Before this bandwagon leaves the station, I need to get on it, and just tell you how much I too enjoyed Snowpiercer.
But before I start, do yourself a favour. If you haven’t seen Snowpiercer and do intend to at some point in time, don’t read this. Please. I don’t spill any major spoilers, but even then. Just do yourself a favour and stay dark on this one.
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!
My choice of film of late has been odd. Here’s my admission that recently, all I’ve been craving, are mindless ‘easy’ films to watch. Nothing more. I’ve got plenty of the good stuff sitting on my Sky box waiting to be seen. But I just haven’t felt like watching them. Hoping to get out of the ‘mindless’ film frame of mind soon!
The Eagle (10/03/12)
In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father’s memory by finding his lost legion’s golden emblem.
I had a big problem with this film. A big problem which made it hard for me to sympathise with the leading character. Very hard. My problem was the Romans. The Romans being those people who, in my history lessons, were intent on ruling as much of the world as they could and doing whatever they could to do that. For all the good that they did for the world (a lot) they were still, in essence, the bad guys. Well, in my mind. Here in The Eagle I’m meant to get behind a Roman character who needs to get back a symbol of the Roman civilisation from the indigenous people where it was left.
Perhaps thinking too much into it. In fact, I know I am. This is just a film. But I couldn’t get behind Marcus’ reasoning for doing what he thought he needed to do. Also those Scottish tribes were a bit too Native American for me. I can accept the fact that the Scottish Highlands had tribes. But like that? I feel like I need to do some research.
The Eagle is a fair enough film. Channing Tatum’s not a great actor, but he did a good enough job here. Jamie Bell’s a very good actor and him and Tatum played off each other very well. The relationship between Marcus and Esca was pretty compelling to watch. I just found it too hard to get on the side of Marcus’ plight. It just felt very weak. Very weak. There could have been more time spent on Marcus and Esca’s relationship. The scenes with just those two were among my favourite.
Read on to see all the films watched this year…
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (27/10/11)
Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. But someone else is in search of the ship.
This was the kind of film I was hoping the last Indiana Jones was going to be. It’s fun. It’s not just for kids. And it’s fun. Though one irk to get out of the way – I don’t understand in the point of doing an animated feature if the point of your animation is to make it as realistic as using people. Why not just use people and live action! Answers on a postcard please!
Minus my little irk, I really enjoyed the film. There was a father sitting near me who kept telling his children, who didn’t seem to care, that it was exactly like the old comics and cartoon. He couldn’t stop telling them how much it was like he hoped it would be!
All the voice talent was spot on. Most of the time I couldn’t tell the difference between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost! Jamie Bell’s voice was almost unrecognisable as Tintin. He did good!
The story was a simple one, but it didn’t need to be anything more than it was. There wasn’t anything unexpected. There didn’t need to be. There’s enough character in the characters and a few laugh out loud lines. Or at least moments that will deserve a snort.
Go and see it. Not in 3D. I think I might be blind to 3D. Barring a few moments of floaty dust and swords protruding, I just didn’t see the 3D!
One last thing – the opening sequence is beautiful. John Williams score and some gorgeous animation. Yes, it’s a bit Catch Me If You Can, but it’s still a wonderful opening title sequence.
Read on to see the entire list of movies seen this year so far:
With yet more recovery and resting at home, a few more movies have been seen:
Flags of Our Fathers (03/03/10)
I like war movies. Not that I like watching wars or anything, but I like the history aspect and there’s something about them. Maybe the depression in them! I liked this movie. It really made war look brutal and harsh. It didn’t glamorise it at all. It did well at creating the sense or camaraderie there is between men at war. The cast were really very good – I kept seeing actors and thinking, ‘Ooo, I recognise him’ throughout the whole movie. Visually the movie was stunning. The war scenes just looked so bleak.
A History of Violence (03/03/10)
What a brutal and depressing movie. Well partly depressing. Very harsh movie. Viggo was fantastic in it and really sold the role he was playing. I really liked Maria Bello in this movie. The only other thing I’ve seen her in was the third Mummy movie where she did her terrible impression of Rachel Weisz. Great movie. Just not something I’d like to see again any time soon, just because it’s quite harsh!
Office Space (04/03/10)
Why has it taken me so long to watch this movie?! It’s been sitting on my Sky Box for more months than I can even think of. I honestly can’t remember when I recorded it but so glad I did. I loved this movie. Really funny. There’s some bits about that office life that I could relate to, to some extent. The characters were hilarious and I just loved the whole movie. Milton made me laugh a lot and then think, ‘Aww bless’. Fantastic movie.
The Eye (04/03/10)
The movie was on and I wasn’t going anywhere, so I sat and watched it. It was OK, as far as adapted horror movies go. I was getting a bit bored part way through the movie because I felt it took far too long to get to the point of the movie and actually go anywhere. I didn’t understand why Sydney kept going back to the doctor, who clearly didn’t care. But then did care. I didn’t jump at all throughout the whole movie. Nothing that unexpected and it was all a rather happy ending. Well, actually, that I wasn’t expecting.
Read more to see the full list of movies I’ve seen so far this year.
Quite a few more movies to add to the list. I’m doing well so far…
Second movie of the year and it’s another war movie based on true events. Which I didn’t realise until the movie ended. Brilliant movie. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to sit down and watch it. Liev Schrieber really surprised me in this movie. Really strong performance from him. He was really rather good. As was Daniel Craig, but then I expect that from him.
Another movie it’s taken me far too long to watch. Amazing performance from Michael Sheen and Frank Langella. Both were uncanny performances. And it did teach me a few things. For one, I never knew how much of a playboy and risk taker David Frost was! All I know of him is this upstanding political correspondant who’s got a lot of respect for himself because of the work he’s done. Though I found it funny at the end of the movie where they did explain a bit more about David Frost… for the benefit of American audiences.
And the ‘based-on-true-stories’ movies continue. Not out of any really conscious thought, believe me! Really amazing movie this is. The songs are beautiful and Beyonce surprised me a lot. She held her own pretty well.
I was trying so hard to like this movie as I was watching. It’s a very bleak movie that’s solely based on vengeance. Despite a really fantastic performance from Eric Bana I still found it hard getting into the movie. Things were going on but I couldn’t connect to whatever was going on in the movie. So I did learn a lot in terms of what happened at those Olympic games, as I had no idea, but unlike the previous based on true story movies, I didn’t feel anything for what happened in the movie after seeing it.
I promise, not all the movies I see this year will be biopics or based on true stories! Yet here’s another brilliant one. Jamie Foxx was amazing. Like Michael Sheen and Frank Langella, an uncanny performance from him as Ray Charles. I never knew that his earlier days were so littered with drug abuse, unless that was embelished upon slightly more for movies’ sake. Awesome music and an amazing cast. Loved this movie.
Read more to see the full list of this year’s movies and their ratings, so far.