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Film: The Films of 2012

January 1, 2012 1 comment

I’ll kept this post updated with a list of every film I watch this year, including links to the opinion posts and the rating I give them. I think it will work better than 2010’s efforts (listing every film at the end of the year, by title and in order of viewing) or 2011’s (monthly recaps). I’m going to try three separate lists here: by title, by rating and in order of viewing.

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Film: January 2011’s Films

March 3, 2011 3 comments

I’ve decided to resurrect the old monthly review posts that I tried briefly last year (the earliest three entries with the monthly review tag), but doing them more in the style of the 2010 in review posts. Having only just decided to do it means I’m going to have to sort out January’s now then almost immediately jump into February’s, but going forward there should actually be a month between them. This second post covers film viewing, and there will also be posts for television , books and gaming.

 

Fitting in all seven was a bit of a squeeze.

Image sources: Sara, Randy, Raul, Nick, Borat, Bower and Lotso.

As with the television post I’ll use this opening paragraph to discuss when I watch films. With just three hours of free time on a work day (during which I also have to get ready) it’s not particularly practical to watch a film as most push two hours in length and would just consume the majority of available time. I like the routine of getting out of bed and watching an episode of a TV programme so I don’t particularly want to shunt that aside for a film anyway. That leaves my four days off, which is a pretty substantial amount of time during which it should be easy to find time to watch a couple of films each ‘week’.

After looking back at the entirety of 2010’s film viewing it emerged that starting work resulted in the time I set aside for films dropping down to ridiculous levels, with just eight films watched in the last four months of the year, and I declared that I needed to make more of an effort to find time for films. So let’s see how I did (this post won’t contain any spoilers):

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Film: 2010’s Films By Month

January 13, 2011 4 comments

This is the fourth of a series of posts looking back at my entertainment consumption over 2010. I’ve already posted about 2010′s gaming backlog, the games I played, what games I played each month, what games I finished and what films I watched, and still to come are posts about the DVD backlog, the TV I watched and the books I read. There won’t be a game of the year post because that’s an ongoing project with a long way to go.

I didn't watch Avatar in 2009 but searching Google for a generic movie calendar was proving difficult (click the image for a link to the source).

This is the same list as yesterday’s but everything here is listed in the order I viewed them (and split by month), to get a better look at when I watched films and where there were any highs or lows in activity. After each monthly list I’ll share some thoughts on the month’s viewing. As I did yesterday I’ll be putting 2010 releases in bold and films I watched for the first time in italics:

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Film: 2010’s Watched Films

January 12, 2011 2 comments

This is the fourth of a series of posts looking back at my entertainment consumption over 2010. I’ve already posted about 2010′s gaming backlog, the games I played, what games I played each month and what games I finished and still to come are posts about what films I watched each month, the DVD backlog, the TV I watched and the books I read. There won’t be a game of the year post because that’s an ongoing project with a long way to go.

I only went to the cinema four times this year, and only twice with 3D glasses. Click the image for a link to the source.

In 2010 I watched 131 films, 58 of which I’d not seen before (44%). In this post I’ll list them in alphabetical order, putting 2010 releases in bold and films I watched for the first time in italics, and a few comments will follow at the bottom:

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Film: More action movie musicals

The person who made the wonderful Schwarzenegger musicals I linked to back in July has another one up. This time it’s for Terminator 2 and explores how the T-800 feels about his new role. There are some spoilers in it for those people who haven’t quite gotten around to watching one of the best action movies of all time in the almost two decades since it released:

There’s also an older one for Rambo: First Blood Part 2 that I didn’t link before because it didn’t fit the Schwarzenegger theme but is definitely worth a watch:

Film: Recent Movies

August 30, 2010 3 comments

The last time I did this was more than a month ago, so there are a lot of films in here (spanning twenty years of releases) and the thoughts will probably be briefer. I’ll put them in order of preference, with the worst film getting the most commentary because it was bad in a way that leaves me with lots to say about it:

The Host

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The Host (2006)

Summary: A mysterious monster snatches a young girl and she is believed to be dead by everybody except her family, who set out to try and save her.

Thoughts: This was very good. I went into it expecting something like the The Ring or The Grudge, something dark and psychological, which was a little silly of me as the only real connection between them was that they’re all Asian films (but not even the same country, with The Host being Korean and the other two Japanese) and have a similar title structure.

The Host has a lot more in common with monster movies, with the monster being created by pollution, publicly terrifying the region and picking off those who go after it.  It mixes humour, horror and more touching moments to great effect and the initial reveal scene for the monster is very impressive and lengthy with some good CGI work.

Road to Perdition

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Road to Perdition (2002)

Summary: A gangster takes his son on the road after they run afoul of the mobster he works for, trying to stay alive and work on their revenge.

Thoughts: I’ve seen this a couple of times before (though not recently) and still think it’s very good, even if it’s no American Beauty. Hanks does very well with a role that doesn’t seem to fit his general nice guy role history, and most of the cast are great in general. I don’t really have anything more to say about it than that.

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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…