Sunday, September 3, 2017

Max My Movies: August Round-Up!


Hi guys! I didn't go quite so crazy last month, and only managed to see six films. July, however, was a massive movie month; I actually watched 20 films! If you want to read about them, you can check that out here. Just letting you know that I'm super-busy during September, with multiple Birthdays and family celebrations, so I may not get as much time to blog. Hopefully I get a few published here and there when I get a hot minute! For now, though, let's have a look at everything I watched in the August Round-Up!





PASSENGERS
My husband, ever the sci-fi fan, recommended this to me after watching it during a plane trip. I probably would have ended up seeing it eventually anyway, given it stars both Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. The cast is basically just Lawrence, Pratt and Michael Sheen for the most part, and some viewers may find this one slow going, but I was enthralled all the way through. Would re-watch!




DOCTOR STRANGE
This was a re-watch because when I saw this at the cinema (thankfully with free tickets) I was quite sick and not really concentrating, as I was just trying not to throw up. So I was happy to watch this properly with hubby when we saw it was on Netflix. This is a really good film; the action is amazing, acting is brilliant and the special effects are mind-blowing. It also peppers some witty one-liners throughout the intensity, which helps lighten things. I loved it.



CRUEL INTENTIONS
Another re-watch, but at least I hadn't seen Cruel Intentions since its 1999 release! It was so much fun re-watching this movie after such a long time, mainly because I'd forgotten everything except for the famous girl-on-girl kissing scene, lol. Umm, how annoying is Selma Blair in this movie? I know she's playing a character, but god damn! Sarah Michelle Gellar is impressively evil and Ryan Philippe is pretty good, too. Such a guilty pleasure!




30 MINUTES OR LESS
This is a mindless B-grade 'slacker' action-comedy that's mildly funny and even more mildly entertaining. What can I say, I have a weird obsession with Jesse Eisenberg, even though he seems like a complete dick in real life, going by the stories of how notoriously difficult he is to interview. Did you know he's the brother of Hallie Eisenberg, who played Little Miss Amanda in Bicentennial Man? This also stars Danny McBride, but let it be said, Aziz Ansari is the best thing this movie has going for it. It's pretty shit, but OK if you have a spare hour and a half and find Ansari amusing.





AMERICAN MADE
I was lucky enough to win a double pass to a Preview Screening of this, complete with free beer and pizza, which was pretty damn cool! American Made is based on the true story of Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, who was reportedly a drug smuggler turned DEA informant and is basically about the Iran-Contra affair of the '80s. Tom Cruise gives a great performance as Seal, and kept me intrigued in this fantastical tale, 'based on a true lie'. Well worth a watch!



BIRDMAN
I'd been wanting to see this film ever since it was released in 2014. It was certainly weird, artistic and captivating, but I still don't really know what to think of it? Michael Keaton is amazing in the lead role, and Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts deliver great performances as well. There's a near-constant jazzy back-beat to this film, which gives it energy and urgency. Also of note, the extremely long scenes where the camera follows a character, so that parts of the film play out like it's shot in one take. I've seen Birdman and yet I'm still not sure I understand it?

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19 comments:

  1. I have only seen Passenger from your August list and that was in July I think. But I agree, I enjoyed it and am a sci fi fan. I'll check out Dr Strange on Netflix too thanks Di! I read today that Ryan Philippe is 42 which surprised me, and he looks about 18. Bastard... :D

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    1. Hahaaaahhahahaaa! Dr Strange is really good, I hope you enjoy it too Sandy! Hehe!

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  2. The only movie I've seen on your list is Cruel Intentions but that was aaaaaaages ago! Still can't believe how old Ryan Philippe is, the man doesn't seem to age! Did you know Cruel Intentions has become a musical? Don't think I'd go & see it, but the movie has kinda become iconic now.

    Shell // The Novice Life

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    1. I had no idea it had been made into a musical! How bizarre!

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  3. I love Cruel Intentions, you've made me want to go and see it again. I really want to see American Made, looks and sounds great. Oh, and I'm glad I'm not the only one that was confused by Birdman, lol xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

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    1. OMG so confusing! Yes definitely checkout American Made if you can, it's quite interesting! xx

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  4. Cruel Intentions is such a modern classic. I haven`t seen it in years, but I`m pretty sure I`d enjoy it just as much even now.

    Georgiana / Beauty Nerd

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    1. It seems a lot of people haven't seen it in ages! It's fun re-watching it now, after so long :)

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  5. I kind of want to see Passengers and Birdman! Though if you didn't understand Birdman, I probably won't either hahaha xx

    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au

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    1. Both really interesting films, Laura, I definitely recommend them!

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  6. Dr. Strange is a favourite of mine! I loved how funny and quirky it was. I have to see pretty much every other film on this list!
    X Iz
    www.izzywears.com

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    1. Yes, I'm so glad I re-watched it, it's really great isn't it?! xx

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  7. Out of the above movies I've only seen Passengers which I enjoyed! I want to see American Made next.

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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    1. American Made was definitely exciting and fast-paced. Really interesting too!

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  8. I recently rewatched Cruel Intentions and love love loved it! Good recommendations, I'll have to add to my viewing list.

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  9. I absolutely loved Dr Strange! Passengers was alright; I couldn't stand birdman....I couldn't even finish it!

    Lubz || http://lubzsays.com

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    1. Haha! I didn't think there would be so many Dr Strange fans! :)

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  10. Cruel intentions is such a great movie... Now after going through your list I am planning to watch Dr. Strange this weekend.. great post Di.. :-)
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