With the award season coming to an end in the most delightful and surprising fashion, it’s time to spotlight the movies that have occupied most of my nights and taken us on many adventures. Here is what I’ve been watching.
Will an all-star cast leading Scorsese’s latest blockbuster, the Irishman is an epic gangster drama that journey’s the rise of Frank Sheeran in this crime syndicate. The Irishman focuses on the politics of this crime gang, choosing to highlight the power dynamics whilst highlighting the unspoken code of conduct between gang members. It’s about knowing your place. It’s a journey that spans a lifetime yet refuses to glamourise the violent deeds of organised gangs. The biggest criticism would bein its length, with a run time of 3 and a half hours, when 30 minutes could have easily been scrapped. Nevertheless, The Irishman is a triumph in exploring the lives of these influential men and spotlighting the consequences of their actions. Continue reading
It’s been a good couple of months for movie nights, and while it’s hard to find films that will please the entire family, this latest batch generally had us all in agreement. Some films were a disappointment, others met expectations, and a few caught us off guard with how good they were. Here are the films I’ve been watching.
Spiderman: Far From Home
Let’s be real, Spiderman had a tough task of following the highest-grossing film in history. Endgame left fans reeling, and Spiderman had to find a balance between exploring the aftermath of the film while also standing apart as its own entity. Was it a success? Yes, I think it was. Tom Holland has always captured that youthful and mischievous enthusiasm of Spiderman, and here we see Peter Parker facing the realities of what it truly means to be a superhero. No more can he just be the friendly neighbourhood hero, and you feel the burden of this responsibility weighing on his shoulders. Jake Gyllenhaal was a welcome addition to the cast and his chemistry with Tom Holland allowed us to invest in the dynamic between them, making the culminating moments exciting and unpredictable. The post-credit scenes will have major consequences for Spiderman as his safety net is shattered.
As many of you know, summertime kick starts our movie marathon season. With the projector up and running, we have already watched a plethora of films on the big screen and for the most part, they’ve all been highly entertaining. Here is what I’ve been watching.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol & Rogue Nation
Now, I am not a die-hard follower of this franchise. However, there’s something to be said about watching these films on a big screen as it allows us to immerse ourselves in the visual scope of the film. There is no doubt that Tom Cruise embodies the stereotypical action hero trope, but does so in a way that is magnetic. The Mission Impossible franchise has long set the standards for epic action films, but what makes them so compelling is the supporting cast of characters and how their lives and experiences are all interconnected, giving them a sense of history that manifests itself in brilliant character dynamics. Continue reading
I seem to have hit a slump with my to-watch list. There are so many TV shows and films to watch, but knowing what you’re in the mood to watch is the biggest challenge. This summary demonstrates just how random my selection of TV and films have been lately.
A Knight’s Tale
There’s no denying how charming this film is. This medieval-adventure comedy is your stereotypical peasant rising to nobility coupled with a killer anachronistic soundtrack and Paul Bettany’s brilliant over the top portrayal of Geoffrey Chaucer. It’s a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and has fun with the dynamic between Ledger’s William Thatcher and his companions when trying to keep up his facade amongst the nobility. Will it blow you away? No, but it’s a fun film that will make you laugh at the absurdity of the entire situation. Continue reading