The 120+ movie challenge conclusion

It’s the end of 2011 and sadly I failed both the projects I set out to do when I started the year.

My 365 project ended in February. Big failure. My 120+ films of 2011 (Whereby I watch at least 120 films in a year. New films to me, not necessarily new releases.) was also a little bit of a failure as I didn’t reach my target. Though, last year I somehow managed to go over 120, despite my target only being 100.

It wasn’t a total failure. Still managed (just) over 100 films, which is a bit of a feat in itself. Saw some quality stuff and not so quality stuff. So here’s a run down of my year in films.

I saw 42 films at the cinema. That’s definitely the most I’ve ever seen in the cinema during one year. Dread to think of how much money I’ve spent!

I’ve given 13 films 5/5. They are…

  • 127 Hours
  • The King’s Speech
  • Thor
  • Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist
  • Up in the Air
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Senna
  • Super 8
  • The Secret in their Eyes
  • TrollHunter
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • The Ides of March
  • 50/50

And I also gave 11 films 1/5. They are…

  • He’s Just Not That Into You
  • Imagine That
  • Red
  • Monsters vs. Aliens
  • Lakeview Terrace
  • The Happening
  • Carriers
  • Walking Tall
  • The Human Centipede
  • Legion
  • Apollo 18
  • Skyline

I watched…

  • 2 films from the 80s.
  • 3 documentaries. Senna being the clear favourite out of those.
  • 4 westerns. Rango being my favourite.
  • 5 foreign films. The Secret in their Eyes hitting me hardest. TrollHunter making me laugh loudest.
  • 6 animated films. How to Train Your Dragon surprising me most.
  • 8 comic book movie adaptations. Thor being my favourite.
  • 11 sequels. Fast & Furious 5 probably being the most satisfying.
  • 14 films in April. My busiest film month.
  • 19 horror films. Though none really stand out for me.

I’m going to do another film challenge next year. I’ve been doing them every year since 2008, so it’ll feel strange not doing one. Wondering how many I should attempt to fit into next year. Maybe just aim for 100+?

120+ movies: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (27/12/11)

The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.

Right, now that I have the punctuation sorted in the title of this film, I can get on with saying something about it.

The trailer impressed, aside from the choice of song to go along with it. Looked like a bit of mindless fun and for the most part the film delivers on that. There are some brilliant set pieces, cool action and it’s fun to watch.

Here comes the but. But… at times it dragged. There were some points I did think, ‘surely they didn’t need to…’. Things just felt like they got a little over complicated for no reason. There was a lot of filler in the film. The villain was so bland and forgettable. All I can remember was I think he was Russian…

Tom Cruise still somehow manages to play the action hero. Jeremy Renner was a good addition to the cast. Simon Pegg added the much-needed humor. It’s a good enough film, a very good 3/5. Not as good as I hoped it would be though.
Rating: 3/5

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120+ movies: Skyline

Had I remembered that this film I was going to watch next was going to be my 100th, I think I would have tried to see something a little bit, well, better. This film does not deserve to be the 100th of mine of the year! But it is…

Skyline Skyline (25/12/11)

Jarrod, an artist, and his girlfriend Elaine have flown to Los Angeles for Jarrod’s best friend Terry’s birthday party.

So someone watched Cloverfield one too many times and decided they wanted to do their own version, but only a lot crappier. Hello Skyline! Right, it’s not exactly Cloverfield but there some similarities. Alien invasion. A string of ever so slightly annoying characters who you could’t give a fig as to whether they survive or not. Following said group of increasingly annoying characters do their best to avoid the invasion.

It’s just a bad sci-fi film. The only redeeming quality I found was the imagery of the people getting sucked up into the ships. That did look good. Everything else was bad. From start to the ridiculous end. Just because a woman is pregnant doesn’t mean the viewer will immediately feel sorry for her!

Just bad. Though it killed some time.
Rating: 1/5

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120+ movies: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (19/12/11)

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

I really kinda loved this film. It was funny, I loved the set pieces and the banter’s as good, if not better, than the first film. Sure there’s been a lot of bemoaning of Guy Ritchie’s style when it comes to the action sequences. I for one like the style. Fine, it might have been a little over used in this film, but never at one point during one of those moments did I think ‘meh’.

Love the bromance between Holmes and Watson. I think Watson’s the first role that Jude Law’s played that I actually like. He was great back in Gattaca, but he wasn’t exactly all that likeable. Robert Downey Jr.’s excellent as Holmes with his impeccable accent.

While I loved Jared Harris’ Moriarty, he made for a match-for-match villain for Holmes, I thought the plot felt like it was missing something. Compared to the first film. At times I had to keep reminding myself what exactly our heroes were meant to be doing.

Aside from that irk, great film, lots of fun with some points where I actually laughed out loud. I’ll happily welcome a third outing for this film franchise.
Rating: 4/5

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120+ movies: The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia The Black Dahlia (17/12/11)

Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the “Black Dahlia” murder investigation.

All the way through this film I felt completely lost. I saw that there was a plot line concerning the Black Dahlia murder case but everything else that was going on felt like a bit of a mess. Some other things were going on that were lost on me.

The film did look brilliant. Captured the 40s era perfectly. Josh Harnett was a good lead, Hilary Swank annoyed, though strangely Scarlett did not.

Very cool looking film but that’s about it for me.
Rating: 2/5

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