A Middle Aged Movie Blog. Being the periodic journal of a film loving middle aged independent science fiction writing father of two and his ongoing adventures in cinema and home video
Re-watched Gareth Edwards’ excellent Godzilla (2014) on Blu Ray with the family, who lost interest halfway through and complained that it was too long. Tried to get them onside with ramblings about the beauty of the Halo jump and links to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1969). It didn’t work out so well. I wound up on my own in the end with one kid asleep and the other upstairs playing Nintendo in isolation.
A film free week this week. Started watching Westworld Season 2 to try and get it completed before it goes off Now TV. Otherwise, most nights, writing and editing and playing New Super Mario Bros on the Wii. A lot of interesting films lined up for home viewing and at the cinema over the Summer that I am looking forward to. This week though, I’ve kept it low key.
Family cinema trip to watch Incredibles 2 (2018), Brad Bird’s follow up to the retro-styled Fantastic Four riffing Pixar movie of fifteen years ago. Wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it given the space between releases, but from the moment it kicked off, seconds after the last one finished, I knew I was in safe hands. Incredibles 2 is a whip smart, belly laugh of a movie that has as many knowing domestic jokes stuffed into its runtime as it does smart gadgets, comic book thrills and elasticised animation. Some Pixar sequels are a bit lacking. This, however, is one of the good ones.
Watched Brian Yuzna’s Society (1989) for the first time in ages. Wrote a bit for VHS Revival. Watched the new Dr. Who advert. Watched the trailers for Shazam! (2019) and Aquaman (2018) respectively. Shazam! looks the more promising of the two, with it’s Big (1988) inspired comedy interactions and child in a man’s body superhero routines. I am less certain about Aquaman (2018). Still, I worried about Wonder Woman (2017) when I first saw the trailers, and I need not have bothered as it was really rather brilliant. Aquaman may turn out to be DC’s answer to Mike Hodges’ Flash Gordon (1980) movie, which, in my humble opinion, is no bad thing.
Visited my parents Sunday, caught up on a lot of The Dark Side magazine, which I would heartily recommend to anyone with a love of classic horror and exploitation. Finished Westworld Season 2 which was as complex, intelligent and expansive as the first series. Anyone not okay with having their head twisted around and their brains mashed into a sticky goo of confusion look away now. Suffice to say there were enough sci fi thrills and quality twists to qualify it as essential big budget TV viewing.
Visited Cherry Moon Pop Culture café in Bolton over the weekend. Picked up a bunch of Fantastic Four and Astonishing X-Men comics I’ve not read. All in all, a pleasant weekend well spent.
Actually haven’t watched a single movie all week or a TV show for that matter. Revisited Witcher: The Wild Hunt a few times on the PS4 and New Super Mario Bros on the Nintendo Wii. Seriously considering revisiting Resident Evil 4 on the Wii as a collaborative gameplay with a close friend who usually indulges in late night beer and game sessions with me, though other than that, it’s been a silver screen free week.
I did finally sit and watch Back to the Future (1985) with the boy. Once again, I was surprised to find that I like it almost as much now as I did when I first watched it aged 7. Viewing it vicariously through the eyes of my boy, who was immediately smitten and demanded I buy him a skateboard, was thrilling.
Michael J Fox’s performance is as infectious as it ever was, whilst Christopher Lloyd’s career defining turn as eccentric maverick scientist Emmett Brown, with the shockingly white hair and penchant for exclamatory “Great Scotts!”, is a google eyed masterclass. Looking forward to revisiting The Jetsons future world of part 2 and jokily rendered Western stylings of part 3 moving forward.
My son and wife snuck off to watch the Teen Titans GO! To the Movies (2018) movie without me. I was unable to join them as I have been full of snot and confined to quarters. Missed out on Ant Man and The Wasp (2018) at the weekend due to my endless sniffling. Wallowed in self pity for a bit, but I’m off for a few days, so that will help with the disappointment somewhat. Watched Dr. Strange (2016) on streaming to ease my suffering. The film’s gloriously demented psychedelics and Tilda Swinton as an ageless zen sorceress with some kick ass combat skills, more than made up for accumulated losses. Watched and reviewed Starship Troopers (1997) for VHS Revival. Funny how productive one can be when faced with alone time and a packet of Beecham’s powders.
Watched Atomic Blonde (2017) with The Lampshade Maker, a barely coherent, spray paint and neon splurge of a spy thriller set during 80’s era Berlin in the run up to the collapse of The Wall. A cool soundtrack, scaffolded by quality fight choreography and action set pieces, help to patch some of the film’s flaws. Decent outfits and fun turns from Charlize Theron and James McAvoy meanwhile help circumvent narrative ennui. Not a bad movie. Felt a bit rushed. Based on the 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, by Anthony Johnston. Directed by John Wick helmer David Leitch.