Life, Love and the Movies blogathon


Life, Love and the Movies Blogathon

Here I am. Taking part in my first blogathon of the year. And hopefully not my last one.

So what’s it all about? This here is the Life, Love and the Movies Blogathon, where I answer a few questions about film, life and love. Unsurprisingly!

Here’s hoping they are all vaguely interesting answers to some interesting questions. I did have fun answering all of them. Even if more than one stumped me.

My top films of the year


While I didn’t manage my target of watching 100 films in the year, I didn’t do too badly. Seen a lot of films I’ve been meaning to see and plenty of great stuff in the cinema. For that reason I’m going to cheat and do two lists of my top films of the year. Yes, cheat!

One’s a top 10 cinema releases and the other is a list of my top 10 small screen films I’ve watched from the comfort of my own home.

Both have been pretty tough for me. I reckon it would have been tougher had Les Miserables and Django Unchained been released over this way this year. Though, that’s all here-say!

Enough babbling, here are my lists:

100 movies: Young Frankenstein

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]

Young FrankensteinYoung Frankenstein (25/09/12)

Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad’s castle and repeats the experiments.

So it felt like it made sense to give this film a watch having seen the original title=”Frankenstein”>Frankenstein not too long ago. Sense in that, I probably would appreciate this film a whole lot more having seen the original. I look back and know, I am completely right. While, I reckon I still would have found the fun in the film, it was the little things that tied this with the original Frankenstein that I really loved.

The biggest of those little thing in Young Frankenstein was just the look and feel of the film. They captured the feel of the 1930s film almost perfectly. Not just the fact it’s black and white, but the sets, sound and make-up. Loved it. It felt so like a 1930s film to my very untrained eyes.

Gene Wilder is excellent. Well, that’s pretty much a given. He is brilliantly hilarious as Dr. Frankenstein. Comic timing is perfect. Marty Feldman’s Igor almost stole the show. Just as funny. Knack for making me laugh out loud.

Parody films are not what they used to be. This such an original parody film. It takes everything from the classic and toys with it, but doesn’t make a mockery out of the original. Very cleverly done. Shame parody films nowadays are just so cheap and probably one of my least favourite film genre.

Young Frankenstein is a fantastically funny film. Lots of laughs from the just plain silly to the slightly more clever. I’d say, worth it even if you haven’t seen the original Frankestein.
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…