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Movies for 2011 - Part 8 [Jul. 17th, 2011|08:29 pm]
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And here's the second half of the list. Haven't been getting much time to do more than briefly glance in the direction of the net, let alone write/read LJ posts. This brings the total for the year to 102 films.



1st May
Halloween 2 (2009)

5th May
The King's speech

9th May
The Muppet Movie

13th May
La Femme Nikita

16th May
The Night of the Hunter

20th May
Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

24th May
Gods and Monsters

28th May
Beauty and the Beast (1946)

4th June
The Great Muppet Caper

17th June
Agora

21st June
Grey Gardens (1975)

24th June
Monsters VS Aliens

28th June
Earthstorm

2nd July
Apollo 13
Labyrinth


6th July
Get Carter (1971)

10th July
Jonah Hex

15th July
The Big Red One - Reconstruction

16th July
Godzilla - King of the Monsters




Notable flicks were...

Halloween 2 (2009) is notable for the wrong reasons. Everything they got right in the first one they screwed up here. I know what they were aiming for, it just didn't really work on screen.

The King's speech is an awesome and very human film. Even thinking about this film makes me a little happier.

The Night of the Hunter was an amazing flick. I'd hate to see a modern day version of this, because I suspect they'd make Harry Powell more of an unstoppable force rather than just a man who can be hurt. Everything about this film is magnificent, beautiful, and creepy. Charles Laughton really shows that he wasn't just a fabulous actor, but he was a kick arse director with a solid vision as well.

The 1946 Beauty and the Beast is also gorgeous to watch. The sense of magic permeates the film and the only down point for me was that I felt the ending was a little light given how well the rest had been done.

Agora was an awesome and interesting piece of film making. Not a happy film, but a good flick well worth taking the time to watch.

As documentaries go, Grey Gardens is a slightly disconcerting and at times painful watch. That said, it is a fascinating look at a pair of extreme and interesting characters.

Monsters VS Aliens is the first DreamWorks film I've seen that didn't make me wish I was at the dentist instead. That said, it only works for me because of Susan's character and her arc. The rest was watchable. Pixar have spoiled me.

Earthstorm is an okay watch, but it was an important reminder to me. I would rather see a low budget film with silly ideas and a flawed script, than see something from the Transformers franchise that has had a disgusting amount of money thrown at the effects, and $50 spent on the script.

Get Carter (1971) was a magnificently dark bastard of a film. Carter is exactly as dark as his character should be given his criminal background.

The Big Red One - Reconstruction Haven't seen the original cinema cut, but have to say that I really enjoyed this extended version.

EDIT - Actually forgot to add in the pie charts, will toss them in next time.
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2011-07-17 10:35 am (UTC)
Get Carter is one of my all-time favourite films. "You know, I'd almost forgotten what your eyes looked like. Still the same. Pissholes in the snow."
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[User Picture]From: murasaki_1966
2011-07-17 10:47 am (UTC)
Hello! Long time, no see.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-07-17 11:34 am (UTC)
Amazing film, and true to his character. A guy who kills for a living isn't going to be squeamish, and he's certainly not going to give you a chance to kill him if he can avoid it.
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[User Picture]From: murasaki_1966
2011-07-17 10:48 am (UTC)
Was Beauty and the Beast the Jean Cocteau film?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-07-17 11:35 am (UTC)
Yes. Absolutely gorgeous to look at.
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[User Picture]From: jack_ryder
2011-07-17 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'm really interested in what you thought of Jonah Hex - and whether you can post your thoughts without expletives.

I love the comic book character, but the film seems to have got every important aspect of the character wrong. Kind of like Constantine (which wasn't too bad, if you can block out the fact that Keanu Reeves is meant to be playing John Constantine, which I couldn't.)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-07-18 04:39 am (UTC)
Jonah Hex was the a supernatural western, but not a very Jonah Hex-y western. That said, I can't quite put my finger on why.

Megan Fox was her usual self, so blah there. And they made the classic mistakes that I feel such films can make. Instead of telling a small intense character driven story, they try to endanger the entire country with a super weapon. They give a guy with an interesting history and backstory resolution by letting him kill the man who ruined his life.* And at the end they give him a full reprimand and a start of a happy ending, so where's his motivation to continue?

*The bit near the start where he claims the guy died in a fire I thought was a clever avoidance of this sort of trope, then the bastard turns up.
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