New TV ain’t what it used to be

It could be I’m getting old, more impatient and my attention span is shrinking. But I like to believe I’m finally understanding that I don’t have all the time in the world to devote to TV. I actually have a life outside of my living room! Shocking, I know.

So, not long ago I posted the new season’s TV I was most looking forward to. Among them, some new TV shows that had caught my eye.

Out of the six new TV shows that I was looking forward to I’ve found that I’m only sticking with two of them. And one of them is very much on the border of getting drop kicked out of my viewing schedule. Oh and I’ve not yet seen one yet – Arrow.

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100 movies: A Lonely Place to Die

[yellow_box]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![/yellow_box]

A Lonely Place to DieA Lonely Place to Die 26/06/12)

A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse.

I’d be lying if I said that this film was totally not what I was expecting. Only because I’ve read a fair few people have that reaction before watching this film. But even with the vague knowledge that this film is in fact, not about mountain climbing, I was still pretty damn surprised.

One minute I’m watching some stunning cinematography selling Scotland’s amazing highlands. The next people are running, there’s screaming and gunshots are being fired. When the shit hits the fan, it really, really gets going. And I’m struggling talking about this film without actually talking about it. I’d like for other people to be as surprised as I was. A very convincing little thriller. I was definitely on the edge of my seat a few times. And I rarely am. My sofa is massive. It takes a lot for me to move that far.

Aside from the surprise, I enjoyed this film. Loved the little joke about Scottish money at the beginning. (I totally did that when I got given a Scottish £5 note!) Thought the ending got a little bit drawn out and despite the film coming in at just about 90 minutes, the last 20 minutes felt like double the amount of time. Melissa George is a great lead. She needs to do more films!

If you see this pop up on your radar, give it a go.
Rating: 3/5

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100 movies update

Derailed (28/08/10)
Vincent Cassel plays a brilliant bad guy. He really is. I don’t think this film would have been quite as watchable had he not been as good as a villain. It’s a decent enough thriller with a decent enough twist. Nothing really takes it beyond being just good enough. Which isn’t a bad thing. Oh and it had Russel from True Blood in it! Momentarily.
Rating: 3/5

Atonement (29/08/10)
Another DVD that’s been just sitting on my shelf, being unwatched for far too long. Very good film beautifully made. I loved the scene at Dunkirk, on the beach. Just amazing! The ending makes it all worthwhile. Great film.
Rating: 5/5

Sky High (30/08/10)
This film was an accidental watch. It’s a Bank Holiday, you’ve just come back from spending the morning shopping and feeling a little bit tired. Slumped on the sofa, not wanting to do much but watch some mindless TV. This was what was on and it was entertaining enough. Bit more than Derailed – there was a little bit too much typical teen stuff going on for me. Think I’m getting old! Only ‘young’ face I recognised was Mary Elizabeth Winstead! Hello Ramona Flowers! Oh and Bruce Campbell probably gives it one more point than it should do.
Rating: 2/5

I had plans on having a French-ish film weekend. That didn’t quite work – maybe next weekend!

Though talking of French films, I’ve just found out that the French film I saw the other weekend – Pour Elle has been remade as an American film starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks and is titled The Next Three Days. I feel like I need to see the remake, just so I can compare.

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100 movies: Triangle

Ouch, it’s been a long time since I’ve added anything to this list. Though I did do a few all day/weekend movie marathons. I’ve just taken a little break. To end the break I’ve watched an awesome movie!

Triangle (27/03/10)
This movie looked interesting when it was first released in cinemas. Looked like something I’d enjoy, but never got around to watching it, as it came out in the cinemas as quickly as they took it away. Finally got around to seeing it on the weeked and I loved it! Very clever horror/thriller movie. I don’t jump in horror movies, so I don’t usually use that as a benchmark for how good one is. I think I might have casually jumped at one point in this movie. I just liked how clever it was. I had no clue where it was going and I couldn’t even try and second guess. Well I tried and failed on numerous attempts. Very twisty turny movie with a fantastic and satisfying ending. I was tempted to give this movie full marks, though the supporting cast knock the movie down one peg.
Rating: 4/5

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