120+ movies: The Ides of March

120+ Movies of 2011, Annual Movie Challenge

The Ides of MarchThe Ides of March (01/11/11)

An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

There’s nothing like a good political thriller, eh? This was a very good one. I’ll be honest, I might have been a little bored in the beginning. But, it was very short-lived. Once the plot got rolling, it moved along at a good pace.

Great performances from everyone. Ryan Gosling is fantastic. George Clooney’s there, but that’s all he really is. Didn’t make much of an impact, apart from his character being fairly pivotal in the plot of the film. Ok, very pivotal.

It’s not an overly ‘think-y’ film. Nowhere near in the same vein as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which I liked. You just watched as the events unfolded and occasionally saw where things were going. Like the woman sat behind me felt like announcing any time such a thought popped in her head!

Aside from her, really enjoyed the film. Walked out with a good feeling and smile on my face. All films should do that.
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.
5/5

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100 movies of 2010: Fantastic Mr. Fox

100 movies of 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox (06/02/10)
All I can think to say is ‘what a cute movie’. Seriously, I thought it was adorable. I loved the stop motion animation and thought the voice casting was brilliant. Though I’ve not read the original book by Roald Dahl and I know there was some fans of the book who weren’t too thrilled with the movie. I liked it, though towards the end I was thinking – ‘Was that the end? Oh wait there’s more’. And somewhere in the middle the movie lost me for a few moments. Ash was brilliant, as was Kristoffersen. Two of my favourites from the movie. The animation just won me over. So entertaining, but not totally what I was expecting.
Rating: 3/5

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100 movies of 2010 – It Starts!

100 movies of 2010

A few days into the year and I’ve finally seen my first movie of this year.

Three Kings
This movie had been on my to-watch list for far too long and I am happy now that I’ve seen it. It was funnier than I thought it was going to be. The humor worked well in the movie along with the whole message of what went on at that time.
Rating: 4/5