100 movies: The Prince and Me

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 Prince and MeThe Prince & Me (31/10/12)

A fairy tale love-story about pre-med student ‘Eddie’ who falls in love with a Danish Prince who refused to follow the traditions of his parents and has come to the US to quench his thirst for rebellion. Paige and Edvard come from two different worlds, but there is an undeniable attraction between them.

Before I start writing this mini review thing here I feel as thought I need to say something about this choice of film. See, for the past week I have not been so well. This week I’ve managed to get myself out of bed but slumped on the sofa. My brain’s barely ticking over. For the most part. Watching anything but daytime TV and Friends has been just about all it can take. Also, when I’m ill I have strange cravings for ridiculous romcoms. The fact that this romcom stars one of my favourite actresses, Julia Stiles, helped in the decision to watch it.

The Prince & Me is your average romcom with some extraordinarily British sounding Danish monarchy. I wouldn’t and couldn’t say this film is anything elevated above your average romcom, nor is it any worse. It is fun to watch. In that fairly predictable way. You know where things are going as soon as the film starts. And yet, there’s something about Julia Stiles that just kept me watching.

At one point I thought they were going to be brave with the film and not give it the happily ever couple after I was expecting. But then, of course, it couldn’t go there. There needs to be a happily ever after for this prince!

It’s a harmless film. Enjoyable. Predictable. Good for when you’re slumped on the sofa with half a brain.
Rating: 3/5

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100 movies: The Apartment

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 ApartmentThe Apartment (23/09/12)

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

I do believe this will be the end of my mediocre film streak. Well, I hope so. If anything, it’s a brief pause.

The Apartment was one of those films I hadn’t actually heard of until this year. For shame. Though, in my defence, my historical film knowledge. Something I’m working on right now. So yay me, okay?

I can’t think of any other way to put this, but this film is adorable. Jack Lemmon’s C.C Baxter is the perfect gentleman. In some ways, I found his perfect gentleman-ness a little too much. I might have yelled at my TV for him to get himself a spine. But, the film was set in a completely different time. Shirley MacLaine’s Fran Kubelik was adorable. Such a fun character. Endearing. These two characters and actors got me totally engaged in this film.

The film itself was the perfect balance of comedy, romance and drama. I was laughing as poor Baxter was trying to make his way up the corporate ladder, all the while trying to placate the neighbours of his apartment.

Towards the end, I was worried that Baxter and Fran weren’t going to get the happy ending they both deserved. Usually, I’m cynical and quite open to unhappy endings. But not here. And thank you for that ending.

I wish all romcoms had this much charm in them.
Rating: 5/5

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100 movies: Broadcast News

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]

Broadcast NewsBroadcast News (07/07/12)

Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly.

This was a strange choice of film. I know. Not completely strange. But it’s not exactly a film that was on my most anticipated to-watch lists. Nevertheless, I was pretty damn tired and slumped on the sofa. The film started and from the beginning, it drew me in.

It’s an interesting little film taking a look at the workings of a broadcast news network with a little bit of a love triangle thrown in there too. Holly Hunter is excellent here. As Jane, she’s got it all together in her career. Though, the rest of her life seems to make her want to just break down into tears. Until William Hurt’s, Tom steps into things. Despite him being everything Jane stands against, they develop a relationship. Much to Albert Brooks’ Aaron, who is one fantastic journalist, but just doesn’t have the … skills to get him in front of the cameras in the studio.

Like I said before, the characters drew me in. The obvious love triangle, that apparently wasn’t that obvious to poor Jane until a lot later on. Though, Aaron was a complete and utter dick to her! How on Earth did they keep their friendship?

A sweet little films from the 80s. With an ending I very much approved of.
Rating: 3/5

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100 movies: This Means War

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!

This Means WarThis Means War (02/03/12)

Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.

Hand on heart, this was probably the most fun film I’ve seen this year. Yes, it’s just another McG mindless action film. Yes, the plot’s very simplistic. But you know what? I enjoyed it. Sometimes, I need a bit of mindless fun.

I know a lot of people are asking why on Earth Tom Hardy felt like he had to do this film. I’m glad he did. Yes, he’s an incredibly strong actor with some amazing performances behind and ahead of him. But he got to do something a little light here. For that, I’m grateful. And yes, I might just be a little bit more in love with Tom Hardy now.

I thought the film flipped between your typical romcom to action film fairly well. The action sequences were done well enough. Nothing amazing, but they weren’t botched. Tom Hardy and Chris Pine were great together. Bromance lives!

When the film ended the audience actually applauded. This just doesn’t happen (often). Especially not here in England. We’re just too uptight! And yet, the entire packed cinema were applauding and cheering.
Rating: 4/5

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120+ movies: The holiday films

120+ Movies of 2011

I am still here. Came back from holiday. Spent a ludicrous amount of time sorting through photos, which I’ve only just managed to almost finish.

On holiday I also managed to watch a few films. I can’t say they were all on my ‘to-watch’ list but killed some time.

The TownThe Town (20/01/11)

As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heist, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down.

Fantastic film. I really enjoy these kinds of films. Drama/thriller. A little bit gritty. Chuck in a bank heist, maybe more than one or some other criminal activity.

I thought everyone in the film was very good. I know Jeremy Renner’s one of the flavours of the moment after his turn in The Hurt Locker which I shamefully still haven’t seen. I thought Ben Affleck stood out a bit more. I know he hasn’t got that many fans, and I wouldn’t call myself a fan as such. Thought his performance was one of his best since Good Will Hunting. And I do like the films that he’s directed – Gone Baby Gone and this one.

I couldn’t see Jon Hamm as anyone but Don Draper. Even though the character clearly wasn’t, it was Don Draper the FBI man on the hunt for the thieves and waving his shotgun around.

Overall, brilliant film. Just wish I had seen it on a big screen. The poxy little screen on the aeroplane did the film no justice at all and I think I’ll go and search this film out on Blu-ray.
Rating: 4/5

Ninja AssassinNinja Assassin (24/01/11)

A young ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan.

Not a film I would search out to go and see but it was on TV and I was awake. My reasoning behind watching this isn’t all that convincing, is it?

It was an okay film. Nothing all that impressive or completely original. It did entertain, there was some fairly impressive action and fight sequences. The plot was as bog standard as these kinds of films get.

It filled 90 minutes I had going spare.
Rating: 2/5

He's Just Not That Into YouHe’s Just Not That Into You (25/01/11)

The Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behaviour.

See reasons above for watching this film. I’ll be saying the same thing for another film in this update I think!

Your average romcom, with far too many actors thrown at it in some attempt to make it some money by attracting people to see it just because ‘so-and-so’ is in it. I think I might have smiled at a couple of moments in the film. Overall though I can’t really say that much about the film because it was less than average and very forgettable.
Rating: 1/5

Imagine ThatImagine That (27/01/11)

A financial executive who can’t stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter’s imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await.

This is probably one of the ‘better’ Eddie Murphy movies I’ve seen where he’s not a talking donkey, a fat professor or some other character with a million layers of prosthetics on his body.

Typical family film where a career driven father takes care of his daughter and realises the true meaning of life. Or whatever you want to take away from the film. There were some truly embarrassing moments from Thomas Haden Church. I think I cringed every time he appeared on-screen.

What happened to the good, non-Eddie Murphy driven family films?
Rating: 1/5

Now the next couple of films weren’t seen while on holiday, but figured I’d save some space and add them in here.

Gentlemen BroncosGentlemen Broncos (04/02/11)

A teenager attends a fantasy writers’ convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist.

Well this was just a weird film. I felt mildly embarrassed watching it because some bits were just so weird. Jemaine Clement was funny and amused me. Though he looked awfully like Benicio del Toro in it. There was a lot of facial hair going on.

The ‘sci-fi’ sequences were the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen. I don’t think I’m ever going to see anything like this film again. That’s a good thing.
Rating: 2/5

Hachi: A Dog's TaleHachi: A Dog’s Tale (06/02/11)

A drama based on the true story of a college professor’s bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Now I knew I was in for a tear-jerker before I even started watching this film, but I had no idea I’d be in tears throughout most of it. As a dog lover and part owner, this film broke me in the worst way possible.

It’s a really lovely film about love and loyalty that dogs to show for their owners and just how deep that bond can go. It really is very touching.

Whoever trained the dog/dogs in the film should be commended. From the puppies right up to the adult dog they used, they were the stars of this film. That’s why I’ve probably given this film one more point than it should really get. Getting dogs to do what you want them to do is hard!
Rating: 4/5

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