Posts Tagged ‘2002’

Film – Quick Thoughts: The Ring

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The Ring
The Ring, directed by Gore Verbinski
Written by: Ehren Kruger
Starring: Naomi Watts & Martin Henderson
My rating: 5 of 5

I’m not generally keen on the US idea of localised remakes. It’s hard to think of them being made for any reasons other than:

1) A lot of the hard creative work (story, structure, concepts, themes) has already been done, so it’s a lot easier than coming up with something original.

2) English audiences are thought of as either xenophobic (“I’m not watching some foreign junk”), stupid or short of attention span (“Reading? In a film?”).

Usually I find the remake doesn’t compare well to the original or doesn’t really do anything to justify its existence (The Grudge is one example, at a lot of times practically being a shot-for-shot remake and at others using unconvincing CGI effects in place of the original’s better, more practical effects), but The Ring really works and I’ve seen it lots of times. It probably helps that the crew is talented, directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Naomi Watts (this is one of the films I was thinking of when I said I was fan back in this post) and actors like Brian Cox in supporting roles.

It’s also a horror film that doesn’t show you everything right away. There are plenty of creepy things throughout the film, but not in the sense of a monster/villain picking people off, just relatively mundane things that are slightly off somehow, like the fly on the screen or the whole horse scene. It’s all building up to the revelation of what exactly happens after seven days and why any of it is happening in the first place. It’s as much a mystery as a horror. It’s really great.

The film also includes one of my favourite lines, “All I ever wanted was you.” The pain in Anna’s voice and the depth of meaning in that sentence just gets me every time.


Film – Quick Thoughts: Lilya 4-Ever

January 14, 2012 1 comment

Lilya 4-Ever
Lilya 4-Ever, directed by Lukas Moodysson
Written by: Lukas Moodysson
Starring: Oksana Akinshina, Artyom Bogucharskiy
My rating: 4 of 5

My seventh film of 2012 was Lilya 4-Ever, recommended by a Russian friend who used to live in Estonia, where the film is set. It’s a very good film but really not a happy one, and reminds me of Grave of the Fireflies or 4 Months, 3 Weeks and Two Days. Lilya is used by pretty much everybody she trusts, always hopeful but always disappointed. Oksana Akinsjina and Artyom Bogucharskiy do great jobs with difficult roles.

Film: Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance

August 1, 2011 1 comment

Both Ha-kyun Shin and Bo-bae Han do excellent jobs with difficult roles.

I’m going to try and get back into the swing of making separate posts for films instead of just relying on the monthly round-ups, and we kick things off with Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance. It is not a happy film.

Some general spoilers follow

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Television: June 2011’s TV

July 28, 2011 2 comments

Almost a month late, we have the June round-up posts. This month started with games and now it’s time for a look at the month’s television:

Nobody seems to want to look forward this month.

Image sources: Holtz, Brennan, Daenerys, John and Dale

General spoilers follow

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Film: March 2011’s Films

Here we have the last of the March round-up posts. This month we kicked off with the books I read, followed by the games I played and the TV I watched. Now it’s time for the films I viewed.

As ever, watching so few films does mean that making the title image is pretty darn simple.

Image sources: Ponyo, Shaun, Ben, Partridge and V.

Five films then, two more than February’s meagre haul but two less than January’s, which was already a little on the low side. Oh well, here’s what they were:

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Television: March 2011’s TV

April 18, 2011 1 comment

On time for once (and coming straight on the heels of February’s), here we have the March round-up posts. This month we kicked off with the books I read, followed by the games I played. Next up is the TV I watched:

That's right, this time I needed to fit even more images into this little space, though thankfully the majority carried over from last month so I didn't have to find new sources.

Image sources: Doyle, Jed, Francis, Enoch, Brennan, Kitty, the Turok-Han, Rick, House, Phil, David, Hope, Brian and Albert.

New this month to the TV round-up are individual verdicts, helping me to judge whether I should keep watching. They’ll either be Good (will definitely stick with), Okay (which means I’m not fully enjoying it, which could result in it being dropped if that continues) and Bad (which will probably be where I do stop).

Some general spoilers will follow:

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Film: Recent Movies

September 14, 2010 2 comments

Time for another movie round-up, featuring every film I’ve watched over the past two weeks. There aren’t many here this time so they’ll be in chronological order (in the previous mega entry I sorted them by preference, but there weren’t any films here that I thought were average or bad):

Vanilla Sky

I had to break my 425x90 image rule to get this one to fit properly. Click the image for a link to the source.

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Summary: Playboy David enjoys his superficial life until he meets Sofia and quickly falls in love with her, which angers his fling Julianna.

First Viewing?: No, I think I’ve seen it at least twice before.

Thoughts: The summary above doesn’t really do it justice, but Vanilla Sky is a fairly odd film (Wikipedia informs me it won a LoveFilm poll for the most confusing film, though looking at the other choices makes it look like a lot of voters were just easily confused), seemingly changing its themes as it progresses and builds up to the big reveal at the end. Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz, Jason Lee and Kurt Russell all give good performances and I like the ideas it explores, so despite the relative strangeness (which it doesn’t really do as much with as it perhaps could have done) I can’t help enjoying it each time I watch it.

Rorschach at the grave.

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Watchmen (2009)

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