the exploits mainly of a young girl during the summer holidays in the backlight of Disneyland as her mum, living out of a motel struggles the balancing act.

Battle of the Sexes (2017) – IMDb
This all happened before I was born, and maybe because it’s an American story, perhaps it didn’t get much attention over here, because frankly this film was the first I had even heard of this. It tells a good story, the formation of the WTA for one, as well as the obvious build up to the match. The sad thing about this film in reality is, that we haven’t actually moved on as much as we like to think we have in the last 40 odd years, in fact, it seems like we’ve hardly moved on at all. Of course assuming this film representation of the story is accurate, I haven’t checked for inaccuracies, no doubt there’s some.

Room (2015) – IMDb
Different to what I was expecting. Was expecting the majority of the film to be based in the room, but none the less a very good tale of how a young boy comes to terms with life outside the room. Was surprised to see Brie Larrson won the Oscar for this performance. I personally would have assumed she also, would be a hell of lot more traumatised from the experience, but just seemed to take it in her stride.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017) – IMDb
Telling the story of how the creator of the lie detector test also came up with the idea of wonder woman via his polyamorous relationship with his wife & lover and also the relationship between his wife and his lover, who all lived together and raised their kids together! As well as the basic fundamentals of bondage and submission being a key factor in many of Wonder Woman’s early outings!

Big Hero 6 (2014) – IMDb
Typical modern day Disney film. Young boy takes over project from brother to discover a sinister plot with the help of his brothers work colleagues. Bit disappointed that every character in this had to fit all the American stereotypes, including every female being stick thin.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) – IMDb
Slow paced, thought provoking, and also quite very silly. In the 70s and 80s this would probably have got reviewed as being one of the best horror/mystery films ever made and probably would have still had cult status today, however in 2017, redoing this kind of stuff won’t see you make any top 250 lists anytime soon.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) – IMDb
Day dreamer Walter Mitty embarks on a journey to find a lost negative for his failing employer. It’s one of those feel good happy films that you can’t help but enjoy as everything unrealistically falls into the place and we the viewer daydream that our lives could actually be like that!

LBJ (2016) – IMDb
Woody Harrelson is superb as Lyndon Baines Johnson in this biopic that documents his original run for leader of the Democrats against JFK, to becoming his running mate/vice president and eventually his successor, and carrying out the visions of his assassinated colleague, despite having very opposing views in the early days.

Les Mis̩rables (2012) РIMDb
For whatever reason this film adaption of the theatre classic just didn’t quite click for me. The musical score seemed overly dubbed, which is to be expected in a movie i guess, but it just didn’t feel right.

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) – IMDb
It kind of feels like Kenneth Branagh just really wanted to play Poirot, and to fulfil that dream he had to find a way of doing it for himself as he stars and directs this Agatha Cristie classic and much like Crooked House in the current era it just doesn’t feel engrossing enough for a feature length film in one sitting. Visually stunning the film falls flat due to the restrictions of classic who done it methods.

Moulin Rouge! (2001) – IMDb
Where as Moulin Rouge seemed to hit all the right notes, how had I not seen this before. The whole thing was brilliant, storytelling, song, dance, the choice of songs used, how they were delivered. Brilliant.

Thor Ragnarok (2017) – IMDb
Got bullied into watching this, yay another Marvel film. What fun. Well, actually, yes it is. Easily the best film in the Thor franchise as comedy takes a big leap forward to transform the normally rather serious world of assguard. Good story, lots of laughs, not the fairytale ending such films are usually given.

A History of Violence (2005) – IMDb
A re-watch of this as it had seemed ages since I first watched it and remembered enjoying it, but couldn’t quite remember it properly. As good a watch years later as it was the first time of the small town hero, who turns out to not be who they think he is.

The Conjuring (2013) – IMDb
re-watch with new GF who hates horror, so naturally had to make her watch one to prove they aren’t all about making you jump. She agreed it wasn’t too bad.

Ricky Gervais: Humanity (2018) – IMDb
Latest stand up show on Netflix, always find him a bit hit and miss in this sort of thing, but enjoyed this one.

Desperado (1995) – IMDb
Kind of western Mexico sty lee with gunslinger and drugs

Gangs of New York (2002) – IMDb
Took 2 sittings for me to get through this almost typical 3 hour Scorsese epic telling the very long winded story of a returning man who seeks revenge for the death of his father while he was a boy. Thought it was quite over rated if I’m honest. Like most Scorsese stuff it never seems to connect with me.

Despicable Me 3 (2017) – IMDb
Had to do a family visit and this was on to keep the kids quiet. It was alright.

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