Photo of the Day: Tuesday 12th January

Project 365

Cold and bleak

The cold cold conditions are stopping the snow from going any quicker than it currently is. This photo is from a park not far from work where I go for a walk every other lunch time to get some air. Though today it was a bit of a mistake to go around the park as I had to quit half way for fear of falling over, breaking my leg and with an empty park, no one helping me.

100 movies of 2010: Update

100 movies of 2010

I seem to be doing pretty well so far. Average of nearly 1 movie a day since the beginning of the year. I’ll tell you now, it won’t last. But I’ll try and make it last a bit longer.

Unfortunately I watched 2 pretty dufftastic movies, but came back on track to some quality movie watching after those two. Hope to stay back on track. At least for now until I crave a bad movie. I hear they’re good for you every now and then.

(Also for history’s sake I’m adding the date of when I saw the movie)

Max Payne (09/01/10)
I’ll admit, I have a guilty pleasure for 1 game franchise turned to movie – Tomb Raider. I love both of them. Though I never really expect much when it comes to video games turned into movies. Thankfully I was pre-warned about this. It is, not quite the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but close to it. Fair enough it has some decent visuals and the action scenes are pretty to look at. If your attention’s still on them when you get to them.
Rating: 1/5

Mirrors (09/01/10)
Follows the standard American version of Asian horror movie plot line. Down to a T. To its credit it had some decent jumps. Jason Flemyng’s New York accent was amusing at best. Kiefer Sutherland was just Jack Bauer. Wardrobe even dressed him like Jack Bauer – hoodie with short jacket on top. All he was missing was his shoulder bag. Also don’t forget the twist ending. Which wasn’t exactly hard to figure out.
Rating: 2/5

Ali (10/01/10)
Now back on track to some quality. And funnily enough, another biopic. AND the third movie this year with Jamie Foxx in it. Well, I think it’ll be the last, for now. Brilliant movie. The last Michael Mann movie I really enjoyed was Heat. I did like Public Enemies last year, but it looked more fantastic than the movie was. Ali had everything. A lot probably down to the subject matter and Will Smith’s stellar performance. I was in awe. Shame he didn’t get the oscar for this role. I’m not sure when he’ll next get the chance for one. Just everything about this movie was brilliant. Even though I knew the outcome of the George Foreman fight, the way it was done, I was on tentahooks!
Rating: 5/5

Read more to see the full list of movies I’ve seen so far this year.

100 movies of 2010: Update

100 movies of 2010

Quite a few more movies to add to the list. I’m doing well so far…

Defiance
Second movie of the year and it’s another war movie based on true events. Which I didn’t realise until the movie ended. Brilliant movie. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to sit down and watch it. Liev Schrieber really surprised me in this movie. Really strong performance from him. He was really rather good. As was Daniel Craig, but then I expect that from him.
Rating: 5/5

Frost/Nixon
Another movie it’s taken me far too long to watch. Amazing performance from Michael Sheen and Frank Langella. Both were uncanny performances. And it did teach me a few things. For one, I never knew how much of a playboy and risk taker David Frost was! All I know of him is this upstanding political correspondant who’s got a lot of respect for himself because of the work he’s done. Though I found it funny at the end of the movie where they did explain a bit more about David Frost… for the benefit of American audiences.
Rating: 4/5

Dreamgirls
And the ‘based-on-true-stories’ movies continue. Not out of any really conscious thought, believe me! Really amazing movie this is. The songs are beautiful and Beyonce surprised me a lot. She held her own pretty well.
Rating: 4/5

Munich
I was trying so hard to like this movie as I was watching. It’s a very bleak movie that’s solely based on vengeance. Despite a really fantastic performance from Eric Bana I still found it hard getting into the movie. Things were going on but I couldn’t connect to whatever was going on in the movie. So I did learn a lot in terms of what happened at those Olympic games, as I had no idea, but unlike the previous based on true story movies, I didn’t feel anything for what happened in the movie after seeing it.
Rating: 2/5

Ray
I promise, not all the movies I see this year will be biopics or based on true stories! Yet here’s another brilliant one. Jamie Foxx was amazing. Like Michael Sheen and Frank Langella, an uncanny performance from him as Ray Charles. I never knew that his earlier days were so littered with drug abuse, unless that was embelished upon slightly more for movies’ sake. Awesome music and an amazing cast. Loved this movie.
Rating: 5/5

Read more to see the full list of this year’s movies and their ratings, so far.