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Film: Kick-Ass the Grab-Ass

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I watched Kick-Ass today. This post isn’t going to offer an opinion on the film, just one bit that didn’t sit right with me. In the film Dave, the nerd who becomes Kick-Ass, has a crush on this girl, Katie, who doesn’t ever speak to him or really acknowledge his existence. We’ve all been there.

Dave’s first attempt at being a superhero does not go well:

His heart was in the right place though, and was one of his few internal organs that remained so.

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Film: May 2011’s Films

Far later than intended, we have the May round-up posts, where I write a little about all the media I consumed throughout the month (June’s will hopefully go up next week, but haven’t been worked on at all yet). This month started with television and now we’re looking at the films I watched.

Yep, there are actually people here this month.

Image sources: Orange, Dignam, Farquaad, Charlie, Harry, Liam, Rita, Lionel, Cecilia, Valeri and John.

I watched films this month, hooray! In April I managed to not watch any films at all, so this a step up. I decided that on my days off I could watch a film in place of my morning TV episode, seeing as time’s not as much of a factor as it is on a work day. Not necessarily every day as I don’t have quite that many unwatched films, but it’s still a good time for me to watch a film if I have one. I’ve also made the effort to update the draft of this post every time I watch a film rather than try to assemble it all from memory at the end of the month, and this new way worked much better. Here’s what I watched:

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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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Film: February 2011’s Films

I’m still catching up with these, but unless procrastination gets the better of me March’s posts will arrive promptly in April once I’m off work (so probably the 6th onwards). This month the first monthly review post covered gaming (which was last  in January), the second was television and now it’s the turn of February’s films, and we’ll end with the month’s reading.

 

Three images are much easier to fit into the header, so that's a plus of sorts. Can you guess what the films are?

Image sources: Jake, Ray and The Operative.

Yes, just three films this months. That’s daft and I have no excuse, so I’m just going to jump straight into talking about the films themselves:

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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 17

August 2, 2010 6 comments

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

A movie that disappointed you the most

One film immediately came to mind for this one as an ideal example, but I’ve subsequently thought of something else that is at least as relevant that I also want to cover here. That means this will be a double entry, kicking off with the one I thought of first:

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

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The first film in the series, Curse of the Black Pearl, was a real surprise. Pirate films haven’t exactly been much of a success for some time but the film was fun, had a great cast (with Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa being the highlights), and a lot of great moments (such as Jack’s initial entrance on a sinking ship). It told an entertaining story of cursed pirate gold and betrayal and was a great film, so expanding it into a trilogy didn’t sound like a bad idea.

Then came Dead Man’s Chest, and like most sequels it threw in a few more storylines to keep track of. With Barbossa defeated in the first film it added two new villains, Davy Jones (who ferries those lost at sea into the afterlife after offering them the chance to join his crew) and the East India Company’s Cutler Beckett. Jack needs to find Jones’ heart (stored in the titular chest) to force Jones to call off the kraken that’s been sent after him, Beckett wants the heart to control Jones and the kraken to give him control over the entire sea and wipe out all pirates, and Will wants the heart to stab it and free his father from Jones’ service. There are a lot of threads running concurrently and there are some action sequences (the island tribe and the lengthy sword fight) that go on a bit too long but I still liked the film, which was a lot of fun and managed to further develop its characters and give them some great moments.

Then came At World’s End. One of the strangest things about the film is that it was filmed back-to-back with Dead Man’s Chest but doesn’t in any way feel like it, coming across more as a sequel that the writers tried to shoe-horn onto a predecessor that wasn’t set up for it.

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 16

August 1, 2010 3 comments

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

A movie that you used to love but now hate

As I mentioned the last time ‘hate’ came up I find the term a little strong to apply to a film, especially if we’re talking going from loving something down to actually hating it. However, a movie I used to like but now somewhat dislike is:

King Kong

King Kong

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After first watching King Kong and coming out of the cinema I was convinced that Peter Jackson had managed it again, making a great film filled with spectacular effects and action and telling a good story. When I watched it again a couple of years later the most noticeable thing was that it was very, very long.

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