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I didn’t really think I’d watch another film today after The Green Mile. But I got bored, and I’m yet to catch up on myself, so I thought ‘what the hell?’. So, are you ready for Day 35?

Friends With Benefits Movie PosterFriends With Benefits. Two friends decide to hook up without any strings attached, but end up falling for one another.

After The Green Mile, I needed something lighthearted. I needed something simple. I needed something that I didn’t really have to concentrate on too much to understand.

My wish was granted.

 

I’m going to try and look at it from the point of view of someone who hasn’t just watched the greatest movie of all time, been mentally beaten by that film, and is now looking for a new film to take her mind off of it. So, please, bear with me.

This film is one of those typical rom-coms: boy meets girl, they fall in love, they fight, they end up together. Pretty simple stuff really. It’s not the most original film in the world, but nowadays that’s pretty impossible. There were the odd differences from the typical rom-com you see nowadays. In fact, they even mocked it occasionally. But in the end, it was just pretty stereotypical. But, you know what? It tickled me. It cheered me up from the mind-melt I had been subjected to with my previous film. It put a smile on my face, at the end of the day. And for that, I will eternally be grateful.

I will give the actors their credit though. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis work very well together. And to think, he used to be in a boyband and she is known mostly for Meg in Family Guy! Funny that. But regardless, they do work very well together. Their witty banter did make me giggle more than once. They were kind of just made for each other. Yeah, I know what I just said. I puked internally, fear not.

But what it ultimately comes down to is that I watched this after seeing a pretty rough going film. And I really enjoyed it. I don’t know if I would have quite as much if I’d just decided to watch this some random day, who knows. But as a quick, easy movie to make you feel better, this certainly worked it’s magic on me. So, if you’re feeling down and just want something to bring a smile to your face, go ahead and watch this film. It works.

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After a disappointing film this morning, I decided to tackle the film that everyone has told me to watch. And so begins Day 34

The Green Mile. The film adaption of the Stephen King novel follows the story of guards working in death row, and how one prisoner changes all their lives.

Like I said, everyone has been nagging at me to watch this film. I was told ‘it’s epic’ and ‘if you don’t cry at this film, then you’re heartless’. It’s also one of those films that everyone has seen. It never appealed to me. I didn’t want to watch a film about death row, and it really didn’t help that it’s a monstrous 3 hours long.

I am rendered traumatised.

I have honestly never cried so hard and so frequently in a film as I have this one. Even as I write this, I’m still reeling for the aftermath of such a powerful cry. My chest physically hurts, my eyes are sore, I’m coughing and sniffling…I’m pretty much a wreck. And all because of this film. I will describe it in one word:

Perfect.

There is nothing wrong with this film. Let me repeat that: There is nothing wrong with this film. I am absolutely blown away. It is the most beautifully made film I have ever watched. There was not one flaw that I can pick out. A friend of mine told me that it was a slow film. No. No it was not. It was perfectly paced. There was not one thing in that film that should not have been in it. Every single detail was significant, and perfectly placed…I could go on forever.

The story was just beautiful. I never believed that I could be so affected by a film about men that were on death row. Murderers, rapists, lunatics. I have rarely, in a programme, felt sympathy for one of those kinds of characters. But for Del and John, I was sobbing over their deaths. And I mean bawling my eyes out, gripping onto my duvet, completely unattractive crying.

Del was the first to go. Well, no, someone else was, but to be honest I don’t remember who he was. I think he was used to allow us to know that we will be watching these prisoners die. They will not censor anything. We will watch it. And watching that first one was hard enough for me. But Del. I was in so much pain watching him. I can’t even begin to imagine the agony of both being that one dying in that way, and the one knowing that you can’t switch the electricity off. It was heartbreaking. And to think that the last thing he was told, his only comfort as he left to die, was that the mouse that he had become so protective of was not going to go to the place he imagined. His last wish crushed by some dickhead of a guard and then having to go through a death like that? I can’t even begin to imagine it.

Tom Hanks. I’ve always loved him. A lot of my friends don’t, it seems, but I’ve always been a fan. And this is why. His performance was outstanding. All the way through, I was following him, and never wanted to let go. I honestly didn’t want the film to stop. He had my heart in his hand. Every single emotion this man felt, I felt too. It was beautiful. Tom Hanks, I don’t care what anyone says, you are amazing. Deal with it.

And then there was John. Oh John. I knew as soon as I saw who was playing him that I would be sobbing at the end. That man is an amazing actor, and if he starts to cry, I cry. No exceptions. So you can understand my heartbreak throughout the whole film. One of the lines that really had me going, if it was even possible for me to cry anymore than I already was, was ‘Please Boss, don’t put that hood on me, I get real scared in the dark.’ Result of that line? Howling. My heart felt like it had been ripped out and mauled in so many nasty ways, then shoved back in just for fun. That character is easily my favourite character in any film/book/TV programme/ANYTHING.

I could honestly go on and on and on and on forever about this film. Like I said, no flaws. Nothing bad to say at all. But I realise that my post is probably longer than my usual post so, reluctantly, I’m going to stop. To end though, I demand that if you haven’t already watched this film, watch it. That’s not me asking you to. I’m telling you to. You have to see it. I am so lucky that it has been now that I watched it, because if I’d have watched it when I was younger I would not have appreciated it. It is beautiful. Perfect. So watch it. NOW!

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After yet another hiatus (university work caught up on me), I have again returned to my quest. So let’s get back on the horse and start Day 33.

Twelve Monkey. A film Following James Cole, a man sent back from the future to gather information regarding a deadly virus that wipes out 99% of the human race in the year 1996-1997.

I stumbled across this film by accident after watching Se7en, seeing as it was supposedly a similar kind of film. I was also excited to watch a Terry Gilliam film that starred Brad Pitt.

I’m not really sure what I thought about it…

Maybe it was because I dozed off part way through and had to go back and rewatch the 20minutes I’d missed, but I’m not all that sure if I understand who set off the virus. And if it was anything supposedly significant, I’m not all that impressed. After a while, it was pretty obvious what was going to happen. I knew Bruce Willis was going to die (spoilers are acceptable in film I’m not keen on), and that it wasn’t the Twelve Monkeys that set off the virus. But I still don’t know who it was. I mean, he was shown, yes. But I didn’t recognise him, so the climax I was waiting for was met with a kind of blah feeling. This annoyed me a little.

To be honest, I was a lot more interested at the beginning when I thought the whole film was going to be set in a mental institution. In fact, I was telling my friend how he should watch the film; that’s how much faith I had in it. Once Willis broke out of the institute, the story went downhill from there. I loved the asylum scene. It was so much more interesting. Then again, I do love films that try to focus on those kinds of things. As soon as the story got even the slightest bit political, I switched off. Quite literally in fact.

The acting by Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt were the only things that I enjoyed about the film. Again, this mainly is in reference to the beginning of the film inside the mental institution. I was actually rather scared of Bruce Willis as he squatted on the floor, drooling all over himself. That was some pretty good acting. I also loved the scene in the car when he first heard the radio. It made my heart flutter when he smiled and nearly cried. Very touching. And Brad Pitt. Oh, Brad Pitt. I am falling in love with you more and more with every film of yours I watch. Yet another very different role to what I’ve seen him in. I loved his character Jeffrey. He was amazing. Again, inside the asylum more than anything, he was just brilliant. The eyes, the mannerisms, the quick mood changes…outstanding. I loved it. This is why you’re moving up in my books, Mr Pitt.

But apart from that, I don’t really think I liked the movie. Which is a shame, because I had such high hopes for it. Not my favourite Gilliam film (that award will always go to Brothers Grimm). A good performance by both Willis and Pitt, but not really my cup of tea. I don’t know whether to recommend it or not. I suppose you could give it a shot? Yeah, okay, watch it. But only because of the acting. You might like it, you never know. I just know that I didn’t.

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I wanted to watch something funny. Got told this was funny. Let’s have a look at it for Day 32, shall we?

A Dirty Shame. A…um…film about a sex addict who is apparently going to find the next best sex act.

The friend of mine who told me to watch this is usually pretty good when it comes to films. He did introduce me to one of my favourite films ever, Ink. So I thought this would be a good watch.

I’m a little lost for words…

I gathered very quickly that this was to do with sex. I’ve watched a fair few films that involve sex, so it doesn’t bother me too much anymore. And, seeing as it was a certain friend who recommended it, I thought it would at least be half decent.

Nope. Not at all.

The sex isn’t even that good. I mean, okay, I don’t want to watch people having sex, but seeing as it’s a film about sex, you would have thought it would be a little more…I don’t know…better? It was all just weird. It focused on the fetishes people have. Some of them I’ve heard of (dressing up as a giant baby, for example), but some of them were just plain disturbing. A sexual attraction to dirt? Really? I mean, okay it could be true, but I don’t really want to watch a film about it.

The main woman of the story, Sylvia…she was just so aggressive. It was probably the point of the story, that she was so bad at acting that she comes off as aggressive. But it was really disturbing. She scared me. I wanted to switch the film off mainly because of her. Naturally, for the sake of my blog, I kept on going. But it was really difficult because she was one of the scariest characters I’ve seen. I may have nightmares about her. Yep. That bad.

The plot was just stupid. Why would you even make a film about this kind of thing? And why would you agree to be in it? I like mock movies a lot. You know the ones I mean: Scary Movie, Date Movie, those kinds of films. But this? This was just wrong on every level. It wasn’t even funny. It was just stupid. Random nakedness, weird sex things, dodgy morals. No thank you. Not for me.

I don’t really want to talk about this film anymore. It’s creeped me out beyond belief. Sorry Brinley, you’ve scarred me for life. So no, I don’t recommend this film to any normal human being. You really won’t like what you see.

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Really wish I could take this on board on those days I just feel miserable beyond belief…

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Very nearly caught up on myself with this film thing now. Only a few more days to go. So let’s start moving!

K-PAX. A psychiatrist is handed a new patient, that believes he is an alien from the planet K-PAX. As he tries to convince the patient of his humanity, numerous contradictions crop up to disprove his own beliefs.

I knew this film was going to be good. I have such faith in Kevin Spacey now, it’s a little bit insane. Plus, it’s one of those weird ones, and any film with psychiatry involved tends to go down well with me.

This one failed me not.

Kevin Spacey yet again proved to me that he is pretty damn amazing. Although it did occur to me that he is only good when it comes to the slightly psychotic characters. His attempt at crying kind of disappointed me, but apart from that he pretty much sold the ‘weirdo’ to me. Any film with this man in it as a creepy, psychotic man, I will watch. So please, let me know what films he’s been in that are simply amazing. For I need them in my life.

Jeff Bridges was pretty good too. Not sure if I’ve seen anything he’s been in before, but he made a pretty convincing psychiatrist. Not the star of the show though. Sorry dude, but you can’t beat Spacey. But you tried, and you tried hard. It’s alright, don’t cry.

The story was pretty damn clever too. I loved how everything came together at the end. But, the thing I still don’t get it…was he really from K-PAX? I genuinely don’t know. A part of me, the part that wants to believe in that stuff, think that yes he was. But I would have loved it if he really wasn’t an alien. If he genuinely had just repressed so far into his mind. I’m just so fascinated my mental illness. Sounds strange, yes, but I find it really fascinating. So I suppose either ending would have worked for me…I’m just not sure which one it was.

So yeah. I liked this film. Not the best film in the world, but it was pretty damn good. A damn good watch. I do recommend this film. Go out and watch it. Yes. I like it. Yes.

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A pretty rubbish day, to be completely honest with you. I was hoping this film would be slightly better than my day…

I Sell The Dead. A comedy horror film telling the tale of Arthur Blake, a gravedigger on death row sharing his story with a priest before being sent to death.

I’ve been a fan of Dominic Monaghan since his role of Merry in The Lord of the Rings. I have tried to watch anything he stars in, but only managed to find Lost, Hetty Weinthropp Investigates and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. So when I heard that he was in this film, my heart skipped a beat and I immediately set out to watch it.

Oh how disappointed I was.

I’m not sure there’s much I can say about what I liked about it. I did like the zombie type thing that appeared right near the end of the film. He was funny. He should have been a bigger role, because I did chuckle as he stroked Monaghan’s face. But that was really about all I liked.

The acting was pretty poor. I’m not sure if it was the awful lines, or just the fact that they weren’t trying very hard. I can’t understand why it was so bad. I really was not impressed.

And the story. I have never seen so much rubbish go into one film in all my life. Aliens, zombies, vampires, grave diggers, ghouls…calm down! Can’t you just stick to one of them? That would have made it a lot easier to follow and so much more could have been done with it. The zombies should have been the one they stuck with, and the damn zombie at the end should have been a main role! RAGE!

It was such a short film as well. I didn’t really see the point of it. It started and ended pretty much on a ‘mehhhh’ note. It was almost like the writers thought ‘how can we end this? I don’t know…Pah, let’s just give up’. It truly was shocking. Well. The very last second was pretty epic. I wish the story was about that moment rather than what it was about *grumble*.

So, if you haven’t guessed, I really didn’t like this film. I don’t understand how it got above 70% on RottenTomatoes. That is beyond me. I do not recommend this film, unless you are willing to wait until the very very very end for the only decent thing in it, which is then pretty much spoiled straight after that happens. Oh Dominic Monaghan. You disappoint me so.

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