Been watching a few films since the last review update came out, so there are three today and another two coming along soon – both YA adaptations. Firstly, though, three completely bonkers films, with mild spoilers lurking beyond the cut…
Yesterday we looked at recent films telling the stories of men and today I’m following up with three films about the stories of women. I have to say, women are faring much better than their male counterparts at the moment. I don’t know whether this is just because there are still so few films with female leads that they have to be more interesting than those with male leads, if it’s a case of production companies, genres, or whether it’s simply my personal preferences coming into play.
It’s been a little while since I last did a film review, in which time I’ve seen quite a few films, so I’m going to break them down handily into two categories: those that concentrate on the problems of men and those that concentrate on the problems of women – and we’ll begin with the guys and catch up with the women tomorrow.
When I was still signed off work sick I tried out the free trial of Now TV movies and when I bought my TV box, I got a movie’s subscription pack with it as well. However, I’ve not actually watched that many films on the movies pack, so I’m trying to get some value for money out of it before I unsubscribe. The problem is, I’ve seen most of the films that are on there, or I can get them on other services like Netflix or Amazon. I’m trying therefore to watch ones that I haven’t seen or at least don’t have on DVD or any of the other catch-up services. I had a little bit of a mini movie marathon a few days ago in which I watched a horror (Annabelle) and a comedy (Life Partners).
Inside Out is being hailed as a return to form for Pixar, following a series of sequels. I have to say, I really enjoyed it, but I do wonder if it’s a film that is aimed at adults more than children in some respects. As you probably know, the film takes place inside the head of 11-year-old Riley and its leading characters are the five emotions that control her: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. So far, so Numskulls. However, what makes this film really stand out is that it’s not simply about the interactions between the different emotions and the way they battle for control of Riley, it has a lot more to say about how our minds and emotions work in terms of other aspects, such as memories, personality formation, nostalgia and forgetting.
Life after Beth is one of those films that I always thought I’d get round to see when it was at the pictures but never did because there were other things after my attention – and this is part of its problem – it’s never going to stand out.
It seems as though the world and her husband have weighed in with their opinions on Ant Man, but hey, the internet always needs yet more opinions, right? I also saw the latest Jonah Hill/James Franco film, True Story.