First, the unimportant.
Watched 6 movies en route to London (clearly, attempts at avoiding jetlag be damned lol):
-Whiplash (EXCELLENT - a little more on this later okay),
-Parasyte (improbable and squicky and fun),
-Kenshin movies 2-3,
-Hunger Games - Mockingbird Pt 1 (fastforwarded), and
-The Giver (memorable for the questionable distinction of having turned gorgeously understated source material into -
of all things - a YA romance flick(??? where is the logic in that...)).
OKAY. LOVED WHIPLASH.
Loved the acting, that ending. THAT ENDING.
-Did Fletcher really believe in the 'testing by fire' shtick? Or was it just a front to get Andrew to buy in to his idea?
-How great was it that Andrew 'succeeded' in the testing EVEN THOUGH IT WASN'T ACTUALLY A TEST??
-And, of course: Was it worth it?
Was Andrew a genius, or a victim of abuse trying to satisfy his abuser? Or a madman?
I also liked the way Andrew was pretty much a douche, lol.
I couldn't sympathise with him fully, which made the proceedings slightly uncomfortable.
Then, on the way back:
-Jellyfish Princess (Literally my only takeaway: Suda Masaki is prettier crossdressing than I am not-crossdressing.),
-Imitation Game (Pretty good, but also pretty standard fare; doesn't beat Whiplash),
-Kami no Tsuki (YES ERM THIS WAS GREAT?? FANTASTIC ACTING AND NARRATIVE. HEARTSTOPPING MOMENTS ALL OVER.
DOES DAIHACHI YOSHIDA EVER MISFIRE?)
-First 5 minutes of Kin Kyori Renai (before I decided that this excuse for a movie wasn't worth sacrificing sleep for).