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31 December 2011

Happy New Year! What I plan to do as a filmgoer in 2012


I wish a Happy New Year to my readers and friends out there!  Here we are, another year in the 21st century, a time of technology, media and cinema. Well as a filmgoer, I have a few ‘resolutions’ that I would like to make and at the end of the year I will make a check list of that and post to see how I did on my targets.  So, here it is, things I plan to do next year is a film buff, nerd, or whatever you want to call it

29 December 2011

Melancholia (2011)

Directed by: Lars Von Trier
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Country: Denmark, France
Runtime: 130 Minutes                   
In Lars Von Trier’s gorgeously shot drama, we are put in the position of thinking about what we would do if we were in the situation that we know the world will come to an end; And that is the powerful thing the film does, it evokes question. The film has a soft, but beautiful progression as the film captures destruction and distress. Kirsten Dunst gives an emotionally filled performance that provides the film with drama. Trier, whom wrote and directed the film, definitely has a distinctive style and it is definitely projected here.

28 December 2011

Rango (2011)

Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Runtime: 111 Minutes
In this animated salute to the western genre, we meet a high-res chameleon who ends up being the hero of our story. The film has a highly original and distinctive style as it tries to combine desert creatures with western genre characters. WE have gunslingers, ranchers, Indians and even a tortoise that really seems to have been round along time. From Pirates director Gore Verbinski the film is highly polished with and a bright story, that makes it one of the finest animations in recent time.

27 December 2011

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Runtime: 129 Minutes
The sequel to the film that revitalises the style and look of Sherlock Holmes proves as a mildly worthy sequel. Robert Downey Jr. gives another eccentricity-filled performance as the curiously weird Holmes and alongside Jude Law, it sums up for an entertaining experience. The plot feels lacking compared to the original and in general for that matter.

24 December 2011

Have good holidays everyone!

Just want to say merry christmas and happy holidays to everyone out there! Enjoy yourselves!

23 December 2011

Best Films of 1970-1979 Results!

Thanks for voting everyone! Here are the top five results for the two polls!

Best of 1970-74

5. American Graffiti- 2 Votes

4. The Godfather Part II- 2 Votes

Taxi Driver (1976) [70's Marathon] 15#

Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Country: USA
Runtime: 113 Minutes
“On every street in every city, there’s a nobody who dreams of being somebody” This film is practically flawless, exhilarating, powerful and definitely one of the best films to come out of Martin Scorsese and cinema for that matter. Robert De Niro was legendary as the confined taxi driver Travis, and he truly captures the audience as a great protagonist. Scorsese directs like a genius by not giving the film a big unique style, but telling a story from a taxi driver’s perspective and telling it perfectly as he spirals into insanity. This is a must-see film for filmgoers. 

22 December 2011

Alien (1979) [70's Movie Marathon] 14#

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror, 
Country: USA, United Kingdom
Runtime: 119 Minutes
In 1979, a film called “Alien” was released that explored the Sci-Fi genre and surprised many people, becoming a modern classic. It is definitely a great sci-fi film but I think it is slightly overrated. The suspense was great and all the sci-fi elements of it were chilling, but the film takes quite a while to settle in and does not go to many locations. The acclaimed sequel is said to be better, so I look forward to that viewing. Ridley Scott’s direction is up to par in this Sci-Fi classic, which makes the film flow beautifully.

21 December 2011

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979) [70's Marathon] 13#

Directed by: Werner Herzog
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Art House
Country: Germany
Runtime: 107 minutes
In a salute and connection to one of Germany’s most important silent films, being “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror”, this remake almost meets the greatness of its original. Director Werner Herzog not only does this through his similar looking sets and citations throughout the film, but by also bringing a new wave to the story of Nosferatu. Dracula is still one of the most fascinating monsters of literature and cinema, and this film is filled with homages to the original while bringing something new. 

20 December 2011

Life of Brian (1979) [70's Marathon] 12#

Directed by: Terry Jones
Genre: Comedy
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 93 Minutes
This film is golden comedy, and there is nothing more to it. The collaboration of comics in the Monty Python team are masters of bringing laughs to the screen. With such wit and intelligence, their films are all hilarious. “Life of Brian” may very well be the funniest out of the few this great team made. As one of the 70’s controversial films, it stands firmly as one of the all-time greatest comedies. A Solid script, hilarious acting, excellent timing and a magnificent energy, this ‘sacrilegious’ satire is a poignant and timeless comedy classic filled with some of the most memorable quotes in cinema. 

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19 December 2011

Jaws (1975) [70's Marathon] 11#

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Runtime: 130 Minutes
It is about time I finally sit down and properly watch this film. What can I say about it? Undoubtedly, this is truly an exciting film and a landmark for cinema. The horrific and thrilling idea of a killer shark, threatening and vicious; scaring people to go in the water is simply amazing. And with Steven Spielberg, Hollywood hotshot, on the director’s chair he proves as an excellent director in the industry. Undoubtedly, one of the greats with such great films behind him, and this is no exception.

18 December 2011

Salò Or, 120 Days of Sodom (1975) [70's Marathon] 10#

Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genre: Drama, Art House
Country: Italy, France
Runtime: 119 Minutes
*This post contains nudity* There are films that we enjoy for being entertaining, having characters and stories that we relate to and stay with us. We like some films on an artistic level for being ingenious and/or poetic in some way. “Salò” is more on the artsy side, but in a different way. The film is undeniably disgusting for it's portrayal of violence and sex, and I wouldn’t suggest watching it if you are easily turned by such things. Pier Paolo Pasolini, the director has been judged greatly for his work here and this was his last vision. 

The French Connection (1971) [70's Marathon] 9#


Directed by: William Friedkin
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure,
Country: USA
Runtime: 104 Minutes
Gene Hackman, Roy Schieder, directed by William Friedkin? How could I not watch this film? Hackman stars in one of his best performances in this police drama that has two cops on a crackdown on drug dealers. The plot was sharp and the direction from Friedkin was vey intelligently, making it a well-rounded action drama. Films about cops always fascinate me and this film definitely meets the standard of other great ones I have seen. 

17 December 2011

Supervixens (1975) [70's Marathon] 8#


Directed by: Russ Meyer
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Country: USA
Runtime: 106 Minutes
Wow. “Supervixens” is a sexploitation film that you will never forget for its portrayal of sex and women and will definitely make you wonder why you are watching it. Is it any good? Yes, yes it is. Russ Mayer’s voyeuristic film is nothing more than a fun adventure and the he film’s narrative; he takes you a ride to sexual pleasure and comedy. It is no masterpiece, but with lots of nudity (and many breasts), the film is comedic, often silly and quite pointless in plot.

16 December 2011

Rocky (1976) [70's Marathon] 7#


Directed by: John Avildsen
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Country: USA
Runtime: 119 Minutes
Sylvester Stallone, the Italian Stallion. A.K.A: Rocky. Stallone who both wrote and starred as the titular character truly made a breakthrough in his career here where his heart and soul have been expressed into the film, giving it a feel-good energy that does not come easy in films. The story of a little man going big is still a classic, and should remain that for some time. “Rocky” is among the greats of the 70’s because it is more than just a film about boxing, it is about opportunity, hope and perseverance. 

15 December 2011

Hugo (2011)

Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Family.
Country: USA
Runtime: 126 Minutes
Interrupting my marathon to get this review up. From the well-known cinematic genius Martin Scorsese comes a family fantasy film of great whimsy, spirit and innocence that most kid’s films lack today. In addition, here we see a film showing the love for film as we dive into the history of cinema itself. Many of today’s audience will not appreciate or care much for the films of George Mêliés, or the history of cinema, but for the film critic and nerd this is a film to feast on.  

14 December 2011

Solyaris (Solaris) (1976) [70's Movie Marathon] 6#

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Art House, Drama
Country: Russia, USSR
Runtime: 167 Minutes
The extended edition spans to 167 minutes and takes you and an extraordinary sci-fi adventure. Without big special effects and action, like many sci-fi films, this one plays quietly. Most of the time you are confronted with silence and action-less scenes which can make it a hard to watch film. With this in mind, you will be taken on a thought-provoking journey that questions humanity and even sanity as we explore into the ideas of consciousness. Andrei Tarkovsky’s direction was nothing short of brilliant, but this film definitely will not suit everyone. 

12 December 2011

Last Tango In Paris (1972) [70's Movie Marathon] 5#

Directed by:Bernardo Bertolucci
Genre: Romance, Art House
Country: Italy, France
Runtime: 130 Minutes
If you are looking for a strange romance, you have come to the right place. Marlon Brando stars in an extraordinary love story that follows a man and a woman who both know nothing about each other’s personal lives, and visit an apartment where they have sex.

11 December 2011

American Graffiti (1973) [70's Movie Marathon] 4#

Directed by: George Lucas
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Runtime: 109 Minutes
There is a reason this film has been labelled “one of the most influential teen movies”. Through the tender storytelling and nostalgic set pieces, you are pulled into the classic days of the early 60’s. Director George Lucas has proven himself as a good director here with the film’s narrative following not one plot, but four that follow each boy and his adventures on their last night before they leave town. 

10 December 2011

Magnum Force (1973) [70's Movie Marathon] 3#

Directed by: Ted Post
Genre: Action & Adventure
Country: USA
Runtime: 124 Minutes 
As the first sequel to the famous Dirty Harry, it does not ruin anything. We have more action, more violence and more of Clint Eastwood’s great character. Far from being brilliant, but it’s clever and reasonably exciting plot makes it worth watching.

09 December 2011

Little Big Man (1970) [70's Movie Marthon] 2#

Directed by: Arthur Penn
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
Country: USA
Runtime: 140 Minutes
On the huge journey the film sets you on, you get a glimpse into the history of native Indians and the war of Little Big Horn. Dustin Hoffman plays Little Big Man (also known as Jack Crabb) who journeys from being a white American, to being raised by Indians. Once he reaches his adolescent and adult years, Jack begins to start swapping between the white man’s culture and the Indian’s ways. That is probably the fascinating and epic appeal to the film because of how this man has been apart of both ethnicities during his time before the battle.

08 December 2011

Harold and Maude (1971) [70's Movie Marathon] 1#

Directed by: Hal Ashby
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Runtime: 90 Minutes
This may very well be the strangest of romance films for the sheer idea that it involves a 16 year-old boy with suicidal tendencies, and a lively 80 year-old woman. The idea sounds to farfetched to be good entertainment right? Well, actually, the film is surprisingly poetic and entertaining because of the huge contrast it creates. Great direction, beautiful cinematography and an unforgettably amusing story, makes it worth watching.

07 December 2011

The 70's Movie Marathon! (yes another marathon)

The 70's Marathon will start tomorrow! I know I have done quite a lot of marathons, but I promise you this is my last until at least February 2012. I have been reading a book on the bet film's of the 70's, and I'm slowly becoming a huge fan of the decade. With so many revolutionary and brilliant films in the new line of cinema, it may very well be the best decade.

05 December 2011

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Country: USA
Runtime: 98 Minutes
When two strangers meet on a locomotive, their lives change forever- especially for the one known as Guy Haines.  Alfred Hitchcock’s clever murder thriller style stands the test of time as a zestfully entertaining piece of drama. It still has wit and tension by today’s standards with its innovative filmmaking style and unique plot. ‘Strangers’ stand as one of Hitch’s best works because of how intelligently made it is. The film has a great screenplay, great direction and great acting- a darn good film!

03 December 2011

Straw Dogs (1971)

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Country: USA
Runtime: 120 Minutes
What makes “Straw Dogs” such an excellent film is the resonating performance of Dustin Hoffman. Here, in his younger self he plays a role of a nerdy mathematician who ends up having to protect his very own household. The film at first seems to have no target and unwinds as a film with unexpected happenings. What appears to be two plot lines come into one eventually and Sam Peckenpah’s direction was nothing short of brilliant. This is one of the highlights of the 70’s because of its content. 

02 December 2011

I'm back from my trip!

Germany was overwhelmingly amazing! The food, the people, the locations, everything! such a beautiful country, not to mention having some good filmmakers. My trip was thought provoking and exciting as I met otehr students from across Europe including Spain, Norway,Northern Ireland (My group) and Germans. Some people were also Russian. My next post will be up tomorrow so stay tuned everyone!
 

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