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 clich├ęs 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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100 movies: Everybody’s Fine

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!

Everybody's FineEverybody’s Fine (14/03/12)

A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children.

This film really made me feel sad. Sad for Frank. And also acutely aware that Frank reminded me a lot of my dad and in turn, his children reminded me a lot of my brother and I. Which, in context of the film, made me feel even more sad! There’s not a huge lot to feel happy about watching the film.

Aside from the sad feelings, to me, the film was just ok. Not all that memorable. It wasn’t all that engaging while I was watching it. My mind did wander. Right now, trying to figure out what to say about it, is proving tricky too!

Robert De Niro’s great – you really do feel for Frank and the situation he’s found himself in with his children. I did love the scene where Frank was talking to his kids in his “vision”, realising all the things he already knew about his children.

It’s got a nice warm and fuzzy ending but it’s just so forgettable I can’t really rate it that highly.
Rating: 2/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

120+ Movies: Cowboys and Aliens

120+ Movies of 2011

Cowboys & AliensCowboys & Aliens (18/08/11)

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Had high hopes for this film. Great cast, nice concept. It has the makings to be a great summer blockbuster. For the most part it fulfils that. It’s full of action western and sci-fi. The cast is great in their roles. A great score from Harry Gregson-Williams. It’s a simple film that goes from beginning to end with an expected outcome, but gets there with some fun.

It’s not as jaw dropping as I’d have hoped though. I can’t put my finger on it, but it lacked a certain something. Helpful, huh!

The aliens did look nice and gross. Though in the final fight there were some alien kills which just made me laugh. Well, the notion of cowboys and indians facing off against a race with superior technology just doesn’t make any logical sense. Logic does not apply here.

A woman next to me was terrified throughout the whole film and sat watching behind her hands. She even apologised to me a couple of times when she jumped. She couldn’t stomach some of the marginally bloodier scenes or the scenes which the BBFC probably describe as ‘intense threat’. Which made me wonder why she came to see the film at times!

I preferred this to Captain America, so that’s my reasoning for giving it a 4/5. However, I’d say it’s a weaker 4/5. Damn me for not allowing myself to use half point!
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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100 movies: Some goodies

100 movies of 2010

[REC] (09/07/10)
I had no expectations of this film other than I could potentially have a jump and it was in another language so I would be reading some subtitles. I sat and watched and got sucked in. Very good horror movie which actually did make me jump a couple of times. For me that’s rare. I liked the fact there they didn’t feel a need to explain things. Things happened and you just get caught up in the events and go along with it like the characters in the film did. Quite like to see the sequel now.
Rating: 4/5

Inception (17/07/10)
Chris Nolan is awesome. He picks the best cast, creates the best films and makes my mind explode and implode. I loved Inception. My brain did hurt a little while watching and after watching. I’m not going to say too much so as not to give too much away but it was awesome. JGL needs to be in more films. Please. And have guns. Also Tom Hardy was a nice surprise, he was very good! And the score was brilliant. LOVED!
Rating: 5/5

Moon (18/07/10)
This was also nothing like i was expecting, though I had very few expectations. Just that I was meant to love this. And I did. Sam Rockwell was brilliant. He carried the film amazingly well.
Rating: 5/5

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