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03 August 2015 @ 09:49 pm
DVD round up! (Part 1)  
There are many. Because I half did this entry a few months ago and then didn't finish it, and now I've rounded up the rest of them until now.

So, on with the list.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Well, this was recommended by everyone. I was told by everyone I absolutely need to see this film. And so I did. And, I think I missed something...? I mean, I thought it was alright, but not "OMG Must See". I enjoyed seeing Chris Pratt in a big budget movie, because I remember him as Bright Abbot in Everwood and his curly hair was lovely.
Erm... What was I saying? Oh yeah, a few good bits, but I just don't get the hype. Groot was Cute. I laughed at a few lines. The heavy emotional bits were acted quite well, and it was great to see Sean Gunn in something new. It took me until the end of the film to realise he was the director's brother and that the director also did Slither, hence why there's two people from Slither in it! But, yeah... I kind of found it a bit boring. Meh.

The Thing - Watched properly for the first time ever, because it is a Must See Classic. On one hand, wow, that was grim. I mean, you know, all around good film, but grim ending. On the other hand, from a technological point of view, WOW. I don't know how else to say it! It sounds completely over the top to call special effects "beautiful", but that's all that's coming to mind. Just, wow. I don't know what else to say about it. It's a classic, everything I can think of to say has probably already been said about it!

A Time To Kill - Starring Matthew McConnaIcan'tactuallyspellhissurname, Samuel L Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Oliver Platt and quite a few others. I watched this for two reasons: One, I've read the book, two, cataloguing.
It's based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham and it's about a man, Carl Lee Hailey (Jackson) who guns down the two men who viciously attacked his daughter, and the trial that follows. You'd think with a strong cast like that they'd have done the book justice, but it's just so... muted. In the book, you get the picture of this stifling poverty and systematic injustice that black people in the south of America have to deal with. It's just not really there in the film.

In the book, you get the real sense of what it means to borrow from Peter to pay Paul, as nobody has any money coming in, not enough to go out to pay for food, let alone for legal fees or fundraising. It's mentioned in the book, but then seemingly brushed over. There's a whole chunk of the story left out that also highighted how desperate Hailey is, maybe they thought that was just too long for the film. My main problem with it, though, is that, in the book, Jake (McConnablah) is a sort of slime ball with a questionable heart of gold. Whilst he believes in justice, he's really putting in his all because he wants the fame and credit of taking the case. He's far too likable in the film. It's just all been hollywoodised and washed out! I wouldn't recommend it, really.

The Thing Called Love - It was for the Sandra Bullock cataloguing, but I barely made it to the 40 minute mark. It's about a young woman, played by Samantha Mathis (Daisy in the Super Mario Brothers film!) who goes down to Nashville to become a known star, and then meets a bunch of people and becomes friends with them all, and then a love triangle started. Then I'm not sure what happened after the love triangle started, because I turned off. Honestly, there's a scene where Daisy and River Phoenix's character are singing along to what they're watching on a film that foreshadow's the whole romantic plot, and I couldn't stick it. I would have preferred it if it was a love triangle where both Daisy and The Third Guy were after River Phoenix's character.

28 Days - I think it was originally on The List for Steve Buscemi, then I got fed up of watching rubbish films just because he was in them, and so I removed all of his films from the list. Then it went back on for Sandra Bullock. And then I found out Alan Tudyk was in it as well, so, yeah, I needed to see it ASAP.
For those who don't know, it's about Sandra Bullock's character who is an alcoholic and drug user/abuser, and she ends up in rehab after ruining her sister's wedding. It actually still manages to have good funny moments in amongst the bleakness. It's really good! The acting is just all around superb, and there's other familiar faces, like Azura Skye (Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane), Marianne JB (without a Trace), Dominic West  (Know of him more than watched him in things) and Viggo Mortensen (ARAGORN OMFG). The ending was the best and I would definitely recommend it. Although, it is about a rehab filled with people with various problems, so trigger warnings apply.

Patch Adams - For the Robin Williams (RIP) catalogue. First there was DPS, about a maverick teacher who teaches the importance about living life to the full, then there was Scent of a Woman, which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell, about a depressed blind man who doesn't see the importance of life so he has one last farewell blow out weekend. And then there's Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, about a maverick student doctor and his vision of healing the sick through laughter and caring about the patient over the sicknesses.
It's almost as if these films could be AUs of each other. I enjoyed it a lot more than what I thought I would, especially given the fact that two of the actors are sadly no longer with us anymore. And I don't really know what else to say about it. It's very similar to the other two films, the acting is great, the romantic plotline's a bit off putting, and it's not as accurate as the real man would have liked, but overall, it was worth a watch.

Wonder Boys - It was for the Alan Tudyk cataloguing. I barely made it to the 40 minute mark, but I knew from a few minutes in that he would only be in it for a few minutes and have nothing else to do with the film. Unless he came back in near the end, I'll just assume that I was right. And his five minute appearance was amusing, but not worth watching the rest of a dull film for.

It's about writers and how life can get in the way of writing, basically. And my main problems with it were Robert Downey Jr's whole existence, I could guess the plot devices, and I didn't like any of the characters. It's hard to like them and invest time and emotion into the film when they're causing they're own problems. Blah.

Blood - For the Paul Bettany cataloguing. I don't want to give too much away because it's so new, but it's about a pair of brothers, played by Bettany and Stephen Graham (Snatch, TTSS), who have followed in their father's footsteps to be part of the police. It starts off grisly and goes down hill from there, but it's a very good film if you can stick with it. And it was filmed in The Wirral! Which means Paul Bettany was only an hour away from me in 2011, and where was I? Bloody bed bound in Shitsville, Oop North! Typical.

Jules Et Jim - This is on The Must See Films list. And I watched it. And then a while later, I stopped watching it. I just found it boring. I can sort of understand why it's critically acclaimed, but not why the critics make it out to be a favourite for everyone to watch. 
Basically it's a black and white french film (Two things I love) about a very confusing and bizarre "relationship dynamic". I think all I got from it was a sort of wife swap arrangement but with one woman. 

IQ - I watched this for Tim Robbins. After the Shawshank Redemption, I wanted to see what else he was in. And I wasn't impressed. It's a daft film, of course it's full of inaccuracies. I'd like to say at least the acting's good, but even that was a bit patchy. I wouldn't recommend it, I'd recommend even shops that have it in the bargain bin just throw them out and save people the £1 they'd charge. 

Saving Mr Banks - Watched this film for two reasons:
1) Because from the moment I saw this film advertised, I needed to see it.
2) My Bradley Whitford cataloguing.
And WOW. What an amazing film! The acting all around is perfect, I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it’s very believable. And watching Bradley Whitford and Co’s characters act out the scenes for Emma Thompson’s P L Traverse during the creative process is just as wonderful as watching Mary Poppins itself. And no surprise, but it made me cry.
The flashbacks into Traverse’s life intertwining with the film’s pre-production was as wonderful as it was heart wrenching. I would argue against it being a family film. It’s about the creation and the author behind a family film, yes, but the film itself seems too heavy for it to be aimed at the family audience. And I say that as someone who watched all sorts of potentially unsuitable films as a kid.
Anyway. 9 out of 10, and extra points for Simon Monkford from Lewis.

August: Osage County - I watched this for the Cumberbatch Cataloguing, I really need to stop doing that! I could hardly hack 20 minutes with this film. It was the characters that surrounded Meryl Streep that annoyed me. I watched so little of it that I couldn't even form a proper opinion of it, so... yeah. 

The Lost Boys - I watched it for Kiefer Sutherland. I’m not cataloguing him, but I’ve seen him in a few things, and then I watched him in The Three Musketeers, and this is a classic 80s film, so I had to add this one to my list!

It’s better than “My Best Friend Is A Vampire”, and it’s a bit like The Goonies, but it’s still a bit too “overacted” to me. A film can be cheesy, fun and wreaking of 80s, but the acting’s gotta be good to sell it to me, and this just didn’t quite hit that bar. And it was a bit rushed. I don’t know where I’m supposed to fill in the missing days between Michael getting turned into a vampire and his “attitude” becoming regular, because it’s one night and the next day in the film, yet dialogue suggests otherwise.
Anyway. Best acting probably goes to Edward Hermann. It’s cheesy, so its good for a laugh, and the punk clothing’s always good to watch, but there are better 80s movies out there. 5/10

Apartment 12 - I watched it for Mark Ruffalo, who I haven’t really watched in anything since 13 Going on 30, but the gifs of him intrigued me. The film popped up when I was adding another film, and I thought, despite it being a romcom, i’d give it a whirl.
Eh. I shouldn’t have bothered. I fought through my usual problems with romcoms to reach the 40 minute mark, but the problem was, I didn’t like the main character. And usually when you’re not meant to like the main character (like Gary King from TWE), and/or you’re meant to stick with them to see them grow to be a good, likeable character, it’s really obvious. This felt like I should have been sympathetic to him making mistakes, or making excuses for him because he was an ~artist~. But, by the 40 minute mark, I was well and truly fed up with him and the film and so I stopped watching.

It didn’t fill either of the labels “rom” or “Com”, in my books, so I would not recommend it.

Metropolis - As in the famous, classic, ground breaking Science Fiction silent movie directed by Fritz Lang.
And I feel terrible for saying this, but I actually found it quite boring. I’d like to say that it’s not because it’s a silent movie, because I’ve enjoyed silent movies in the past. But maybe in this case, it was. It just didn’t really catch or keep my attention at all.
For those who don’t know, this was the first long length dystopian Sci Fi movie ever made. And then because of length and censorship, 15 minutes of footage was cut, never to be seen again…
Until a few years ago, when they found the lost footage, and a restored version was finally released in 2008.

It was originally made in 1927. 1927! This film is only 11 years off from being 100 years old!
And it should be great and amazing and fascinating, but technical aspects and context aside, I found it a very boring film to watch. And when I watch longer films, I give them longer to reel me in, so I gave this an hour. But I was just bored.
I don’t know why. This film really does have the right ingredients. There’s a horrible capitalist, there’s mad science, there’s choreographed factory work, there’s a rich poor-man’s alley, and there’s even a bizarre love story.
I would recommend it to film buffs and science fiction fans alike! It should, in theory, be one of the best films ever.
But… I found it lacked something, and I don’t know what.

Cujo - Because it was on The List of Must See Movies, and, er, well I actually liked it but I wouldn’t have put it on The List. And I’ve seen various opinions about it from “Worst Film based on Stephen King’s Novels EVER” to “Best Horror Film EVER IN THE WOOOORLD”.
And I’m sort of in the middle. I thought it was good. You know, for a film about a rabid dog that keeps people hostage in a broken down car, it’s actually quite a good film over al. It’s a bit like Duel, but without the terrifying tail gating. It’s simple, there’s not much to it, but there’s this intenseness that grows as the film goes on.
I’d actually say it’s probably one of the best films based on a Stephen King Novel. Like, okay, it might not be up there with Stand By Me, but I think it’s 10 times better than It.

I did have to pause it at one point, though, and faff around on my phone for a bit. Not because I got scared, but because the little boy’s terrified crying broke my heart. The little lad who played him (he’s probably in this Thirties now!) was a fantastic actor, and Wallace Dee who played Donna, his mum, was also brilliant.
For any 90s Movies Buffs, that is the woman who played the mother in Invisible Mom.

So yeah. 8/10

The Hunting Party - It stars Richard Gere, Terrance Howard and Jesse Eisenberg. Which is a wierd band of actors I’ve ever seen put together. I think it might be the only film I’ve watched Richard Gere in, and it’s the first film I’ve actually liked Jesse Eisenberg’s character. It ended up on my list through seeing it on a trailer on another DVD, and it actually kicked me into trying to find a film where I liked Jesse Eisenberg's character.

The film is about a team of journalists who end up going after a mass murdering war criminal, and end up being mistaken for the CIA, which they use to their advantage. It’s partly based on true events, and you’d think it wouldn’t make a good watch, but it surprisingly does.
I’d recommend it, keeping in mind certain aversions to certain topics.

Tank Girl - It was ripped into in an issue of SFX and I thought, “Hey, I’ll give that a watch to see how bad it is!”. And, well you know what?, I’ve seen worse. Surfacing comes to mind, and a film I recently declared worse than Surfacing but which I’ve since forgotten (probably for the best) too.  
It’s almost as if someone got the Mario Brothers film (Which I love) and Warriors of Virtue (Cheesy Kid’s film), told them to aim for a higher British Board of Film Classification and threw it in the Waterworld Universe. And if you think about it that way, it’s not that bad.
But the truth for the film that it is, though, is that it’s overacted. It’s also bizarre, and it’s full of your typical 90s sexism, but it is watchable through questioning eyebrows.
The splicing in of the comic works and the soundtrack’s pretty good. So… yeah.
7/10.

Trespass - A film starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman. I forgot, before putting this on my list, that I’d already seen this film, mostly because I didn’t know the name of it. And then it started, and so I remembered.
It is basically a No Thrills version of Firewall, except Nicholas Cage’s character is nowhere near as likeable as Harrison Ford’s. I don’t recommend it, I recommend Firewall instead.

Cabaret. - It was recommended to me by someone who said “It’s a musical for people who don’t like musicals, so you should like it”. (Because apparently, because I don’t like Rent, Calamity Jane, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, A Sound of Music, White Christmas and Moulin Rouge, and I have no intention of Watching King and I (Though that’s because of my fear of Yul Brynner and nothing about it being a musical), it means I don’t like musicals.
They’re wrong, because I do like musicals. I just like the good ones. Anyway…)

I’m not really sure what I thought about it. Yeah, the music was good. I was surprised by how much family resemblence there actually is between Liza Minelli and Judy Garland, because I’ve hardly really seen Liza Minelli in anything (apart from a couple of interviews and that episode of Big Bob). But plot-wise…. Eh.
I think the film and the actors all deserve all the awards that they got, but I wasn’t taken in by the plot itself. So… Yeah. Eh. 4/10

BBC's Production of Troilus and Cressia - Because I’ve tried to read the play and I’ve tried to listen to the audiobook, and it just wasn’t going in. So, I figured, maybe I should Watch it instead and I might take it in better.
And I lasted for a hour and twenty minutes, though I think I stopped following what was happening at the 40 minute mark. So I give up.
I just wasn’t meant to understand this play and I’m okay with that
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