MUD - Matthew McConaughey is an actor who I enjoy watching. I saw the trailer for this last year and liked the look of it. My son thought it looked awful. After watching it, I wouldn't rush to see a repeat or be inclined to own a copy. I wouldn't go so far as to say my son's instincts were right but in truth it's not the best film I've ever seen in my life. A bit slow in a lot of places.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story - Drew Barrymore is one of my favourite female actresses. There's something about her that comes across as refreshingly normal, which for all I know could be a carefully constructed anti-Diva persona that she has cunningly adopted to fool me. I do like her though, particularly in her two collaborations with Adam Sandler, who is someone else I have fun watching. The Wedding Singer and Fifty First Dates are films I never tire of.
Anyway the Cinderella film was repeated on TV recently and though I have seen it before, you can never have too much Drew in your life!
X-Men: Days of Future Past. Currently showing in cinemas world-wide, my wife and daughters fancied this. So last Saturday evening we ignored the attractions of the Champions League Final on TV and went to Milton Keynes for a pre-cinema meal which was enjoyable as I got the chance to relax my dietary intake for an evening; before rolling up to a 90% empty cinema for the main event. Enjoyable and entertaining, decent effects and I like a bit of James McAvoy anyway. Only downside was that I think someone left the doors open as it was absolutely freezing in the theatre. We could have done with a few more attendees as we could have huddled together for warmth. I don't think I could have been colder if I had somehow been able to watch it from the street, whilst on my way home from the swimming pool after having my car and all my clothes stolen.
More X-Men: First Class. Well having decided on our cinema trip on the Saturday, we thought we had better watch the earlier film for some context, so the night before we watched this one on the small screen. Ok and a similar reaction to the one above. Decent effects and entertaining enough. I'm not sufficiently minded to have my wife run me up a Wolverine costume on her sowing machine, so I can indulge a secret repressed fantasy of mine to cavort around the back garden displaying my super powers to the neighbours.
NEDS - a British film from a couple of years ago, or Scottish if you're feeling parochial. Non-Educated DelinquentS would give it more context. A tale set in early 70's Glasgow, a swotty schoolboy, with an alcoholic, wife-beating father and a gang-leader older brother, gradually goes off the rails and embraces the gang culture. Unfortunately this one has only been half-watched as time didn't allow us to finish what we had started. I was enjoying this and will get back to it in the next day or so. Peter Mullan has a minor role and also directs, our main man Conor McCarron stars as John McGill. Some of the Glaswegian dialect was difficult to comprehend particularly the banter when the young gang members were doing their thing.