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31 August 2011

My Summer with Movies: An Overview

Well this summer I have watched more films than I ever have in the amount of time. I watched at least 120 films and reviewed at least 85% of them. Overall about 90 of the films are new to me. Yet, there are several films I have yet to see, like the classic "The Godfather" and "Gone Wit the Wind". I own both and I will have to see them soon. My film knowledge and passion has certainly expanded this summer with so many new things. Silent films, international films, more classics, more modern films and even bad films. 

Monsters V.S Aliens

Directed by: Rob Letterman
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animated, Family
Runtime: 86 Minutes 

Fun is a good way to describe this film. It is a fun imaginative family film with good comedy, gorgeous animation and a story enough to keep the adults watching. Although it does not have an intricate or slightly complex plot, it still serves as a somewhat of a homage to the classic monster movies. DreamWorks are good at making animated films with great stories and this may be of weaker par, but it is good enough. The comedy is brilliant, the animation is spectacular and the characters are wholesome, the things that make animated films entertaining.

29 August 2011

Puppet Master 3: Toulon's Revenge (1991)

Directed by: David DeCoteau
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 86 Minutes
If you have been following my reviews you are probably wondering why I am reviewing the third film, let alone watch it. Well, I was curious to see if was better than the previous two, but no, it is no better or worse. Another example of boring horror is right here. The puppets are back in gear on another stupid journey and with some new puppets in play. It has more acting that is flat and a story that will definitely put you to sleep. Overall, do not bother with this film or the previous two films.

28 August 2011

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Directed and Written by: Guillermo del Toro
Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Drama
Runtime: 120 Minutes 
Many friends recommended this to me and I am glad I watched it. This film is wonderfully imaginative and vividly designed and it is one of the best fantasy films out there. From Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (who also wrote the story) the film is full of great fantasy as well as the gloom reality. The beauty of their clash is what makes this film so good. The acting was amazing from the whole cast and added to the atmosphere of the reality. With some wonderful special effects, harsh reality and a story that will likely intrigue you, this is great entertainment.

26 August 2011

Super 8 (2011)

Directed by: J.J Abrams
Produced by: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action & Adventure, Drama
Runtime: 101 Minutes 
I enjoy the attempt this film had of showing young kids making a film, but most other aspects seemed weak. I love sci-fi and fantasy, but the concept of the alien landing on earth was far-fetched and odd, but it was still enjoyable. Directed and written by J.J Abrams, who previously brought “Star Trek” to our screens takes a step into a nostalgic outlet, were strange things happen. It has got great drama elements, and of course sci-fi towards the end.

25 August 2011

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama
Runtime: 98 Minutes
The 1950’s brought many extraordinary Science Fiction films. You could say it was a time of future superstition and machines. Several titles spring to mind, good and bad. “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “The Crawling Eye” and the list goes on.  “Forbidden planet” is one of the greatest from this big sci-fi era because of its thought-provoking nature let alone its extravagant style.  It brings you on board a new planet were strange things happen and we encounter some very weird things. The film has ahead of it’s time visuals, memorable performances and definitely keeps you satisfied.

The Hitchcock Movie Competition [brackets] Final Round [CLOSED]

[CLOSED] Well, here it is, the last round of this little Hitchcock movie bracket competition. Another close call on some names, but one thing was not voted on, therefore the other side got a full 10. Have fun voting again. Rules are simple: Choose one title from each "VS" in each section and comment below.

24 August 2011

Videodrome (1982)

Directed & Written by: David Cronenberg
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror, Drama
Runtime: 89 Minutes
This is certainly one of David Cronenberg’s minor films, but one of the most personal and Cronenbergian. “Videodrome” is disorientating, strange and just plain weird. The real story is of a man diving into insanity, which is presented here, by Cronenberg’s direction and style of cool special effects. The film stars James Wood as our main character who soon becomes warped into the world of this ‘Videodrome’ with hallucinations and obsession. Cronenberg’s crucial roles of the film are hard-core pornography, sadomasochism, mind control, and living televisions, which might leave you wondering what you just watched.

CINEMA HAPPENS: My interview from Alex Hansen

Yesterday I was asked to answer some questions about my blog and willingly I did. So our conversation through windows live messenger lasted over an hour and there was interesting questions in there. I was happy to answer them, long as some answers were and it is good to write about these things. I am grateful for him inviting me to do this, enjoy reading. Check out the interview on the link below.

23 August 2011

The Smurfs (2011)

Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Genre: Sci-fi & Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Well I didn’t exactly expect much from this so it was not bad tremendously. SO who here remembers the little blue guys from their childhood? Although I did not watch them often, I do remember them quite a bit. Even then, it confused me how they manage to outsmart the villain Gargamel. Could he not just stomp on them all? Anyway, “the Smurfs” is probably a good film if you are a kid but for the older audience who know what is going on, it will just feel like another generic family fantasy film.

22 August 2011

Akira (1988)

Directed by: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Animation
Runtime: 124 Minutes 
I am not a big animé fan; In fact, I have only seen few animé films. This has opened my eyes to a wonderful set of films. I am very impressed with this one however, for many reasons. This is a landmark of entertainment and animation that shows animation can be gripping and dramatic for adult standards on a scale even larger than Pixar’s achievements. Pixar definitely know what they are doing, but for the adult characteristics of seriousness this animé achieves great drama. Director Katsuhiro Ôtomo knew what he was doing with the story here definitely.  With plenty of blood and violence “Akira” is a huge step for animation that is thrillingly entertaining and has a kinetic energy.

21 August 2011

The Hitchcock Movie Competition [brackets] Round 2 [CLOSED]

Thank you everyone that took part in the first voting. It was a close call with the results of the previous film with some of the titles scoring nothing, and the other every other vote.  Here the choices are narrowed down again.  The same rules apply: Simply select one from each VS bracket in each of the sections and leave it a comment below. Happy voting people!

End of the Week Quickie Reviews 2#

Duck Soup (1933)
“Duck Soup” is always considered the funniest and most zany Marx Brothers comedy film and it is all too simple to see why. This political satire is quite early of its time too, and is hilarious filled with Marx brothers’ wonderful wackiness. As I said before, their comedy can be loved or hated because literally it is gag after gag, joke after joke and pun after pun. It is amazing how they came up with so many jokes. The direction is fine, the scripting is good and the timing is impeccable making “duck soup” one of the greatest comedies of its era and of course, the depression.This is the essential must-see Marx brothers comedy.

My Rating: 8.5/10

20 August 2011

M (1931)

Directed by: Fritz Lang
Genre: Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 110 Minutes
The thing that makes “M” so great is the official film noir quality it has and its thrilling plot. “Fritz Lang” was one of Germany’s best directors and was an immensely important one too. “M” is certainly one of his best as is “Metropolis”. Featuring a young Peter Lorre, who was surprisingly distinguished in his role in the film, the story is drenched in great suspense. This is one of Lang’s final films made in Germany as he emigrated in 1933 (I assume because of the Nazis) and “M” remains one of his most important films. This is one of Lang’s greatest works and is everything you could ask for in film noir.

Gremlins 2 (1990)

Directed by: Joe Stanton
Genre: comedy, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 104 Minutes
It may be inferior to the predecessor but the film can be fun if you don’t take it too seriously. “Gremlins 2” is more frantic and wild than the previous film, but its self-conscious cult status brings it down a little. What the good thing is however, are the returning cast members. Playing Billy again is Zach Galligan and for his girlfriend Kate Phoebe Cates returns. Remember the couple who were attacked by a snowplough? Well Murray and Shelia Futterman are back, with original cast members Dick Miller and Jackie Joseph. Even director Joe Stanton is back. “Gremlins 2” is good mediocre fun, but does not have much re-watch value.

Chaplin (1992)

Directed By: Richard Attenborough
Genre: Drama

Runtime: 144 Minutes
It has plenty of ambition, but ultimately disappointing. “Chaplin” is a sloppy attempt to capture the memoirs of the great Charles Chaplin into a biopic film. I decided to watch this after I finished reading that very book called “Charles Chaplin: My Autobiography” and I was hoping to see plenty of the great moments. Although it is truly impossible to fully be faithful to the book even if the film was 4 hours long. The problem with the film is the jumping from one year to the next, making it a total mess. If you are an admirer or fan of Chaplin, this film is likely for you, because while it is choppy and cheaply made, you will be interested.

19 August 2011

15 Directors Whose Films I Need to Explore (And Suggestions)

This a list of directors whose films I need to see more of (and directors whose films I have not seen) I got the idea of the list from Jack L and I am also seeking recommendations of directors.

Buster Keaton

Howard Hawks

Gremlins (1984)

Directed by: Joe Dante
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Runtime: 106 Minutes
Ah “Gremlins”, an American Christmas movie seen by many. “Gremlins” is a fun dark comedic horror film and I think it is one of those films most people enjoy at least a little. Although our main characters do not have much interaction, there is nothing more fun than seeing the gremlins destroy things and have fun. Producer Steven Spielberg and director Joe Dante team up here and do an excellent job, not just with the story, but the great special effects. Seeing those animatronic gremlins in action is nothing less than amusing. “Gremlins” for what it is, is a minor classic that you will always remember no matter how much you liked it.

18 August 2011

Puppet Master 2 (1991)

Directed by: David Allen
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror
Runtime: 90 Minutes 
It is hard to believe that the sequel is slightly better than the first, but truly, it says nothing. This film still lacks excitement and characters, which makes it a boring experience.  Once more are robotic/stop-motion puppet-pals are out to destroy with some slightly improved effects but plenty of mediocre happenings. The acting is lousy and the plot is brainless. A new director being David Allen has taken over here, but does no better a job. “Puppet Master 2: His Unholy Creations” is nothing more than an ’Unholy Creation’.

The Hitchcock Movie Competition! [VOTING CLOSED]

For years Hitchcock has drenched our screens with terrific films, so I thought I'd try something interactive and fun with the people and made this. the rules are simple, simply select one of each of the films against each other in each section in a comment below. After this, I count up the votes and we go in to round 2 where the 4 highest voted will be selected.

17 August 2011

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Runtime: 118 Minutes
There has been a big build up towards my viewing of this, weeks have I waited to watch it.  What did I think of it? A thrilling classic is what it is! With some of the finest performances of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins ever, “The Silence of the Lambs” is an excellent film no doubt. The script was superb, the direction from Jonathan Demme was golden and the film as a whole is exciting. Hopkins was a true as star as Hannibal Lecter and his escape is immensely impressive. This film will at times have you sitting completely still waiting to see what happens next and have your eyes wide open in surprise; a very exciting film indeed!

Anticipated films for the last 4 months of 2011

We are now 3/4 into this year, and it has been a good year for films. Some of my most anticipated films have come out of this year, and thee are still more films I cannot wait to see. So far we've had films like "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2", "Rango" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and more is to come. Here is my list of anticipated films for the final quarter of this year on an anticipation scale of 1 to 10.

16 August 2011

Rope (1948)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Runtime: 84 Minutes
This is Hitchcock’s first Technicolor film and is one of his experimentations. With very little cutting, the film almost plays out like a stage play and has plenty of tension and drama to keep you satisfied. The amazing thing is how the film is set in the one room, but is not boring one bit thanks to Hitchcock’s clever camera angles and actions and of course, the terrific dialogue. The film’s unique filmmaking is some of the best Hitchcock has done and is certainly ahead of its time. For its 80-minute runtime, “Rope” is an excellent drama of consequence, sophisticated homosexuality (I will explain more lately) and suspense.

The Karate Kid (2010)

Directed by: Harald Zwart
Genre: Comedy, Action & Adventure, Family
Runtime: 135 Minutes
When I heard that there was a remake coming out of one of my favourite childhood films I was quite surprised, I was expecting the film to be terrible. While it is not as good as the original, it is still a very fun film. Although it does not have the energy and performances of the original, but with the touch of modern cinema it is a delightful film. Great blend of comedy and a terrific cast of characters. Featuring Kung-Fu pro Jackie Chan and the child young Jaden Smith the son of Will Smith, the film is whimsically bright and full of modern cinema energy. Smith is no Ralph Macchio and Chan is no Pat Morita, but they were fine as a pair. 

15 August 2011

Best Charlie Chaplin film Poll Results

After 3 weeks of voting the votes are in! check them out!

Chaplin is a terrific director and is one of early cinemas best.  Most of his films are great and his style is timeless.  He is easily one of my favourite directors of all time because of how sincere his films are. They don't rely much on visual effects and such but they have lots of heart to them.  Here are the top 5 results of his films that you all voted for!

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

Directed by: Tom Post
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Action & Adventure
Runtime: 108 Minutes

After seeing the new apes’ film in theatres, I was excited to see the rest of the films in the series after the original. Well, this one is a slight disappointment that gives itself a goal but never achieves it. The ending is dissatisfying because of its discreet ending, and it baffles me that there are any films after this. The film is okay, but at times, it feels mediocre, too confusing and lacking. It may move the story and add pieces of the puzzle, but it also adds more stuff on to that, making you even more curious and confused. Perhaps the film is lacking because of new director Ted Post, but I think it is mostly the story that affects this film.

14 August 2011

I Confess (1953)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 95 Minutes
 This is certainly one of the weaker Hitchcock films in the library for me, but it is still an innovative, beautifully shot film. "I confess" stars Hollywood star Montgomery Clift whose performance was great with the deep facial expressions he shown. Among the Hitchcock pantheon, this film is darker and full of dark tones and shadows making it one of his darker films. It also gives you the set-up of the murder much like "Stage Fright" that then leads to the consequences, plot twists and so on. For any Hitchcock fan, they will enjoy the film that may lack excitement, but has plenty of story drama.

End of the Week Quickie Reviews 1#

This is something new I thought I'd do for films I have watched in the week, but have not written a full review. Seeing I watch a lot of films, I feel writing two reviews a day is crazy and I want to stay more unique with them. Therefore, to avoid commenting on the same things each time, and not to spend hours reviewing everyday, I will post this every Sunday with short reviews for films.

13 August 2011

Puppet Master (1989)

Directed by: David Schmoeller
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense 
Runtime: 90 Minutes

Wow, this truly is one of the worst horror films in cinema. With the most boring and lifeless characters “Puppet Master” is a film that when it is over, you feel cheated of entertainment. It is unbelievably boring right from the beginning. David Schmoeller made a big mistake choosing to direct this film and I heard that he felt he would get more money from putting it to Home video Release than to theatres.  Well I think that was a smart move for him but I doubt anyone was interested in buying this piece of junk. In addition, if they did buy it, I am sure they were disappointed. It is a stupid story, a stupid set-up and has the most idiotic idea for a villain (and villains).It delivers no surprises, no scares and most of all, no fun.

Director Overviews: Tim Burton

Born: August 25th,1958
Years Active: 1982-Present
Nationality: American
Film's Directed Count: 16

Burton is one of modern cinemas best directors because of his visual imagination and style of filmmaking. He is a great director, a great visionary and a great storyteller. With films such as “Beetlejuice”, “Edward Scissorhands” and “big fish” under his belt, he is a director who has ventured into many genres. Many will not consider him one of the greatest, but he has brought many a good film to our screen over the past two decades and despite the failure of his “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010, he will be a director to remember for years to come. He has had a hit-and-miss kind of career but many of his films are wholesome, true and wonderfully imaginative.

12 August 2011

Psycho (1960) 100th Review!

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Joseph Stefano
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Runtime: 103 Minutes
Even after over 50 years “Psycho” is resonate as ever. It is a film that stays fresh in the mind long after viewing and that is how strong the impression of this film is. Master of suspense director Alfred Hitchcock co-ordinated every shot of the film with great finesse and often the film is considered his his best work. "Psycho" is revolutionary and will still be as satisfying an experience in years to come. So far from the five or so films, I have seen of his, this is certainly the most chilling, thrilling, suspenseful and satisfying so far. It is an amazing achievement for cinema because of how it changed horror forever.

11 August 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
Genre: Sci-Fi , Drama, Action & Adventure
Runtime: 120 Minutes
With great pure emotion driven into CGI apes this is a very entertaining piece of Sci-Fi cinema. Most of our characters are apes and show the basics of human characteristics, the want for freedom, the want for friendship, the basic things in. Let alone the basic wants of most creatures on earth. The whole “Apes” universe can be very much enjoyed if you can see past the absurdity of it because of its thought-provoking mystery. Director Rupert Wyatt brought great tension to the screen and led the film well. If you are looking for a good action drama, then this film offers a lot. 

10 August 2011

Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

Directed by: Kelly Asbury
Genre: Animated, Family, Fantasy
Runtime: 83 Minutes 
This little kids film is only fun if you are about 6 years old and do not know what the story is truly based on with its vibrant colours and cheesy comedy. In this sloppy Shakespeare adaption all, the characters are garden decorations, mostly gnomes.  From director Kelly Asbury who previously directed "Shrek 2" and "Shrek the third"  comes this tale of star-crossed lovers in a messy version of the story.  An idea with ambition surely, but the corny idea, tacky humour and weak plot makes it a story that likely only impress the kids.

Basket Case (1982)

Directed by: Frank Henenlotter
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 90 Minutes 
This B-Movie 80’s horror film is low budget, cheaply but overall makes it an entertaining mess. Although a few scenes are fake looking and some of the effects are cheaply done it gives the film its appeal. The 80’s brought many repetitive slash and dash type of films with the likes of Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddie Krueger cornering (and strangling) and “Basket Case” is one of the cheaper of those films. The horror that is most likely trying to be funny B-movie sleaze from Frank Henenlotter, director and writer is enjoyable, at least a little.

09 August 2011

The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974)

Directed by: Robert Taylor
Genre: Comedy, Animation
Runtime: 76 minutes
Likely unusual for you to see that I wanted to see the sequel to the X-Rated “Fritz the Cat” film, but my curiosity for it had me watch it. Behind the directing duty of the film are Robert Taylor, and not Ralph Bakshi from the first film. Perhaps it is the reason the film is crap, I do not know, but this film is even more stupid than the previous. The film is also rated R, but there isn’t much less naughty things going on in this funky animated adult film. Be prepared to be taken on an even wackier drug trip journey, because it serves less plot than the first film.

Inception (2010)

Directed & Written by: Christopher Nolan
Produced by: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Drama, Action, Mystery & suspense
Runtime: 123 Minutes

What is this film like? It’s a mind bender, it’s an intense action film, it’s full of mind boggling entertainment, and many other great things that make good films great. "Inception" boasts character and huge story depth beyond anything of this decade. Starring major Hollywood hotshot Leonardo DiCaprio alongside Michael Caine, To, Hardy, Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Inception has a terrific cast with characters that will sustain your interest from start to end. Inception is one of the most complex and mind-boggling films there is, If not, the most. That is what adds to its excellence. A film about dreams within dreams and all this talk of the sub-conscious mind makes this film unique and stands up with the best films of all time in my book. With director Christopher Nolan on board who is also the writer of this film, did in impeccable job. 

08 August 2011

The Toxic Avenger (1985)

Directed by: Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 90 Minutes
To begin with I think this film is one of the goriest I have seen come out of the 80’s and there are many good make-up effects here. Although “Toxic Avenger” is completely stupid in plot and very tacky with the acting, it is a silly but fun gross-out kind of film. It has the feeling of a shoestring budgeted film but it still surprises you with the gory effects. You could call it a dark humoured satire with the deaths and killings but the film is not completely bad. 

07 August 2011

127 Hours (2010)

Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written by: Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
Genre: Drama 
Colour, 93 Minutes 
The film itself is a terrific portrayal of a real life situation and shows you a struggle of survival. The story is true indeed and you will often find yourself sympathising with the situation. The very idea of being isolated trapped, and in need of food and water is enough to make you have pity on Ralston. The story may have few cast members and characters and the story mostly revolving around in this one spot, “127 Hours” is a surprisingly solid drama that is worth every minute.

Fritz the Cat (1972)

Directed, Written & Produced by: Ralph Bakshi
Genre: Animated, Comedy, (Not for kids!)
Runtime: 77 minutes 
How did I find out about this film? Watching Channel 4’s Top 100 Greatest Cartoons and this was at number 56. It looked different wild, and challenging, and that’s what it was and more. It just about has something for everyone to be offended at but it has a unique charm to it. Impressively, it’s the first X-Rated animated film, so it obviously endorsed a new breed of films of this kind. Director and screenplay writer of the film Ralph Bakshi got quite some controversy over the creation of this film, and today the film is considered a piece of art. Art you could say yes, but pretty raunchy art.

06 August 2011

Film of the Week!

I put up a new gadget on the side for the best film of the week. It will be each sunday and be the best film I've watched that week, it may or may not  have a review when you click the image.

Cars (2006)

Directed by: John Lasseter
Genre: Family, Animated, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Runtime: 113 Minutes
Start your engines because we are going on a drive like never before! "Cars" is a very fresh and original concept but it the weaker point of Pixar. However, one thing it reminds me of is my early years and how playful I was with toy cars. How I would line them up, have them talk to each other, making those fake car sounds, it seems the Pixar team really know how to relate to people and their style is almost poetic. "Cars" has some vividly vibrant animation and a lively story to keep it steady as a kids film that can still be a little bit enjoyable for older audiences.

05 August 2011

My Book: Cine-Guide- A Work in progress preview Download

Some of you may know that I have been working on a project for a film guide. It has been going fine and I thought I'd put up a sneak-peak version. There is few pages and it is snippets from each letter. When the final version goes up (no official dates yet) there will be major differences. Please tell me what you think of this version by commenting. NOTE: They are in PDF files.

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Full Title:
Dr Strangelove or: how I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: Comedy,
Runtime: 93 Minutes
Its 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers' minds, the Cold War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen bomb relatively new and frightening, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button. This film has guts and is pure comedy genius written by Kubrick, Peter George and Terry Southern. To support this terrific writing is the three performances from Peter Sellers, which to this day seem to be his best roles. To enjoy “Strangelove” you do not need to be a war genius, just as long as you know that it is the 60’s and people were scared witless by the hydrogen bomb. It is timelessly funny and has plenty of laughs for sure.

04 August 2011

Sucker Punch (2011)

Directed and Written by: Zack Snyder
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Action
Runtime: 120 Minutes
The year of 2011 has had its good moments up until now with some great titles. However, it has also had some downfalls with films like this. As the title suggests, you have to be a ‘sucker’ to watch this. With dazzling special effects and a story that is relatively refreshing, without characters and plot the film is lifeless and boring. Writer and director Zack Snyder may have brought “Watchmen” and “Dawn of the Dead” to the screen previously, but his two latest films have proved very lousy, being this and “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole”. ‘Sucker Punch’ is one of the worst films of 2011 because of its senseless action and boring story.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Directed by: Joe Johnston
Genre: Action & Adventure
Runtime: 121 Minutes
I unexpectedly ended up seeing this when I was with my friend at the cinema and I planned to have us see Tree of life. Well our cinema was not showing it not now and not ever, so he suggested Captain America. I am not a fan of marvel characters or the whole superhero genre, but this film was actually enjoyable. It had some great action, some good bits of humour and a nice story to tag along in the retro 40’s setting. Its villain was weak and it’s time setting it corny but interesting. As most people know all these marvel films are, being released to anticipate the almighty ‘Avengers’ film and being honest it is an exciting thing. Having all those superheroes in one, it sounds like a daring idea but it just might work.

03 August 2011

Top 11 Greatest Musical Films

Musicals Sweet Musicals; Instead of the usual top 10 list, I have decided to have a top 11 list. Musicals are great and I cannot see why people have a problem with them. They can be joyful, sad, romantic, upbeat and many other emotions other feature films achieve. They are certainly not all the same for one thing and several I have seen stand unique mostly. You put say, The Wizard of Oz and compare it to Sweeney Todd, and see the tremendous differences they have. Musicals are brilliant and always capture me because I love dance routines, songs with catchy lyrics and a catchy beat and all that jazz. Enjoy reading my top 11 musicals list!

The Wizard of Oz (1939) [Musical Film-a-Thon] 22#

Directed by: Victor Fleming
Genre: Fantasy, Musical, Family
Runtime: 103 Minutes
It is still timeless and I still love it. A sheer masterpiece that is sincere and warm and its wholesome have touched the hearts of millions. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ has a cultural status that is overwhelming and there are few people who have not heard of names like ‘Dorothy Gale’ and the film’s title; it has become recognised throughout the world to film fans, critics, lovers, and people regardless if everyone has enjoyed it or not. At this point, I have watched the film at least 13 times but l still enjoy every time I see it because of its delightful music, warm characters and true emotion with a message that will be resonate forever. It is among the greatest films of all time and for good reason.

02 August 2011

Blogger of the Month 1#! Motion Picture Gems

This i  new idea that I will do at the start of each month. I feel that many of the great film bloggers whose blogs I've been following deserve more recognition and what I do is write about WHY their blog is good, and will feature a link to their blog on the side bar. First up is MotionPictureGems by Tom.

12 Great Musical Film Characters

Just before I put up the final review of my musical marathon here is a nice little list. Since I never can put these lists in order here is a non-orderdered version of great musical film characters.

Roxie Hart 
Film: Chicago (2002) 
Actress: Renee Zellweger
In ‘Chicago’ Roxie is a sweet and innocent character at first and you may even take a little bit of pity on her. However, later in the film she becomes scheming, selfish and a little bit in her own world too much. It is what makes her such a great character. The dark humour in her song ‘Roxie’ is brilliant, with one of her lines being ‘Who said murders not an art?’ Renee Zellweger was stunning as Roxy and definitely put on a good show. Roxie is a deviously great character from an excellent musical.

Singin' In the Rain (1952) [Musical Film-a-Thon] 21#

Directed By: Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen
Written by:  Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Drama
Runtime: 106 Minutes

You can call my rating generic for the score I gave this film, but do not deny a classic when you see one! ‘Singin’ in the rain’ is delightfully funny, full of sing-a-long tunes and a remarkable story that has an honest flare of history. Gene Kelly the mastermind director alongside his co-director Stanley Donen definitely made the right decision in beginning this gorgeous production that has been timeless since its release almost 6 decades ago. The casting was right, the cinematography was bright and the music was a real delight! Excuse my use of rhyming. This film is one of the funniest musicals there is and is the ultimate MGM musical that is no less than a classic.

01 August 2011

Hello Dolly! (1969) [Musical Film-a-Thon] 20#

Directors: Gene Kelly
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 146 Minutes 
It’s singing dancing musical fun that is better than the reputation it has for sure. Streisand was an odd pick for sure and her singing voice is different and sounds as if it has multiple different accents and overall it is somewhat annoying. The songs around her were fun and the choreography was very energetic at times. ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ star Gene Kelly was in the director’s chair for the stage-to-film adaption and did an okay job with executing the numbers. It may not be as good as musicals like ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Chicago’ but it is certainly good musical fun that is better than received.

My Book Project: Cine-Guide

I have made this post so I could hear what you think about this idea. You have all seen film guides like '1001 films to see before you die' and 'Time Out's 2011 guide to cinema' so I thought I would make one. Mine won't have anything like 2000 titles, but there will be certainly a good amount. It will be organised alphabetically and the end of the book will have an index of film's by date, genre and director. All the films will be rated between 3 to 5 stars and I also include the date of the film, the genre and the age certificate of it (European and American). Here are some screen-shots of the content. 

A Star is Born (1954) [Musical Film-a-Thon] 19#

Directed By: George Cukor
Genre: Drama, Musical
Runtime: 175 Minutes 

Filled with great emotion and a grand heartbreak tragedy 'A Star is Born' is another one of the great classic musicals. Starring Judy Garland in one of her finest performances of her career brings such emotion to the screen. This is but not the first adaption of the film, but the second and there would be a third yet to come in the 1976 featuring Barbara Streisand. In this restored version of the original, the characters are presented with great strength with drama that George Cukor the director made an excellent job executing. It is often considered one of the greatest musicals of all time because of it's heart breaking and touching drama abnd I have to agree with that for sure beause onthe story  the screen it is one of the best one-woman shows ever. The story is wholesome and sincere and the characters are more than great.

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