120+ movies: 50/50

120+ Movies of 2011, Annual Movie Challenge

50/5050/50 (30/11/11)

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

A comedy about cancer. A comedy about cancer that works as both genuinely funny and a touching portrayal of a young guy struggling with his diagnosis of cancer. I had a lot of laugh out loud moments. A lot from Seth Rogen’s Kyle, in his effort to make light of Adam’s disease. Ok, there were a lot of crude jokes. But they made me laugh.

But the great thing is that the humour never makes light of cancer. You never feel like they’re belittling the disease. It’s treated with respect. If diseases can be.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is great as the lead. He’s sympathetic and easy to relate to. Meanwhile there were a few occasions I wanted to throw Kyle under a bus, you realise he’s only doing his best as the best friend of a cancer patient.

Heart warming is the most clichéd but best ways I can describe this film.
Rating: 5/5

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120+ Movies: Getting Back on Track

120+ Movies of 2011

The Hangover Part IIThe Hangover Part II (27/05/11)

Right after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Stu’s plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.

Going into this film I knew what I was expecting – more of what was in the first film and then some. So this film ticked that box well enough. It pretty much stuck to the same formula as the first film. Well, I think it treated the first film as a template to the second. Things almost happened exactly the same way as they did in the first with different variables. Some ludeness was upped. The amount of stupidity from Alan was upped, which did grate on my slightly.

Though I laughed throughout most of the film. There was plenty of stupidity. It’s not as good as the first one, because the first one set all the rules and this second film has stuck to the rules like glue. I probably won’t be buying this when it gets released on blu-ray/DVD, but it was a fun ride. Marginally disappointed in that this could have been one hell of an even funnier film given the talent.
Rating: 3/5

How to Train Your DragonHow to Train Your Dragon (28/05/11)

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Now this is a surprisingly good film! It’s a simple story. Young boy trying to find his place. Forms unlikely friendship. Everyone learns a vital lesson by the end of the film. But it’s so nicely told with some equally touching moments and brilliantly funny parts!

The bonding scene between Hiccup and Toothless got me to tears in record time, thanks to a really beautiful score by John Powell.

Think this is my favourite animated film from Dreamworks. It had some real heart to it, which I find other Dreamworks animated films just don’t have. I’m happy there’s a sequel, but I hope they get things right again and don’t mess with a great formula. Just maybe improve it slightly.
Rating: 4/5

ZodiacZodiac (28/05/11)

A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

This is what I call a ‘heavy’ film. My brain hurt a lot after finishing with it. Not to mention left feeling a little bit unsatisfied. Well, that was my initial feeling after I’d finished watching the film. Looking back on it, how on earth could it have ended any other way.

Brilliant performances from all the cast in the film. The Zodiac killer himself terrified me. More-so due to the fact that he was/is real. Sends a shiver down my spine.

Loved the look of San Francisco and the colour tones in the film.A very beautiful looking film as well as packing a lot of substance.
Rating: 4/5

Up in the AirUp in the Air (30/05/11)

With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: ground him.

My god, it took me so long to finally watch this film! But I’ve seen it now, so stop looking at me that way.

Brilliant film. Great dialog. Amazing cast. The ending of the film did not go where I was expecting it to go. I was expecting a happy ending, which I guess it was in a way.

I adored the opening sequence of the film and all of the aerial shots in the film. They were beautiful! I want to make a snapshot of one of them and put it on my desktop.

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100 movies: A weekend of bad(ish) films

100 movies of 2010

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: Scott Pilgrim!

100 movies of 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (25/08/10)
There’s been a lot of Scott Pilgrim on here lately. That’s down to me trying to read the book before the film is released and then watching the film and having to write on here to add it to my 100 movies list.

Any who… It was awesome! Or should I say epic? Brilliant movie. I think having read the comic books didn’t necessarily make me enjoy it more, just enjoy it in a slightly different way to how the everyday Joe public would enjoy the movie.

It did follow the comics very closely. Well as closely as I can remember considering I’ve only read the books once through. It was all very close up until the final volume. But it was nice how the story of the film diverged from the comic and then towards the end, headed back to where the comics went.

The music was awesome. I’ve been listening to the soundtracks today on Spotify and will be buying them very soon. The score OST’s a very different one to what I’m used to listening to, but there are some really beautiful score pieces, like Love me some walking.

Great cast. Amazing action sequences – the fight scenes were just awesome! Just go see Scott Pilgrim today!
Rating: 5/5

Side note: This was my 80th movie of the year and my 13th this month!

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