The 500/365 Film Challenge: Week 5

Do you want to hear something ironic? I’m no longer blonde. I had to save my hair from the terrible damage of bleaching – but that’s a story for another post.

Right now we’re talking films. More to the point, we’re talking about the films that I watched last week. I didn’t get the chance to watch too many films since I officially started my degree this week, but I did get the chance to watch some that were truly great (and some that were not so great).


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On Sunday night (28th January) I watched Atonement. It’s been on my to-watch list for years but I somehow never got around to sitting down and watching it until now. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. The ending is so subtle yet so heartbreaking and it moved me more than any other film that I have watched this year. In fact, I loved it so much that I immediately started it again and watched it all over for the second time in one day. Yep. I loved it that much. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy give absolutely gorgeous performances as the leading characters, and the plot is so immersive and heartbreaking. RATING:  5 Star Rating System 5 stars

The next day I stumbled upon The Red Balloon on youtube. This 1956 short film was one of my childhood favourites, and it’s linked to some of my fondest early memories of watching it with my late grandfather. It was genuinely lovely to re-watch this film, and I highly recommend it. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 4 and a half stars

Later that evening I watched Hail, Caesar!  – this was another film on my to-watch list, but this time I was sorely disappointed. I found it to bloated and a bit all over the place, especially with the plot. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 2 and a half stars

I started off February with a viewing of Nocturnal Animals. Jake Gyllenhaal is absolutely brilliant in his role(s), and it’s a gripping, ever-so-slightly-disturbing watch that makes for a genuinely brilliant film. It’s beautifully shot as well, with a brilliant use of contrasting colour. I’ll definitely be re-watching this at some point after this challenge. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 4 and a half stars

Later that day I watched Lost In Translation. I enjoyed it –  but not to the level of the hype that surrounds this film. I found it to be great, but not brilliant. Still, I would recommend it. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 3 stars

The next day I watched My Week With Marilyn. I loved the overall aesthetic of the cinematography, as well as the little surprise of Emma Watson popping up. I wasn’t in love with Michelle Williams’ Marilyn, but I think that’s more my being an avid Marilyn Monroe lover as opposed to being anything to do with Williams’ acting. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 3 stars

Lastly, I finished off the week with a re-watch of The Proposal. There’s little I love more than the concept of a film starring both Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. This film is so funny that it made my normally  silent-when-watching-films mother constantly burst out laughing. It’s cute and hilarious, and wrapped my week up nicely. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 3 stars

I’ll be reviewing each film in a bit more detail from next week – I’m super busy getting my studying organised to I hope that you can bear with me!

53 films down – 447 to go!

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