Category: Watching Films

Films I’ve been watching

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    Finally watched this film for the first time and I absolutely loved it to bits.

    As I sat there sweating through the UK heatwave — my apartment being three or four degrees higher — I became lost in this world of LA.

    It goes without saying that Al Pacino and Robert Deniro are at the top of their games in this film, but i’m gonna say it anyway…

    …they are both so fucking great. As are all the other performances throughout.

    It’s one of those films that has been on my radar for so long but just never got round to watching it. Everyone I’d heard mention it had always said it was awesome — they were all right.

    Deniro’s character brought a certain intensity throughout for me — his straight line, get the job done attitude is infectious.

    And Pacino does what he does best. His seemingly-random outbursts of animation were such a joy to see. I found myself laughing — but out of shear enjoyment of his performance. He has a way about him that just captures my attention with ease.

    Mark and Jezz in Peep Show pretend to watch Heat whilst at a theatre show

    Deniro’s and Pacino’s characters are two sides to the same coin. Both representing the opposing forces of law and criminal. I found myself rooting for both of them right till the end. Neither is completely “good” and neither is at all “evil”.

    Besides hearing Heat mentioned in one of my favourite TV shows, Peep show (see image above), what actually tipped me into actually sitting for the 2 hour 50 minute runtime was a clip of Tom Hiddleston on the Graham Norton show.

    The clip featured Tom appearing with 3 other actors, all there for different reasons, but was sharing the guest sofa with no other than Robert Deniro. Tom was talking with admiration about Deniro in Heat — and in one scene in particular.

    The scene was the infamous coffee shop scene in which Deniro and Pacino enjoy their first ever on-screen appearance.

    When I finally got to the scene myself I saw where that admiration was coming from.

    One of the most conflicting moments for me came right near the end.

    There is a chance for Deniro to get away and begin a fresh life, and I was really praying he would. However, I equally wanted him to finish off one piece of unfinished business — with a particularly nasty character.

    There’s a moment where he’s driving and you can feel the conflict within him. Deciding desperately which path he should take. And I think he already knows the outcome of both paths before he chooses.

    I wont spoil that moment for you here, but I do urge you strongly to watch this. It’s an incredible film.

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    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    The “Final” chapter. Lolz.

    I enjoyed the film for what it was — the gathering together of a bunch of young people for Jason to pick off one by one.

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    Friday the 13th part 3

    Friday the 13 part 3 was a lot of fun.

    I didn’t enjoy it quite as much on the whole as I did part 2, but it was still a great ride. And it was great to finally see Jason don his infamous hockey mask.

    I found myself wondering about the director’s taste when I kept noticing things being pointed right at the camera. Like in the camera’s face. It wasn’t until half way through that I had the distant memory come back about this film having been made for 3D.

    Plus a pissed-off 80s biker gang. What’s not to love?

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    Watching The people under the stairs

    An image from an old film haunted me for some years in my childhood. Only recently did I discover somehow, without watching it, that the image was from The people under the stairs.

    Now I’m going back in to a film I may have seen as a child and possibly blocked out, out of trauma.

    The people under the stairs poster


    This film was amazing. I need to write up some thoughts on it soon.

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    Watching Friday the 13th part 2

    Loved the first film but have never got round to watching the others. It’s about time I remedied that.

    Friday the 13th part 2 cover

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    Watching Suspiria 2018 remake

    I am in love with the original Suspiria. Hoping for a different take in the remake.

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    Watching Phenomena

    Initial thoughts

    What a fucking incredible film. From start to finish I was gripped. Jennifer Connelly is great; Dario Argento is at the top of his game; and Donald Pleasance was a joy to watch as always.

    The film was violent, creative and awe-inspiring in equal measure.

    And that ending. That vile ending that just kept me second guessing myself until the credits rolled.

    Thank you once again, Argento you crazy beautiful film maker.

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    Watching Five Dolls for an August Moon by Mario Bava.