With the year really in its stride now, my viewing habits once again danced between old favourites and new titles. Hope you see something you might have otherwise passed by…
July – September
The summer movie season being in full swing, I spent July mostly trawling through the remainder of The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Sucker Punch may have not made a great deal of sense, but with plenty of ‘cool’ and scantily clad women wielding swords and machine guns it was still a lot of fun. Then Christian Bale impressed as a drug-addled ex-boxer training up younger brother Mark Wahlberg in the very absorbing The Fighter. Brit-gangster drama Brighton Rock disappointed though with a unconvicing cut-throat lead and a bordering-on-pathetic female co-star. The English seaside however, was captured nicely. Thankfully the Coen Brother’s award winning True Grit made for a great western, if not necessary that deep a story, but child actor Halee Steinfeld was very good indeed.
August kicked off with gory grindhouse action-comedy Hobo With A Shotgun. Rutger Hauer may be great but supporting cast and surrounding film was more gross-out bad taste than b-movie classic. Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code was great, with the movie equal parts Hitchcock and Quantum Leap, and all round entertaining. Costume caper Super may have had plenty of ideas, but felt a little deja-vu and even the excellent Ellen Page couldn’t save it. A movie-light month ended brilliantly though with the clever and exhilarating Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
Pre-teen killing machine Hanna appeared in September and surprised by how heart warming and less bad ass it ended up being. Yet much of the month was dedicated to rediscovering the Star Wars saga, from the prequels right through to the older movies, in order – and it was brilliant. Comedy Hall-Pass was one of the better comedies in recent memory, with genuine laughs and plenty of surprises. And ending the month was Hole 3D, a great throwback to the likes of Gremlins and The Gate, scary, freaky and a great deal of fun.
So onto the final quarter. Coming very soon indeed!