Monday 5 July 2021


 A few cinema outings in the month ...... horror, action, a feel good story and heartbreak.

A Quiet Place II (2020)

I watched the first film at home and couldn't actually remember it until my daughter reminded me of a few scenes. This one was tense and exciting, but my main thought throughout was how much I disliked the boy in this one. I guess that was the point of it I suppose, insofar as without spoiling things he redeeems himself at the end. I still didn't like him, so maybe the film skewed too far against him in the beginning to allow me to change my mind about him at the end. I think I could have walked off whistling a happy tune, if he had been killed. What sort of a horrible person am I? 

I enjoyed seeing Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy on screen.

From Google ....

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

Dream Horse (2020)

Based on a true story, Dream Horse tells the tale of a small, down-trodden community, led by one woman (Toni Collette) who form a syndicate to buy a racehorse to breed. Somewhat improbably the offspring is brilliant. They partner up with a top trainer and despite some setbacks the horse wins the Welsh National. Joy, excitement, fun, discord, hope, purpose, community, second chances and a reason for living. A real feel good story. I do like Toni Collette in pretty much everything I ever see her in. Damian Lewis (Homeland) also stars. The rest of the cast including, Owen Teale (Collette's on-screen hubby - the possible baddie from the latest  Line of Duty series) are very good.

From Google.....

The true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by small-town bartender Jan Vokes. With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream and compete with the racing elites. Their investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks and becomes a beacon of hope for their struggling community.

Nobody (2021)

Action, mayhem, thrills all the way. I think once I heard it was from .....'the makers of John Wick' I knew what was coming. Improbable, implausibl, unrealistice fights and shoot-outs, but I have to say I enjoyed it. I liked the main lead - Bob Odenkirk especially. It was also nice seeing Christopher Lloyd on screen again. One I would happily watch again in a couple of year's time.

From Google ....

Hutch Mansell fails to defend himself or his family when two thieves break into his suburban home one night. The aftermath of the incident soon strikes a match to his long-simmering rage. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must now save his wife and son from a dangerous adversary -- and ensure that he will never be underestimated again.

The Father (2020)

Hard to watch, uncomfortable, unsettling, sad, heart-breaking, thoughtful. One that puts you through the wringer. Maybe more so if you have elderly parents that aren't quite the people they were a few years ago. And also a glimpse into a possible future for your own self somewhere down the line, as the years creep up and tick by.

Dementia and Alzheimer's - to mention two diseases/illnesses/ailments (there are many more equally cruel) are incredibly hard to deal with. Bewildering, for the sufferer. Torment, for close family. 

Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman are amazing.

From IMDB ....

A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.


1. The Father

2. Dream Horse

3. Nobody

4. A Quiet Place II


  1. As far as I'm concerned, Col, Anthony Hopkins never disappoints. He puts such depth and power into his characters. So I'm glad that The Father worked so well for you. Dream Horse sounds good, too. Sometimes those small-town stories can draw you in. Glad you had a solid viewing month.

    1. Margot, he's very very good. It's a topugh watch, but so worth it. Dream Horse was much lighter, but very good.

  2. Col – I’ve heard good things about THE FATHER, but I don’t want to go through any wringers at this time – I’ve already been through a few recently.

    1. Elgin, I would struggle to recommend the film to anyone TBH. I think it's one to make your own mind up on.