Wednesday, 1 February 2017

What did I watch? - January




One of my non-official new years resolutions was that I want to see more films, series and documentaries. Inspired by my lovely friend Sian, I started to document every film I've seen this months and I want to continue with it this month. So here I'm talking about films, bear with me guys.

La Reine Margot (1994)

If you look historical dramas and don't mind subtitles as this is a French spoken film. You should definitely watch this film. It's based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, yes the same dude that wrote the Three Musketeers and the Count of Monte Cristo. The film focusses on the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in Paris in 1572 CE. I loved Isabelle Adjine in this, she plays the catholic daughter of the French Queen who is forced to marry a protestant prince in time of the French religious wars.
Rather than focussing on the grand scheme of things, it focusses on the individuals who were responsible for the assassinations and individuals who form the connection between the so called mob and the royalty. It also teaches a lesson. However your religious making, true love will conquer that. 

Young Messiah (2016)
So this film focusses on the childhood of Jesus Christ. Now you might well know that I'm religious, but I was seriously interested in the idea of this film. I don't know what I thought of it, because the acting is not really good. The child playing Jesus is alright and Sean Bean playing a Roman soldier is alright, but that's about it to be fair. It's not something I would class as a must see film, but it will entertain you for 2 hours I guess.

Henry V (1989)
This is one of my favourite films ever and I've seen it over 20 times I think. Now, I was writing a paper on Henry V and the cultural memory of Shakespeare's Henry V, so this was the opportunity to justify it to myself to watch it again. It focusses on the Hundred Year war with France and the battle of Agincourt, that Henry V famously won. Fair warning, it's an adaption of the original play, so it's all Shakespearean English. I guess you have to like and most importantly, understand that! I love Dereck Jacobi's prologue and Kenneth Branagh is just amazing in portraying Henry V. I think this is one of the best screen adaption of plays I've ever seen. 

Inferno (2016)
I always feel so weird when books are being made into films. I know this is the third films of Dan Brown being filmed, but I still can't shake the feeling that the books should be left as books. There are a few exceptions of course, but this wasn't done of the. Although I loved the protagonists, it didn't really hit home. The book builds up the excitement and gives you a feeling of real-ness, but the film came out guns blazing and stuff. I anticipated that, so I wasn't disappointed at all. I think the film was good in itself, but is tough when you have read the book and now that story as well.

Supersonic - Oasis Documentary (2016)
I'm not going to lie, when I heard there was going to be an Oasis documentary, I bloody screamed. Everyone who knows me, knows I'm all about Oasis - if you don't know that, are we friends really? - and the thought of just seeing Liam and Noel having a laugh or fight, boosted my mood man. It's just something about them, they are football and fashioned obsessed bandmembers. I can truly identify with them and this documentary didn't disappoint me. It focusses on the rise of Oasis as a band on to the gigs at Knebworth in 2016. It inspired me, motivated me, had me in stitches, gave me a sense of nostalgia. I got tears of joy. Okay, I'm doing a separate blogpost on this later on, but it was amazing!

Other films I saw in January:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
God of Egypt
Suicide Squad
Ben Hur

What films did you watch in January?

Marc

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