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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

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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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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 24

August 9, 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-fourth day is:

That one awesome movie idea that still hasn’t been done yet

I’m not about to pretend that I have a movie idea that no director has ever tackled, or that I even have enough knowledge of cinema to have a proper awareness of what it has and hasn’t done yet. With that in mind I’ll settle on something that has been tried and seems pretty simple to do but has never been anything but medicore:

Aliens Versus Predator

Aliens Versus Predator

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The idea of pitting two iconic movie monsters against one another isn’t a new idea, and even the alien versus predator idea had been explored in comics and video games before they attempted it in film. The two attempts so far have been fairly poor action movies that fail to live up to either the premise or the two series each species originated from (and as a whole the Predator movies aren’t really that much to live up to), with just enough references to previous films to try and weasel their way into the same universe.

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 21

August 6, 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-first day is:

Favourite action movie

I’m not sure why action movies get their own topic in the list when pretty much no other genre does, but that’s just the way the list goes. As soon as I saw the topic I immediately thought of one film as the obvious choice and that’s what I’ll go with. It wasn’t long before a few other worthy choices came to mind, but I’m going to stick with that first instinct and choose:

Die Hard

Die Hard

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Die Hard has a simple premise. New York cop John McClane comes to Los Angeles to try and salvage his marriage, and while at her office’s Christmas party in the giant Nakatomi building terrorists storm in and take everybody except McClane hostage. With no real support (save for friendly cop Al on the radio) McClane has to try and stop the terrorists and keep his wife safe.

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 13

July 29, 2010 3 comments

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

A movie that is a guilty pleasure

Now I don’t really have guilty pleasures so I can’t think of anything that I like but am ashamed to admit to. If I like something then I don’t see any reason to feel guilty over it. The film that comes closest would definitely be:

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks

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Alvin and the Chipmunks is not a good film. Jason Lee and David Cross are wasted in it (and Cross even felt he had to publicly defend his role in the film), the plot is very predictable for something involving chipmunks that can talk and sing, most of the jokes aren’t funny, and the technique for giving the actors that distinctive squeak makes their songs unintelligible a lot of the time.

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 07

July 23, 2010 4 comments

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

The most surprising plot twist or ending

An obvious choice here is The Usual Suspects, which has one of the more memorable twists and is pretty much the default movie to bring up when talking about twists in movies, and I considered Identity as another film that has a twisting plot. While there are clues sprinkled throughout the film I’m going to go with another film with a major twist that I didn’t see coming:

Fight Club

Fight Club

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I don’t think I knew very much about the film before viewing it, other than it featured Brad Pitt and Edward Norton starting a fight club. There’s considerably more to it than that, of course. Norton plays an unidentified man (essentially an ‘everyman’ who is given no name, but referred to as Jack in the script) who has lived his life exactly as he feels he is supposed to, graduating college, getting a job that pays well, buying lots of designer clothing and furniture, and feeling absolutely dissatisfied with it all and powerless to change anything. Then he meets Tyler Durden.

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 02

July 18, 2010 7 comments

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

The most underrated movie

For this I would have to go with a film that was a notable commercial failure:

Going blind?

Sunshine

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As director’s go, Danny Boyle has never seemed bothered by the prospect of switching genres. Crime thrillers, zombie movies, dark drama and, with Sunshine, the same kind of reflective sci-fi of something like 2001: A Space Odyssey. After grossing $8 million less than the reported budget it’s likely not something he’ll tackle again. That’s a shame because I think Sunshine is actually really good, and it’s a genre that could do with some talented directors making films in the style of 2001 or Solaris.

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