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

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

120+ movies: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

120+ Movies of 2011, Annual Movie Challenge

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (19/12/11)

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

I really kinda loved this film. It was funny, I loved the set pieces and the banter’s as good, if not better, than the first film. Sure there’s been a lot of bemoaning of Guy Ritchie’s style when it comes to the action sequences. I for one like the style. Fine, it might have been a little over used in this film, but never at one point during one of those moments did I think ‘meh’.

Love the bromance between Holmes and Watson. I think Watson’s the first role that Jude Law’s played that I actually like. He was great back in Gattaca, but he wasn’t exactly all that likeable. Robert Downey Jr.’s excellent as Holmes with his impeccable accent.

While I loved Jared Harris’ Moriarty, he made for a match-for-match villain for Holmes, I thought the plot felt like it was missing something. Compared to the first film. At times I had to keep reminding myself what exactly our heroes were meant to be doing.

Aside from that irk, great film, lots of fun with some points where I actually laughed out loud. I’ll happily welcome a third outing for this film franchise.
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see the entire list of movies seen this year so far:

100 movies: A Time Traveller, Sack Dolls and 27 Dresses

100 movies of 2010

The Time Traveller's WifeThe Time Traveller’s Wife (02/10/10)
A sci-fi love story. Strange, but it works. This was a very touching film, though initially it felt a little aimless. The thought of just watching the couple go through their life didn’t fill me with any kind of thrill. Though there was enough thrown into Henry and Clare’s life together to keep me vested in the film. Think I enjoyed the film more because of Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. Excellent leads and were very believable as a couple. Also Ron Livingstone! I haven’t seen him in a film for too long. And was that Kale Ingram from Rubicon in this film? Looking older than he does now.
Rating: 3/5

99 (03/10/10)
For some reason I thought Tim Burton had more to do with this film than he actually did. Might be something to do with the fact that this film seems to always be introduced as Tim Burton’s 9. As far as I could see he only produced! It didn’t have much of a Tim Burton feel to it at all. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Strange little animation with a very strange plot – sack cloth dolls are the last living beings on Earth, trying to battle machines that have taken over. Not sure it totally worked, but it did keep me entertained for the duration of the film. There were some neat little action moments and some very touching times too. Though it’s pretty forgettable.
Rating: 2/5

27 Dresses27 Dresses (03/10/10)
Hmm, your typical romcom. A very easy to watch film, that’s for sure. No brain required! Katherine Heigl plays the leading role well enough. James Marsden did well enough as leading man too. They played off each other pretty well. The dress changing scene was cute. Everything in it was pretty predictable. But then I think you know that going into the film.
Rating: 2/5

Read on to see all the movies I’ve seen so far this year.

100 movies: Nearly there!

100 movies of 2010

Nearly up to 90!

Sherlock Holmes (16/09/10)
Another film missed when it was released. I wish I had seen it in the cinema. Not because it’s an amazing film, but I like seeing action on the big screen. A fun movie with Robert Downey Jr doing a good job with an English accent and playing a somewhat different Holmes to what’s previously been portrayed. A fun film. It lost my attention for a few moments in the middle where the pacing was a little off. But Got it together for the end and I’ll quite like seeing what they come up with in the next film.
Rating: 3/5

Planet Terror (16/09/10)
Haven’t seen Deathproof and while I’m not itching to see it, I’m hoping to get round to it at some point. I’ve been reliably told that Planet Terror was the better half of the Grindhouse two parter. It’s a fun, messy little film. Like Holmes, a lot of fun to watch with a lot of silliness added into it. Liked the look of the film and the ‘missing reel’ bit made me laugh a little.
Rating: 3/5

Read on to see all the movies I’ve seen so far this year.

100 movies – A long overdue update

100 movies of 2010

It’s been a long time since this blog has been updated let alone anymore movies being added. Never mind, playing catch up now!

Underdog May
Just a poor kids movie that I got suckered into watching due to boredom, a heat wave and a cute pup.
Rating: 1/5

Dan in Real Life May
I’m not a fan of Steve Carell. I appreciate that the majority of people find him hilarious, but not me. It’s probably why this film’s been sitting on my Sky box for so long. It’s not Steve Carell as I know him, and for that I was grateful. Very sweet film with some funny moments.
Rating: 3/5

In the Loop May
I wish I could swear like one of the characters out of this film. I didn’t know what was going on for most of the first half of the film, but the swearing was fantastic. I got into it towards the end, and it got a few laughs out of me.
Rating: 3/5

State of Play 19/06/10
Brilliant thriller. Never saw the original BBC drama this was based on but eh. Doesn’t really matter. The film was awesome.
Rating: 4/5

Pride and Glory 19/06/10
This is the kind of film where I think everyone in it is really good but the plot just didn’t grab me. Typical dirty cops kind of film.
Rating: 2/5

The Losers 20/06/10
Fun film to watch on a Sunday afternoon. Very little brain activity needed. Brilliant bits of action – don’t need anything more!
Rating: 3/5

Read more to see the full list of movies I’ve seen so far this year.