Jumping on the Snowpiercer Bandwagon

Film

Snowpiercer

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.

100 movies: New York, I Love You

100 movies of 2012

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!

New York, I Love YouNew York, I Love You (25/05/12)

An anthology film joining several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York.

After watching this film, I don’t think I ‘get’ anthology films. Or maybe this was just a particularly bad one. It felt like it was going to go on forever, one story following another, with no end in sight. And no real tangible thing connecting the stories. Maybe I missed some of the points.

Here we have a collection of love story-esque stories happening across New York, across the races, ages, everything. All the short films are directed by a bunch of different directors, including Brett Ratner, Joshua Marston, and Natalie Portman herself. Maybe it was all the different directors which made this anthology just feel too disjointed. I get it’s not a typical film, but it just didn’t work for me.

The film does do a good job of selling New York and there are some very nicely put together shorts. Ethan Hawke’s little section stood out for me. Always love the characters he plays, no matter how seedy they can come across.

Some good performances, but towards the end of this average length film I was just willing it to end. Finally it did. To my relief.
Rating: 2/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

120+ movies: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

120+ Movies of 2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (23/09/11)

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons.

I admit that throughout about 40% of this film I was confused. I was confused with what was going on, why it was going on and where it was going on. Regardless, I think I enjoyed the confusion because I left the cinema feeling like I’ve experienced one heck of a brilliant film.

Amazing performances from all involved. I couldn’t have guessed what was going on with the storyline if I had tried. I was using so much brainpower to concentrate and keep up with the film, trying to predict anything would have severely hindered my ability to just watch. So I sat back an enjoyed.
Rating: 5/5

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

100 movies: V for Vendetta

100 movies of 2010

[yellow_box]Updated 30/12/11: Today I rewatched this film. I promised myself I’d do this because after watching this film I did say to myself I was clearly missing something. Now that I have rewatched, I get what I was missing. Feels like my eyes have been opened! I take back my original score and give this what it deserves. A very solid 4/5[/yellow_box]

V for VendettaV for Vendetta (06/11/10)
Clearly I’ve missed something while watching this film. It’s got an average rating of 8.2 on IMDB and I honestly can’t think why! Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood to watch this film, but I just couldn’t connect with it. I think the one set of scenes which really grabbed me and got me to pay attention was when Natalie Portman’s Evey was being held prisoner, going through daily torture and surviving it all. Then to realise what was really going on. Possibly my only liked bit in the film because it felt well thought out and I understood, that for Evey to understand what V went through she had to go through it herself.

Other than that, I was at a loss with the film. It’s very possible I wasn’t in the mood for it as I did keep nodding off. I know it went through development hell, James Purefoy being cast, then dropping out, and a host of other issues. But I just couldn’t get into it! Maybe I’ll give it a try another time. Not any time soon. There’s got to be a reason it was given 8.2! I’m probably giving it a slightly higher score than I should because I thought Natalie Portman was very good.
Rating: 2/5

Read on to see the entire list of the movies I’ve seen this year.