120+ Movies: Cowboys and Aliens

120+ Movies of 2011

Cowboys & AliensCowboys & Aliens (18/08/11)

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Had high hopes for this film. Great cast, nice concept. It has the makings to be a great summer blockbuster. For the most part it fulfils that. It’s full of action western and sci-fi. The cast is great in their roles. A great score from Harry Gregson-Williams. It’s a simple film that goes from beginning to end with an expected outcome, but gets there with some fun.

It’s not as jaw dropping as I’d have hoped though. I can’t put my finger on it, but it lacked a certain something. Helpful, huh!

The aliens did look nice and gross. Though in the final fight there were some alien kills which just made me laugh. Well, the notion of cowboys and indians facing off against a race with superior technology just doesn’t make any logical sense. Logic does not apply here.

A woman next to me was terrified throughout the whole film and sat watching behind her hands. She even apologised to me a couple of times when she jumped. She couldn’t stomach some of the marginally bloodier scenes or the scenes which the BBFC probably describe as ‘intense threat’. Which made me wonder why she came to see the film at times!

I preferred this to Captain America, so that’s my reasoning for giving it a 4/5. However, I’d say it’s a weaker 4/5. Damn me for not allowing myself to use half point!
Rating: 4/5

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100 movies – 4 more movies!

100 movies of 2010

With yet more recovery and resting at home, a few more movies have been seen:

Flags of Our Fathers (03/03/10)
I like war movies. Not that I like watching wars or anything, but I like the history aspect and there’s something about them. Maybe the depression in them! I liked this movie. It really made war look brutal and harsh. It didn’t glamorise it at all. It did well at creating the sense or camaraderie there is between men at war. The cast were really very good – I kept seeing actors and thinking, ‘Ooo, I recognise him’ throughout the whole movie. Visually the movie was stunning. The war scenes just looked so bleak.
Rating: 4/5

A History of Violence (03/03/10)
What a brutal and depressing movie. Well partly depressing. Very harsh movie. Viggo was fantastic in it and really sold the role he was playing. I really liked Maria Bello in this movie. The only other thing I’ve seen her in was the third Mummy movie where she did her terrible impression of Rachel Weisz. Great movie. Just not something I’d like to see again any time soon, just because it’s quite harsh!
Rating: 4/5

Office Space (04/03/10)
Why has it taken me so long to watch this movie?! It’s been sitting on my Sky Box for more months than I can even think of. I honestly can’t remember when I recorded it but so glad I did. I loved this movie. Really funny. There’s some bits about that office life that I could relate to, to some extent. The characters were hilarious and I just loved the whole movie. Milton made me laugh a lot and then think, ‘Aww bless’. Fantastic movie.
Rating: 5/5

The Eye (04/03/10)
The movie was on and I wasn’t going anywhere, so I sat and watched it. It was OK, as far as adapted horror movies go. I was getting a bit bored part way through the movie because I felt it took far too long to get to the point of the movie and actually go anywhere. I didn’t understand why Sydney kept going back to the doctor, who clearly didn’t care. But then did care. I didn’t jump at all throughout the whole movie. Nothing that unexpected and it was all a rather happy ending. Well, actually, that I wasn’t expecting.
Rating: 2/5

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