What I watched this week: classic films, mostly

A TV test card with the words "What I watched this week" superimposed.

It’s been another strange week for television viewing in our house. With many of the series we’ve been watching finishing and with the distraction of youngest’s birthday, we’ve found ourselves unsure of what to watch.

Step forward one of the items on my 40 before 40 list! Namely that of watching 100 classic films before I’m officially over the hill. I’ll be going over the list of movies in a future post, but here are the three that I’ve watched this week.

Somewhat amazingly, I had never seen any of these classic films before. More by accident than design, they were all on Sky Movies.

This is Spinal Tap

I had heard much about this mockumentary and it had all been good stuff. I had high hopes as well as preconceptions about what it would be like. It wasn’t at all how I imagined it, but in a really good way and I absolutely loved it.

It’s very funny without ever being in your face and I enjoyed the numerous nods to some famous bands including a fine example of the Yoko Effect in action. It was well worth the wait!

Blade Runner

I knew this was going to be a great film. It has iconic status as well as Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott on board. But what really struck me about it was how well it has stood the test of time. So many 80s films that depict the future haven’t aged brilliantly, but this really has.

Although it’s set in what was then the distant future – actual next year! – it’s timeless. I hadn’t anticipated it having a noirish narrative or, indeed, a nuanced ending. A number of subsequent sci-fi films owe it a huge debt of gratitude for paving their way.

Stand by Me

This is such a wonderful film. The performances are, without exception, mesmerising and I could see elements of both my sons in all four of the boys. It’s a beautiful exploration of friendship at a pivotal age and the characters grow throughout the film.

Maybe I’m a bit odd, but it’s unusual for films to make me feel something. This one really did though. I don’t know whether this is because it afforded glimpses of my sons’ futures or reminders of my own past, but it got me. I loved it.

Honourable mentions

Teen Titans GO to the Movies (DVD)

Sometimes you need to watch a film that delights in being silly and this one is just so much fun. We’re big fans of Teen Titans Go! and had already seen this at the cinema.

Warner Bros kindly sent us a copy along with some other goodies ahead of its UK DVD and digital download release on Monday, so we really enjoyed watching it again.

Disclosure: I was gifted the Teen Titans GO to the Movies DVD and goodies.


  1. Tim

    I’ve seen all three of the films you listed – but you’ve just reminded me that I really need to watch Blade Runner 2049. I’ll add it to the queue … 🙂

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