What Maisie Knew
Uncle Buck - classic
Big - surprisingly I'd never seen it before. it was enjoyable, would watch again.
The World's End - ok, not as terrible as everyone makes out, but not as good as Hot Fuzz / Shaun of the Dead.
Well late to the party I know, but what an incredible film.
Festen is top too
3. American Hustle - 8/10
4. Zodiac - 7/10
Predators - pretty enjoyable
Man on fire - pretty enjoyable
The kings speech - very good, Geoffrey rush as always, masterful!
Ridiculous(ly compulsive) viewing.
And mark ones I haven't seen before with a *.
1. True Grit
2. Prince Avalanche*
not new films
1. Holy Motors
I'm pretty interested in seeing it, but have a feeling it might be horrible.
loved it the first time in the cinema, felt it's effect was slightly lost the second time round but I still enjoyed it. It's very funny, mad and fun if you're up on your cinema/filmmaking references. Kinda worth it just to see Denis Lavant play 9 different characters. Also, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes.
So aye, worth a go.
loved it just as much as the first time
If this was really clever or pretentious or bothrm
Not what I expected, then I remembered it was PTA
going to extend this to a review later but initial reaction is: very stylish and funny but lacking in substance
a lot of the humour was exactly what diabolo cody is criticised for
"i'm a fat nerd! of course i know what zombies are!" which is basically The Big Bang Theory, but it was well paced and patton oswalt was good.
think charlize theron's character was supposed to have aspergers?
(first time ive seen all of it)
fucking wonderful film
amazing documentary about gay scene balls in late 80s New York. just amazing characters being amazing
fucking loved it, laughed like a drain for most of it, then cried a load at the end. Stacey Keach is amazing. Very little i didnt love about it
obviously was never going to be actually good, but a film having paul giamatti, bryan cranston and alec baldwin is generally going to be watchable. pretty horrible all in all, but i just had it on in the background really
enjoyed it cos i love arkin and the book so much, and orson welles was fucking perfect too
7. All Is Lost
fell asleep cos there's not too much talking huh
fun, not much more
9. Dallas Buyers Club
very good, well done. surprised that it wasnt made by a more established director
pretty ok. quite moving in parts, funny in others but really very unsatisfying
some good laughs, but mainly shit and annoying
havent seen this for about 10 years so rewatched last night after hearing about PSH. it's very long and a bit cheesy, but enough g reat stuff going on
part of my PSH rewatching series
pretty decent really. going to watch a bunch of the other ripley adaptations, starting with Wim Wenders' The American Friend
14. American Hustle
dunno why David O Russel went and made this after silver linings and the fighter. very average. funny that christian bale spends the whole thing doing a mid career de niro impression and then de niro turns up. renner is really good in it, in the sense that he's never seemed to have any range whatsoever and plays a very likeable character well
this is a film that's written in an incredibly stagey way, with monologues sounding more like newspaper articles than real speech BUT it made me laugh a bunch and the acting is good and it's nice seeing the characters rounded off, even if i thought the previous two films were pretty shite
enjoyable film about three kids running off into the woods. a bit like The Inbetweeners in tone, a bit, and American and with Ron Swanson as a dad. not bad
17. Enough Said
very nice, but still like all romantic comedies with an awkward situation caused by someone not being honest about a situation, ruined by the fact that you'd have to be a total idiot not to be honest about the situation
pretty shit, mcconnerhay is good and all but, really, just a load of shit. cant believe it has 98% on RT
it didnt move me at all really, think i was missing something. probably should have seen it in the cinema but it's gone now. probably will be back after it wins every oscar
Yeah, maybe it does have a bigger impact in the Cinema
liked it a lot, thanks. phoenix was great, cinematography was great, some great laughs, some great sad. think this film will age very well and be regarded very well in the future.
DP's name is Hoyte van Hoytema, which is a great name, and he did tinker tailor and let the right one in, which makes sense
pretty good huh. not much to say tbf
22. Stranger by the lake
good, liked how it was all set in the same place, but a big place, so you felt like you really knew it. very well shot. just dont get why the main character liked that other guy so much, so it all felt a bit ridiculous
fairly good i guess? no big deal. tried to watch Ted, only got 15 minutes in before the bear being peter griffin got completely unbearable. and also all the jokes being shite
ok i guess. obviously psh is great in it, but it doesnt seem to do or say much
25. Dirty Harry
somehow never seen this. holy fuck it's so good. problematic as hell, but the photography and soundtrack are so good and eastwood's pretty alrigt and the baddie is so gross. recommended a+
pretty funny i guess. still weirded out by the similarities with The World's End tho.
1) all star comedian casts who famously work together a lot, plus many many comedy actors cameoing
2) go out drinking
3) people start shooting blue light out of their eyes
4) the word End in the title
5) released pretty much simultaenously
animated version of the graphic novel. pretty great. bryan cranston as gordon and ryan from the OC as batman. just read that there's going to be a tv series, Gotham, dealing with a similar period of batman stuff, with ryan from the OC as gordon
28. Everything Must Go
Will Ferrel starring adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story. Really liked this a lot, cried a bit. nothing all that special, but i l iked it a lot, as mentioned.
7. All is lost
Finished it now but still didnt really pay enough attention. photography at the end is really great tho
weird quasiblaxploitation film made by louis ck. hard to judge really
Particularly now I've got over the awkwardness of sitting in a cinema and having to watch it with other people. I don't think you really need to know why Franck finds Michel so attractive, only that he does and that the plot kind of follows on from that. Having thought about it I think that Michel is supposed to be "the stranger", and that a lot of his appeal comes from the fact he's something different and unknown in what (for Franck at least) is a very familiar world, as evidenced by the same few cars being in the car park every day.
Might aim for triple figures this time around...
The first 20 minutes is pottery and then they start saying ditto too repeatedly for the next ten. The woman dies in this version though. That's as far as i got.
The Blood on Satans Claw. Enjoyable.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Utter gash obvs.
The Sorcerers Apprentice. Not up there with National Treasure but is alright,
Isn't that why she's a ghost?
#1 Zoolander (2001) $
#2 Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013)
#3 The Purge (2013)
Zoolander was my #1 of last year as well. might make it my official New Year's Day film for the rest of my life
Can you include stand up films? I DON'T SEE WHY NOT. He's pretty funny.
The Purge was ok. I know it got terrible reviews but my friends who are really into horror movies seemed to like it. Not quite enough as a piece of a satire, definitely not enough as a home invasion film.
According to last year's list I watched 185 films, the majority of which were new to me, probably 60/40. Gonna try and beat that this year!
everyone seemed to praise the premise, but I thought it was an awful premise which actually worked well.
It's nothing groundbreaking but I'd take that over the Conjuring etc any day
This year Indiana Jones, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade
Coming to the end actually but yeah, watching
Robin Shit more like. Just starting Taking Lives
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE
Die Hard With A Vengeance
SWIFTLY FOLLOWED by The Dark Knight
Of course I watched that too
Probably one of the funniest films I've ever seen, fucking brilliant
is on right now
The proper one
Watching End of Watch right now. Might be going to see Gravity tonight
It's pretty shit
Recently recorded to be watched;
Berberian Sound Studio
A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal's a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune. Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps!
Rush - Excellent. Sorry I missed it on the big screen. Daniel Bruhl is superb, Ron Hill gets F1 far better than I expected for someone who knew little about it before this film.
Prisoners - Better than I expected from the trailer. Enjoyed.
Jobs - Kutcher and Gad are pretty decent as the only vaguely rounded characters, but the script's a bit uninspiring. Can't help but think this could have been about ten times better with a better screenwriter. Surprised that Kutcher can do drama passably, even if it's a clunky one.
The Butler - Difficult to believe that all this happened to one guy, probably a bit of Hollywood licence. A little long, but very well told. Enjoyed.
We're the Millers - Standard American comedy film. Just about passable I guess, despite a lot of stereotypes and standard tropes being rolled out. Not really my thing though.
The Apparition - Not very good. Watching it now and I'm posting on DiS, which says it all really.
Ok for what it is. Not really my kind of film, but fairly well done.
No. 8) The Kings Speech: Seen before. Nice film, although perhaps a little overhyped at the time. Colin Firth does a good job and good to see Helena BC doing something that doesn't involve painting her face white.
Also, Ron Hill. *sigh* I've been looking at too many running shops lately. Apologies Ron Howard.
Who was it on here that said it was a less good Adaptation done in the style of In Bruges? You were right, whoever you are.
but i agree with it too
2. Don Jon - 6/10
I award it Jamie Lee Curtis' boobs/10
It's A Wonderful Life - heartwarming/10
Hot Fuzz - jumpedshark/10
It was The World's End where they lost it, for me.
disappointing. Starts off well but it's far too long, and there was a noticeable 30min section where there were no laughs and went a bit serious for some reason. Not great or good, not terrible either. Brick the best thing in it by a mile.
Only God Forgives - what an absolute mess. Just people touching each other in various different ways for 100 minutes. All over the place. Really disappointing.
The Raid - still fucking great. And I still go 'OOF' at certain scenes. Can't wait for the sequel.
That's it i think. Watched a load between crimbo and new year but they don't qualify.
thought it was alright otherwise
And it took SO FUCKING LONG to introduce everyone in the fight scene
because the joke is that there's a ridiculous amount of "News" now (incl. MTV, Sport, Entertainment) and they keep getting piled on to exaggerate it further as well as being like "is that.. oh shi!"
Brick - I've grown old and rewatching this film confirmed it. Loved it when it first came out. Still really enjoyed it, but some the whole high school/film noir/gangster shtick jarred more this time. I, boring? Yes. Still good, not great like i thought it was.
21 Jump Street - Way better than it had any right to be, the end third or so was quite a bit weaker than the first 2 thrids but the first hour of so was full of feel good moments with a pretty heartfelt story and some of the greatest comedic scenes I've seen recently (the drug scene in particular).
Safety Not Garanteed - Simple movie with good amounts of ambition, fairly funny and a feel good movie but nothing special.
Shadow of a Doubt - brilliant.
Scarecrow - very good. always nice to see al pacino in a role before he became the NUMBER ONE SHOUTING MAN.
Don Jon - has its moments but not quite the satirical take on romcoms it wants to be. also a waste of brie larson.
I watched about 290 films last year
that doesn't even average out to one a day. pathetic
probably somewhere between 15 - 30, and also watching Con Air twice
Utter, utter, utter shite. Pretty racist too.
Unexpectedly bleak. Plan B is a terrible actor. Okay though I guess, 6.5 on 10 maybe.
3. Alpha Papa
First time seeing it since it was in the cinema. Still great. Keep thinking about Partridge saying 'Who's this chap then?' and giggling to myself.
isn't racist really is it
It works fine at first but by the time you get to the dinner party it's a bit 'oh FFS we get it'
7/10 Much better than the first one. J Lawrence is very watchable and the plot was more interesting. I've just seen that they they are making 2 films out of the last book. (rolls eyes to ceiling...)
catching fire is a massive pile of hamfisted talky exposition, and literally doesnt have a third act. embarrassingly bad film. first one was a decent film, worked.
It it is quite talky but it's based on a teenage dystropian novel. Goes with the territory. It doesn't have much of a third act because it's is the middle of a trilogy. I couldn't watch the first one without thinking "This is just a tame Battle Royale."
of the different zones being lethal at different times of day. AND there's fuck all action. also, a film's source is never, ever an excuse for it being a shite, clumsy, money grabbing (it's not a film, it's a just filler) waste of time
8/10 Powell/Pressburger classic as they say. Beautiful camerawork and colour. (1948 wow) Great dance scenes..- Love the 15 min ballet in the middle.. A touch over-melodramatic for me.
8.5/10 Bittersweet, funny, touching melancholic Americana in beautiful B&W. Great performances. Loved it. Wife thought it was boring.
7/10 An urgent,angry,grim film with great performances from Fassbender and Milligan. Well shot but strangely unloveable.
6/10 Mad as a box of frogs. (yeah, bit racist...) Bit too random for me though I probably didn't get all the references. Nice cock. Left unmoved.
7/10 Quite shambolic and probably too clever for its own good. I rather liked it.
9.5/10 An awesome piece of cinema. Moved me to tears. Great performances though I don't want to see it again. Minor gripe. Hans Zimmer (who I do like...) His "theme" of 3 descending notes seems to used in every film he scores....
8/10 Lovely mood piece. Funny, beautiful scenes, great soundtrack. Yeah its a bit lacking in a middle but a good watch....
8/10. Looks great. Good soundtrack. Tight ensemble cast. A bit superficial but hey so what...Loved Amy Adams in many ways...
7.5/10 Lovely film. Great performances from McConaughy and Leto. I thought the last third dragged a bit but it was all done with great style.
6/10 Recorded off the TV at Christmas.... I like Spielberg but I lose patience through his movies...The first half is nearly always better than the 2nd.... Saving P Ryan and AI are great examples.... Here the same... Love the premise of the Hanks character being encaptured politically within the airport but then it turns into a rom-com and has a sugary end....(sigh)
8.5/10 Documentary about a scientific project to teach a chimp (Nim) linguistics in the 1970's. Initially (despite Nim) being taken from the mother it is cute as it grows up as a baby in a hippyish family and starts to learn signing but as time goes on it is passed from "teacher" to teacher and eventually abandoned to medical science and then a cage on a farm. Very few of the humans come out looking good except Bob. Became quite upsetting but not manipulative.
7/10 Jarmuschs take on the vampire genre with Hiddestone and Swinton. I love the two leads and they are both great. Looks fantastic. Ace soundtrack which I'll probably buy... So far so good....wait a minute... Where's the fucking plot. Jesus over 2 hours and nothing happens! Ah well...
7/10 Slightly soapy drama about the transport of orphan children from the UK to Australia in the 60s/70s. Starring the always wonderful Emily Watson. Directed by Ken Loachs son. Workmanlike though slightly dull.
home alone 2 (think that was this year) probably one of the best films of all time
melancholia - think this is a great film but I dont really enjoy great films
Toy Story 3 - find the toy story universe a little bleak, everything works out for woody and the gang (temporarily), but you know they are the just lucky ones, and all of those cursed immortal creatures end up on the scrap heap eventually like millions before them. think that would have really bothered me as a kid
is drive worth watching? think it's on tonight
its become trendy to hate it but it really is a good piece of work
then post about it here
love Carey Mulligan
Where the fuck is Oh_Shangri-La with his critique?!
Guess Oh_Shangri-La is struggling to top my critique of "just watched, fucking excellent"
i'm not very good with describing films. i really enjoyed this, i liked that it was straightforward and easy to follow, didn't try to do too much. it also looked really good, like a slick 80s vice city kind of vibe. i think the soundtrack sounds 80s too.
drive is an a bsolutely class film. so harrowing
anyone who thinks differently is trying too hard to have an opinion
I thought it was great myself. A stylish and interesting take on superhero films. Acting excellent throughout.
yeah I know, its just when people really oppose it i'm a bit skeptical
but yeah it's good.
Some of Mary Poppins
The last Harry Potter
Mission Impossible 2
Currently watching Get Him to the Greek.
This is already a vintage year.
Casablanca (for the first time!)- Stunning, obvs.
Happy, Happy - Pretty engaging and short Norwegian drama about 2 troubled couples. Recorded off Channel 4 months ago but only got round to it, really glad I did.
Documentary about Troll 2, long time no. 1 in the IMDb Bottom 100 (although it has since been usurped by Final Justice) and the cult following it has gained. Really heartwarming in places, sad in others (the Italian director not really being able to accept that people are laughing at his film is heartbreaking). Couple of bits they filmed really shouldn't have been included, but otherwise it's a really nice film.
10. Get Him to the Greek - Flicked between utterly abysmal and actually fairly reasonable, which is a fair achievement for this kind of comedy.
11. Requiem for a Dream - Decent. Now I've seen it, understand why it's become a cult classic.
12. Die Hard with a Vengeance - It's a classic action film. Should have stopped the franchise here.
#4 Black Sheep (2006)
why had i never seen this before? reminded me a lot of Bad Taste, which I would guess was the intention. and the sheep puppets :'D
#5 Child's Play (1988)
man, I never would've let that doll in my house in the first place, creepy fucking thing.
I've still never seen Bad Taste :'(
that are out in 2014: http://heff88.tumblr.com/post/72203390963/highlights-of-the-london-film-festival-2014
12 Years a Slave
My Fathers, My Mother and Me
Mistaken for Strangers
Will it get a proper (art house) release. ?
The National are so popular now I'd be amazed if it didn't
Really didn't like it, there's something profoundly dislikeable about the three main characters and I couldn't work out why Emily Blunt was English but her sister was American.
5. Waltz With Bashir. Just brilliant, probably one of the best war films ever made.
Continuing my Netflix free trial rampage I stumbled across this and thought it was fantastic, lots of heart, quite funny and incredibly emotional. Very well done movie that had my attention the whole way.
4 - Frozen: lovely stuff, nice to have a more of a 'twist' than in usual Disney fodder.
American Hustle - Don't get the love for this. Bloated, too long, some nice acting but just didn't care at all. A caper film doesn't need to be over 2 hours either.
Drive - re-watch for the first time since it was in the cinema, still awesome.
A mediocre film about terrible people, as seen through the struggles of a character unworthy of being brought to the screen.
It's REALLY hard dealing with the standard ups and downs of life whilst being young, well off and free spirited in these days huh.
I think I just need to accept Baumbach isn't a director I'm ever going to embrace. I've tried. Believe me I've tried.
or at least doesn't depend on her parents, that's pretty much the point of the film, but I can see why it would annoy some and charm others I guess
And she did depend on her parents for a brief passage of the film. Just not in terms of cold hard cash. Not everyone has that safety net.
The film played out as the bland struggles of a young lady whose problems seemed to me to be entirely unsubstantial or interesting. The self-pitying whine of the comparatively affluent, contemporary urban middle classes. But that's just my reading. I found her character largely very charming! Although not interesting enough to be the foundation of a character study...
I think the point is that she is a very fallible character which is where the basic humour comes from (much like Girls before it got a bit up itself) and that's pretty much it. It's not trying to make any grand statements.
Also she goes home for Christmas (to a suburban home) because she's clearly not a good enough dancer, that may be a comfort as such but it's hardly DEPENDING on them, and eventually she learns she's a much better choreographer.
Basically if you're going to over-think a pretty simple, dry comedy into some great class struggle drama by Ibsen then of course you won't enjoy it.
But, of course, our interpretations of films are always shot through with our own values and prejudices. That's what makes talking about them interesting.
Although it is a film that is making a number of statements about New York and those who reside in it. Gerwig and Baumbach made careful editorial decisions to represent the supporting characters in the way that it did. And they're all obnoxious rich kids aren't they? And that in itself is a COMMENT, not me overthinking it...
But sure, you enjoyed it - I didn't. All fair enough :)
ayyyye s'all shabs and bants
Home Alone - great stuff, think we actually have watched this 3 times over Christmas
Mary Poppins - great as always
Haunted House - stupid comedy horror, still pretty funny in part
Tower Block - fairly depressing, gritty sniper packed British action with Sheridan Smith.
Grabbers - Irish alien monsters, locals have to drink to survive. Made me want to go to the Irish coast
Boy Wonder - vigilante fun
Still love this bastard to the bottom of my heart.
Godard film from the 60s. bit useless really. I dont like Godard
Carrie - The 2013 remake, thought it was alright preferred the original film though
The Heat - surprisingly enjoyable, although it is essentially just a female version of the other guys.
Elysium - alright, I couldn't help but think it could have been much better though
every time he wasn't on screen it was a bit dull.
Harry when he's great is awesome but the trailer looked so bad.
watched timecrimes last night. was alright / good.
Much Ado About Nothing - Whedon version; really enjoyable stuff and great performances by the Firefly/Dollhouse/Buffy/Angel crew. Had to keep rewinding the bit where Amy Acker falls down the stairs. Castle looking fat/10
Die Hard With Avengeance - (watched from the point where they put 4 litres of water in 5 litres) still good isn't it? Bruce is like, covered in blood at one point. Jeremys Iron/10
Silver Linings Playbook - Can see why Jennifer Lawrence won that award - awesome. Bradley Cooper is great, in fact, everyone is great in this, the humour is pretty dark and compliments the jarring parts well. Ride The Lightning/10
and EAGLES written in green on a face being a Halloween costume.
My verdict: brilliant
Girlfriend's verdict: pointless and shit
Only one of us can be right.
Been meaning to watch this for ages. Despite some questionable style choices (weird nightvision exposition bit) and a found footage angle that i subsequently abandons, I thought it was tops. Gylly and Pena are awesome, great chemistry. Also weird seeing Ugly Betty playing a hard nosed cop
2. Anchorman 2 - 7/10 was pleasantly surprised, made me laugh a lot, despite being waaaaaaaaaay too long. Best cameos too.
3. Starship Troopers - 10/10. Classic. COME ON YOU APES, YOU WANNA LIVE FOREVER
I wrote a massive piece extolling the virtues of this incredible and guttural piece of cinema, but DiS ate it, and I don't have it in me to rewrite.
Great for this, surprised it hasn't really taken off yet.
I'm now going to spend this afternoon writing an essay on how bad Only God Forgives is.
I'm not sure I could be super bothered to write a review of everything but maybe I should try...
primer - 7/10. understood it really easily the whole way through, no question.
match point - 5/10. boring love story and awful lead actor until the action hots up towards the end. not that good but OK.
a dangerous method - 5/10. over the top sex scenes and crapish acting from keira knightly, but not that bad on the whole.
to warrant that score, even if in practice it's pretty poor for the most part. it's basically Allen's attempt at Chabrol
excellently shot, very good little film
2. Nebraska - 9
3. La Belle et le Bete - 7
4. About Time - 3
5. Iron Man 3 - 6
6. Gladiator - 9
8. The Red Shoes - 9
beverley hills chihuaua
beverley hills chihuahua 2
colour me interested
(spoiled chihuahua from bh and played by drew Barrymore) gets dog napped. Scary times, but she gets help from Delgado the gemam shepherd? They get themselves into all sorts of hot water and LoLs. Not going to tell you the ending for fear of spoilers, but you can probably guess from the fact there is a BH2 and 3 that it might turn out ok in the end. 5/5
BH2- Chloe has puppies. MAYHEM ENSUES. The puppies then rescue their human parents from a scrape. 4/5. I marked it up because there are SO MANY PUPPIES but Delgado don't feature so much in this one and he is totally fierce.
Need to watch the 3rd one soon.
What a wonderful, moving experience. Watch it, you won't regret it! 9/10
Couldn't really decide what to see, don't often get the chance to go to the cinema except for kids flicks, but we have babysitters tonight, yay, so don't really want to see anything to depressing but also not really in the mood for a hollywood blockbuster. When it's Mrs M's choice she always chooses the blockbuster. Anyway I think we'll see the one with Harry Potter as Allan Ginsberg that looks alright.
And from memory I have seen one film to date in 2014:
1. Now You See Me - surprisingly good crime caper flick with magicians pulling off heists as their tricks. Could see the ending coming a mile off, but that didn't really matter or spoil the enjoyment. 3.5 stars
Rather a lot to take in. Enjoyed it but not as much as Boogie Nights.
but yeah really rewards repeat viewings, at first it's just a matter of letting it wash over you. Next time you watch it play the fun game of looking out for Number 82. I mean you could read up about it instead, but it's quite fun when you start looking out for it on your own terms
Die Hard: Live free or die hard - Really like this film, it's a good way to bring the franchise up to date. Some bits are silly, (like fighting the jet) but still fun. Shame they took out the Yippe ki-ya MF (As well, at least it's miles better than Die Hard 5)
Tron:Legacy - Great film, this looks amazing and would be a film I would want to watch again at the big screen. Jeff Bridges is great, man. I love his lit-up coat, I want it
Despicable Me 2 - Funniest animation I've seen in a long time. The Minions are superb. Just totally go and see it
1st time viewings
Frozen - Didn't really get into this, it's not that funny, until the snowman comes along. The ending is a bit abrupt. It is a problem watching a film dubbed in another language though
Grudge Match - Loved this film, really funny. You might think Stallone doing another Rocky again, but calling it something else and you might be right, but it's with a comedy twist. De Niro is excellent in this and super funny. Kevin Hart has some good quips and Alan Arkin is surprising funny as well, recommended
2. American Hustle
3. The Hunt
4. The Prestige
I liked the team meat segments but other than that I found it boring and I didn't really connect to any of the developers asides from the married guy in Team Meat who was awesome.
Really *really* liked it.
Really *really* liked it.
4. The Act of Killing
(some of you watch LOADS of films)
Amazing, wonderful, delightful film. 10/10.
it's termendous stuff, and surely a much needed pick-me-up after the 1-2 sucker punch of Slave and Killing
5. american hustle - i enjoyed it, thought it was top fun, but i don't remember what i enjoyed about it specifically... didn't stick with me in the way the kind of movies it was aping usually do.
6. the squid and the whale - well observed, honest portrayal of divorce. also has harry dunne being a pretentious jebend for 80 minutes.
7. manhattan - can somebody book me a plane ticket to new york right away?
8. love and death - funniest film i've watched in quite a while, the constant barrage of great one liners actually gets a bit exhausting after a while. unfortunately it does go off the boil a bit towards the end.
9. the ipcress file - was expecting so much more from this one. went in assuming it'd be something along the lines of the long goodbye but it wasn't. starts off as a super cool and witty thriller but just runs out of steam and goes a bit bond halfway through. the scene in the supermarket is fucking great though.
10. the purple rose of cairo - really liked this. bloody love a bit of mia farrow. lulls you into thinking it's a light hearted fantasy caper until you realise there's an inevitably cruel ending just around the corner.
11. modern times - probably about to sound like an uncultured twit but... alright innit. slapstick annoys the shit out of me and the political stuff was super heavy-handed, but i suppose it's extremely impressive given the time period it was released in. maybe i need to rewatch it in a better mood.
12. sabrina - affable romantic comedy full of flawed characters all with a ludicrous sense of entitlement. enjoyed it.
Sort of alright I suppose. Quite an achievement when Mark Duplass is the least annoying lead character in a film.
excellent, cant believe ive not seen it before. real mindfuck at times
1. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
3. Blood Simple
Alpha Papa is really funny and that's all I really wanted from the film tbh. I'd never seen Chinatown and Blood Simple before and felt both start a little slow. Absolutely brilliant after the first 30 minutes though.
I will watch a film right now.
1. Gravity- visually stunning- best use of 3D I've seen. Doubt I'll watch it outside of he cinema though. 8.5/10
2. Undefeated- documentary about a Tennessee High school American football team. Absolutely incredible. Welled up a couple of times and I've not cried at a film since 'The Fox and the Hound' when I was 7. Honestly- watch this! 9.5/10
3.American Hustle- it was good but could have been a lot better. Some great acting (from Bale and Renner especially- I found Adams a little annoying) but the script was all over the place at points. 6/10
fuck da haters. Absolutely balls-out brilliant. Better than anything Nolan did in the batman franchise, arguably, though i'd need to rewatch them too to be sure.
pretty sure that Kiarostami is the greatest living filmmaker.
Don't care if it's all super gung-ho American, the performance by the lead two characters is so, so good. Loved it. Even if the storyline is also completely preposterous. Jake Gyllenhaal <3
Thoroughly enjoyable if a little OTT.
McAvoy was his usual reliable self, like the idea of Vincent Cassel getting smashed in the chops with a fire extinguisher :)
Rosario Dawson... woah...
thought when she actually got married it turned p[retty dull
also it seems to go on for like 30 minutes
#6 Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
could've been an interesting film, largely ruined by constant HEY GUYS TORTURE REALLY WORKS guff
#7 The Hitcher (1986)
jfc. Rutger Hauer is terrifying in this. it's a little muddled and the whole bit with the police chasing them felt like an import from another film but the cat-and-mouse game was most effective.
#8 Vanishing Point (1971) $
i love this film so much. so much beautiful scenery, sometimes it feels like the film was just an excuse to shoot it. also, FUCK THE PO-LICE.
#9 Demolition Man (1993) $
"what's your boggle?" <3
#12 Some Guy Who Kills People (2012)
Just a random thing on my Netflix recommendations, but I really liked it. A slasher film with a lot of heart?!?!
see, my gut reaction was that those scenes were pretty horrible, and the characters definitely seem repulsed by it.
but it's also shown several times to produce reliable information, something that's (apparently) historically incorrect with the subject of the film. torture didn't lead to bin laden, it actually provided bad information (http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/12/18/sen-mccain-rejects-torture-scene-in-zero-dark-thirty/)
it's obviously better that they didn't whitewash over it, but at the same time there wasn't really any ethical context placed on it either.
Awesome film. Snipes at his absolute height. Can't wait to see him in Expendables 3 on a big film again. He did a kind of vampire film when he got out, haven't seen it yet, didn't look awesome from the trailer.
and I still love it so so much. Snipes is utterly manic, the script is razor funny, and even Rob Schneider doesn't spoil it.
and all three films were filmed and released before he went to prison. Just had a look and it was called Gallowwalkers. Actually, it wasn't vampires in it apparently, but zombies http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0829176/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3
I love Blade 2, but the absolute abomination that was Blade Trinity, I still find it hard to forgive David Goyer for that. When Dracula, the main vampire, is not that scary, you know you're doing something wrong, among many other things.
Suprisingly good, but weirdly felt like a missed opportunity. 6/10
Had the B*** M***** cameo ruined long in advance, but otherwise really liked this.
second time seeing it, brilliant. the bit where JGL just says mom before he goes into surgery is utterly heartbreaking, i still feel a bit put out there by it.
really fancy Anna Kendrick too and think Seth Rogen is actually great
Kurosawa adaptation of Macbeth. not bad
good, but found the tone quite jarring and the killings totally random and senseless. I know that's the point but it didn't sit well with me somehow. couldn't care less what happened to the characters
7. Berberian Sound Studio
nice little thinker that. would love to have seen it in the cinema
8. 12 Years A Slave
a modern masterpiece. the only film that's ever moved me to tears
that's interesting about Sightseers, I think given they're obviously and comedically deluded you're hardly supposed to side with them
I was wrestling in mind afterwards over whether I actually liked it or not. it's beautifully shot and the two leads are fantastic. I interpreted it as a darkly comic satire on british tourism and 21st century boredom and social isolation, with two characters quite clearly living dull, unfulfilling lives who are taking out their internalised frustrations on a trip of violent hedonism. there are plenty of film/tv antiheroes that you can side with to some extent (Walter White, Don Draper, Michael Corleone etc), but the murders just made me feel uncomfortable. maybe my sense of humour isn't dark enough
that is the central joke in a horror-comedy, you're not supposed to side with them particularly as it's not a very serious film. Also I loved the ending.
What you're describing incidentally is how I feel how American Hustle.
really funny. thought they were surprisingly likeable as well considering how cringe-inducingly horrible they were
Not really much to add to what's been said elsewhere, it is exactly as good as every hyperbolic review makes it out to be. It's going to make it rain Oscars, would assume Best Picture, Director and Actor are nailed on, plus Fassbender would thoroughly deserve best supporting.
I like to play
Was really disappointed by this one and the only reason why I could think of this being the case is because Max was such an unlikable character and impossible to route for and his character arc felt rushed by the end. But luckily the supporting cast of characters are easy to route for and it saved the film from poor but with a better written lead character I think it could've been a great deal better.
second viewing, still incredible. If McQueen doesn't make another film/as good as this it won't matter.
This was really good. Brilliant performances all round but especially from Christian Bale who I think many people forget is actually a good actor after playing Batman for so long. A fun, stylish movie albeit a bit lacking in substance with regard to the plot. That, however, is cancelled out by really great, interesting character development.
I've never seen this before. I have very little interest in F1 so despite all the praise it got when it came out, I always resisted watching it. Watched it last night and oh my, it's incredible. Stand out bit for me was the footage of all the crashes after they started to place restrictions on the cars. Just totally harrowing going from crashes, to Senna's reaction, back to more crashes. Totally nightmarish. It's incredible to believe it actually happened. Despite this, they did seem to portray Prost as this incredibly evil rival which I thought was a bit odd. Like I said, I know nothing about F1 but it seemed to me like it was a very healthy rivalry. Their careers so bound together that they motivated each other by both being so good. Hugely enjoyable/heartbreaking film overall though.
you mean, everything ends up the way it started right
But the whole reactions from each character to the emerging love triangle and Jennifer Lawrence's explosive yet depressed character, etc.
Read your review earlier actually, and evidently we don't agree fully but I really liked it!
but I don't think it excuses the rest.
13. dallas buyers club - i'm so glad matthew mcconaughey has decided to be brilliant.
14. a streetcar named desire - did marlon brando become the most respected actor of all time because people were simply too polite to admit when they couldn't understand what he was saying? top film.
15. super 8 - starts off as a really warm pastiche of family movies from the 80s before going absolutely mental with overblown army stuff. also the ending wasn't very good.
16. iron man 2 - enjoyable popcorn guff innit. rourke and jackson are way underused though, and the final stand off was poo.
17. the bridge on the river kwai - probably now in the top 5 war films i've ever seen. just brilliant.
Quite conflicted about this. While I think the film itself is a pretty interesting discussion of the causes and collateral effects of suicide the idea that a film crew was employed for the sole reason of watching people jump off the Golden Gate bridge and making a documentary about it seems tactless and crass to me.
Does your film feature less than 6 characters, less than 3 locations and no real action? If so then it shouldn't be a film, it should be a play.
12 years a slave - Cant add anything to what has already been said really, stunning.
All is Lost - BRILLIANT. A 'Gravity' for people who are bored of talking about Gravity. Redford is stunning. Know some people were annoyed at the ending but I loved it.
Neighbouring Sounds - Brilliant piece of paranoia from Brazil - cracking ending too.
Gloria - Chilean drama about a recently divorced woman going back on the dating game. Brilliant played and really moving. Shame the cinema audience I was in laughed at every scene of missing because MIDDLE AGED PEOPLE BEING INTIMATE IS FUCKING HILARIOUS.
Sixteen Candles - Never seen it before, had no idea how racist and date rapey it was. Ew.
Really want to go back to New York now
i like paul dano a lot
actually, a bit mentally yeah
but heard great things
Yeah, not great. Skims over much of the political issues, apartheid happens and then ends in the space of about 20 mins, Elba is fine but a fleshed out mini series could only ever really do it justice.
13. Child's Pose - Fantastic Romanian drama about the lengths one will go to in order to protect the ones they love. Really loved this.
a rewatch. Still good though.
Not a patch on the book
Bit intrigued on how it is going to work...
obviously it cant be as good as the book, or remotely reflect what the book doesn, but i like alan arkin and think some of the scenes could play well idk
it doesn't spread itself TOO thin, and pretty much focuses on Yossarian, and Alan Arkin is superb in it. but naturally the book's episodic/non-linear nature doesn't really translate well onto the screen
A 'guilty pleasure' so to speak. A film I enjoyed when I was younger so I'll always have a certain amount of affection for it but I do also genuinely think it's a great film/adaptation. DiCaprio's performance is brilliant and looks well hot in it.
7. Frances Ha
Thought this was really nice. Not seen any of Noah Baumbach's films but always thought they looked a bit twee and shit from trailers. This was just rather lovely though and felt a lot like a really great episode of GIRLS, without as many laughs. I think this film could have evoked a totally different reaction from me if it wasn't for Greta Gerwig. Frances was so incredibly charming whereas she could have been characterised in a quirkier, Zooey Deschanel-esque fashion which would have been at an absolute detriment to the film.
The question here is why the hell I watched this pile of shite instead of any of the many, many other good films that are on tomorrow. No excuse for that.
Has Chang-dong Lee made a poor film ever?
I love the flights of fancy in Oasis
Poetry is gut wrenching
different to how i expected, enjoyable though
Absolutely harrowing film based on a novel about the experiences of a young woman captured by soldiers in the Bosnian war. Some things seemed out of place, but at its most powerful it is gut wrenching and, meant in a good way, deeply uncomfortable. Great central performance, too.
It's on netflix. Not perfect by any means, and bloody tough, but very memorable
Are being afraid of criticising Scorsese?
Enjoyed this a lot, it's quite a clumsy film in a lot of ways (the characters don't really have an arc to speak of and at least 20 minutes could be cut with no ill-effect) but the two main characters are very easy to like and the dialogue is terrific.
Seen before. Don't understand why some people have quite such a downer on this. Not even close to a perfect movie, but at least does something different from the dozens of identikit horror films that come out each year now. It's a solid 7/10.
I hadn't realised until you explained it so lucidly :)
fantastic. one of my favourite ever De Niro performances
12. Spring Breakers
loved it. like a 90 minute long fever dream
1) Home Alone 2 - classic
2) American Hustle - same opinion as anyone else, good perfomances, shaky plot, probably watch again one hungover Sunday
3)The Hurt Locker - just ok, not bad, not good
4)La Belle et le bête - pretty badly dated, not sure why it's considered such a classic, a few funny moments however
5)Nairobi Half Life - good performance from the lead, but lots of things that happened in the plot were just too convenient
6)Miller's Crossing - was falling in and out of sleepiness whilst watching this, seemed pretty good, but definitely need to rewatch.
Bloody wonderful. Look at Denmark now with all it's cinema, eh?
Strong sequel - fairly violent as well; the bit where Lisbeth takes on the bikers from pretty impressive and a good little cliffhanger/sudden ending. Got the Hornet's Nest to watch next.
Haywire - a complete mess. All-star cast (Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and that fighter woman, Gina Carano as the lead??!) but it was just...eh....fight scenes were solid and good stunts, but the plot was dull and muddled and just...it went on forever and it was kinda boring.
Maybe I shouldn't have bothered...
i just found it a bit...meh to be honest. Gina Carano is stunning though.
8/10. very beautiful to watch.
saw the restored version in the GFT last year, incredible experience
Probably the strongest Dark Knight film overall as far as I'm concerned. Bit long, and all that, but I generally enojoy it.
17) The Raid - Didn't realise quite how similar to Dredd this would be despite everyone saying it when Dredd came out. Enjoyable - nicely shot action.
18) Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Would have gone for the bleak ending myself. It's a bit all over the place really.
lovely bit of work
i heard him banging on about it ages ago, its on youtube in full
i wouldnt go as overboard as he does for it but its nice enough
entertaining, but slightly wearying. Di Caprio is fantastic as always
see the dang thread.
think we established this in the thread
It was really really really good, obviously.
Also incredible. Bruno Ganz is jaw-droppingly amazing.
champ from anchorman!
Simply stunning. Docu drama thingy about Andrea Dunbar, her life, death and the aftermath for her kids. Actors lip syncing to real interviews. Works so well. Really engrossing and poignant
Saw this for £3 in Fopp and thought "yeah, I'm going to trust what rich78 thinks today". Enjoyed this a lot, very fine work from Jack Black.
its virtually the same as all the other films of that ilk. its stylistically nice, and its only about 80 minutes so I would check it out but its not too great
2. Coming Home 6/10
Coming home was decent with a good payoff at the end. Seemed like a made for TV film drama in parts. Bruce Dern was the main reason for watching it. I'm checking out the films he was in since seeing Nebraska
that ending was a bit brutal
sticking with a simple binary rating system
(all first time viewings)
withnail & i
celeste and jesse forever
12 years a slave
Was reminded by yesterday's thread that I haven't actually seen it in ages. Still utterly brilliant, obviously. Also realised I don't actually know why Jerry needs the money and that it doesn't really matter either.
I think I had slightly different expectations of what this was, it's obviously an incredible story but I was slightly distracted by what I thought it was going to be
Yeah, good, but I struggle to appreciate films like this as the ground breaking pieces of cinema they are simply because I never see them in context. This is one of the very few films I'm ever going to see from the late 40s/early 50s so I'm never going to properly understand how ahead of its time it was and how different it was to its contemporaries.
love the third man, youl be missing out on so much if you take that stance
I can easily watch things like The Third Man, The Bicycle Thieves, Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, Kind Hearts and Coronets etc because they're recognised as classics and preserved as such, but the standard fare of the era isn't preserved in the same way because it's not as important to do so. Even if it was, I'd be unlikely to actively seek out mediocre films just so I could understand why something like The Third Man was such a gamechanger.
I can enjoy the Third Man as a film (plot's good, acting's good, music's really good), but I can't ever really get a perspective of just why it was so much better than everything else at the time.
I think you can tell if a film was groundreaking at the time by asking whether it still feels fresh now- those films you mentioned all still feel pretty fresh.
Dunno why I'm saying fresh so much, but that's the key word.
nice little picture, some funny bits. lost a bit of direction but decent2
When the end credits started rolling nobody in the cinema moved for five minutes.
Gonna lie down now.
Not sure what to make of that
Absolutely mesmerising. It's kind of hard to believe such people could exist in America, but Hush Puppy's performance (I'm not going to google her name) was outstanding and the end was very moving.
it's a fairly fantastical view of the deep south, but yeah
2nd viewing, still really fun film. Jack Black is really terrific
want something in the same realm as takashi miike/kiyoshi kurosawa, audition, cure, i.e. something oddball, existential and probably japanese.
do like that guy's stuff though. thinking more horror thriller drama something.
Not Japanese but might fit the bill
It has a long Japanese name I can't remember but it's pretty good.
yeah seen it.
Just realised I have a shinki aoyama boxset I haven't worked through yet.
but have you seen Eureka?
Definitely oddball, kinda existential and I think it's Japanese.
his next film sad vacation was bizarre but a bit shit really all told, so i've gone back to check out some of his older stuff which is really lofi tv movie kinda stuff but still pretty cool
it was definitely quite a singular film
I recently watched Visitor Q. pretty odd film right there. was thinking of writing about it for Verbal's film blog, but haven't got round to it.
cementimental was always banging on about Tetsuo, the Iron Fist, which sounds like it might be what you're after? really want to see it. some of Shion Sono's films like they may fit the bill, I've not seen any as yet, reallly want to though. Love Exposure sounds amazing if you have a spare 237 minutes
maybe Uzumaki or Hausu? both odd films they are. might not be disturbing enough? maybe like some Kitano stuff if you want something slightly straighter -- Hana Bi is well good, definitely quite existentialist.
or maybe some Korean stuff? like Hansel and Gretel, or I dunno what else, I haven't seen a huge number of Korean things. Oldboy (too obvious?).... Dumplings (not that good) ....
I'm not big on Korean film tbh. Haven't seen loads beyond the bigger exports of recent years but i hated oldboy, and stuff like memories of murder and mother could have been great but were near misses for me.
I really enjoyed Love Exposure. Watched it in four parts & it actually lent itself quite well to that - it's an episodic sort of film.
A very good existential Japanese one is Eureka: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka_%282000_film%29
Another pretty long one.
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
12 YEARS A SLAVE
THE ACT OF KILLING
THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL
WAKE IN FRIGHT
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO
MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT
one of my favourite Coen bro films. need to watch the handful I've missed asap
15. Empire Of The Sun
OK. didn't feel much of a connection between the characters. lacked a strong narrative drive
only seen seven of the 30...
At some point I'm going to have to watch Gone With the Wind and Lawrence of Arabia, but probably won't do so in the same month.
19. A Late Quartet*
Utterly batshit. Reminded me a lot of Kill List in that it's more about atmosphere than any specifically horrible things happening (although some very horrible things do happen). Michael Shannon and Ashley Judd are both brilliant.
Yeah that's really good. Pacing superb. Jack Nicholson great. Creepy guy was proper creepy. Brilliant.
do Point Blank next!
read about that after! looked like it proper hurt that, too.
didn't realise he and the screenwriter were that divergent on the ending. heh.
Polanski is (well was) brilliant
EM Embalming -
Started out as a nice little film about suicide and the embalming process but got way too convoluted with corrupt politicians and dodgy medical trials and black market organ transplants. Had no idea what was going on by the end.
Suicide Circle -
Hadn't seen this since it came out, and remember not thinking much of it but wanted to revisit. Held up much better than I remembered and the satire was well observed, though obviously quite dated. Still good though, hilarious in places.
God bless Japan.
Beyond the Hills - Amazing acting and so so upsetting, really shouldn't have watched this at 2am alone.
Celine and Juline go boating - finally got round to this 3 hour batshit-fest. I want to go into those women's world immediately.
Black Power Mixtape - pretty good if only scratching the surface on the black power movement. Some cool footage.
Blackfish - get the feeling the version BBC4 showed, which is the one I watched, isn't the full version but this was infuriating.
Wreckers - Slight if overdramatic drama with Cumberbatch's accent all over the shop.
Interior Leather Bar - Awful
Nashville - Yes I've never seen it before and yes that was a huge mistake. Would love to see it on the big screen.
might rewatch at some point soonish.
also really want to see interior leather bar. i can believe it's awful, but that doesn't make me less interested
this was rubbish
i really really dont like coens
I've heard it called smug and irritating several times but seldom boring.
definitely not as good on repeat viewings imo
It's a film I studied at uni. I just don't think it stands up that well in the long run to some of their others. The last time I watched it I couldn't help but think how incredibly fast it is. I know it's not a massively long film as it is but it flies by to the point of distraction at times
you're being wrong
Lingering/10. Will post a review in THAT thread when I wake up.
10/10 so good
So so amazing.
quite good really
really liked it, was pretty excellent
apparently there's an american remake? and sequel and prequel have been announced for that.....
to no fanfare haha
Film about two blokes editing a film. Quite good, apparently it only cost about $50,000. The main bloke is like a more annoying David Schwimmer but otherwise it's OK.
Feels like the Coen's missed a trick here. It looked great and made decent use of their cinematic quirks but... literally nothing about it was of any real interest.
Either needed to have more sense of narrative purpose or emotional bite to be genuinely engaging. It lacked both and ended up as a meandering glimpse into a meandering presence. Fair enough if you're like `but that's the point!!!111!` but... not really my bag.
10. Spiderman 2
Wasn't this really quite well received when it came out? It's probably the best out of the three but still not very interestingly done when you compare it to that of The Dark Knight trilogy.
11. The Wolf On Wall Street
Thought it was ok. I think the length was its main blemish. It's effectively a film of just stuff happening so it inevitably becomes a bit boring after 3 hours. Music was good and there was some genuinely great scenes. DiCaprio was brilliant too.
12. Inside Llewyn Davis
Loved it. It just thoroughly charmed me. Beautifully shot and understated.
13. Lost In Translation
Up there with my favourite films.
nothing good was on so watched
Mine Games - awful pun, good film. Basically just Timecrimes but with Australian teens who find a mine. It had loads of plot holes (if you get told you're in a mine, don't then go down there) but it was quite fun
The Watch - nowhere near as bad as I thought it'd be. I think I'm the only person who likes Vince Vaughn
7)A Serious Man - forgot I'd seen this, good film, love the bits with the neighbour mowing his lown
8)12 Years a Slave - hmm not as good as the media have been making out, maybe I ruined it a bit by reading the book straight before.
The Monkees film, utterly mental. They play themselves trying to exercise their free will and not be constrained by their writers and producers telling them what to do. It starts with them killing themselves. Written by Jack Nicholson.
The Poseidon Adventure - Daft fun
really, really strange film. I really love the soundtrack as well. some of their best songs on there I think
Dozy fun. Like the Exorcist and Eraserhead nods and the general not taking itself particularly seriously.
Johnny English 1
Johnny English 2
Toy Story 3
Robin Hood (disney version).
Johnny English may be the greatest pair of movies ever made.
again. Still one of my favourite things. All time top 10 prolly.
Think I've watched this about 6 times in the last year. Great film, probably my favourite PTA. Some of the tracking shots in it are brilliant.
24. Moonrise Kingdom
Still great, probably my favourite Wes Anderson film.
two out of five at best, but it was a pretty brave move to base a new Superman film on all those covers from the 1960s where he acts like a petulant dick.
Very good. Wouldn't say great, think a few things in it jarred with me. Won't criticise it for trying to be 'mainstream' though because it's an important story designed to reach a Wide audience and that's a good thing.
MM and Leto were incredible, the latter in particular. Garner did well in a pretty nothing role I thought. The humour was pitched really well, too. Would recommend
A film that goes mental in the best possible way. As the narrative started to fall apart I felt really unnerved by it but in a way that I was transfixed to the screen. Had no idea where it would go which added to its impact. When the girl was practising her lines I was genuinely unsettled bŷ it.
Toby jones was great, everything was great. I want to watch it again ASAP because I know there is so much more in that film to be explored.
25. The Damned United.
Seen this a few times, it's a shame it'll always be seen as a film for football fans when it's really about obsession and the relationship between Jackson and Clough.
26. Lost Highway*
If there's such thing as a typical David Lynch film this is it. Watched this on a train so kept having to fast-forward the gratuitous sex scenes. No idea what's supposed to have happened at the end, but really inventive and enjoyable nonetheless.
27. Inside Llewyn Davis*
I watched this in a forgiving mood as I'd heard this was the Coens at their more obtuse. I'm not sure whether it was that or the film itself but I thought this was brilliant. I think it's a lot more about grief than I've heard any other reviews mention and I'm also intrigued by how many references to the Coens other films there are in it. Going to have to watch this again soon as I think it might be something truly great but I don't really understand it just yet.
28. Dallas Buyers Club*
Ended up watching this yesterday because it was raining a lot and we couldn't be bothered to leave the cinema after Inside Llewyn Davis. Very good, easy to be cynical about these very worthy films that appear in Janurary and February every year but McConaughey and Leto really are that good.
29. Dealin' With Idiots*
Fairly throwaway Jeff Garlin vehicle about the parents of a kids baseball team. Not awful but felt more like an extended pilot for a TV show than an actual film.
30. The Exorcist*
Was reminded by Drag Me to Hell that I've never actually seen this all the way through. Really good, obviously. Somewhat amazed that Max von Sydow doesn't seem to have aged since 1973.
lost highway has so many elements that he did better in other films. fun tho
After reading about the guys behind horse_ebooks, I watched this.
Woke up to my GF telling me how shit it was even though she didn't watch it.
not bad. quite liked how the 3 main characters remained unconnected really andf they didnt slip into the intertwining narratives which never live up to it. horrible ending though
liked it quite a lot. was about as good as it gets for modern american police drama.
could've done without the freeze-frame finish, but what can you do.
seems pretty ridiculous? idk.
best 5 things that I've not mentioned elsewhere (therefore excludes Visitor Q, Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave, etc)
- the Cremator - really great 60s Czech new wave thing (kind of a black comedy) set in the run up to World War II, about a sleazy cremator. still quite an amazingly creepy disturbing performance. pretty excellent
- Heathers - I found this really funny. quite possibly one of the best films set in high school ever made. one of the few good Winona Ryder performances?
- Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.... and Spring - not entirely sure what I was expecting, but I really liked this. my only (very minor) complaint would be that the final spring section was way too short. it should either have been extended so something actually happened or been cut since the cyclicle theme had already been established pretty obviously?
- They Shoot Horses, don't they? - nice depressing film. downbeat from the word go. I liked the book and this definitely lives up to it.
- The White Elephant - Argentine drama with Ricardo Darin (the Secrets in their Eyes, 9 Queens, etc), about two priests living in a slum. good performances, great cinematography, good plot, really good all round.
- the Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift - the first one is ok, the 5 is great, but fucking hell this was bad. just terrible.
- Step Up 3 - this was really bad but really entertaining. while the first stuck mostly to a relatively realistic plot/structure, with the dancing largely having some kind of logic, this one just throws it completely out the window. creates a quite baffling, almost surreal film where dancing is the cause of and cure to all of life's problems.
- Fright - terrible horror thing with Susan George (Staw Dogs) screaming in terror almost the entire way through. first half is boring, second half almost unbearable. some good photography though.
- the Phantom - a very early 1930s horror/thriller thing. I don't think I've ever seen a sound film as incompentently made. it was so completely primitive from a technical persepecitve that it was quite fascinating.
- Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead - had a lot of potential. there's a great cast, it starts off well. but I found it just so fucking dull. and then a bit too sentimental. could have been really good if it was edited slightly, maybe? or maybe had a better director. maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it
pretty subversive for a teen comedy, with a really palpable sense of doom about it. love it.
17. Dogtown and Z-Boys
18. X-Games The Movie
19. Dallas Buyers Club
20. Punch Drunk Love
21. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
22. Barton Fink
is it done well, or should I go back and watch some of the early skateboarding documentaries?
More like a promotional video than a documentary. They just cobble together footage from the 2008 X-Games, no history or real insight. Dogtown is fantastic though, do watch that.
I've already watched the Dogtown documentary, I agree it's great. Excellent explanation of how skateboarding kicked off.
documentary on BMX, watch the ESPN 30 for 30 about Mat Hoffman. You can find it on youtube, it's fantastic and it's amazing the guy lasted as long as he did
Mexican horror. Really enjoyed it.
really impressive, expected to stop enjoying it at any moment but it never happened.
Not perfect, there are a couple holes here and there, but really well put together (the use of editing and lack of hitting you over the head with PLOT was refreshing), consistently funny and touching and some obviously great performances from McConaughey & Leto. Also, Bradford Cox!
who was he?
to help his dad with dementia, obvs
great performances, very believable and proper chemistry but in a real-life way. lovely lovely
nothing amazing just really nice
Oh dear, oh dear, this was actually boring. I got bored during it and it's basically Hollywood trying to do a eastern style film. Surprisingly, Keanu Reeves is not the worst or most wooden actor in it. The action scenes are all shot close up, they go to sites just for an action scene, not for any real reason. The villains are really hammy and I feel like they should be in a panto. I don't care about any of the characters, when they die, I don't care.
After reading about the real 47 Ronin, I will have to go and watch some of the other eastern versions.
not normally a fellini fan but enjoyed it a lot
nowhere near as bad as I was expecting, quite enjoyed it 7/10 but then after thinking about it for a couple of days 5/10.
things they messed up:
-ED209 not being menacing
-All the robo stuff being introduced early on, no mystery
-Not really showing how messed up detroit is
-All the stuff in china
-Not really developing the bad guy
-Robocop snaping out of his drone like state almost instantly
-Made it too easy to think the robo police would be a good thing so the bad guys didnt seem that evil.
Anyone know why it is that 18's used to be financially viable in the 80's but now everything has to be a 12, is it that inflated budgets need a big audiences or did at some point they just realise there is more money to be made
First time watch. Loved the camera work. One of the strangest films I've seen. It was kind of like watching a noise record on screen- this relentless hysteria. The way the actors delivered their lines as if they were on lots of drugs.
Intriguing film, it's funny how the protagonist leaves halfway through- reminds me a bit of how Chabrol 'deadens' any suspense leaving only contemplation. You can tell its Pasolini by the long, lingering shots of cherubic males.
Wolf of Wall Street
First Seidl film. Can see the comparisons with Haneke, although he's not quite as cutting. I thought it was mostly unpleasant to begin with, just a woman exploiting and being exploited herself. But as the film went on you began to empathise with her plight and it actually became humanistic.
French mini film about a boy trying to tame a horse. It was nice but not brilliant.
Where/how do people watch films? I have a US netflix account but almost exhausted the interesting looking films. Have a lovefilm subscription as well but I'm a bit slack on sending the discs off. Basically I want an accessible place for interesting films.
I think they are mostly meant to have arthousey stuff
I love Possession. so much hysteria. it's unlike anything else really. also I quite want to see Theorem, but after seeing a few Pasolini things I'm not entirely convinced he's a particularly great director. Porcile was good but disconnected and wasn't entirely successful and Oedipus Rex was just shit
I'm just too technologically inept to download films
absolutely beautiful exploration of the human condition
not gonna bother counting it though
Really, really good. Probably going to watch the Hunger Games as a result of this because Jennifer Lawrence is that good (and I really like Josh Hutcherson too). There's a scene at the end which is really horrible,
32. When Harry Met Sally*
Really good. Much like a lot of comedy it's a shame that romantic comedies are usually pitched so low because when done well they can be really, really good.
33. The Tin Drum*
Had this from Lovefilm for ages, didn't want to watch it because the kid in it looks really creepy* and I knew that a lot of the film was him whacking a drum and screaming. It was adapted from a novel and it reminded me of Perfume in that it probably worked better that way, just because whacking a drum and screaming is probably a lot less irritating in text form. There's also a horrible bit with some eels and a horse's head which I didn't like at all.
*Seriously, look how creepy he is. http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m879hgi3zr1qmemvwo1_500.jpg
34. Hard Candy*
Luis Tosar is a proper good actor
guy from Deerhunter is in it
I liked this, considering it's essentially 2 hours and 20 minutes of navel-gazing it manages to look and sound nice enough in order that it doesn't drag.
36. The Lego Movie*
Free Samples - really liked this, little indie thing w/ jesse eisenberg and others. it's fun, but then again I am a sucker for 'indie' comedy dramas where people trade barbed witticisms and manage to have a fully developed character arc over the course of just one day.
Bernie - I really liked this, even though I it was occasionally a little dull, and I'm not sure it was entirely great. Jack Black is brilliant though. nice to see him in a good role, I think he's actually got quite a lot of charm that he rarely bothers showing
A Dirty Shame - I'm not sure if this was terrible or great. a combination of the two maybe. hmmm. definitely John Waters' strangest since the 70s, and mostly pretty funny, even if there were quite a few sections where it's difficult to know what the fuck he was thinking.
Hitchhike to Hell - 70s movie about a guy who kills hitchhikers. very little actually happens, almost no gore, and the script doesn't feel quite fully developed (there's loads of elements that seem like they're going somewhere but don't really). but I still really liked it. the main character is actually pretty good, and there's a weird charm to it that is impossible to capture outside the 70s
the Notorious Bettie Page - it's good and I mostly enjoyed it, but it feels as though there's some element missing that I can't quite put my finger on. similar to something like Howl, where it feels worthwhile and interesting just for reminding you of how different attitudes towards 'obscenity' where in the 50s.
File under "somehow managed to never see this before". Think I liked it, the first hour drags and is vaguely repetitive but it's an interesting story that's told well enough.
37. Despicable Me 2*
Sequel by committee. Seems like a load of people have sat down and said "hmm, what did people like about the first one? The Minions? Right, let's have loads more of them and less of the girls, yeah, that'll work". Not nearly as good as the first one.
38. The Limits of Control*
It's always dangerous to call a film pretentious, but I can comfortably call this pretentious without rebuke. 10 minutes of story dragged out for 2 of the longest hours imaginable without a single believable conversation in the entire thing. If I wasn't going to see Only Lovers Left Alive before I'm certainly not going to bother now, Jarmusch. Probably features an even odder Bill Murray cameo than Z********d.
39. Killing Them Softly*
Quite good, not as good as TAJJBTCRF but still very interesting. I don't think it needs to be quite as obviously allegorical to the financial crisis as I think the audience are smart enough to figure that out by themselves. Ben Mendelsohn was really good.
40. Stranger by the Lake*
Had a couple of hours to kill in town this afternoon so watched this as I didn't really feel like sitting through a whole bunch of sex or another Jim Jarmusch film. Turns out I ended up sitting through LOADS of really explicit gay sex anyway (there are probably only about 3 scenes that feature conversations and no wangs), but that's always the risk when you watch a film you know nothing about. Cinematically there's a lot to like about it, including a really amazing long shot in the middle and a strong choice not to use any incidental music at all, but crikey there's a lot of sex.
hmmm, no sir, i didn't like it
Bruno Dumont is a strange, strange man but I'll check out a couple more of his
some of his choices are bizarre. i liked L'humanite but quite why it was so highly regarded is a bit of a mystery to me.
interesting enough documentary about staggering wealth during the economic collapse
Mel Gibson trying to relive his 80s, early 90s action stuff - AND IT WORKS!! Enjoyable, silly and lots of action. Peter Stormare is in it for like 3 minutes and is great as well.
Somebody hold me.
didn't really like this. a lot of faffing around
REALLY liked this. so good
never seen anything else by Melville. I like the title Bob le Flambeur though.
quite heavy-to-the-point-of-distraction family drama but really expertly told
actually pretty fantastic
the David Schwimmer paedo one.
Actually really good. It was a different take on it - you only see the paedophile for about 5 minutes at the start and the film focuses on the damage done to the family.
6. The Wolf of Wall Street - 3/10
7. Following Sean - 7/10 Made me think about life and passing of time and that
8. Stonewall -
9. Eraserhead -
10. Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies
24. Hoop Dreams - 10/10
25. Frances Ha - 7/10
26. Following - 6/10
27. Lost In Translation - 9/10
28. Upstream Colour - no idea/10
29. Her - 8/10
30. Neighbouring Sounds - 7/10
more i think it was the worst film of last year
saw Murder on the Orient Express- bit dull really isnt it?
and In Fear - it's been hyped up too much. It's an above average Brit thriller, but it's got 100% on Rotten Tomatoes which is odd as it's nothing groundbreaking
Re: Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre fame.
And very good it was, too. I wanna be Carrie Brownstein when I grow up.
with Lauren Mayberry introducing?
Then to post-film drinks at the CCA, where the promised riot grrrl dj-ing didn't really transpire, though. had a lovely chat with a guy who was at the same new year thing as me - an indie karaoke thing where he did electrix six' gay bar.
much better than I remembered, think i was a bit too wrapped up in the sOoOoOo cOnTrOvErSiAl hype the first time round. the ending is pyar what the fuck.
Love and Pop
dunno if it was just the rip I had but the whole thing is shot on mobile phones/mini cameras and every shot is in a different aspect ratio and has interlacing issues and aaaarrrrrrrgh. pretty good film otherwise though.
what's best of his? book or film
mainly based on audition being one of the best things ever, but that's a perfect marriage of him and miike takashi. it's a shame his adaptation of coin locker babies never came to fruition. i really liked in the miso soup as well.
probably should, i guess
film-making at it's most immersive and heart rending, really didn't feel like its 3 hour running time. the girl who played Adele should have gotten every award under the sun.
32. Computer Chess
felt pretty disjointed and narratively idiosyncratic, but it really captured the time period and there were so many hilarious characters - Papageorge, the 'cia' guy, the guy running that cult who kept getting in the way of the tournament...
41. The Selfish Giant*
Great. Why I didn't see this when it came out I'll never know, ended up watching the DVD on a train. There are some really obvious comparisons to be drawn with This is England and the work of people like Mike Leigh and Ken Loach but this is still a really original, special film.
Watched this when I got off the train. So wonderful, Bruce Dern and June Squibb are brilliant.
Disappointing because I have such high expectations of Spike Jonze, but still a perfectly good film. The ending seems a bit...by committee as the film seems to be building towards something but ends up somewhere completely different.
44. Where the Wild Things Are
Every time I watch this I'm expecting it to be worse than I remember it, and every time it's better. Like Inside Llewyn Davis I think I secretly know it's not as good as I think it is, but like Inside Llewyn Davis it's gradually sneaking into the higher echelons of my favourite films. I'm a pretty cold emotionless drone most of the time but I counted 5 different places in this film where I had to take a moment to compose myself.
45. Tim's Vermeer*
A man called Tim makes a machine that allows him to recreate (at painstaking length) the work of Johan Vermeer. Directed by Teller from Penn and Teller. Features David Hockney and the actor who plays Gene Parmesan. File under "oddly compelling".
might go to bed before the end though
wonderful film - they got the casting spot on, especially Geoffrey Rush as Hans. They managed to condense it down just right, although I would have liked them to include bits about Max being the Standover Man.
Took me ages to recognise Peter Manion's voice as the narrator.
The Book Thief looks across the board all kinds of awful from what I've seen of it
Colin Firth film.
Really weird and creepy. Very good
The third film in the series and there was absolutely no point to this, apart from to make money. It's basically Pitch Black again, without the tension. I hope they leave this character alone in film, but look at him in anime form. Could be some good stories to come from it.
8. The Lego film
The start didn't amaze me, but once it got going, it was excellent and I loved Batman. The final 20-30 minutes was excellent and I won't spoil it for anyone, but it was really heartwarming and quite unexpected.
thin plot and anti-climactic ending, but Gene Hackman is terrific as a morally ambivalent surveillance expert.
34. Fish Tank
great film, manages to avoid falling into a cliched portrayal of working class London
Alright, not brilliant, not terrible. About an hour and a half of setup and for the last half hour. Chris Hemsworth just isn't charismatic enough to play the James Hunt character though, and the CGI for the crashes looked incredibly ropey. Daniel Bruhl was very good though.
I liked it, but its a bit forgettable.
captain phillips - does it make you a racist if you had a little weep at this and not 12 years a slave? asking for a friend
ray harryhausen: special effects titan - an absolute hero but the strict adherence to his career timeline makes this an incredibly samey watch when the guy essentially ends up explaining an incredibly similar process about 10 times. could've done with more about the man himself and his influence rather than the unending explorations of his obvious technical abilities.
philomena - judi dench was excellent but I've forgotten pretty much everything else about it already. oh, the irish countryside looks nice. so that's two things. was expecting a bit more dramatic heft but it's a surprisingly light, uninvolving watch for the most part.
come and see - I HAVE SEEN HELL
One of Von Trier's better efforts despite everyone in it being ferociously annoying (except Alexander Skarsgard and Jack Bauer). All the wedding stuff was really boring though, and I couldn't work out why Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kirsten Dunst were supposedly sisters despite looking and sounding completely different.
48. The Grand Budapest Hotel*
49. The Kings of Summer*
Coming of age stories are my Achilles heel, so unsurprisingly I absolutely loved this. Really good Tony Hale cameo.
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