Blimey, another month over with already – where do the days go?
Having had a bit of a busy month, with two trips away and end of the school year activities, I haven’t managed to get to the cinema at all this month, but have seen a few films on DVD.
1. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
The long-awaited sequel to the brilliant Wall Street, this was always going to struggle to be as good, in my opinion. I enjoyed it though, and it was a joy to see Michael Douglas reprise the vile but eminently watchable Gordon Gekko character (and Charlie Sheen remaining upright long enough for a brief cameo as his original character, Bud Fox).
A disaster movie of epic proportions, which Ashley, William and I watched one rainy Sunday afternoon. Very long – almost 3 hours. Watchable, if only for the amazing end-of-the-world special effects, but highly questionable plotlines bordering on the ridiculous on occasion.
3. Vanity Fair
Don’t quite know how this movie had passed me by for so long, as I do love a costume drama. Reese Witherspoon was fab in this, and there was plenty of comedy – well worth watching. The only thing that annoyed me somewhat was the lack of ageing of any of the characters, bearing in mind the story spanned about 20 years – Reese looked as dewy and glowing at the alleged age of 40 plus as she did when she was in her late teens (unlikely, given that the film was set several hundred years ago).
4. Another Year
Normally this is the sort of film I hate, as nothing actually HAPPENS in it. But that’s kind of the point. And the acting is brilliant, particularly Lesley Manville as the lonely, single, middle-aged woman who drinks too much. Well worth a watch – very different.
5. Going The Distance
So, what good films have you seen recently?