Quick rundown of the films I watched for the first time last week (from 19/02/18).
The Death of Stalin (Armando Ianucci, 2017): Some funny lines and characters, and I liked the premise but there wasn’t really enough to it to really keep me connected. Worth watching, though. 6/10
Far and Away (Ron Howard, 1992): This was pretty dull. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in a fairly standard rich girl/poor guy love story. Nothing much happens, and it goes on for quite a while. 4.5/10
Mute (Duncan Jones, 2018): I was really disappointed by this, having really enjoyed the earlier Duncan Jones films Source Code and Moon (to which there are a couple of nods in Mute). Here though the entire mystery set-up seems largely pointless when you consider how it pays off, and the inclusion of a paedophile character is just odd and strangely handled. 3.5/10
Mom and Dad (Brian Taylor, 2017): This was just crazy nonsense, and I was getting prepared to really enjoy myself until the film’s focus narrowed to just the titular mother and father (Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair) and their children. Basically, some unexplained phenomenon causes parents to want to murder their children, and the glimpses we see of how that is playing out in the world at large is absurd but interesting. Once it goes back to Cage and Blair’s house though interest starts to fade. There’s a few fun moments still, and Cage does a good job at being a raving lunatic, but ultimately I felt disappointed at a wasted opportunity by the end after really enjoying the first half hour. 6/10
The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005): Don’t really have much to say about it. It was a fine comedy-drama which seemed fairly realistic, but not anything particularly special for me. 5.5/10
Hopscotch (Ronald Neame, 1980): I liked the story for this, an unhappy CIA operative leaving the agency and going on the run, writing a tell-all memoir and toying with the CIA as he moves towards publishing it. Walter Matthau was good and funny in it too, and I enjoyed Ned Beatty’s performance as well. 6/10
And that’s what I watched last week. Nothing incredible, and one or two stinkers, but some enjoyable stuff too.