Film Review: What I've Been Watching

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With so many new films being added to Netflix lately (especially the US Version), I find it difficult to remember just all the films I want to watch. Luckily, Netflix have a 'list' option which allows you to create a  playlist for all the movies you missed at the cinema. I thought then, I'd add a new feature to Popcorn and Glitter in which I share the films I've successfully managed to tick off my never-ending list of viewings


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A soldier, David (Dan Stevens), introduces himself to the Peterson family - claiming to have fought along side their son who died in action. The family welcome him in to their home and quiet town but soon notice a series of mysterious deaths connected to his arrival.
Though there are a few glimpses of B-Movie characteristics, this is an original and ultimately entertaining piece of horror with the style and cinematography of Drive (2011). This is clearly made by a man who loves 80's horror as it oozes homage to the era. The Guest headlined at last year's FrightFest and I'm so glad I got to catch it at the UK Premier. Witty, unique and complete with a horror maze finale, this is sure to be a cult classic among horror fans, I would urge you to add this all to your 'scary night in' list.

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Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a New York playwright who has hit rock bottom. Having lost her boyfriend, her fancy apartment and her upper-Eastside lifestyle, she returns home to New Jersey to live with her dysfunctional mother and brother. So sure that she was destined for better things, Imogene decides to track down her successful yet absent father.
I'm a big fan of independent films and despite seeing the trailer online, Girl Most Likely never seemed to have earnt the UK distribution allowing me to see it in cinemas. Gallows humour meets Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011) and an all star cast which sees excellent performances from both Wiig and screen legend, Annette Bening. Add this to your independent film or alternative comedy list. (Not sure if this is available on the UK version of Netflix)

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A documentary film which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
A harrowing documentary which follows a group of "gangsters" within a community of people who have since swept one million murders under the carpet. The film is cleverly constructed and director needn't say anything as the group of now elderly men willingly create their own 'Hollywood' reenactment of the events in 1960's Indonesia. Probably one of the most disturbing and powerful documentaries I've ever seen. Add this to your history and world cinema list. Available on the US Version only.

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Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), is a young aspiring musician who having agreed to step in as a drummer, finds himself in a serial pop group led by faceless singer, Frank (Michael Fassbender). Having joined them and agreed to help finance the band on their tour, Jon soon realises he is way out of his element.
Featuring Frank Sidebottom's image but with nothing related to it, Frank is one of the strangest pieces of independent cinema I've seen in a long time. A barking mad but affecting dark comedy. Add this to your Indie film and top Michael Fassbender list.

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Set entirely in a car, Locke follows Ivan (Tom Hardy), a dedicated family man and construction manager on his long drive home on the eve of the biggest challenge in his career. Receiving a phone call on his drive, his whole life is turned upside down and his conversation sets a series of events in motion.
It's Tom Hardy and therefore naturally worth the watch. The original dynamic of the title demands a stellar performance from Hardy and it features some familiar voices on the hands-free en route An interesting drama with a unique style of storytelling, courtesy of both the UK and US version of Netflix. Add this to your top Tom Hardy list or even just your standard one.

So there you have it. Five films that I've seen all thanks for Netflix. Being mostly independent flicks, a lot of these films had a short life at the cinema and it's sometimes so hard to find which screens are showing them. It's so satisfying then, when it's just there to stream (legally) without having to them hunt down on a dodgy site.
Also on my list are Chef (Jon Favreau, 2014), Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre, 2014), The One I Love (Charlie McDowell, 2014), Cake (Daniel Barnz, 2014) and many more so stay tuned for my reviews of those over the next few weeks! What's on your Netflix list at the moment?

Until next time film fans,







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28 comments:

  1. I loved this post! I'm in love with Netflix at the moment. I'm watching Death Note for the 1000th time! I like the sound of Frank, I will check that out!

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    1. Thanks Hun! I know, I can't believe all the great films on the US version, can't wait to get through my list! Let me know what you think of it! Xx

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  2. Oh such a good list of films to watch! Lovely post dear!

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    Chloe Mary Davis

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    1. Thanks Hun! You'll have to let me know what you thought of them xx

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  3. Lovely post, I always find it so hard to choose a film to watch of netflix but I just added the guest to my list - I remember wanting to see it when it came out in cinemas and I LOVE a good thriller x

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    1. Haha same here! That's why I always add it to my list so I don't forget the good ones I see. Yay! Hope you like it! Xx

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  4. I noticed you reblogging that same gif on tumblr for The Act of Killing which is an excellent documentary. I liked Frank a lot; I think people who have collaborated on a creative endeavor with gifted people (who might have been a little quirky) will enjoy it. Tom Hardy is intensely watchable in anything he's in. I'll put your recs on my queue. Obvious Child is already on there. x

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    1. Did you think Frank was gifted then? Yes, you'll have to let me know what you thought of them! Jack is away for 5 days now so I'm going to enjoy watching my list and watching TV he hates! :)

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  5. This is such a good idea! I didn't realise you could actually make a list. I'm forever seeing tv shows I mean to watch but I forget which ones. Next on my list is parks and rec. Thanks for the tip, I'll try to check these out! x

    Aimee xx

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    1. Yeah it's pretty handy! I always see stuff and think "I must watch that!" and then forget which one it was. Parks and Rec is SOO good, you'll love it! x

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  6. I didn't know about this either. I really want to watch Drag Race and a few others on there. How come you have the US version? Is it better? ox

    xxHollyxx

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    1. I have a extension that allows me to change the region on my devices. The US version does have a lot more on it and so much better shows but I'm not sure if you can get in trouble for using it x

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  7. I'll have to add these to my list! I always struggle trying to find things to watch on Netflix.

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    1. Do you really struggle? I find I can't get through it all quick enough haha hope you like my suggestions! xx

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  8. I love a good film review post and something to give me a bit of inspiration for the next time I am aimlessly scouring Netflix! I love the sound of Girl Most Likely. I'm a big fan of independent films too, I think they're a lot more original and visually pleasing!

    Sam xx
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    1. Girl Most Likely is really good, hope you get a chance to watch it! I know, sometimes I find there's so much that I just add up scrolling and never actually watching anything haha couldn't agree more! Hope you like it! xx

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  9. good list of movies, very want to watch Frank I did a while ago but forgot, thanks for reminding me of it. Great post so glad got netflix:)
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    1. Thanks! Yeah it's such a good film - glad you like :) x

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  10. Locke was so good! You don't get much better than a whole film featuring only Tom Hardy ahah. I really want to see Frank, it's actually saved on my list ready to go

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    1. Haha I couldn't agree more! Yay! You must tell me what you think! Hope you like it xx

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  11. This is such a good idea! I really want to see The Guest i think i might do it this weekend! Thanks for the review XD

    Sara xx

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    1. Thanks :) Yeah if you get a chance you should watch it! You'll have to tell me what you think of it xx

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  12. I really like the idea of this post. I really think I should do this more and write more film reviews of Dvds and Netflix. Thanks for sharing your list! I look forward to seeing more!

    Ashley xx
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    1. Thank you! Yeah you should, I'd totally read them :) x

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  13. I got so booooooooooooored watching Frank, I don't understand what's all the fuss about that film.

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    1. It can be a little slow but I think most people go in to it thinking it's a comedy - which it's not really x

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