Saturday, 20 August 2016

Streaming Movies

It's 2016 and I'm finally, finally starting to appreciate the awesomeness that is online streaming.
I've used services like BBC iPlayer and Channel 4's On Demand simply to catch up on TV shows I watch, but until recently never for things like movies.
You might think,  "Why not just watch it on TV?"
Fair question. The answer being that Dad usually watches TV in the evenings.
Which makes online streaming a useful way of seeing the movies and shows that I'd otherwise miss.
I'm not someone that watches a lot of TV, but lately it's been handy for watching films!

So - as part of my '100 films' goal - here are films 61-70, several of which I've watched via streaming service!

61. Legally Blonde (2001)
Genre: Comedy/Romance
In a Word: Empowering
In a Sentence: When girly, fashion-savvy blonde Elle Woods is dumped by her boyfriend for not being serious enough, she follows him to Harvard law school to try and win him back, only to find law school is a bigger challenge than she thought
Recommended: If you like light-hearted films that carry a message of encouragement. 

62. Legally Blonde 2: Red White & Blonde (2003)
Genre: Comedy
In a Word: Encouraging
In a Sentence: Elle Woods is back, this time joining the staff of a Washington congresswoman in the hope of passing a bill to ban animal testing.
Recommended: If you like your light-hearted and fun films to have a hidden deeper meaning to them! (Or if you loved the first film and want more Elle being awesome)

63. Spy (2015)
Genre: Action/Comedy
In a Word: Hilarious
In a Sentence: After the CIA loses a top agent, a underappreciated, deskbound analyst goes undercover to prevent a worldwide disaster.
Recommended: If you like spy movies but also like to laugh at them.

64. The Cobbler (2014)
Genre: Comedy/Fantasy
In a Word: Shoes
In a Sentence: An apathetic cobbler discovers a magical heirloom that allows him to become other people, and ends up being thrown headlong into a life-changing adventure.
Recommended: If you like surprises. This was not the movie I expected it to be--but it was very good.

65. Thor (2011)
Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy
In a Word: Hammertime (sorry, I had to)
In a Sentence: Thor, the powerful yet arrogant son of Odin, is thrown out of Asgard and onto Midgard (Earth), where he must defend it from dangerous enemies and earn his right to return.
Recommended: For anyone who is a sucker for comic adaptations and superhero movies.

66. Dredd (2012)
Genre: Action/Sci-Fi
In a Word: Judgement
In a Sentence: Set in a dystopic future where police officers are judge, jury, and executioner, the efficient Judge Dredd takes a trainee out for evaluation, leading to the pair battling against a deadly gang responsible for a mind-altering drug.
Recommended: Another film for comic adaptation fans, this time those who like their adaptations a lot darker, gorier, and more violent.

67. Robocop (2014)
Genre: Action/Crime/Sci-Fi
In a Word: Cybernetic
In a Sentence: When dedicated cop and loving father Alex Murphy is critically injured through his work, his life is saved by the multinational Omnicorp, who turn him into the first half-human half-robot cop--but things are not as pleasant as they seem.
Recommended: If you want to see an update to the original film. Or have never seen the original film and like action-scifi movies with cyborgs in them.

68. Kung Fury (2015)
Genre: Action/Comedy/Short
In a Word: Parody
In a Sentence: In this 80s-style short movie, Kung Fury travels back in time to defeat Hitler in order to save today.
Recommended: If you like 80s movies. All of them. (Seriously, watch this movie).

69. Pumzi (2009)
Genre: Sci-Fi/Short
In a Word: Beautiful
In a Sentence: Set in a future after World War III leaves the world parched and dry and people shut away in man-made communities, a museum curator receives a mysterious box of soil and after discovering that it can germinate seeds, fights to go Outside in search of life.
Recommended: For those that appreciate beautifully shot world cinema... Honestly, everything about this film is awesome. Watch it.

70. The A-Team (2010)
Genre: Action/Adventure/Comedy
In a Word: MacGuyvered
In a Sentence: Framed for a crime they didn't commit, a group of Iraq war veterans work to clear their name, using all their intellect, knowledge, and a sneaky trick or two.
Recommended: If you were a fan of the original TV series. This film is set as a prequel, so it's not a remake as such, but is still enjoyable!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed these films! They all have their own merits, be they old guilty-pleasure favourites (Legally Blonde), stuff I never got around to seeing at the cinema (Thor, Dredd) or utterly beautiful pieces of cinematography (Pumzi).

Already started on my next lot of films. I'll get to 100 one day!

For all the films I've watched so far for my 100 films goal, check my Goal 61 tag.

1 comment:

  1. Oh god, I couldn't make it all the way through 'Kung Fury' when I tried watching it before. Got to the portal to Nazi Germany and couldn't take anymore of the nonsense that day LOL. Might try it again when I'm in a sillier mood though, haha.

    However, thank you for recommending 'Pumzi'; just watched it and really liked it! Randomly, the word "pumzi" means "breath" in Swahili and the sound in the last 10 seconds of the film being...the two sounds it is (won't write about it here so I don't spoil it for anyone else)...finally made the title make more sense, in more than one way too. Random short films on YouTube are sometimes wonderful. :) Apparently the director wants to make it into a feature length film too, which would be great!