Tuesday, 24 July 2012

July movie update

Here are the films that Pete and I have received from Lovefilm.com and watched on TV and DVD over the past few months in reverse order, with my ratings out of ten from my movie list on the IMDB.
It's been a month of strange movies and not by design...
Carnage (2011) 2
Appalling. *Spoiler alert* It's about two couples arguing over a fight their kids have. One couple goes to leave, but stays, they argue some more, they go to leave again but don't, argue some more... repeat.
Shrek (2001) 8*
Classic film that still makes me laugh.
Like Crazy (2011) 7
A British student falls in love with her American boyfriend and stupidly outstays her visa. A love story which does make you think about relationships, especially long distance ones.
A Summer Day (2006) 6
French film about a teenager that dies during a football match and the effect it has on the community. Not many laughs!
Louise-Michel (2008) 4
A frustrating black comedy about a group of employees who try to kill their ex box after being laid off. Funny in places, but there were far too many unfunny parts.
Born in 68 (2008) 6
One weird and loooong film about a hippy commune over several generations. Best bit is the gay bit at the end with the very cute Theo Frilet. The movie overall doesn't work and there is way too much filler – could have been 45 minutes shorter!
Another strange movie about a girl escaping from a cult. Could have been good, but was lacking a compelling story.
The Muppets (2011) 8
Both Pete and I grinned all of the way through. Easy 8.5 here with nostalgia aplenty and plenty of wonderful one liners.
A boy and a girl each have a different mother, and those mothers are lovers.  The kids want to know who their sperm donating father was. Black comedy with some funny moments.


  1. I was going to leave this till later, but as I've only seen two of these I can get through it quickly and easily.

    'CARNAGE': I haven't laughed so much in the cinema for a very long time. An utterly splendid film version of an obvious stage play. I love these verbal rollercoaster rides. Oscars all round, please. An easy 8/10!

    'THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT'. I'm with you on this one, Stephen. You've said all that needs to be said. In my own marking I'd give it a 6.5, but would probably round it up to a 7.

    I do wish I'd caught 'Martha, M,M,M.' The one film I've missed this year which I most wish I'd seen. From the reviews I've read it seems it might have been more up my street that it was yours, but who knows? Hope to catch it on the small screen sometime.

    .....and 8.5 for THE MUPPETS???? WTF? But then I've never even seen a single one of their TV shows so it's a (ahem!) pleasure still awaiting me.
    Btw: What's all this about giving HALF-points? ;-) but which I see you've rounded DOWN!

  2. I did note that most critics liked Carnage as well, so I was expecting something funny - but it was going nowhere. Pete and his Mum were watching with me and Pete laughed just once (as the throwing up part) and he laughs at anything. His Mum fell asleep she was so bored!

    I stick by by one word summary: 'appalling'.

    1. That's okay, Stephen. Long since past thinking that my own tastes were superior to everyone else's.
      At my sister's a couple of weeks ago she happened to ask me if I'd seen the film as her son had promised her the DVD, he and his wife having enjoyed it. I told her what I said above. She rang me when I'd got back home to say that she and her own hubby also thought it ever so funny, which pleased me no end. But that doesn't mean it MUST be so to everybody.

  3. p.s.
    If you've never seen the Muppets on TV, this wont work as you need to know the in-jokes I think.

    1. That clinches it. No point in bothering!

  4. I loved the Muppets - what a great way to relive your youth. Yes, there are some very funny lines.