100 movies: A weekend of bad(ish) films

Sometimes, you just need a weekend of slightly crap, brainless films. Am I right?

G.I Joe: The Rise of CobraG.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra (13/11/10)
I feel as though I need to defend my choice to watch this film. It’s quite simple. Joseph Gordon Levitt. Yep. That was the reason to watch this film and after seeing it I’m left feeling that I should have done my research a bit more. It’s not a great film but it’s fairly entertaining. You don’t need your brain at all. Channing Tatum does a good job of being the good-looking all American hero. I think I was laughing because of the sheer stupidness of certain parts of the film. It does get ridiculous. The action sequences are completely and utterly over the top. Joseph Gordon Levitt is also completely over the top, but I’m guessing he was told to do that for the film. Cameo Brendan Fraser made me laugh. Not that it was hilarious, just funny to see him. Clearly Stephen Sommers pulled some favours to get him and Arnold Vosloo in the film! If you want really brainless action with some dubious acting, go for it.
Rating: 2/5

New MoonTwilight Saga: New Moon (14/11/10)
Don’t look at me that way. I watched this film so I can continue to talk down about the Twilight movies with a whole lot less guilt. Yet another completely awful movie. Am I getting old? I don’t think I could actually hear some of the dialog because of all of the whispering! Was genuinely bored in most of the ’emotional’ scenes. The acting from Taylor Lautner can’t really be called acting. Same goes for that Robert Pattinson guy. I’m confused with Kristen Stewart – I’ve seen her in other films and she’s not that bad! What happens when she walks onto the set of a Twilight movie that makes her unbearable to watch? Oh, that must be the script. I tried to go into the viewing of this film with an open mind. Didn’t help.
Rating: 1/5

Paranormal ActivityParanormal Activity (14/11/10)
I watched the Paranormal Activity films in the wrong order. I don’t think it’s made much difference to my understanding of what was going on. If anything, the second one gives me a bit more understanding of the first film. Though I’m guessing that wasn’t the intention, as you’re meant to be pretty clueless while watching the first one without knowing the history of the ‘hauntings’. It was probably better than the second, marginally. I wasn’t scared at any point. Though, this was lacking the laughs I got from the first film. They might have been unintentional laughs though.
Rating: 2/5

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100 movies: V for Vendetta

[yellow_box]Updated 30/12/11: Today I rewatched this film. I promised myself I’d do this because after watching this film I did say to myself I was clearly missing something. Now that I have rewatched, I get what I was missing. Feels like my eyes have been opened! I take back my original score and give this what it deserves. A very solid 4/5[/yellow_box]

V for VendettaV for Vendetta (06/11/10)
Clearly I’ve missed something while watching this film. It’s got an average rating of 8.2 on IMDB and I honestly can’t think why! Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood to watch this film, but I just couldn’t connect with it. I think the one set of scenes which really grabbed me and got me to pay attention was when Natalie Portman’s Evey was being held prisoner, going through daily torture and surviving it all. Then to realise what was really going on. Possibly my only liked bit in the film because it felt well thought out and I understood, that for Evey to understand what V went through she had to go through it herself.

Other than that, I was at a loss with the film. It’s very possible I wasn’t in the mood for it as I did keep nodding off. I know it went through development hell, James Purefoy being cast, then dropping out, and a host of other issues. But I just couldn’t get into it! Maybe I’ll give it a try another time. Not any time soon. There’s got to be a reason it was given 8.2! I’m probably giving it a slightly higher score than I should because I thought Natalie Portman was very good.
Rating: 2/5

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100 movies: Horror Binge with old and new

For the first time in my life I’ve actually seen horror films during the Halloween season. Better late than never.

Paranormal Activity 2Paranormal Activity 2 (28/10/10)
Having not seen Paranormal Activity 1 did not have any effect on what I thought I was going to get in the second film. I figured I’d be getting something similar – found footage, weird creepy goings on and plenty of night-time scenes. Turns out the first and second films are slightly more interlinked than I had imagined – thankfully it didn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out how. Also having someone break down who’s who during the film helped. A few good jumps but I wouldn’t say I was scared at any point. Still think Blair Witch is one of the original and best at found footage style of movie.
Rating: 2/5

Friday the 13thFriday the 13th (29/10/10)
From a newbie to one of the originals. The movie that set up all the rules for slasher films today. Despite some bits of silliness I really enjoyed this. There were some great death scenes, the killer was kept a mystery and was enough of a surprise and there’s a good ending to it. I can’t remember actually jumping at any point, but I was thoroughly entertained. I think it’s aged fairly well too, though these days I reckon they’d pass this film as a 12!
Rating: 3/5

Saw 3D: The Final ChapterSaw 3D: The Final Chapter (01/11/10)
I’ve only seen the first Saw film. Which I really enjoyed. It was more of a detective story rather than a horror film. Well, detective story with gore. However over the years the Saw films have been mostly about he gore and violence, so I was fairly sure of what I was getting myself in for. Gore a plenty! Right from the beginning. Though still not entirely sure what the point of the first ‘game’ was. A convoluted plot probably kept me more engaged than anything else as I struggled to figure out who was who and what the hell their motivations were. It all came to a head with the return of Cary Elwes and a retelling of some of Jigsaw’s history. Sadly, I was disappointed with the 3D. There was some there, sure, but it wasn’t as in my face. I think I’m immune to 3D.
Rating: 2/5

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Black Swan takes me over 100!

Thanks to Black Swan, I’m over 100 movies for the year. Sure I could have just stopped at 100, but I’m intrigued to see how far I can go. Let’s see!

Black SwanBlack Swan (24/10/10)
Let me say this first – I can’t recommend this movie enough. It’s a beautifully told story and beautifully made. I was left sitting stunned in my seat as the movie ended. Though I do have to warn you, it was the most tense I have ever felt in a cinema. I think, for the first half hour of the movie you’re introduced gently into the characters and the general plot of the film. After that point you’re left with your eyes glued to the screen and flinching every few minutes until the end. That doesn’t sound pleasant, does it?

I’ll try to re-convince you to watch this film. There’s some lovely ballet, great score music and an amazing performance from Natalie Portman. She really convinces as Nina, the prima ballerina who’s either spiralling into madness or there’s something darker at play.

When the credits began rolling I was left reeling from what I’d seen. In a good way though! This movie certainly packs a punch.
Rating: 5/5

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Two ‘Let Me’ Films Courtesy of the London Film Festival

The London Film Festival is on and I’m actually seeing films that are screened in it! More than once I confused the titles to create a whole new film. It was very confusing.

Let Me InLet Me In (16/10/10)
I failed utterly at seeing the film this one is based on – Let the Right One In. I had planned on seeing the film long before I even knew I was going to see Let Me In. Ah well! Still, I have it now, so will set some time aside to see it.

Let Me In was a brilliant horror film. Well, I don’t know whether I’d call it a horror film. It has horror-esque moments, but really it’s the story of lonely boy who finally has a friend. There are some brilliant moments that will make you jump. Just because the whole film is so subdued and quiet, when the horror hits, it hits hard. Chloe Moretz is, once again, scarily good at her whole acting thing. She a very talented little girl! Kodi Smit-McPhee is excellent as Owen, but I think Chloe just steals the show.

The story is a little like a twisted love story. It’s touching, but then when you really think about it, you get a little freaked out.
Rating: 5/5

Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go (17/10/10)
This film confused me. I thought it was just a film about the relationships forming and breaking between a group of very close friends. I had heard it had other sci-fi-esque elements. From what I saw I thought it was something to do with the school the children in the film were in.

I was partly right, but I was glad I really didn’t know what part of the film was about. Think of it as a classy version of The Island with extra drama. Actual, proper drama that is. Beautifully told film about three people, from their childhood to adulthood. The relationships they have with one another and how they change over time, but really stay the same. All three main cast members – Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield were fantastic. The casting for the child version of Carey was brilliant! So alike.

I did come away from the film feeling incredibly sad, make sure you line up something the make you feel better after you see the film. It’s what you might call ‘heavy’!
Rating: 5/5

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