2018 Film Challenge: 37. Magnolia

I’m genuinely not sure what I thought of this film. I mostly enjoyed it and it had some great moments and ideas, but it definitely felt too long, plus I felt somewhat underwhelmed by the ending.

Slightly spoilery here, but… the opening of the film set me up for some really contrived, intricate set of events, which is what I thought all the separate stories were going to lead to, but then suddenly it’s like ‘nope, here’s a load of frogs falling from the sky, because hey, weird things just happen sometimes’. I mean, it was a memorable image – it was a hell of a lot of frogs – but I was expecting my mind to be blown in some way. My mind felt too un-blown.

Anyway, here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • This already seems like my kinda film
  • Yay, Aimee Mann
  • Tom Cruise is a good creepy, misogynystic, pick-up-artist dick
  • Jealousy traps? Ugh.
  • Hee hee, Jiffy Lube. That’s never not a funny name.
  • This kid’s awesome (Edit: Wait, this just reminded me, you never find out what the deal was with the dead guy in the closet!)
  • I should really get back into Desperate Housewives some time
  • Yeah, you tell them Julianne!
  • No, dog
  • He’s worryingly reminding me of my ex there
  • Yes, lady! You get him.
  • I thought she was his daughter!
  • Curious how this is all going to come together
  • This is a bit too real and disturbing
  • This is a weird moment
  • There’s a lot of awful men in this film
  • I like these 2
  • Yeah, I thought that’s where that was going
  • Is that the only song he has?
  • Woah
  • That’s a lot of frogs
  • OK, it’s gone slightly bonkers
  • Ha ha ha ha ha
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2018 Film Challenge: 36. Patagonia

I had this downloaded, but apparently without subtitles (or at least not any subtitles that my TV recognised). As my Welsh isn’t really strong enough to follow a whole film (plus my Spanish is almost non-existent), I sought out an alternative copy and found that the full film (with English subtitles) is on YouTube! Score.

I found it a decently enjoyable film, though nothing particularly special. It’s currently got a 6.7 rating on IMDB, which I’d say is about right.

Anyway, here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • What’s she up to?
  • That’s not really the best time to spring a proposal on someone
  • Matthew Rhys!
  • That’s the emptiest London to Cardiff bus I’ve ever seen!
  • Good owl noise
  • Yep, that is very much Cardiff
  • Drunk Duffy
  • Well, that was inevitable
  • Yeah, bit of Ace of Spades
  • Yikes
  • Cate Le Bon!
  • I always carry a passport
  • Wait, it’s not his grandmother?
  • Really?? You’re that desperate for company?
  • Are you allowed to just do that? I’m fairly sure you aren’t.
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2018 Film Challenge: 35. Bad Education

No, not the TV-spinoff thing with Jack Whitehall, it’s the Pedro Almodovar film.

I’m not entirely sure if I’d seen this film before, which is slightly worrying as it’s fairly memorable. Bits of it seemed really familiar, but a lot of it didn’t, so I think parts of it are just reminiscent of other Almodovar films. He does love a film within a film.

Anyway, deja vu aside, I really enjoyed it. Definitely one of my favourites of his.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • I didn’t think I’d seen this before, but it does seem very familiar
  • Ha ha, I definitely don’t remember this bit
  • OK, yeah, I’d definitely have remembered Gael Garcia Bernal in drag. It’s rather fabulous.
  • What are they going to do?
  • Eek.
  • It’s seeming familiar again now. My memory for films is terrible.
  • Oh!!!!
  • That was unexpected
  • Ooooooooh
  • Oh god
  • OK, yeah, I’m pretty sure I hadn’t seen that before. It’s pretty memorable.
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2018 Film Challenge: 34. Man In An Orange Shirt

Technically more of a BBC miniseries than a regular film, but I hadn’t fully appreciated that when putting the list together. Plus it’s film-length and pretty film like, so I’m counting it as a film. Anyway, I missed it when it was broadcast on the BBC, plus didn’t get around to catching it on iPlayer either, but then managed to win a copy on DVD, so I was clearly meant to watch it.

I really enjoyed it. It’s very moving (heartbreaking at times) and feels very true to life. Pleased I finally got to see it.

The thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • Surprise bottom
  • Ah, the old ‘I can’t do my own fly up’ line. Classic.
  • ‘Purveyor of shade’ is a pretty cool job description
  • He’s actually gone to the wedding?
  • So awkward
  • That’s quite the beard
  • Awww, his Mum’s lovely
  • Post it!
  • He’s got a different kind of beard
  • He’s looking mighty attractive there
  • Nice apartment!
  • He doesn’t look like a Bruno
  • That’s a piddly amount of wine. Pour a proper glass!
  • It’s a magical sex cottage
  • Ughhh
  • Awwww
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2018 Film Challenge: 33. Paterson

This is a film I discovered whilst browsing Metacritic. It had good reviews and sounded interesting, so I downloaded it. It’s a hard film to describe, as not that much really happens in it, but it kept my interest and entertained me for the 2 hours, which is the main thing you want from a film. Plus it had an awesome dog.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • Is that a tiny bowl or a large cup?
  • Mmmmm cupcakes
  • Ah, men
  • Everything’s called Paterson?
  • It’s Chidi!!
  • That dog’s very anti kissing
  • I think the dog’s my favourite character
  • This is getting kinda weird, but in an interesting way
  • I’m guessing that’s meant to sound gross, but I would totally eat cheese and sprout pie
  • I’m looking forward to her getting her guitar
  • What’s with all the twins?
  • Well that was better than I’d expected
  • Blimey
  • Uh oh
  • That song makes me think of Ally McBeal
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2018 Film Challenge: 32. Pi

I wasn’t entirely sure what I thought of this film. I started off quite indifferent, then started to quite like it, then started to lose interest, then regained a little interest, then it ended. There are some interesting ideas in it and some intriguing/interesting/disturbing visuals, but it’s not a film I can imagine watching for a second time.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • “Restate my assumptions!” Was Note To Self by The Divine Comedy inspired by this?
  • The style of it reminds me a bit of Eraserhead
  • Was his hair just an homage to Eraserhead?
  • Ugh, cold callers
  • Is that Hector Salamanca again? He keeps popping up in things.
  • There’s always someone weirder than you on public transport
  • That stuff about spirals just triggered some vague memory I have of some maths video I had/watched as a child. Weird.
  • Ew
  • Ew!
  • More ew
  • I can’t quite decide if I’m enjoying this or not. I definitely was for a while, but I’ve kinda lost interest.
  • Hmmm, I’m more interested again
  • And now less interested again
  • Ew
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