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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Final Thoughts

30 Movies

30 Movies (almost)

The month-long project is now at an end, with thirty topics about movies answered over thirty days. I have a few closing comments I wanted to share.

It was a lot of fun, which I think is the most important thing. At times I struggled to think of a definitive answer (and sometimes simply couldn’t), and I think a few them might not be as accurate as I’d like (like the greatest twist/surprise ending topic on day seven, for which I really need to watch a couple of other films, including Oldboy), but I’m fairly happy about pretty much every entry. Read more…

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 30

August 15, 2010 4 comments

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. This is the end now, and to finish off the thirty days the subject is:

Your favourite movie of all time

I’ve mentioned before that I find it difficult to pick favourites in general, more comfortable clustering a group of things together rather than declare one to be my outright favourite. For my favourite movie it boils down to just two, either American Beauty (which I’ve already covered in detail here explaining why I like it, with some comments about its soundtrack here) or a film which I’ve also briefly covered before here, and that film is:

Blade Runner

Blade Runner

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Blade Runner was a film that originally passed me by, being released shortly before I was born and not having the same level of pop culture penetration to give me an awareness of it as a film I should watch. It was only two decades later that I saw it for sale on DVD and, knowing it was a good film, decided to buy it and see what it was like (the DVD was the original ‘Director’s Cut’ so I’ve never seen the theatrical version with the narration and happy ending).

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 29

August 14, 2010 5 comments

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. Nearly done now, the penultimate subject is:

A movie from your childhood

I like that this topic isn’t so specific. It’s not about your favourite or most hated, just a movie from your childhood that you feel like talking about. That makes this subject a very easy one to pick a film for, and that film is:

Starchaser: The Legend of Orin

Starchaser: The Legend of Orin

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Starchaser: The Legend of Orin is a blatant Star Wars rip-off, it really is. The young boy with an energy sword, the uncaring smuggler with a ship who is caught up in the boy’s events, the bold governor’s daughter (not quite a princess), the big bad who’s not wholly human and lots of droids and laser gun battles. I’m guessing it wasn’t a very successful rip-off as it has never been released on DVD in the UK, meaning that when I was looking to buy it a few years back I had to buy a region one version. I actually liked it more than Star Wars during my youth, watching it again and again.

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 28

August 13, 2010 3 comments

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the twenty-eighth day is:

Favourite movie from your favorite director

Unfortunately this is going to have to go the same way as the favourite actor/actress topic:

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Just like that topic there are a lot of directors I like, but not any that I can outright say are my favourites. So once again it’s list time:

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 27

August 12, 2010 5 comments

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the twenty-seventh day is:

A movie that you wish you had seen in theaters

I think this is only going to be a short topic because there’s not that much to say on it. Assuming the cinema isn’t filled with people chatting, children crying or noisy food being consumed it can be a very immersive experience, sat in a dark room before a giant picture, the rest of the world tuned out. I don’t think there’s much to say about it though so I’ll rattle off a couple of films:

Cinema

No one film here, so have a picture of an empty cinema instead.

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For me this is mostly going to be about science fiction, films with unique (and often beautiful) visuals that would have looked fantastic on the big screen. That means things like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Sunshine and WALL-E, all visually strong films, the first two released before I was born and the latter being ones that I didn’t make it to the cinema to see. Serenity is another one, both because it would have looked good on a cinema screen and because I would have liked to have been able to support it, not able to do so because I hadn’t seen the series and had no awareness of it until after the film had disappeared from cinemas and the UK’s Sci-Fi channel started showing it again.

There are other great films that I’m not so sure about (such as Alien, Aliens, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Dark Knight), films that don’t have the same sort of visuals but might have been enhanced by cinema viewing. I’m not sure because I don’t think viewing a film at the cinema automatically makes the experience better, which is partly the problem cinemas have faced lately, justifying the trip and expense. The films above are ones that I’m pretty sure could have benefited, but even then I don’t think I missed out on too much. Essentially the biggest draw for me to see a film at the cinema is just because they release there before anywhere else, and these days seeing a film as soon as possible just isn’t that big a concern for me.

Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 26

August 11, 2010 3 comments

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the twenty-sixth day is:

A movie that you love but everyone else hates

I wasn’t entirely sure what to cover here. I don’t know anybody locally who enjoys Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but that’s not a common opinion as the film received very positive reviews. While it’s very different to the book I really enjoyed What Dreams May Come even though a lot of people didn’t (but not enough to be a film ‘everyone else’ hates). I’ve mentioned before how I liked Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest when a lot of people were disappointed with it, so for this entry I think I’ll choose another disliked middle film in a trilogy:

The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded

(No source, this is a screengrab from the DVD)

For me the original film in the trilogy (before there was talk of a trilogy), The Matrix, was a good film that I promptly forgot about, and it was only when the sequels were revealed that I thought about it again. Much like the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy neither sequel is thought of too fondly but, also like the Pirates trilogy, I have a lot of love for the second instalment while being very disappointed in the third.

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 25

August 10, 2010 4 comments

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. With just five more to go, the subject for the twenty-fifth day is:

The most hilarious movie you’ve ever seen

I don’t recall off-hand the last time I watched a recent comedy film that I really enjoyed. Maybe Team America: World Police would be the most recent, and I quite liked the original Death at a Funeral farce. When it comes to most hilarious though I think it would either be one of the Monty Python films or:

Airplane

Airplane!

(No source, this is a screengrab from the DVD)

One of the saddest things about watching Airplane is how much better a spoof it is than the ones being made these days, especially the woeful <GENRE> Movie series that try and get by just referencing other films (or even reality shows) regardless of how they fit the genre they’re supposed to be spoofing, and not even making a joke about it so much as just referencing. It’s basically humour built around the writers saying, “Hey, remember this?” and thinking that qualifies as a joke, and as a result they’re awful and will inevitably date very quickly.

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