Friday 5 July 2019


Not so many cinema trips in the month, only 4, but enough to feel like I got value from my membership.......

*Newsflash - bloody hell forgot one - Men in Black International - 5 in the month then!

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
Okay, I didn't yawn my way all through it and it wasn't as ridiculously long as last month's Avengers film, but it wasn't really my cup of tea. Charles Dance was ok as an eco-terrorist with a radical agenda. Millie Bobby Brown (the girl from Stranger Things) features. Her mum in the film was Vera Farmiga, better known to me as Norma Bates from Bates Motel. I really didn't like her character, a scientist/doctor with an unshakeable belief that she's the smartest person in the room and right about everything. I almost cheered when she got hers, but sadly for me it happens about 10 minutes from the end, two hours too late.

Worst film ever? No, but don't buy me the DVD when it drops.

From Google....

Members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species-thought to be mere myths-rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.

Brightburn (2019)
Superhero horror....hmm. A film where the best bits were included in the trailer. Married couple who want a baby find one in the woods in a crashed alien spaceship. Hide the spaceship, as you do. Raise the kid as your own. That's not gonna bite you on the bum, a few years down the line now is it? It wasn't too bad, more enjoyable than Godzilla. The best bit which had me cringing was when the boy puts his hand in the still spinning blades of the lawnmower......don't try this at home folks. Had its moments, it was a night out with two of my three ladies and the coffee at the cinema was good.

Not one to live too long in the memory, though no doubt it will resurface in my mind when the inevitable sequel drops.

From Google....

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.

Late Night  (2019)
Probably my favourite film from the cinema outings in the month. I think I like Emma Thompson as an actress a lot more now than I did twenty years ago. She's kind of grown on me. Not quite National Treasure like Judy Dench, but she's getting there. I would still struggle to name half a dozen films I've seen her in. (It's a game we sometimes play to relieve a bit of travel boredom.) I enjoyed seeing John Lithgow in this one, as her husband. Mindy Kaling is great, first time I think I've seen her in anything.

It's funny, but also quite sad in places. Marital infidelity has painful consequences. Diversity, ageism, and the cut-throat world of television......a decent film one I would happily watch again.

From Wikipedia.....

Late Night is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Nisha Ganatra from a screenplay by Mindy Kaling. It stars Emma Thompson, Kaling, Max Casella, Hugh Dancy, John Lithgow, Denis O'Hare, Reid Scott, and Amy Ryan. The plot follows the host of a late-night talk show who teams up with one of her new staff writers in an attempt to save the show.

Late Night was theatrically released in the United States on June 7, 2019. The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its social satire and commentary, as well as Thompson's performance.

Google offers a better plot summary......

A late-night talk show host's world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision brings about unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women who are separated by culture and generation become united by their love of a biting punchline.

Toy Story 4 (2019)

Two hours of my life, I'll never get back. Ha only joking. Is there anyone on the planet who hasn't seen at least one of these films? If you have you know what you are getting then. Not much more to be said than - great fun, lots to like, the usual message about friendship and loyalty and other meaningful aspects of life. Bloody hell weren't the dummies in the antique shop scary? I bet a few kids freaked out with them.

From Google......

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they're worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

Men in Black International (2019)
An okay film. A meal out at lunchtime and an afternoon watch with my family on Father's Day. Not especially memorable (the film that is), but neither was it the worst couple of hours of my life. I can't recall too much about the plot, I never felt like dozing off either. I just felt a bit underwhelmed really. The first two with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith were far more fun, innovative and interesting. This just seems like second best, a poor imitation or hat tip.

From Google....

The Men in Black have expanded to cover the globe but so have the villains of the universe. To keep everyone safe, decorated Agent H and determined rookie M join forces -- an unlikely pairing that just might work. When aliens that can take the form of any human arrive on Earth, H and M embark on a globe-trotting adventure to save the agency -- and ultimately the world -- from their mischievous plans.Roll on July......


  1. Gotta confess that none of those would have me scampering to the cinema! I share your view on Emma Thompson.

    1. Agreed, I had to have my arm twisted to get to see Late Night and I'm glad I did. July might be more fruitful, hopefully....

  2. You know, I really liked the original MIB films, Col, especially the first one. But part of what 'made' those films for me was the chemistry between Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The wit worked for me, too. Don't know if I'd find the premise as good without those actors. I've come to like Emma Thompson quite a lot, although I've not yet seen that film. Might be time to give it a look.

    1. Agree with you wholeheartedly re MIB. I think you might enjoy Late Night if you catch up with it Margot, I hope so.

  3. I had heard of Late Night, but did not know much about it. Sounds interesting.

    1. It's probably the one you might like the most.

  4. I really fancy Late Night, sounds just the kind of thing I like. And - just like you - I have mellowed to Emma T over the years.

    1. From all the films watched, I do think it's the one with most appeal for you.