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:

100 movies of 2010: Update

100 movies of 2010

It’s been a bit of a slower week this week with only 3 movies watched, but that’s better than I would have done had I not been trying to watch 100 movies this year. Another mixed bunch too.

Slumdog Millionaire (16/01/10)
For some reason the hype machine that was working for this movie last year skipped me. Well I saw the hype, but I felt it was over hyped. A lot of people saying it’s a really ‘good’ movie or ‘nice’ movie just put me off a lot for some reason. Also despite being Indian, I’m not a big Bollywood fan and the big thing about this movie was mixing of the Bollywood with Hollywood. Well that wasn’t totally accurate I found out upon watching the movie. It’s definitely a good movie. Danny Boyle’s direction really makes the movie look amazing. The way the story’s told also adds to the ‘goodness’ of this movie. I can’t really find too much fault with this movie, I did enjoy watching it. Though I don’t understand how overhyped it was. I felt it showed a bit of a one sided view of Mumbai, but I guess it’s the Western world’s POV of India. Still.
Rating: 4/5

Australia (16/01/10)
I really did want to see this movie when it was first released in the cinema. Baz Luhrman and Hugh Jackman … I’m not the biggest Nicole Kidman fan. I thought this would be a winner. I am now grateful I waited ’til now to see it. What on Earth was this movie meant to be about? It had so many different plots rolled into it and I don’t think it really knew where it was going. Overly long and without any real purpose. But speaking as a female – Hugh Jackman was much appreciated in this movie. Hell YES. But he alone wasn’t enough. Some great scenery and emotional stuff which got the tears out of me, but that’s getting easier and easier these days.
Rating: 2/5

Yes Man (17/01/10)
Not exactly something I really desperately needed to see, but a nice enough movie to spend a Sunday afternoon watching. I thought the whole cast was good, besides Jim Carey. He just seemed a bit of an odd piece of casting considering how much younger the rest of the cast were. Made his pairing with Zooey Deschanel all the more bizarre. It was nice enough. I’ve not read the book, though from what I can guess all they took from the book was the loose concept of saying YES to everything. Jim Carey did some gurning, he couldn’t go a whole movie without. It was great seeing Rhys Darby, though in a similar role as he was in Flight of the Conchords. An entertaining enough movie, I’m guessing, if you haven’t read the book.
Rating: 2/5

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