January Movies

Time for a quick trip through the films I watched last month.

1.   The Book Thief

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I haven’t read the book, so I didn’t really have any preconceptions about the film, or know much about it other than the fact it was set during WW2.  I thought it was just OK, not brilliant but not awful.  Worth watching if you’re interested in WW2 movies, but I wouldn’t make a special point of it.

2.   Sparkle

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Loved this one.  Set in the 60s, it tells the story of three sisters who form a girl group and their burgeoning fame and how it affects them.  I didn’t realise until I watched it that Whitney Houston played the mother – who knew?  Very evocative of its time – and the fashions are fab!

3.   Wild

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My one trip to the cinema during January (I told you I spent the month hibernating!) was to see this adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s autobiographical book, telling the story of her 1,000 solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.  I was quite interested to see this as Reese Witherspoon is nominated for an Oscar this year in the lead role.  I enjoyed it, but I must say it didn’t make me want to read the book, which I get the impression would be a bit too introspective and self-indulgent for my tastes.  Worth a watch if you come across it, though.

4.   The Angel’s Share

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I didn’t get off to a great start with this one when I had to put the subtitles on, due to a combination of the inpenetrable Scottish accents and appalling sound quality.  It’s based on a group of youngsters doing community service and their attempts to turn over a new leaf.  I turned it off after about 45 minutes.  ‘Nuff said.

5.   Promised Land

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Really enjoyed this environmental drama starring Matt Damon.  Involving storyline and great acting.  My film of the month.

 

Have you seen any good movies lately?

 

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12 thoughts on “January Movies

      • Know what you mean… hubby was the same. Could see the interest dwindling on his behalf lol Don’t think it’s something we’ll watch again any time soon but glad I seen it. Oddly enough it kept me more entertained than August: Osage County… which is normally my type of thing. Now that was a film that had me yawning – so disappointed with it 😦 Will be giving The Hunger Games a go this weekend x

  1. So I read the Book Thief and didn’t think it as wow as many did so I passed when it came to the cinema. I saw ‘Wild’ too and liked it but didn’t love it. This weekend I saw ‘Still Alice’ = preferred the book by far. Also saw ‘American Sniper’ and it was very good. Hard to watch and too American for many I dare say but quite brilliant. Also saw ‘The Imitation Game’ which was quite amazing. I have been on a run of going to the movies after my lull last year (Have also seen ‘Paddington’, ‘Annie’ and ‘Into the Woods’ with the kids). Am watching Series 6 of Greys Anatomy on Netflix too.

    • Can’t decide whether to watch Still Alice or not, as I loved the book so much – I just feel that however good it is, it still won’t be as good as the book for me. It’s not out here yet, I don’t think. Missed the Imitation Game, annoyingly.

  2. The Book Thief was a really wonderful read and so I have avoided the film as I had read it was a let down after the book. No films here, about from The Bishops Wife I had taped over Christmas. I’ve been catching up with stuff I recorded over the festivities.

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