January Movies

1.   Fair Game

Interesting political thriller based on a true story.  Enjoyed it.

2.   The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep stole the show with an amazingly realistic portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.  Jim Broadbent was brilliant, too.  As for the film itself, not my favourite, felt a bit like a made-for-TV movie.

3.   Due Date

Below average American comedy road trip movie.  Yawn.

4.   London Boulevard

Had high hopes for this British film with a great cast.  Unfortunately it was indeed as bad as the reviews said it was, and I switched it off after half an hour.  Horrendous amount of totally gratuitous bad language – and that was the least of its problems.

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Don’t know how this film has passed me by for so many years, but on a dull Saturday afternoon in January, this bit of  light-hearted fun with a great soundtrack was just what the doctor ordered.

6.   Shutter Island

Like this dark, twisty thriller (horror?) but wanted to like it more than I did, if you know what I mean.  Was a bit overlong in parts, I thought.  A bit Sixth Sense – ish.

7.   Valentine’s Day

Really enjoyed this ensemble cast film – lots of different threads and very entertaining.  Great.

8.   Unknown

This thriller starts well, when a man awakens from a coma only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one (not even his wife) believes him.  Unfortunately, whilst watchable, it just felt it’s like something that’s been done before, and didn’t really keep me gripped at all.

9.   Oranges & Sunshine

Based on a true story, this film is set  in 1980s Nottingham, where social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and tries to reunite the children involved — now adults living mostly in Australia — with their parents in Britain.  Very watchable, and taught me about something I didn’t know as well.

10.   Warhorse

Went to see this last night.  Disappointing.  The first hour felt like a children’s film.  And I didn’t cry at all.  One needs to suspend belief about so many things in order to give this film the gravitas it seems to think it deserves, I felt the viewer was being taken for a ride (‘scuse the bad pun).

What have you watched recently?  Anything good?

PS This is my 1,000th post – can’t believe how long I’ve stuck at writing this blog!!

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6 thoughts on “January Movies

  1. Congrats on 1000! Is there cake and champagne? LOL.

    will watch out for ‘Oranges and sunshine’ – never heard of it.

    I saw ‘Young Adult’ last week which got lousy reviews but I quite liked it.

    Yesterday I saw ‘Extrememly loud and incredibly close’ ( THINK that’s the title – the one with Tom Hanks as the dad killed in the 9/11 towers). It was so so. In one way really good BUT the trailer had implied it was going to take a different route…….

    Also saw ‘We bought a zoo’ which would be best watched on TV or DVD. I took 9 kids to the loo constantly during the movie but I liked the bots I saw….!!

  2. Congratulations on the 1000!
    I haven’t seen any of the films you watched in January. I am in no rush to see War Horse, probably because I thought it might be a disappointment after all the ‘hype’. I think I will read the book, though. It is a children’s book, so shouldn’t take me too long! The only film I saw in January was Sherlock, which I enjoyed – although I’m not sure I quite followed the plot.

  3. We went to see Warhorse last weekend. I didn’t think the story was very plausible, and I thought it seemed to overly abbreviate WWI…don’t know how to make something like that fit in a movie, but I just thought it looked like there were only about two battles in the whole war. Maybe that’s because I read Ken Follett’s most recent book on it last year, and the military strategy and battles just seemed to go on and on and on and… 🙂 I did think that the cinematography was really good. And I did tear up a little…then after wiping my eyes with salty-popcorn fingers, I teared up a lot more. lol

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