I only watched four films in April but this does include one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. I’ll list them in the order in which I rate them, so it’s obvious which one I’m referring, and it should be no great surprise to anyone who regularly reads these posts.

Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) is the long-awaited mega-budget sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar. I am a huge fan of science fiction and movies with top quality SFX. Given that, again, innovative director Cameron has spent a shed load of money funding the development of new SFX systems to get this film onto our screens it comes as no surprise that this film looks truly amazing. I watched it in UHD on my OLED TV and it left me wishing I’d gone to the cinema to experience it – because that’s the word for it – this is an experience. By watching this film, formulaic story aside, I truly believe you are witnessing a benchmark in movie making history.

Yes the film draws on lots of movie tropes along the way and descends into a Titanic style third act, but by golly gosh and Jiminy Cricket what a ride! 3 hours and 12 minutes well spent in my opinion. I’m sure Siggy would disagree with me and that’s why I watched it on my own. Surprisingly she did watch the much darker but comparably long The Batman with me a week or so ago (so technically I watched 5 films, not 4, in April), but she’s not a fan of the blue aliens no matter how much I insist that she is missing out.

Tetris (2023) tells the true story of how a lowly video game invented in Cold War era USSR became a global phenomenon. Tetris inventor Alexey Pajitnov (Nikita Efremov) and businessman Henk Rogers (Taron Egerton) bond over their love of programming while around them dodgy business tycoons, eager games companies and corrupt government officials are embroiled in legal arguments and underhand skulduggery to get the rights to the game.

Egerton is as usual surprisingly good in this film and the writers have done a brilliant job of capturing the claustrophobic atmosphere of the USSR on the brink of Perestroika. Obviously the story could be interpreted as a case study in why Western capitalism is good (we all got to play Tetris yay!) and Eastern communism (corrupted by greedy human drives) is bad. It’s perhaps no surprise then to find the movie hosted on Apple TV.

Nobody (2021) – at the start of this film Bob Odenkirk seemingly plays a bored family man whose family home gets burgled by two petty thieves. It’s a home invasion he doesn’t handle very well but it slowly becomes clear that he is hiding a violent past and that he has a particular set of skills comparable to similar characters played by Bruce Willis or Liam Neeson, in fact the script feels like one of their films but with the added value that Odenkirk is a new player in this jaded genre and plays to role very well.

Events lead to an ultra-violent war with a Russian gang akin to John Wick film with an equal level of satisfaction for the bloodthirsty viewer. I thought this was great.

Mojave (2015) is a thankfully short film that literally sent me to sleep. A tortured artist (Garrett Hedlund) goes out to the desert to be all emo and mope about, runs into a psychotic drifter (Oscar Isaac) and gets into a spot of bother. It’s hugely difficult to give a shit about any of the characters and so I found this film very dull.

Isaac gets some good lines and looks like he enjoyed playing the bad guy for a change but it just reminded me of Dennis Hopper’s far superior performances in similar roles in relatively more interesting movies from back in the day.

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