My January post seemed to go over well, so I have decided to carry on with these wrap ups!
February was a very strange month for movies. A lot of these, I watched with my younger sister, who has a very specific movie taste. I also started working on one of my 2020 challenges to watch more Horror movies which– spoiler alert!– I’m carrying over into March, too.
Obviously my taste is very eclectic, but I hope everyone can get at least one film recommendation out of this post!
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010, dir. Susanna White)
Iconic! Not as good as the first one, but it’s a childhood favourite. My sister genuinely watched this whole film just for the .2 seconds of Ewan McGregor at the end… which leads into my next film!
T2 Trainspotting (2017, dir. Danny Boyle)
Dare I say it… better than the first film?
I just really love Jonny Lee Miller, he’s very sexy.
My sister coerced me into buying this on Amazon Prime, and I do not regret the money spent. It’s a feat to have a follow up to a film as iconic as Trainspotting, after all of the arguments and fall outs between cast and director, and make something as emotional and personal as T2 feels at times.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988, dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
My friend warned me this didn’t have much of a plot, but, honestly, it was more emotionally driven, and I like that about it. It’s about family, and the preservation of innocence in the face of hardship. I especially love the animation style in this.
I know there are some more unconventional art styles in Ghibli films, and I’m looking forward to getting to some of those.
Creepshow 2 (1987, dir. Michael Gornick)
This sure was… a film.
It has one of the grossest examples of brushed off attempted-rape I’ve ever seen in a film, and I’m sure there’s more than one instance of cultural insensitive that is, unfortunately, common in most things that have Stephen King’s hands in them, as much as I love his stories.
Practical effects were honestly incredible at points, especially in the story with the giant pile of trash, so I’ll probably check out the first Creepshow just for that.
A Bug’s Life (1998, dir. John Lasseter)
Heimlich! I would die for you! A Bug’s Life is a childhood favourite of mine, and while it didn’t really stand the test of time compared to other Pixar films, there’s so much of this I have intense nostalgia for.
Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013, dir. John Luessenhop)
There are so many things I could say about this, frankly terrible, film. However, it was VERY fun, and I love Alexandra Daddario, so I would recommend this if you want a good bad film!
Some moments where CGI was used were definitely disappointing, in a franchise that has some decent gore and action moments in earlier films, but it’s one of the better films from the wave of remakes and sequels that have been made since the start of the century.
Chopping Mall (1986, dir. Jim Wynorski)
‘If I ever find the little bastards that did this… they’re dead meat!’
The women in this film are so competent and emotionally stable, it’s actually quite… surprising, considering the era, and the general ditziness a lot of women in this kind of cheesy film embody. It makes me want to write an essay on women in horror.
Trick ‘r’ Treat (2007, dir. Michael Dougherty)
Finally…. finally I watched this. It’s probably my new favourite horror film now.
So much of the narrative is brutal, without it ever draining me emotionally, like some horrors do when they kill off so many characters. Even though I knew loads of the reveals, it’s still surprisingly tense, too, and I love the gore and effects.
I probably enjoyed the part with the school bus the most, it was definitely more textbook ‘horror’ than some of the other stories. Also, I love Sam. He’s my little pumpkin boy!
Jaws (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
My favourite comedy.
WHAT DID JACK DO? (2017, dir. David Lynch)
I’ve only ever watched snapshots of David Lynch works, thanks to my previous status as a Film student during A-Levels. This definitely makes me want to check out more of his films in full, though! It’s a strange short, where Lynch acts as a detective interrogating a monkey called Jack at a halted train station over a crime Jack may or may not have committed.
Father of the Bride (1991, dir. Charles Shyer) & Father of the Bride II (1995, dir. Charles Shyer)
Whenever my mum and I have a spare few hours, we sit down and watch random films together, and for the umpteenth time we decided to watch these two films. I love Kieran Culkin with all my heart, too, so that never hurts.
Seed of Chucky (2004, dir. Don Mancini)
My taste in horror movies is Bad, I will not deny that. Glen is one of my favourite horror movie children other than Sam, so it was very much a month of just watching movies with my favourite scary children! This is very shlocky and a mess in a lot of ways, but it still rules, and my sister enjoyed it, which is rare when she watches my films.
Hard Candy (2005, dir. David Slade)
God, what an incredible film.
I’ve always adored Ellen Page, and seeing her in such an early role absolutely killing it alongside what is essentially one other actor is incredible. Her anger is so compelling and her fury feels justified, as morally upsetting as it can be, and I think this is a definite testament to her range as an actress.
It’s a very difficult watch, but I would recommend it.
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (2011-2016, dir. Rebecca Sloan, Joe Pelling)
Damn…. remind me to never be creative again.
Little Monsters (2019, dir. Abe Forsythe)
My sister spent a whole year refusing to watch this with me and then she ended up loving it just as much as I did. I love zombies! I love Lupita! I love child actors who can actually act! I love feeling emotionally moved watching a horror film!
Did you watch any new films in February? I’d love some recommendations!
Thank you for reading❤