Ho, ho, ho! Sorry. Christmas is my favourite time of year, and November marks the start of it not being “too early” to feel festive! I’ve just finished packing away all of the Halloween decorations around the house, and I’ve got a cup of tea and a mince pie right in front of me. Last year Christmas was fun because it was something exciting to take my mind off the doom and gloom of a wintery lockdown, and this year I’m going ALL OUT. I mean it!
Anyway, I thought October started out as a quiet month for movies but my goodness, there’s been a lot out at the cinema to try and cram in! Here’s everything I watched last month, with a few words on the movies I didn’t get around to writing full blog posts for.
No Time to Die (2021) – Full Review
Queenpins (2021) – I love that this was based on a true story. We have coupons in the UK but not like the US has, so the thought that these two Mums could turn coupon-ing into a multi-million dollar business is just awesome. Great cast and a fun watch, but there weren’t enough memorable monents to make this a great movie.
The Addams Family (2019) – I’ve never watched the original The Addams Family, so shame on me, but with the animated sequel coming out I seized the chance to at least catch up with the animated original…of the original. This is confusing. It was fun! Loved the voice work, as much as pains me to hear but not see Oscar Isaac on screen. Maybe next year will be the year I delve into some classic spooky watches.
The Addams Family 2 (2021) – I could have sworn I wrote a review for this, but clearly I did that in my dreams. No surprises here, but the sequel wasn’t that good. It was great to see the family again of course, and some of the jokes still made me laugh, but the actual plot itself let the movie down. It feels like it’s trying too hard to be Hotel Transylvania at this point whereas it should be trying to stay truer to its roots.
I’m Your Man (2021) – Full Review
The Last Duel (2021) – Full Review
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) – Full Review
Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021) – Full Review
Dear Evan Hansen (2021) – Full Review
*Just a quick note, I always list these posts in the order I actually watched them, look what a roll I was on there of actually writing reviews!
The French Dispatch (2021) – I’m not fully-versed in Wes Anderson movies, but I’ve adored the majority of the ones I’ve seen, and can still appreciate the ones I didn’t love for their gorgeous aesthetic and intruiging weirdness. The French Dispatch sadly wasn’t one I loved. I had a blast while watching it, but the way it was made in different segments didn’t work for me because there were some that I loved, and others I didn’t enjoy at all.
After We Fell (2021) – I put out a tweet asking someone to stop me from watching After We Fell, and no one came to my rescue so here we are. So bad that it look me an entire week to get through, I’m now invested in this series solely to see just how bad it can get till it’s over. At least I could hate this from the comfort of my own home this time. There’s no plot. Like, at all. Just a series of arguments and awkward make-up sex. Plus, they changed the entire cast other than the main two and I didn’t even notice, so there’s that.
Hypnotic (2021) – Just another mediocre Netflix original, here. It started out with some promise but didn’t do anything surprising, and I lost interest by the halfway point. I got a lot of housework done though, so not a total loss.
Titane (2021) – I couldn’t review this if I tried with every fibre of my being. It’s going to sweep the International award at every ceremony, isn’t it? I really enjoyed it to be completely honest, it was weird as hell throughout but I understood the message it was trying to convey, which is quite impressive for me!
I also watched The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) and Wild Target (2010) as part of Mettel Ray’s Hidden Gems Challenge. I chose Emily Blunt for October!
Moving on to TV, I’ve had my husband join me for a couple of shows which is great, but just means it takes a lot longer to get through the episodes! We finished Season 3 of Sex Education which was fun as always. I’m not as into it as most, it’s a show I always look forward to seeing more of but it’s just because of the characters rather than the story. I love them! We’re also working our way through Season 3 of You which is becoming one of my favourite shows of all time. I did try to watch Midnight Mass but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.