things I've never seen before, new & old 📺 (january: MOVIES: JANUARY)
- •in secret (2013)this was infinitely better than i'd anticipated it to be. i have a permaboner for oscar isaac so it was nice to enjoy more than just his handsome face.
- •love & mercy (2015)how goddamn great is paul dano in this? i mean honestly? i LOVED this. the back and forth between the two incarnations of brian wilson worked so well, & the studio scenes were just wonderful.
- •all the president's men (1976)every single thing i read about spotlight upon release referred to this and i remembered that i never saw the ending when i watched whilst at university. how aesthetically pleasing is this entire film?!
- •happythankyoumoreplease (2010)this was kind of sweet. i really like josh radnor (LOVED 'liberal arts') plus this has a bunch of jaymay on the soundtrack 👏🏻
- •goosebumps (2015)i am a 27 year old adult and i spent my valentine's evening with my two best friends at the cinema watching this because our respective partners were otherwise engaged. this was a neat little homage to the book series all three of us loved growing up. jack black is so good. no idea why it didn't come out in the UK at halloween but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ total jumanji vibes.
- •revenge for jolly (2012)sufficiently batshit. the cast for this is so bizarre?! oscar isaac is looking 💯
- •won't back down (2012)thanks swedish netflix! i watched this while i did my ironing which probably speaks volumes about how easy it was to watch. i work in education, my husband works in education, my best friend works in education. this got me by the feels, man. also- oscar isaac plays a ukelele. i am a sucker for a ukelele.
- •hail, caesar! (2016)we saw only the second UK screening of this at the glasgow film festival and I LOVED IT. movies about movies are one of my most favourite things, so i was pleased when i discovered the coens were producing another picture along these lines. utterly ridiculous in the coenesque way that i love & full of great performances (tatum! brolin!)
- •high rise (2016)another film festival screening; this was EXCEPTIONAL. one of the best movies i will see all year. an incredibly good adaptation of "a tricksy book" (the director's words!), there was a Q&A with ben wheatley after our screening and hearing him talk so eloquently and enthusiastically about his own lifetime love of jg ballard reaffirmed my feeling that he was the right man for the job. A MUST SEE.