2018 Film Challenge: 48. Human Traffic

I watched this years ago, prior to Danny Dyer becoming well known and prior to living in Cardiff, so it was great to watch it again with those things being different. I’d forgotten how funny and quirky it is. Enjoyed it.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • Ickle Dyer
  • So ’90s
  • I like Lulu
  • Cardiff!!
  • That’s one pink room
  • Blue Velvet and Clerks posters. Nice.
  • Bill Hicks!
  • Peter Andre? Ha ha ha.
  • OMG it’s Andrew Lincoln!!
  • Ha ha ha ha ha
  • OMG, those dummies! That was a weird trend.
  • OMG, it’s Richard Coyle!! I feel like Jack Davenport needs to turn up now and complete the Coupling / This Life connection.
  • I’d not remembered this film being quite so quirky and weird. Like that though.
  • Howard Marks!! Amazing.
  • I just checked the cast list on IMDb and I apparently didn’t spot Ninjah earlier in the film. For shame! Bad Cardiffian.
  • I like that Reality is Jo Brand
  • Oh, no no no
  • Oh yeah, they were still building the Millennium Stadium
  • Danny Dyer’s just down the road from me! Except 19 years ago when I wasn’t here.
  • That’s the quietest I’ve ever seen St Mary’s Street! Well, technically High Street, I guess, but still.
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2018 Film Challenge: 47. Breaking The Waves

I downloaded this due to my general enjoyment of Lars Von Trier films. It was good, but not up there with my favourites of his, I have to say. There were some great ideas in it and I really liked the overall storyline, but it just didn’t totally click with me for some reason. Maybe I wasn’t quite in the right frame of mind for it, I don’t know. It took a while to get going and felt a little too long. I really liked the whole end section though.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • That’s some messy drinking
  • Yikes. That guy’s creepy.
  • This feels so awkward and weird
  • Penises are pretty funny
  • OK, getting a little sinister
  • That doesn’t look like a fun job
  • Bless her
  • Yeah, bit of T.Rex
  • WTF?
  • Grim
  • Woah. I can’t see this film having a happy ending.
  • Oh god…
  • Wow, those are some mean kids
  • What are you doing? Don’t do that!
  • This must have reached peak depressing now, right?
  • The music choices are great
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2018 Film Challenge: 46. Strictly Ballroom

I downloaded this towards the end of last year, after Kevin Clifton and Susan Calman did the routine inspired by it on Strictly. It’s a film that I’d caught bits of on TV on a few occasions, but I’d never seen the whole thing. I was surprised by how comedic and silly it was, especially early on, but I mean that as a compliment. It was an enjoyable and fun watch; a nice contrast to some of the darker films I’ve watched recently.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • That’s quite the look. It’s Peter Stringfellow meets Leland Palmer.
  • Ha ha, this is funnier than I’d expected / remembered
  • Don’t just leave her glasses there. Rude.
  • Nice sky
  • Love this song
  • Hee hee, I just remembered that slot machines are called pokies in Australia and New Zealand. Hee hee, pokies.
  • ‘Show me your Paso Doble’ is quite an unusual taunt
  • The dad’s my favourite
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2018 Film Challenge: 45. Ex Machina

I downloaded this after googling Alex Garland, to see what he’d been up to recently. I’ve been a fan of his since The Beach (the book, specifically), so am always interested in any writing work of his, whether it’s novel or screenplay. Happily this didn’t disappoint, I really enjoyed it. Some interesting ideas, plus a lot of creepy atmosphere and tension that contrasts nicely with the amazing scenery of the outside world. It’s one of those films where the ending could easily have been disappointing, but it was happily perfect (imho). Good ol’ Alex.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • That looks New Zealandy. Where was this filmed? *googles* Oh, Norway. Kinda close… okay, not really.
  • This all feels quite sinister and like an episode of Black Mirror
  • Surely the physical form gives away it’s not human
  • Okay, at least they recognise it’s not a proper Turing test
  • Bad robot?
  • Is she AI? Is he AI? Are they all AI? Am I AI?
  • Flirty robot
  • Oh, blimey
  • Nice glacier
  • Ha ha ha, what?
  • Not really a shock reveal
  • Ew, there’s no need for that
  • Oooh, I forgot about that
  • Aghhhh
  • Hee hee hee
  • They really don’t like him
  • Poor guy
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2018 Film Challenge: 44. All About My Mother

The last Almodovar film on the list. I really thought I’d seen it before, but I realised quite quickly that I’d confused it with Volver! They’re both Almodovar films that are mother-related and have Penelope Cruz in them, so y’know, hardly chalk and cheese. Anyway, although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I remember enjoying Volver, I did still enjoy it.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • What a conversation to have with your mother
  • Stellaaaaa!!!!
  • Eek
  • I’m pleased I didn’t stumble across that place in Barcelona
  • Amazing
  • Hee hee, there’s a Streetcar scene and Gillian just appeared on my screensaver
  • Some of the dialogue’s great
  • Twin Peaksy curtain
  • She’s awesome
  • Slightly sudden ending
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2018 Film Challenge: 43. Nocturnal Animals

I really enjoyed this. It wasn’t quite what I’d expected, though not in a bad way. It was gripping and really tense at times. I didn’t actually write much down whilst watching it, though partly because I was engrossed in watching it.

Here are the thoughts that did make it onto paper (well, a notepad app on my phone, to be literal, but y’know):

  • Interesting opening
  • Michael Sheen in a snazzy purple jacket!
  • This is like an urban legend set up
  • This is tense
  • I doubt you’d appreciate the beautiful sunrise in that situation. But I’m appreciating it.
  • What a tense and depressing novel
  • Taking an interesting turn
  • Why would you want an outside toilet?
  • Sudden ending
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