100 movies: Seven Psychopaths

100 movies of 2012

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

Seven PsychopathsSeven Psychopaths (12/12/12)

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

Chaos. Mad and utterly beautiful chaos is how I choose to describe Seven Psychopaths. In the best possible way. The plot is pretty hard to describe. Well, apart from the very simple summary that’s on IMDB. That describes the surface of the film.

Seven Psychopaths had me from the opening scene. It sums up the feeling and theme of the entire film. Also, it’s pretty damn hilarious. You can see it coming and yet the characters are none the wiser.

And now I’m stuck for what to say. Trying to collect your thoughts on a film which you thoroughly enjoyed and yet stumps you when you’re trying to talk about it is a little frustrating. It’s just that sort of film.

Yes, I enjoyed it. Seven Psychopaths is a great film. It’s got some fantastic laugh out loud moments. The clichés are thrown about and talked about at length. I like that sort of self referential humor. The characters are all completely unique and cracked me up. This is what Colin Farrell needs to do more of and less of the Total Recall crap. (Not that I saw it, but going on general consensus!) Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken stole it for me. Christopher Walken’s Hans’ last tape recorded message to Marty brought silence to the entire cinema. Great way to end it all.

Seven Psychopaths is bat shit crazy at the best of times and surprisingly touching for the rest of those times.
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

100 movies: Horrible Bosses

100 movies of 2012

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

Horrible BossesHorrible Bosses (06/07/12)

Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

This film was a lot funnier than I was expecting. One of the funniest straight up comedy films I’ve seen in a long time. I was expecting funny, just not as much as I got. Who’d have thought a film about three guys wanting to kill their bosses would be so funny? It’s definitely not a plot line in a film I’ve seen before.

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis and Charlie Day are excellent as the three leads. I admit, a couple of times, I did find Charlie Day’s Dale a little bit too much. But the deadpan coming off of Jason Bateman more than made up for it. I can’t say how fantastic I think that guy is. (Can’t wait for new Arrested Development!)

Out of the bosses… wow… no wonder they were targeted for murder. Colin Farrell’s Bobby was just plain disgusting. I was surprised we didn’t see more of him. Though, not totally unhappy about that. Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston both looked like they had a lot of fun in their truly horrible roles. Kevin Spacey wins the award of most horrible boss.

Another thing I loved about this film was the soundtrack. Every single song chosen was perfect! Sad that there’s not an actual soundtrack, just a score. (Wow, never thought I’d say that.), but have found a spotify playlist, so it’s alright.

As the film unravels things just get more and more ridiculous. Not to mention funnier. Really entertaining film. The house break-ins are brilliant. The scene at the police station. The bar, when they’re looking for a hitman. Loved it.
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

120+ Movies: Ondine

120+ Movies of 2011

OndineOndine (07/09/11)

The story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a Selke (a water nymph).

I was saying one thing over and over again throughout this film – stop mumbling! Well, they were either mumbling or I couldn’t get past the Irish accent. Maybe both. Either way, there were some scenes where I had no clue as to what was being said.

That aside, Ondine is a very sweet film and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I was wondering where it was all going and the ending disappointed me a little. Mostly because I thought they were going to leave it a bit more open. When reality struck, it felt like a bit of a let down. Not a lot.

I’d recommend people watching it. Perfect for a quiet night and a gale blowing outside.
Rating: 3/5

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100 movies: Piling them in

100 movies of 2010

My weekend of nothing was spent well watching far too much TV and movies!

Dead Like Me: Life After Death (14/08/10)
Oh dear. All I can say. The film did have some merits, mostly Mason being Mason. But it totally lost the feeling of what the original TV series felt like. At times it felt like a Hallmark Lifetime movie type thing! Question: Was there really a need for this film so long after the series ended?
Rating: 2/5

Pour Elle (Anything for Her) (15/08/10)
French film about a wrongly a woman, who was wrongly accused of murder and sent to prison for twenty years. Her very normal husband thinks the only solution is to break her out. That’s the film in a nutshell. It’s a bit ridiculous to see this very normal man, French teacher, turn into a mastermind at breaking out of prisons. I couldn’t quite buy into that part of the plot. Every now and then when I did, I enjoyed the film. Family drama stuff mixed in with a bit of a thriller. Though the actor cast to play Diane Kruger’s husband, wasn’t he a bit old for her?
Rating: 3/5

In Bruges (15/08/10)
A DVD that’s been sitting on my shelf for far too long. Loved it. Equal parts funny and quite disturbing. The midget obsession reminded me of someone I used to work with. It did well to advertise Bruges too, I think I want to go and visit! Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson were fantastic. Great ending too.
Rating: 5/5

100 movies – A long overdue update

100 movies of 2010

It’s been a long time since this blog has been updated let alone anymore movies being added. Never mind, playing catch up now!

Underdog May
Just a poor kids movie that I got suckered into watching due to boredom, a heat wave and a cute pup.
Rating: 1/5

Dan in Real Life May
I’m not a fan of Steve Carell. I appreciate that the majority of people find him hilarious, but not me. It’s probably why this film’s been sitting on my Sky box for so long. It’s not Steve Carell as I know him, and for that I was grateful. Very sweet film with some funny moments.
Rating: 3/5

In the Loop May
I wish I could swear like one of the characters out of this film. I didn’t know what was going on for most of the first half of the film, but the swearing was fantastic. I got into it towards the end, and it got a few laughs out of me.
Rating: 3/5

State of Play 19/06/10
Brilliant thriller. Never saw the original BBC drama this was based on but eh. Doesn’t really matter. The film was awesome.
Rating: 4/5

Pride and Glory 19/06/10
This is the kind of film where I think everyone in it is really good but the plot just didn’t grab me. Typical dirty cops kind of film.
Rating: 2/5

The Losers 20/06/10
Fun film to watch on a Sunday afternoon. Very little brain activity needed. Brilliant bits of action – don’t need anything more!
Rating: 3/5

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