Please note, the mixing of Pirates and Scientists does not a good film make

100 movies of 2013

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.

Wow. What a freaking big disappointment. It’s rare I start anything here so negatively. But I’m not sure why I was quite so disappointed. Not epically disappointed. But near enough.

See, those clever Aardman Animations guys did amazing work with Wallace and Gromit. None of them hit a dud note. Charming. Cute. Funny. Touching. Stop motion at its best. Near enough.

The Pirates! dropped the ball. For me. It looked like a lot of fun. Anything with pirates is usually a lot of fun. (Yes, I did enjoy all of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Crap. That’s a lie. I enjoyed the original trilogy. I even liked Cutthroat Island!) Except this. Honestly one of the most boring films I’ve seen. Sure there were a small handful of jokes that got a laugh out of me. Though hearing I’m Not Crying by Flight of the Conchords got more of a laugh out of me. The most entertaining thing about this film was figuring out all the voice actors without IMDB’ing them.

Ask me to recall the plot and I won’t be able to. And as such, I can’t really think of what else to write about.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (Viewed: 07/02/13 | Rating: 1/5)

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Tucker and Dale are my new favourite allies to take on horror film evil

100 movies of 2013

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Tucker & Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids.

It feels like it’s taken me forever to sit down to watch this film. Well, nearly three years according to the original release date which was back in 2010. Was it really that long ago?

A quiet Sunday afternoon seemed like a good time to sit and watch Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, with the family. After all, my dad had been saying he’d been wanting to watch a comedy for a while. Meanwhile my mum is a little sensitive to onscreen violence.

Well, we all laughed our guts out. Even my mum. Though, her laughter was definitely more of the “This is hilarious! But I shouldn’t be laughing at other people’s pain!”. I reassured her – those kids deserved it. I have never seen my mum hide her laughter as much as she did while watching this film.

A little bit like how The Cabin in the Woods disassembles the typical horror film, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil reverses it. With a bit of a sweet message behind it. Or was that just me seeing that?

The humor is perfect. Every single comedic moment had me either nearly busting a gut laughing, or actually busting a gut laughing. Hysterical laughter. Not seen a film that’s had that effect on me in a long time. A lot of that has to do with the hapless hillbilles – Tucker and Dale. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk are the perfect pairing. I’ve always been a fan of Tudyk’s comedy roles. (Yes, even in A Knight’s Tale.) And yes, Wash from Firefly was a favourite of mine. He’s got great comedy timing and never misses a moment here. The chainsaw scene was probably my favourite – HILARIOUS! Oh and the college kids attempt at storming the cabin. Actual laugh out loud moments right there.

As horror comedies/parodies go, this is up there with Shaun of the Dead and The Cabin in the Woods. Hoping it’ll be the indie classic it deserves to be.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (Viewed: 27/01/13 | Rating: 4/5)

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100 movies: The Gods Must Be Crazy

100 movies of 2012

[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]

The Gods Must Be CrazyThe Gods Must Be Crazy (28/12/12)

A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.

The Gods Must Be Crazy has a solid score of 7.1 on IMDB and 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet it features the acting talents of a real life Bushman called N!xau and many, many extras whose talents definitely don’t lie in acting. But you know what? The Gods Must Be Crazy is a ridiculously fun film.

It begins as something like a documentary. But slowly descends into some epic Benny Hill style comedy, complete with sped up ‘action’ scenes. Don’t let that put you off. The Gods Must Be Crazy is a very likeable film. And that lies in the sheer innocence of the film itself and its leading character of Xi, the Bushman on a journey to give back to the Gods what they gave to his people. Along the way he gets caught up in the ‘modern world’ but still maintains that innocence of someone who’s not exposed to it. There are some hilariously childish consequences. But I challenge anyone not to laugh at them. You will fail.

The film was a bit of a hit. Grossed $100 million worldwide. Spawned three sequels (All of which don’t exactly look great.) N!xau even managed to get a house with electricity for his family after his first starring role. I’d call that a win for him!

I was hoping to end my 2012’s film watching year with a decent film. And I reckon I have. The Gods Must Be Crazy hasn’t got high production values. The actors should probably be called ‘actors’. But it is a ridiculously fun ride.
Rating: 4/5

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100 movies: Midnight in Paris

100 movies of 2012

[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]

Midnight in ParisMidnight in Paris (22/12/12)

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancé’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

Woody Allen films aren’t a group of films I have seen many of. In fact, I think the only other Woody Allen film I’ve seen is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. And that wasn’t a great one at all. Last year I attempted to watch Vicky Cristina Barcelona and had to stop about 20 minutes in. Boredom and frustration were the main reasons. Also, the tone of voice. It didn’t speak to me. If that makes sense.

Midnight in Paris felt different. Sure, I was struggling with it a bit in the beginning. But something felt like it was worth sticking through. Well, that and the fact that pretty much the entire blogosphere raved about this film.

Glad I stuck with it. For one thing, Midnight in Paris went in a direction I was not expecting whatsoever. The fantasy aspect of the film blind sided me a little bit. In the good way. It helped with the storytelling and re-emphasised the notion that we all believe in that golden era. That the time we’re living in is nowhere near as great as things used to be. Heck, I’m guilty of thinking that every now and then!

Midnight in Paris did an excellent job of showing off Paris. It’s been years since I last visited. But I never thought I needed to visit it again. It definitely wasn’t among my top 5 European cities I feel like I need to visit. But now, I think it’s creeping back up there. I want to see if I can see that whimsy and magic! (Perhaps it’s the seasonal time of year talking there!)
Rating: 4/5

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100 movies: Seven Psychopaths

100 movies of 2012

[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]

Seven PsychopathsSeven Psychopaths (12/12/12)

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

Chaos. Mad and utterly beautiful chaos is how I choose to describe Seven Psychopaths. In the best possible way. The plot is pretty hard to describe. Well, apart from the very simple summary that’s on IMDB. That describes the surface of the film.

Seven Psychopaths had me from the opening scene. It sums up the feeling and theme of the entire film. Also, it’s pretty damn hilarious. You can see it coming and yet the characters are none the wiser.

And now I’m stuck for what to say. Trying to collect your thoughts on a film which you thoroughly enjoyed and yet stumps you when you’re trying to talk about it is a little frustrating. It’s just that sort of film.

Yes, I enjoyed it. Seven Psychopaths is a great film. It’s got some fantastic laugh out loud moments. The clichés are thrown about and talked about at length. I like that sort of self referential humor. The characters are all completely unique and cracked me up. This is what Colin Farrell needs to do more of and less of the Total Recall crap. (Not that I saw it, but going on general consensus!) Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken stole it for me. Christopher Walken’s Hans’ last tape recorded message to Marty brought silence to the entire cinema. Great way to end it all.

Seven Psychopaths is bat shit crazy at the best of times and surprisingly touching for the rest of those times.
Rating: 4/5

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