• Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★½

    Although this is based on a 90's manga series and was adapted into an animated film I knew nothing about it going in - apart from that it has developed an online Twitter following desperate for a sequel.

    Having now seen it I am not surprised that the fans want a follow up (it really feels like this is just the opening chapter of a larger story) but I am also not surprised that a follow up hasn't been announced…

  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    ★★★

    Skimming over the reviews on this site it seems that not only is this film based on a computer game of the same name, it is also similar to the 2020 film 'The Wolf of Snow Hollow'.

    I'm unfamiliar with both those things but the film did put me in the mind of a modern American version of The Beast Must Die - but with a strong Edgar Wright influence.

    The small town/snowy/siege setting help create a fun Horror Comedy Mystery, which I would happily watch again some time down the line.

  • Ron's Gone Wrong

    Ron's Gone Wrong

    ★★★½

    I knew very little about this prior to watching but it was funny, sweet and enjoyable. The story might not actually be especially original but the E.T. meets iPhone approach still felt fresh and contemporary. Good fun!

  • Jackass 3.5

    Jackass 3.5

    ★★★

    Basically a bonus film for the home media release made up of Behind the Scenes, outtake, unused, and extended footage from the filming of Jackass 3D. There's even some stuff from the premiere of that film.

    This wasn't as good as the main film (although I was sober for this one), and some of the more scatalogical stuff was a bit much for me, but otherwise it is a fun second helping.

  • Dolittle

    Dolittle

    Aka The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Doctor Dolittle's Voyage

    I'm not familiar with the original 1920 book or the various follow ups and adaptations since so I don't know if this was a faithful adaptation - but it sure was a bad film.

    Robert Downey Jr plays him as a sort of Welsh Jack Sparrow but with none of the charisma. It's almost as if all his energy is going towards maintaining the dodgy accent so he is unable to…

  • Jackass 3D

    Jackass 3D

    ★★★½

    I saw a trailer for Jackass Forever in the cinema and found it strangely nostalgic and almost touching! So back home later on I looked to see that not only was Jackass 3D on Netflix, but it seems I'd actually never seen it.

    Although this was a first watch I knew what I expected and wanted - and it absolutely delivers. A good fun watch for a Friday night.

    However, 94 minutes is still quite a long time for a stunt sketch show and some of the animal related scenes felt a bit uncomfortable.

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★

    Previous: Scream 4 (2011)

    Just as Scream 4 popped up 11 years after the previous film and was a commentary on the Horror movie trends at the time, part 5 arrives 11 years later to take a stab at Legacy Sequels.

    I definitely got the most out of this entry by rewatching the whole franchise in the few days beforehand, but also this wouldn't be a satisfying end to the saga.

    I think I'd quite like a Scream 6 in 2036, both to complete a 40 year story and as a commentary on whatever the Horror movie trends are by then...

  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★★

    Previous: Scream 3 (2000)

    It looks like this was only my third viewing and its been around 7 years since I last saw it so I couldn't actually remember much of it, especially when compared to the original trilogy - but this worked in my favour.

    It has quite a clever, have-your-cake-and-eat-it concept as it is simultaneously a sequel building on the previous films but also imagines what a 2011 remake/reboot of the franchise might be like.

    This approach brings…

  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★★½

    Previous: Scream 2 (1997)

    After the High School of Scream and the College of Scream 2, this moves events to actual Hollywood. This allows the story to revolve around the filming of a film-within-a-film in a nice escalation of the concept, which also allows for some inspired meta moments.

    It's been a while since I revisited this franchise and this third entry worked better than I remembered, especially after watching the three films in three days (and with certain news…

  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★½

    Previous: Scream (1996)

    The story moves from High School to College allowing many of the locations and tropes of College Slashers to be explored, whilst also riffing on sequels in general, and upping the meta ante with various takes on the play-within-a-play concept.

    Next: Scream 3 (2000)

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    It's been a long time since I watched the Scream films but with the fifth out soon I need to revisit them.

    To be honest this wasn't quite as good as I remembered - it's a little bit dated and more goofy in places than I recalled.

    However, it is still a great concept and even at almost two hours long the story feels lean and focused. It was also fascinating to watch Scream after recently watching the Halloween 1/2/4/5/6 timeline.

    Next: Scream 2 (1997)

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★½

    The concept of a magical house bestowing each member of a sprawling family their own superpower is a fun one, and the frequent songs allow the film to explore visual flights of fancy.

    I wasn't actually too interested in watching this but it turned out to be pretty good - plus it felt like it wasn't following the standard Disney template.