The Father (2020) - 7/10
A heavy watch, this. Very heavy, indeed. Dementia is about so much more than just forgetting things and this film does a brilliant job of explaining how things can feel to someone who is suffering through it. The way it shows him getting mixed up with times, events and even recognising who people are - and who people aren't - is great. I would recommend it to everyone, especially if you have a loved one with any form of dementia. It is truly a horrendous end of a life for all involved.
A Quiet Place Part II (2020) - 8/10
This is even better than the first one, largely because you get to see more of the aliens. And the start is fan-fucking-tastic. One of the best starts I've ever seen, in fact. It had me gripped, fiercely, by the balls immediately. I like how it follows on so soon after the first too, because it would be unrealistic to imagine that they'd keep a noisy fucking newborn alive for any great length of time. I'd happily watch these films 'til the cows come home.
This is basically another story - based decades ago - about an angry young man sent to a young offenders institute and causing mayhem. It's got all the usual stuff - bullying, abuse, escape attempts and ultimately bonds built amongst people that started off hating each other. It's nothing new but it's worth a watch.
This just made me sad. I've seen loads of these documentaries about how much we've fucked the planet but this one hurts the most. What sort of world are we leaving to ours kids? In a couple of decades from now - as the ice caps finally melt, as species after species goes extinct, as wars are fought over fresh water supplies and with all the corals bleached - our kids are going to ask us what we did to prevent it. And what will you say? Nothing, I imagine.
Loveless (2017) - 6/10
This is unquestionably the winner of the Most Unnecessary Sex Scenes gong in the 2021 What A Film Awards. The message here is to be 100% sure, before having kids, that you definitely are ready to take on the responsibility and that there is no dout about the love you have for the person with whom you're having them. Because too many people and they end up being horrible parents who don't even deserve the title bestowed upon them.
This is more about his life, about how he got successful and the relationships he made along the way; whereas the other documentary about him that I watched recently was more about the latter stages of his life and how it ended. Loving misery as much as I do, I preferred that one. However, this one does a better job of showing his work and, therefore, proving how much of a genius he was. I think, ultimately, he found his ideal place in the world, and both he and all of us, benefitted greatly from his career.
Minari (2020) - 6/10
There are two lessons that come from this film. One, don't buy a farm. Two, don't let your mother-in-law move in with you. In any normal year, this is never nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. I'm normally into these real life struggle films but this one wasn't the best. It's neither uplifting enough nor grim enough to stand out.
The Godfather Part II (1974) - 7/10
I've never thought this was as good as part one. In fact, I think it owes much of its reputation simple because it comes after part one and people were so keen to know how the story continued. For me, there's much too much of Vito's storyline. However, Al Pacino is absolutely fucking spectacular in this. Every scene he's in is just dripping with pure class and, with hindsight, you can see this is the film where he became the actor he was going to be for the next 3 decades.
The Godfather (1972) - 8/10
Don't get me wrong, this is an all time great. I adored it as a kid but having watched it again recently, I could tell it was 50 years old. I mean, I can't see modern kids falling in love with it in the way that previous generations did. I have always struggled to relate to films set so much before my time and that is certainly the case here.
So strange that these intelligent, reputation-obsessed celebrities are so keen not only to join Scientology, but to shout as loud about its benefits as they can. Like all religions, Scientology is a load of fucking bollocks. The difference between Scientology and every other religion is that the events it is based on happened so recently so we know for a fact its all bullshit, unlike, for example, the stories of Jesus, which we also know is bollocks, but, has slightly more authenticity due its durability over the millennia.