120+ movies: Getting behind!

120+ Movies of 2011

I think I’m running a bit behind this year if I hope to get to over 120 films for the year! Need to pick up the pace.

A Beautiful MindA Beautiful Mind (01/05/11)

After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.

Beautiful film. Really great film. Great performances from everyone and I think Russell Crowe’s best since Gladiator. Jennifer Connelly completely tore me up as John Nash’s world started falling apart. I completely and utterly believed what John Nash was seeing and doing. I didn’t really think that he might be hallucinating. Well, until things started going really crazy.

Loved the James Horner score. Think it’s my favourite score of his since Titanic. It doesn’t sound like a lot of his other scores, most of the time! The biggest problem I have with Avatar and Troy’s scores.

Very touching film that had me in tears!
Rating: 4/5

ExtractExtract (05/05/11)

Joel, the owner of an Extract plant, tries to contend with myriad personal and professional problems, such as his potentially unfaithful wife and employees who want to take advantage of him.

Thanks to my new love of Arrested Development I have a bigger love for Jason Bateman. Seeing his name listed in the credits for this film made me think it’d be worth a watch. Him and Mike Judge of Office Space fame, which was one of my favourite films I’d seen last year.

Extract just bored and irritated me sadly. There were some funny moments. JK Simmons made me laugh as did Bateman. But overall it just felt like a painful film to watch with none of the fun or wackiness that Office Space had.
Rating: 2/5

HannaHanna (06/05/11)

A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Loved this film. I really like my action-thriller type films. This one had the added benefit of Eric Bana. Even with a slightly unidentifiable accent he was very good in the film. However all the credit in this film goes to Saoirse Ronan. Fantastic young actress who can play a ruthless assassin as well as a very naive young girl who’s never been out in the world. Think the weakest character in the film was probably Cate Blanchett’s Marissa. She just felt a little one-sided to me.

At times the film felt a bit schizophrenic, but in a good way! Flipping from fast paced action thriller to an indie feeling film about a very innocent girl.

Loved the British family played by Olivia Williams and Jason Flemyng. They weren’t caricatures, instead felt like real people. Funny people at that.

The score was awesome! I’m loving this trend of DJs scoring films. There was Daft Punk and Tron, Basement Jaxx and Attack the Block, and now we have The Chemical Brothers and Hanna. Loved some of the pieces they did during the action sequences.

I know there are talks of a sequel. I hope there isn’t one. Well, unless they can top this one!
Rating: 4/5

CatfishCatfish (07/05/11)

In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother.

A lot of hype surrounding this film and it’s hype I got caught up in. However, it still took me a long time to watch the film. I think the hype ruined it slightly.

I did enjoy the film but I think I was expecting a bit more of an ‘OMG’ twist towards the end. I kept hoping something else was going to happen. Though, after I’d watched the film and thought about the events a bit more, I did see the madness of it all properly.

Ariel really annoyed me throughout the film. I just got more and more annoyed with him. I can’t remember why, but I remember the annoyance!
Rating: 3/5

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (20/05/11)

Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

I’m one of those weird people who enjoyed films 2 & 3 in the POTC series. Yes, they were long and convoluted. But they’re fun to watch and get lost in.

I did not get lost in On Stranger Tides. Johnny Depp is still fantastic as Captain Jack Sparrow and new additions Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane were great, but there were some other new additions who weren’t so great. The main plot line of the fountain of youth was a fun bit of adventure. The love story between Philip and Syrena felt a bit pointless and was just in there for extra padding. Neither character had much depth to them and I couldn’t get behind either of them.

There were some good set pieces, but none of them felt like they were as big in scope as any of the ones in the first three films.

I sadly did spend some extra money and see this film in 3D, due to lack of 2D screenings. There were some attempts at some things pointing out into the audience, but for the most part, like Thor, it just wasn’t necessary. Especially during the action and fight scenes where things are moving so quick it makes me feel slightly cross-eyed with 3D glasses on!

Wasn’t impressed with the scoring on this film either. I was looking forward to some good stuff from Hans Zimmer – I’ve loved his previous work with this franchise. But it just didn’t feel like this film had its own theme.

I hope there’s not a fifth film!
Rating: 2/5

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

100 movies: A Time Traveller, Sack Dolls and 27 Dresses

100 movies of 2010

The Time Traveller's WifeThe Time Traveller’s Wife (02/10/10)
A sci-fi love story. Strange, but it works. This was a very touching film, though initially it felt a little aimless. The thought of just watching the couple go through their life didn’t fill me with any kind of thrill. Though there was enough thrown into Henry and Clare’s life together to keep me vested in the film. Think I enjoyed the film more because of Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. Excellent leads and were very believable as a couple. Also Ron Livingstone! I haven’t seen him in a film for too long. And was that Kale Ingram from Rubicon in this film? Looking older than he does now.
Rating: 3/5

99 (03/10/10)
For some reason I thought Tim Burton had more to do with this film than he actually did. Might be something to do with the fact that this film seems to always be introduced as Tim Burton’s 9. As far as I could see he only produced! It didn’t have much of a Tim Burton feel to it at all. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Strange little animation with a very strange plot – sack cloth dolls are the last living beings on Earth, trying to battle machines that have taken over. Not sure it totally worked, but it did keep me entertained for the duration of the film. There were some neat little action moments and some very touching times too. Though it’s pretty forgettable.
Rating: 2/5

27 Dresses27 Dresses (03/10/10)
Hmm, your typical romcom. A very easy to watch film, that’s for sure. No brain required! Katherine Heigl plays the leading role well enough. James Marsden did well enough as leading man too. They played off each other pretty well. The dress changing scene was cute. Everything in it was pretty predictable. But then I think you know that going into the film.
Rating: 2/5

Read on to see all the movies I’ve seen so far this year.

100 movies: On track! I think…

100 movies of 2010

Made of Honor (29/07/10)
Your typical A to B RomCom with nothing surprising. Less I say the better. Oh wait, I need to justify why I saw it – I was partially medicated. That a good enough reason?
Rating: 1/5

Funny People (01/08/10)
I remember the marketing campaign for this movie – the trailers and the posters and anything related. Wow. Were they marketing a completely different film? Did the agency actually see the film? When it was released in the cinema it looked like your typical Judd Apatow movie with the usual players, some rude jokes and some laughs. Well it was, kind of. There was the laughs. But there was a heck of a lot more serious to this than I was expecting, though I was a bit relieved to see it. Felt the film dragged a bit towards the end; the second half was far too slow for me. The film did successfully do something I wasn’t expecting – it made my like Seth Rogen! Overall though it was a good enough film which kept me more or less entertained for its duration.
Rating: 3/5

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

100 movies of 2010 – 4 more movies

100 movies of 2010

It’s been a slow couple of weeks but I’ve managed to try and get a few more movies watched for this year. As soon as the new TV schedule kicks off again, I start lagging behind!

Valkyrie 30/01/10
A movie starring Tom Cruise as one of the German officers who tried to do what they could to bring Hitler’s Germany down… who’d have thought he’d pull it off? Well, in the beginning it was hard for me to ‘buy’ the American accented one as the lead here without having a German accent, but I think it was pulled off well enough. Very good movie of a part of history I know very patchy details on. For one thing I didn’t know there were so many attempts on Hitler’s life. All of which failed. I knew that he committed suicide, but that was as far as my historical knowledge went. Very good movie with a good message of the German officers of that time – not all of them were like him.
Rating: 4/5

Love the Beast 30/01/10
This had been sitting on my hard drive for a while. No idea why it had taken me quite this long to see it, it was cars + Eric Bana which instantly equals awesome in my books. Thankfully it lived up to that! Very good docufilm about Eric’s love of the beautiful Ford Falcon and the Taga Tasmania. After watching the movie, I feel like I want to take part in that race! I’ve always admired Eric Bana for, despite being a very good actor, picks his movies very carefully and isn’t seen in that many per year as he clearly has other passions in his life – cars and his family and friends.
Rating: 3/5

Brick 31/01/10
I was very confused in the beginning of this movie. The dialog was not at all what I was expecting and found it a little hard to understand what was going on. The setting was a highschool but everything that was going on around it and the actions of the characters was something out of a film noir detective story and there lies the genius of this movie. It mixes the themes so very well and you’ve got an extremly unique film experience. Joseph Gordon Levitt was fantastic in it. Really amazing. Totally the highlight of the movie.
Rating: 4/5

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