Quite a lot, is the answer, with it being Oscar season. Molly's Game got good reviews from my flatmate, and Jessica Chastain is always worth watching. What else? I watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (review to come) last night and it's one of the best films I've seen in quite a while. Like all great movies, it has an ending that's perfect, and for once in my life, I enjoyed watching Sam Rockwell act.
Then there's Darkest Hour, another glorious paean to Winston Churchill, following on from last year's Churchill and 2016's Churchill's Secret. Who doesn't love war? The killing, the good-versus-evil narrative, the veneration of war-mongering politicians, the way no one is allowed to question the government or risk being branded a traitor. It's the vainest, glory-seeking politicians who make the best subjects: Nixon, Churchill, Thatcher, Blair. I wonder if this one will be any different and mention Churchill's pre-war record, the hunger marches in the South Wales valleys he ordered the soldiers on. I wonder if anyone will ever make a film about the Labour government of 1945-51 that set up the National Health Service? Now more than ever, we need that kind of film.
I never did watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi over Christmas a second time, for complicated reasons. Now, I feel less inclined. I remember the special effects and Mark Hamill's performance, with Ridley's Rey and Driver's Kylo Ren also not far behind. But everything else? Entertaining in a different way is this Youtube video of Everything Wrong with Last Jedi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v2PV52WNLY. Certainly fun, and it won't cost you £8-£10 like in the cinemas.Well anyway, that's four movies referred to, quite enough to be getting on with. Enjoy your weekend everybody.