100 movies: The Muppets

100 movies of 2012

The MuppetsThe Muppets (15/02/11)

With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

FINALLY! It has taken MONTHS for this film to finally make its way across the Atlantic to the UK. Clearly, it wasn’t travelling by map. While I would say it was worth the wait, as it definitely was. I just wish I didn’t have to have waited so long!

The Muppets is a big, huge, love letter to The Muppets themselves. And I loved it for that. The secondary plot line about Gary and Mary was a bit weak. It was fine, just didn’t think it was altogether necessary. Well, until it served its purpose.

The songs were all amazing. I’m still humming them now. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Bret McKenzie gets the Oscar for his effort. Man or Muppet felt very much like a Conchords song. For which, I loved it for.

Chris Cooper was excellent as the villain of the piece. Over the top. Maniacal laughter. His song/rap freaked me out a little bit. I wasn’t expecting that from him!

Walter was a great addition to The Muppets. I think I need to use the words ‘cute’ and ‘adorable’ about him.

When the cameos started appearing, they were coming thick and fast. I couldn’t help but grin and laugh at every one of them. Though it was great to see Ken Jeong closely followed by Donald Glover – Community FTW! The other favourite cameo of mine has to be David Grohl’s Animool – ha!

Ahem, back to The Muppets. It was a simple story. Or story within a story. But it’s one that’s been written and produced with so much heart, it’s hard not to fall in love with it. I’m really hoping that The Muppets aren’t gone from our screens. That they’ll be more.

Oh and one more thing I loved – most going to see this was that the cinema was almost exclusively filled with adults. As in people 25+. There were a couple of small children. No teenagers. And everyone was laughing out loud throughout the entire film. Though, it makes me a little sad that there will be a generation who just won’t get The Muppets. Even with this film’s release.
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

120+ Movies: The first cinema visits of 2011

120+ Movies of 2011

I’ve hit the cinema for the first time in 2011 and here’s what I’ve seen:

The FighterThe Fighter (11/01/11)

A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

Really good film. I wasn’t blown away by it. But I really enjoyed watching it. It’s your typical story of how someone at the bottom of the ladder gets to the top. There’s a broken family. There’s a very big broken family. There’s also some great performances from Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, but mostly from Mark Wahlberg. He confuses me. He does movie drivel like Max Payne and then things like this and The Departed. Thankfully, despite the drivel he’s still seen as an actor who’s capable of these kinds of roles.

At the beginning of the film I was surprised to see Darren Aronofsky’s name pop up as the Executive Producer. Did not know he had, maybe not a hand but a finger, in this pie.

The film’s just under two hours long, but it never feels like you’re just waiting for something to happen. The pace skips along nicely, going through all the motions necessary before getting to the final fight which is brilliantly directed.

I can’t quite see this film winning any Best Film nominations in may eventually get nominated for. But if the likes of Wahlberg, Adams, Leo or Bale win for their performances, I’d be happy. It’s a good film with some great performances.
Rating: 4/5

127 Hours127 Hours (14/01/11)

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoning alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Brilliant film. I don’t think there was much I could fault this film on. Loved how it was shot, the soundtrack by A.R. Rahman was brilliant. James Franco held the film from start to end. Thoroughly engrossing. Really inspirational film as well. Despite what happened to Aron Ralston, I really want to go to those canyons and see what he saw. Though, not feel what he felt. As for that arm hacking off scene? It was something pretty extreme to watch. I wouldn’t say it was gory, as that makes it sound like it could have been something in a horror film. It was intense to watch, but I’d say it was more clinical and realistic than I thought I was going to see. I could feel his pain. I can’t imagine doing what he did to get himself out of the situation, though I’m guessing if you want to live that badly, you’ll do anything you can do to live. I think I was more grossed out when he tried to drink his own urine to keep himself hydrated. That really made me squirm!

Think I want to go hunt the book out now and see how that compares.
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see the entire list of movies seen this year so far: