March Movies

Bit of a blah month as far as films were concerned, really – didn’t see anything that I really loved at all.  Here’s what I watched:

1.   Glory Road

Boring – don’t know what made me think I’d enjoy a Disney film about a basketball team, really, as I’m not a huge fan of either Disney or indeed basketball.gloryroad

2.   Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

I wanted to love this, and although it was probably my favourite film of the month, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I anticipated, though I couldn’t put my finger on why not.  The little boy’s acting was fantastic, and the storyline (a child coming to terms with his father’s death on 9/11, via a quest which takes him all over the place, meeting all sorts of people) was original and well-written.  I just didn’t engage with it emotionally as much as I wanted to.

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3.   Memento

Incredibly clever film, but SOOO complicated, as the story unfolds BACKWARDS!  I started watching this one evening while crocheting, and it quickly became clear that this movie needs your full, undivided attention while you’re wide awake and firing on all cylinders, which I probably wasn’t.  It’s the sort of film that you need to re-watch the second you get to the end in order to understand it, and I didn’t have time to do so, so probably didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have done.  Definitely one to watch again, though.

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4.   My Life

Expectant father with terminal cancer desperately tries to stay alive long enough to see his son born, and learns some life lessons along the way.  Felt more like a made-for-TV afternoon filler than a proper film.

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5.   Drive

Watchable action thriller about an odd chap who is a stuntman by day and  moonlights as a getaway driver by night.  The no holds barred blood and violence put me off a bit, but it had some good moments, too.

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6.   Oz The Great & Powerful

Went to the cinema to see this over the Easter weekend, in 3D.  We all ‘quite’ enjoyed it, but none of us LOVED it.  Says it all, really.

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7.   Sliding Doors

A copy of this came free with a newspaper a while back and as I hadn’t seen it for years, I decided to watch it again over the long, cold Bank Holiday weekend.  It was such a clever film, and I do like Gwyneth Paltrow’s flawless English accent.  And John Hannah.  Quirky and original. 

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What movies have you been watching lately?  Anything you can recommend?

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8 thoughts on “March Movies

  1. If you liked the concept of Sliding Doors (which I loved) try reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson the same kind of “what if” concept. I actually enjoyed Extremely Loud and found it very emotional. With a lot of protests of “I don´t do this type of movie” I did become involved with the new Batman movie on Sky. I started out doing jobs and sneaking a gaze here and there as I was being very aloof at the time and then found myself sitting on the settee actually watching and enjoying it.

    • Have tried a Kate Atkinson in the past (something about a museum?) and hated it, but maybe I should give her another go. I took Will to see the Spiderman film last summer, expected to hate it, and was really quite impressed, despite myself.

      • Behind the Museum or something like that. I have read it and cannot remember it at all. But I did love something something something and took my dog!

  2. I went to the cinema and saw the film The Host, the book was by Stephanie Meyers. AWFUL! Don’t waste your money. I quite liked the book but I am a purist. If the book says some one throws themselves down a lift shaft to kill them selves, then that is what should be in the film. Not them throwing themselves out a window.

    I will stop before I really start ranting

  3. I also couldn’t get through the Kate Atkinson book and it bugged me as I knew it was a bestseller etc and I kept thinking it was me…….
    I watched Memento and thought it was very clever but someone had told us to really pay attention……
    Save a few hours of your life and avoid ‘The Master’ which was dire. Have you seen ‘a perfect getaway’? Very good…… Nothing much coming out at the movies here for now….

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