100 movies: The Hurt Locker

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!

The Hurt LockerThe Hurt Locker (21/04/12)

Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

With Jeremy Renner turning up in this week’s big release – Avengers Assemble – I figured now would be a good time to catch up with the role that really put him out there.

Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker is probably one of the most realistic war film I’ve seen in a while. It feels like a bit of a muted affair. The emphasis is purely on following the bomb disposal team. Which is where this film wins for me. It gives you, probably, a good idea of just how high the stakes are for these guys out there who do what they do as regularly as we, say, go to work. Only their work environment’s a bit more prickly.

Jeremy Renner’s great. His character’s clearly cracking at the seams. He’s holding it together. Just. It’s his work that gets him through. Despite his character being a little bit tough, I found it easy to connect to him. To get behind him.

There was one scene that really stood out for me. When the team were pinned down and they were trying to out-snipe being sniped themselves. That was intense. It felt real.

However… I didn’t quite see what all the fuss was about with this film. I don’t not think it’s a good film. It is. But not sure I get the hype that surrounds it. Like I said before, I won’t deny this is a superbly made film, I just don’t quite see the amazing in it. Definitely appreciate it for what it is though.
Rating: 3/5

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100 movies: Inglorious Update

100 movies of 2010

Shocking. I only saw one movie this weekend. Well two. But only one was new to me. The other? District 9. I forgot how brutal that film got. Talking of brutal, here’s what I saw:

Inglorious Basterds (12/09/10)
Quentin Tarantino’s war film. From what I remember, it was pretty well hyped. One of those films that slipped through the cracks when it was first released, for me. Meant to see it but never got around to it.

Enjoyed the film, but couldn’t help but feeling that there was a little too much hype. It’s good, but it feels as if Quentin Tarantino can’t do anything but overly stylized and/or violent films. I love a bit of violence in a film, and this is a war film, so should be expected. But it’d be nice to see a Quentin Tarantino film where you’re surprised he made it.

Other than that little issue of mine, good film with good performances. Entertaining enough.
Rating: 3/5

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100 movies: War – what is it good for?

100 movies of 2010

Just the one movie for this weekend. I’m slowing down a little bit – that’s down to me only wanting to watch Psych, but I’ve nearly caught up with that. I have a feeling once I’m done with it by movie watching intake will go up again.

Lord of War 17/04/10)
Well this movie wasn’t exactly what I was expecting – though in thise case that’s definitely a good thing. For some reason I was expecting this movie to be a bit of a mindless action film with a bit of a message behind it. I was very wrong. I have no idea where that assumption came from though.

It is most definitely not a totally brainless movie, instead it looks at the inner workings of war with some bleak outcomes. Nicholas Cage was good – I don’t think he got to do his usual ‘crazy’ stuff, maybe for a split second. I thought the casting of him and Jared Leto as brothers was surprisingly good! Another thing that surprised me about the film was that some of it was based around true events. Also I liked that the film didn’t get too bogged down in the politics of the situation and instead focussed quite heavily on the family and the characters. Sometimes too much politics in a film bores me.
Rating: 3/5

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100 movies: 4 movies sandwiched by 2 thrillers

100 movies of 2010

In a very short stretch of time I watched more movies than I have done. Well, since I was ill. Here they are:

Green Zone (11/03/10)
Motivation to watch this movie? Matt Damon + Paul Greengrass. Yeah, I love the Bourne movies. A lot. Even though I was late on the badnwagon, though it was Greengrass’ Ultimatum which ultimately led me to watch Identity. Back to this movie – loved it. A lot of reviews are saying it’s Bourne gone epic, which I almost agree with. Other than the fact that lead character, Roy Miller, played by Matt Damon, is only like Jason Bourne in that he takes action. Oh and the hand held camera feel of the movie. It’s a great political thriller with enough action in it to keep the action fiends happy. Matt Damon was brilliant. I was surprised to see Jason Isaacs in the movie – I didn’t know he was in it and his handlebar ‘tache disguised him pretty damn well!

John Powell’s score was awesome. He’s becoming a bit of a favourite with me now. It was all wrapped up a little too well by the end of the movie, but I’m not too fussed. Everything that went on before the ending was brilliant and the last action scene was just amazing. Loved it.
Rating: 4/5

Whip It (12/03/10)
Brilliant movie. Funny and well acted and very, very good. After it I felt the need to go and either see a Roller Derby or join up somewhere. I want to go rollerskating! Cast were brilliant and the story, while simple, well told. Just a shame it’s taken so long coming out here – the soundtrack sounded a little out of date!
Rating: 4/5

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (12/03/10)
The less I say about this movie the better. Awful. The best bit was over in the beginning of the movie so I had nothing more to look forward to. So so bad. Not even bad good!
Rating: 0/5

Shutter Island (13/03/10)
I was really looking forward to this film. REALLY looking forward to it. The first trailer just looked awesome. A mixture of thriller and scary film, with enough mystery and jumps to keep me entertained with a great leading man. For the most part it did tick those boxes, but I was left feeling a tad disappointed by the end of the movie. It wasn’t an overly long movie, but it felt long. There was a lot of attempts to fool the viewer of what was really going on and for the most part they worked. I picked up a few things and put the clues together. The ‘twist’ disappointed me – had the twist been better I might have been more satisfied. It did look great, Leo was fantastic and it did keep me mostly entertained.
Rating: 3/5

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100 movies – 4 more movies!

100 movies of 2010

With yet more recovery and resting at home, a few more movies have been seen:

Flags of Our Fathers (03/03/10)
I like war movies. Not that I like watching wars or anything, but I like the history aspect and there’s something about them. Maybe the depression in them! I liked this movie. It really made war look brutal and harsh. It didn’t glamorise it at all. It did well at creating the sense or camaraderie there is between men at war. The cast were really very good – I kept seeing actors and thinking, ‘Ooo, I recognise him’ throughout the whole movie. Visually the movie was stunning. The war scenes just looked so bleak.
Rating: 4/5

A History of Violence (03/03/10)
What a brutal and depressing movie. Well partly depressing. Very harsh movie. Viggo was fantastic in it and really sold the role he was playing. I really liked Maria Bello in this movie. The only other thing I’ve seen her in was the third Mummy movie where she did her terrible impression of Rachel Weisz. Great movie. Just not something I’d like to see again any time soon, just because it’s quite harsh!
Rating: 4/5

Office Space (04/03/10)
Why has it taken me so long to watch this movie?! It’s been sitting on my Sky Box for more months than I can even think of. I honestly can’t remember when I recorded it but so glad I did. I loved this movie. Really funny. There’s some bits about that office life that I could relate to, to some extent. The characters were hilarious and I just loved the whole movie. Milton made me laugh a lot and then think, ‘Aww bless’. Fantastic movie.
Rating: 5/5

The Eye (04/03/10)
The movie was on and I wasn’t going anywhere, so I sat and watched it. It was OK, as far as adapted horror movies go. I was getting a bit bored part way through the movie because I felt it took far too long to get to the point of the movie and actually go anywhere. I didn’t understand why Sydney kept going back to the doctor, who clearly didn’t care. But then did care. I didn’t jump at all throughout the whole movie. Nothing that unexpected and it was all a rather happy ending. Well, actually, that I wasn’t expecting.
Rating: 2/5

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