mini movie reviews: february 2022 edition.

Whenever I’m stumped for blog post ideas (or whenever all my current ideas feel like too much work), I head over to IMDb, where I keep a list of all the movies I’ve watched for a given year. (Usually missing a few titles though, since I’m bad at remembering to update the lists. Smh @ myself.) So here are a few mini movie reviews, for films I’ve watched recently!


The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) – With all the hype surrounding Andrew Garfield late last year (and into this year), I knew I had to revisit his Amazing Spider-Man films. It’s been years since I last saw either of them. The thing that stood out to me most this time was just how deep AG dove into Peter’s emotional journey in each film. Wow wow wow. Many tears were shed (by him AND by me). He’s my fave Spidey, definitely. (Though I still do love Tom Holland’s take on the character!)

The Big Heat (1953) – Glenn Ford plays a cop who sticks by his convictions and pays a high price for doing so. I always love seeing Ford in films, and The Big Heat was an excellent movie overall as well.

Whispering Smith (1948) – If you name your fictional hero ‘Luke’, there is a 99.9% chance I’m gonna love him. Not even kidding. And this movie is no exception. Luke “Whispering” Smith (Alan Ladd) is a railroad detective forced to choose between his principles and his best friend. Lots of feels! A solid western all around.

Air Force One (1997) – I do love 90’s movies, especially those starring Harrison Ford. Air Force One is a very tense film; even though I’d seen it once before, I was still on the edge of my seat throughout. I didn’t remember whether or not certain minor characters would make it out alive!

Sunset Boulevard (1950) – Um. What was this movie??? I had no idea what I was getting myself in for! I watched SB with my brother, and we had a lot of fun guessing who was going to shoot William Holden’s character. Especially because, by the end of the film, we kinda loathed him. The film itself is well-made (Billy Wilder never fails me!) but the subject matter was so depressing and awful. Yuck. At least I now know where the “I’m ready for my close-up” line comes from.

Mister Roberts (1955) – Humor, heart, and Henry Fonda. I couldn’t ask for much more than that. ❤

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966) – Literally the funniest movie I have ever seen. In my entire life. Without question. I still need to write a proper, full-length review, but for now I just want to say that Brian Keith’s Police Chief Mattocks is one of the best movie characters of all time. XD

This is the face of a man who’s suddenly being forced to deal with a Russian invasion, a panicked town, and trigger-happy deputies. (source)

Paris When it Sizzles (1964) – SO MUCH FUN. Ridiculous, but fun.

Hour of the Gun (1967) – You guys. I have never been a James Garner fan (he really gets under my skin in The Great Escape, and not in a good way). But Hour of the Gun made me a James Garner fan. Possibly just that movie’s ‘version’ of him, BUT STILL. His portrayal of Wyatt Earp should have won him an Oscar, in my opinion. (Also, I’ve loved Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtrack for years and years before I ever watched the film. So it was cool hearing it play out along with the story.)

And Then There Were None (1945) – I’m glad I never spoiled this story for myself. I won’t spoil anything about it for you either. Very fun to watch with my brother! (And seeing Walter Huston in something other than The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was neat.)

The Sand Pebbles (1966) – As I told a friend, I’m not really a fan of all the depressing anti-war films that came out in the sixties. And The Sand Pebbles is pretty depressing and hopeless throughout. But I’m not sorry I watched it. Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough were both great.

Branded (1950) – Another Alan Ladd western! Branded almost feels like two movies in one (but not in an awkward, mashed-up way like some other films). There are a few different surprises throughout, which I won’t spoil (even though it means I can’t talk about my favorite part of the whole movie :P). In a nutshell this film is about a shady character named Choya (Alan Ladd) who sets out to con a family, but ends up becoming way more emotionally/personally involved in that family than he ever expected. It’s Most Excellent.


A lot of 40’s/50’s/60’s movies this time around! I’ve had a lot of fun, revisiting old favorites and discovering new ones. What movies have you watched recently? Spot any titles you love on this list? As always, let me know in the comments!

Eva-Joy

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  1. The first Amazing Spider-Man movie was definitely better than the second. Neither are perfect on that note, but the first one is a focused, coherent movie with a good mix of action, entertainment, and an emotional core. It also contains what might be the greatest Stan Lee cameo of all-time. Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great romantic comedy stuck in an over-stuffed superhero movie.

    On that note, have you seen Spider-Man: No Way Home? If not, I shouldn’t spoil anything (even if the movie’s been spoiled for me despite not watching it – thanks YouTube).

    Air Force One has aged quite well, and it’s best saved for one watch every 5 years or so. That way, it can still surprise you.

    I do like certain classic comedies, so your mini-review of The Russians Are Coming (x2) intrigues me.

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    1. Haha, that’s so true about Amazing Spider-Man 2! The romantic elements and human relationships in general were handled well, but all the action-y stuff just felt like it went on for too long.

      I haven’t seen No Way Home yet, but I’m looking forward to the day I can! (Whenever I can get a copy from the library.) I know a lot of spoilers about it already though. 😛

      I know you enjoyed Fiddler on the Roof–it was directed by the same guy who directed The Russians Are Coming (Norman Jewison). So that’s a point in its favor. 🙂

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    1. Hmmm. It’s hard to say, simply because you haven’t watched a lot of older movies? I don’t think? But TRAC *is* a very fun adventure dramedy with a great message about how we all need to set aside our differences and GET ALONG FOR ONCE. So I think you could very well like it!

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      1. Mmm, no, that’s true. I hardly ever watch older movies, and I often have trouble comprehending their Vibe, so if TRAC follows classic-old-film patterns, I might not enjoy it. But who knows!

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