I did watch a lot of horror films, don’t worry. But apart from my mandatory dives into October’s premier genre, I also returned to university and watched some films based around my courses as well. All in all, a nice, diverse bunch this month, and a surprise from a franchise I don’t normally care for.
I went into Night of the Creeps expecting a silly 80’s b-movie that’s so bad it’s good – what I got was a silly 80’s b-movie, but it’s actually full of quality. The film does a brilliant job taking itself seriously, with effective scares, genuine character building and great tension, as well as a fun vibe with horror references (characters are named after horror directors like John Carpenter and George Romero). Furthermore, the film’s campy aspects never detract from the great story or character moments and the balance of horror, comedy, action and thrills make for a surprisingly good zombie film that definitely deserves more attention.
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In five days I start university again, and to be honest it’s quite surreal. Not that I’ll be starting film studies again with a lack of films to discuss – this month, I broke a record again, with nearly 20 films. And yes, we’re discussing all of them.
- Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
This epic month started off with a Harryhausen classic, a 70’s take on Sinbad in the style of old fashioned Hollywood epics. Whilst Ray Harryhausen’s effects are fantastic, the main problem with the film is the utterly bland lead characters, who are completely upstaged by the monsters, the villains and a scenery chewing Patrick Troughton at his absolute best. The titular character in particular is a huge Gary Stu – a character with no flaws or personal issues to face, just a hunky hero to fight the monsters, which includes WALRUSES! KILLER WALRUSES! The best scenes involve Troughton (obviously) and the awesome gold minotaur statue the villains use as a warrior. It is however still a very fun way to kill a couple of hours, with fun set pieces and a so bad it’s good charm to it.
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I saw LOTS of films this month. Lots. So why waste any time? Let’s get straight to it!
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With cinemas and new releases beginning to gradually return, the next few months should be very interesting. But for now, here is every film I saw in July, encompassing basically every genre and decade, from high art to b-movie schlock. And because finding film clips has become really tiresome, I will instead be adding One Random Observation that I had whilst watching. So let’s begin –
AKA “Jake Gyllenhaal goes insane for 2 hours”. Focusing on a freelance cameraman who will do anything to get a good story, Nightcrawler is a perfect depiction of a sociopathic individual and a scathing critique of news media. Gyllenhaal’s character has the demeanour and attitude of a perfectly normal and charismatic individual but peel back the surface and a very cold, cynical persona emerges. The film presents crime and the media cycle as one and the same, with neither being able to exist without the other. The film’s ending is brilliantly dark and perfect for the film’s themes of obsession and detachment from humanity. It’s on Netflix right now so give it a watch if you want unique, complex and dark storytelling from the streets of LA.
One Random Observation: “Hey, I’ve been on Santa Monica Boulevard!”
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About halfway through this month I realised I was watching too many horror films. I love the genre but I always want to make these monthly film lists more varied and I’m keen to explore genres outside my usual ones. So let’s go straight into this-
It appears that I watch one Studio Ghibli film a month and this month it was the highly entertaining story of a an Italian pig pilot. No I’m not joking. With a great score and beautiful visuals, Porco Rosso’s story is in typical Ghibli style very weird and vague but once again, that’s not the point. The point is to have a talking pig do talking pig things. Miyazaki has said that this was his attempt to create a simple, straightforward and fun film for the explicit purpose of watching on planes. And there’s nothing wrong with that – it shows a filmmaker willing to make any kind of film he wants and no one can tell him otherwise. It’s no Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke, but it’s not trying to be.
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Films! So. Many. Films! I have broken a record with this month, having seen more than a dozen films over the course of 31 days. I’m personally very chuffed with this achievement as it means I can talk about MORE films. Cinemas? Who needs em when you have streaming services, a television and a computer at your disposal?
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The world’s at a standstill, aliens apparently exist, a new crazy news story breaks about every half an hour, and it was a LOOOONG month doing not a lot but read, write, study and, of course, watch films. Lots of films. So let’s get straight to it-
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Well this was a crazy month wasn’t it? I started it in university getting ready for some essays, now I’m chilling at home in semi-lockdown (I can go for a run, exercise in the garden and go buy food, but that’s it) and watching A LOT of films. So let’s dive straight into probably the longest list ever-
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This was a crazy month for me. A birthday, the university going on strike and a random assortment of films to add to my ever expanding repertoire. So let’s get straight to it-
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This… this has been a crazy month for my film watching. Thanks to uni this month’s list will be a mixture of classical Hollywood films and whatever I happen to have the time to watch. And, to top it all off, I didn’t even watch a single horror film. With that said, let’s get to it, and try to guess which ones I saw for my course-
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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