120+ movies: Oh the horrors!

120+ Movies of 2011

From Paris With LoveFrom Paris with Love (15/04/11)

In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city.

I had an inkling that Luc Besson was somewhat linked to this film considering it’s mindless action and based in Paris. What are the odds? Well, he wrote the story and it does feel like your average Luc Besson action film. Stupid action, a very loose plot and more mindless action.

To be fair, you don’t watch a film like this for the plot. It’s your usual buddy copy mixed in with a terrorist plot. It does jump around a bit and I didn’t predict it to end where it did, compared to where it started. John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys-Meyer worked well together. There were some laughs. One very cool car chase sequence, though still waiting for a car chase to top Ronin’s. Don’t think it’ll happen any time soon.

Overall, I enjoyed the film. I feel slightly dirty for saying that. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure film.
Rating: 3/5

Scream 4Scream 4 (16/04/11)

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Firstly, I think I did enjoy this film while I watched it. For the majority of the time. Though there were more than a couple of occasions where I got annoyed with how self-aware it was. The whole Scream franchise is very good at nitpicking at the horror film genre and twisting things on its head. But it all failed slightly a little bit in the fourth film.

It was great seeing the ol’ Scream gang back. Though Courtney Cox had some shocking plastic surgery done and her face did scare me a tad more than Ghostface. The new Scream gang I didn’t like so much. I can’t actually remember any of their names or how they died. Sad. Though was very excited to see Alison Brie on the big screen and her death made an impact!

I did still enjoy the film. Scream’s the original new wave of teen slasher films and for that, I’m grateful for the franchise and this film. Here’s hoping the fifth will be rectifying some of the badness of the fourth. I don’t want this franchise to go down the Final Destination film franchise!
Rating: 3/5

Hot Tub Time MachineHot Tub Time Machine (17/04/11)

Four guy friends, all of them bored with their adult lives, travel back to their respective 80s heydays thanks to a time-bending hot tub.

This film teaches me that I should seek out the ability to travel back in time, make some changes to better my future life and roll with it. Also, I’m slightly more wary of hot tubs.

It’s not a genius film, I’m wondering what John Cusack is doing in it. Some bits were a little bit funny. The best thing about the film was definitely Clark Duke – very funny and got to see him do a little bit more than what he got to do in Kick Ass!

Chevy Chase makes a suitably creepy repair man. And look, that’s two Community actors in one post!
Rating: 2/5

Attack the BlockAttack the Block (20/04/11)

About a teen gang in South London defending their block from an alien invasion.

Don’t let the dodgy title from IMDB or the trailer put you off seeing this film. It’s a brilliantly funny, mildly terrifying and so very south London film. My expectations were low-ish going into the film. I think I saw the trailer in the cinema which was fine. Only I think it followed the trailer for Anuvahood and I think I confused the two of them in my head.

Confusion aside, what Attack the Block is a funny little Brit sci-fi film with some very talented young, first time actors. Was very impressed with the monsters in the film. The aliens in the film had no idea what they were coming up against when they landed in south London.

It starts off fairly brutally and that stays with you for the whole film. There’s loads of great dialog thrown in. Kids in situations you never thought they’d be in. And a fantastic soundtrack from Basement Jaxx. Matched the atmosphere of the film. First Daft Punk did Tron: Legacy, now we have Basement Jaxx on this and next we’ve got The Chemical Brothers’ doing the score for Hanna. I’m not minding this at all!

Go see the film. It’s funny, action packed and just slightly gory. Brilliant.
4/5

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100 movies: Into the 90s

100 movies of 2010

I’m hoping I’ll be able to go well over my target of 100 movies this year. I’m in the 90s already!

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (19/09/10)
Tony Scott films are a guilty pleasure of mine. More often than not the plot’s not the strongest point, but the film makes for good entertainment – Deja Vu, Man on Fire, Days of Thunder, Enemy of the State, Top Gun… Fun, fun, FUN action films. Pelham’s up there with them too. I’ve not seen the original, so I can’t make any educational comparisons. What I can say is that it’s a decent action/thriller movie with Travolta playing it up as the villain and Denzel doing his thing as the hapless good guy. Bring on Unstoppable!
Rating: 3/5

The Last Exorcism (20/09/10)
I love being scared in the cinema. The Last Exorcism did a good job of giving me some decent scares. A nice story about one man’s faith, or lack of with a twist at the end I definitely did not see coming. In fact the thing that I thought was a twist was definitely not one. Ashley Bell played a damn good possessed girl – I would not win in a staring competition against her.
Rating: 4/5

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100 movies: From animated to just plain weird

100 movies of 2010

I think this is the highest number of movies I’ve seen in a single week. Or the last couple of weeks. It’s what helps me feel better when I’m not so well. So here’s the last few days worth of movies.

Alice in Wonderland (05/03/10)
I didn’t have the highest of high hopes for this movie. I was going into it expecting some amazing stuff from Tim Burton’s mind, crazy stuff from Johnny Depp’s and general entertainment. That’s roughly what I got. I did go and see the 3D version of the film and, to be honest, the 3D didn’t grab me. As more and more movies try out the 3D I’m finding myself getting more and more jaded by it. Not once did I oo or ahh at the 3D. In fact I was vaguely more impressed by the 3D trailer for Toy Story 3 and the Sky 3D advert! Some people in the cinema ooo’d when a teacup came flying at the screen, but in my mind it wasn’t really coming out of the screen.

Enough poo-pooing 3D, what about the film? I really enjoyed it, as I already said. The couple things I really liked was the vision and the casting. Tim Burton’s mind never fails to give you something that looks amazing. And I wasn’t disappointed at all here. Wonderland looked amazing. All the characters were brilliantly conceived. Just lovely to look at. Then there’s the casting, which in my mind was perfect. Everyone from Mia Wasikowska as Alice to Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. I couldn’t fault any of the cast on their roles. Just perfect casting. And Johnny Depp? Well he plays crazy really well and I thought he was great as the Mad Hatter.

I was slightly disappointed with Danny Eflman’s score. It really wasn’t that memorable. I can’t remember the last score of his where I thought ‘wow’.

It was a nice enough story. Nothing mind blowing and nothing unexpected. Good entertainment in my mind. I think my score might look slightly inflated, but I really loved the look of the movie.
Rating: 4/5

Bolt 06/03/10
Disney’s Bolt – a movie about a girl and her dog. Or just the dog. I’m a bit upset at myself for waiting so long seeing this movie. I’m a dog lover and I lap up anything that involves dogs and Disney. Yes, even Snow Buddies. I loved the film. Much funnier than I was expecting and I warmed to all of the characters more than I thought I would. I even forgot Miley Cyrus was in it! Bolt just reminded me of Axel so much at times! I miss that dog. So I had a fair few tears watching the movie. More than I was expecting. Rhino was hilarious. He really made me laugh. All in all a be-awesome Disney movie!
Rating: 4/5

Gran Torino (06/03/10)
I wasn’t expecting to laugh in this movie. All I knew was that it was Clint Eastwood going all badass on a bunch of neighbourhood thugs. There were quite a few laughs! Just at the bits where Walt is getting to know his neighbours and really getting into the community spirit. Fantastic film. Clint Eastwood was brilliant and I just really enjoyed the whole thing. Not completely what I was expecting, but that was a good thing. And the car? It is a thing of beauty! And here it is!
Rating: 5/5

Franklyn (07/038/10)
Umm, I don’t know what to say about this film. Throughout most of the beginning I was clueless as to what was going on. I thought the two narratives jarred incredibly. I understood how the two narratives were connected, but I just couldn’t buy into it. I was impressed by Ryan Philippe’s English accent! Eva Green was good too. Just couldn’t get behind this film much.
Rating: 2/5

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