Monday, August 4, 2014

Movies I've Watched in July 2014

I don't have much to put into a Month in Review so I decided just to do a movie post seeing as Steve and I watched so many films in the month of July. We re-watched a lot of our favourites but there is some new films in there too. Enjoy!

The Warriors - "Set in New York in 1979, street gangs are gathered together by their leader who is then shot. The Warriors are falsely blamed and most make their way back home without being killed by the street gangs out looking for them.

We actually watched this in June but I forgot to added it to June in Review. I had never seen The Warriors until then and I'm sorry I didn't see it sooner. Really enjoyed it and I can see why people go on about it. I must get a Warriors jacket.

Leon - "Leon, a professional hitman helps a young girl who's family was murdered."

A classic and a must see. Even after all these years it is so so good. Natalie Portman is amazing in this and Gary Oldman is just crazy, crazy, crazy fantastic.

Fancy bitches.
The Three Musketeers (2011) - "I think everyone knows The Three Musketeer story, D'Artagnan arrives in Paris to join the Musketeers and stuff and tangs happen."

This film is terrible. I love The Three Musketeers. I have seen all the films (The most known ones anyhow, 1948, 1973, 1994) and I love them all so much so when I heard it was being remade I really wasn't very excited. I didn't go see it in the cinema especially after going to another film and having to sit through THE ENTIRE Take That shit ass video of a song that's at the end of the movie. So as you can tell, we got off to a bad start. Even Christoph Waltz couldn't save it. What was he thinking. If I had to say one good thing about it that would be the filming locations. It looked stunning but failed in every other way.

You know my feels.
Halloweentown - "Three kids follow their grandmother to Halloweentown.

I watched this a few years ago on tv and have been meaning to watch it since. It is a made for tv film and is oh so terrible but oh so good! :D Especially if you're a lover of all things Halloween, like me!

A Knights Tale - "A peasant passes himself off as a Knight with the help of his friends so he can joust."

I have seen this many times but still love it. I actually have it on VHS somewhere. I really like how they add in some modern touches ("We Will Rock You" "Golden Years") and it has some pretty funny parts in it too!

Snowpiercer - "Set in the future when our climate on Earth has failed us and killed mostly everyone off except for a lucky few who managed to board a train that travels around the world. Every carriage has a different class system with the poor living in the tail end who have enough of the privileged peoples shit."

This is probably one of my favourite movies of the year. It is just excellent. It does have some plot holes but it's such an original story on top of the fact there is mix cultures shown in this. A strong black woman is one of the main characters, women are treated equal and not sexually abused like in every film ever that is in anyway similar to this, which is a big surprise and a huge relief if you're a woman watching it. Highly recommend!

This photo is why the internet exists.
Tango & Cash - "Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone hate each other but are framed for a murder and have to work together, OH NO!"

Cheesy, 80s, action movie that everyone should watch just to see Kurt Russell dressed as a very attractive lady.

"But but... Jamie Oliver, you're my friend!"
Jack The Giant Slayer - "A gateway to a world of giants is reopened by Jack (Nicholas Hoult) because he's an eejit who can't handle his beans so Ewan McGregor has to help."

The more I think about it, the more I realise I quite liked this film! It's fun and entertaining. Nothing amazing but not as terrible as everyone says. Also I don't usually like Ewan McGregor but he was ok in this and has a twisty moustache.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes - "James Franco creates an experimental drug to help the brain fix itself. When it is tested on an Ape, the Ape gives birth to a cute little other Ape who gets very smart and stuff so he adopts it and stuff and tangs happen."

I seen this in the cinema when it first came out but Steve had never seen it so we watched it. The first time I saw it I didn't like it at all. It left me with a, not so nice feeling I guess? Like, I couldn't sympathise with the Apes. On second viewing I have to say I enjoyed it a lot more. I sympathise with the Apes a bit more now, maybe because I don't like people so much now haha! But I also realised, as far as origin stories goes, this is one of the best I've seen.

Maleficent - "A fairy takes revenge on the man she loves by cursing his baby Aurora. Maleficent watches Aurora as she grows up and starts to feel a little less angry with everything."

This was a surprising one. It got very mixed reviews and wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. I don't usually like Angelina Jolie at all. I find her very dramatic and samey in every film but this time she was actually really good. Being dramatic really helped in this film, especially for a role like that. Both Steve and I are big fans of Sharlto Copley so we really enjoyed him in this as well.

The Mummy & The Mummy Returns - "A Librarian and her brother seek the help of a soldier who knows the way to the ancient city of Hamunaptra when they accidentally awaken a Mummy, the fecking eejits. And in the second one their kid ends up wearing the Bracelet of Anubis which can help the bad guys find the way to awaken the Scorpion King and his army. Well done kid."

The Mummy and The Mummy Returns are both two of my favourite movies ever. I love them very much and have watched them countless times. They're just lots of fun and look great!

Don't look at his hideous face!
I, Frankenstein - "Frankenstein is very angry and annoyed with everyone and everything so goes and hides but there are people looking for him so they can use his undeadness and then he gets caught in this war between two different clans and just looks hideous throughout the whole thing with his disappearing and reappearing scars."

This got some of the worst reviews I've seen but it reminded me of Underworld. When Underworld came out people hated it and I'm pretty sure Empire gave it a 1 star out of 5 which was ridiculous because when I finally seen it, I loved it! I think it's a great movie so like Underworld I wanted to give I, Frankenstein a chance as it looked quite entertaining and I love me some monsters. It was quite meh in the end. I enjoyed it and it is in no way terrible and it did not deserve such negative reviews that it got, I've seen WAY worse. Alway spanish for I, Frankenstein is Yo, Frankenstein.

Emperors New Groove - "An animated Disney movie about an Emperor who gets turned into a Llama."

I can never fault Disney films I'm afraid! I love animations very much and can't fault them at all! This was lots of fun :)

The Thing - "Scientists in the Antarctic come across an Alien that can shape-shift into anyone it comes into contact with."

One of the greatest movies of all time and one of my all time favourites, if not my all time favourite movie. ALL TIME. A classic that everyone should see.

A Monster In Paris - "Two friends accidentally make a monster after messing in a mad scientist's lab."

Again with the animation! I loved it of course! :) It's quite a strange story and Sean Lennon (John Lennon's son) does some of the singing and it's wonderful!

Little Miss Sunshine - "A family trying to bring their daughter to a beauty pageant run into some troubles."

This is another one of my all time favourite movies. It's terribly sad but also so hilarious. Everyone is perfect in this film, even the VW van.

School of Rock - "A wannabe rock star pretends to be a substitute teacher so he can pay his rent when he realises he might be able to turn his class into a rock band."

Jack Black is so good in this and it's just hilarious! Even all the kids are great and don't get super annoying like most kids in movies! Ha! :D

Epic - "A girl is shrunk down to a teeny tiny size where she meets little people who are basically keeping nature going, I think, and she helps them try to save nature from these weird fungus creatures. Oh and there is talking snails."

Again another animation that was great and much better than everyone said! The slow motion dog and father had me in stitches! It is worth watching for that scene alone.

Look at all their beautiful photoshopped faces.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - "Different characters (Supernatural and human) team up for a secret mission."

This is a film I tell everyone to watch because it is nowhere near as bad as everyone says. It's entertaining and lots of fun and I enjoy it every time I watch it. I do think it was one of those films that if it was made now, would have a bit better budget and would have actually gotten somewhere. I'm sad that there will never be a sequel.

Spirited Away - "A girl gets lost in a world of spirits, gods, witches and other monsters and must work in a bathhouse in order to save her parents who have been changed into pigs."

Spirited Away is a Japanese animated film by Studio Ghibli. What can I even say. This film is perfect. The animation, the artwork, the way it looks is just fantastic. It leaves you with a very nostalgic feeling I'd say? Quite sad but happy kind of feeling. Just so good.

Mud - "Matthew McConaughey is after being bold so he's hiding when two boys find him and try to help him in return that they get to keep a boat up a tree. It's a hell of a thing, a boat in a tree."

This is a slow burner of a movie but well worth sticking around for. Matthew McConaughey is amazing in this. I have no idea why he hasn't been doing movies like this all the time but whatever, he's doing them now and they're so very good. The two boys in this are also fantastic and you actually forget that they're acting. Reese Witherspoon is wonderful as well. So much so that Steve didn't even realise it was her. But honestly, from the boys parents, to uncle Michael Shannon, everyone is excellent in this. A must see.

Elysium - "In the future, the very rich live on a space ship above earth. The poor live on the very overpopulated and bleak Earth. Matt Damon takes on a mission to bring equality."

I think I've reviewed this before in one of my posts. Such an excellent movie. We got this on BluRay and it looks oh so very good! Matt Damon is surprisingly good in this. You also have the excellent Jodie Foster and the man that steals the show, Sharlto Copley who plays a very bad guy. I highly recommend!

The Fog - "There's something in the fog."

Like The Thing, this has such a simple but really effective story. A killer fog containing ghosts who are seeking revenge for their deaths starts to creep on a small fishing town. The atmosphere, the music, the creepiness, all so good! A classic must see.

Salem's Lot - "Two part tv movie about a writer who returns to his home town to write about a house he once had an encounter with and is sure it's the source of the strange goings on in the village."

The first part of this movie was so boring and it could have actually just been one movie had they not dragged out the first half so much. The second half though was really good and I enjoyed it very much. I'm a Starsky and Hutch fan so liked seeing David Soul in this but even more so because his character was actually frightened a lot of the time and not trying to be all hero like and hiding his fear and stuff. Top marks from me, Mr Hutch!

Hiding Out - "A successful stock broker is called to court to testify against a mob boss but when things go wrong he ends up hiding out as a student in a high school."

I watched this cos I'm a big fan of Jon Cryer's character Duckie in Pretty In Pink. Unfortunately, while this was entertaining, it most certainly wasn't as good as Pretty In Pink and was quite weird actually seeing as he falls for a high school girl and he's suppose to be nearly 30. So yeah that was weird. Why they couldn't have him fall for a teacher or something I don't know.

Real Steel - "Set in the future where robot boxing is all the rage, Hugh Jackman (a former boxer) thinking he is the man when he's actually not and is too cocky and owes the wrong kind of people money, is confronted with having to take care of his bright 11 year old son."

This was really excellent and I wish I had seen it sooner! It has a really great story, everyone is great in it and it has robots! :D

Dragon Hunters - "A french animation (I like my animations) about a girl who teams up with two Dragon hunters and their dog. At least I think it's a dog."

This film was weird. But a good kind of weird! The island they lived on floated... all the ruins, ancient cities and stuff float and it was strange! I did want to know more about the world and how it got that way though. I like the animation and even though the little girl got annoying at times, it was enjoyable! 


Phew! I made it to the end! So that was all the films we watched in July. Sorry if it got a bit lacking at the end, I started to run out of steam! Let me know if there is any of those films you'd like to see and what have you been watching lately?!

Until my next post!



  1. Fab post! I still get scared every time I watch The Fog! lol

  2. I wanna see the fog! and i thought that real steal would be rubbish :P

  3. Great round up!! We recorded the planet of the apes one too to give it a second watch as I didn't really like it the first time round!

  4. I think as a starter film for the new series, it's really good! I think when I went to see it I was expecting Planet of the Apes when really it was just a small group of Apes beginning to start an uprising and the fact all of that doesn't happen until near the end when I was expecting an action packed film! It's not like that at all.

  5. We only have it on BluRay I think so you'll have to get it yourself :P
    Yes Real Steal was a "real" surprise! Haha! :D

  6. The Fog and The Thing are my kind of horror movies. I like tension and suspense! :D
    And thanks you! ^_^

  7. Absolutely love this post! I didn't like The Three Musketeers either even though I love all the ones before it :( Also really surprised at how much I really like Maleficent :) x

  8. Yay! Glad you liked it! :D It was such a pity The Musketeers was so bad! I didn't even like the casting very much either, except for Christoph Waltz. It was just too over the top and cheesy. Oh well! We'll always have the other ones :P

    Maleficent was a great surprise! I was glad I went to see it in the cinema after! :D

  9. I'd a massive movie weekend last weekend, watched some new ones and some classics- Her, About Time,Save The Date, The Breakfast Club...all brilliant and so different..have to add a few of these to my next movie night list x

  10. The Breakfast Club is so good and I haven't watched it in awhile! Think I need to watch it next :P It'll be added to my list as well :D