I'm a bit late with this one, but here's the last two months of movie watching summed up for you:
The Year’s Tally: 2011 First Time Watches: 163 Films/51 Films from 2011
June's Tally: 30 Films/14 Films from 2011
July's Tally: 24 Films/15 Films from 2011
Highlights from June - July 2011
X-Men: First Class (2011):
I've been waiting for this kind of a comic book movie. It's not reaching for The Dark Knight
level of brooding intensity - and yes I'm getting a little tired of comparing ever comic-book movie to TDK
- and at the same time was a really great character study of Professor Xavier and Erik (aka. Magneto). The performances from pretty much the entire cast was brilliant and is probably my favourite comic-book film of the summer so far.
: It's probably the most out there movie I've seen so far this year. It gives itself and unfair out with its opening monologue, but even without that the film remains one of the most entertaining (and definitely polarizing) experiences I've sat through since 2011 graced us with its presence. I appreciate the whimsical cult story of a tire rolling around exploding things with its "mind" and how the film enters an element that allows it to talk directly at me and critique me as I watch the film. It's a great experience.
Straw Dogs (1971):
I love films that live on its tension building. This is a movie about a young married couple who move to rural England so that the man of the house can work on his research. After being constantly harassed by the locals he's finally had enough and will defend his home from a siege when he refuses to give up an alleged rapist. The final garrison scene is what makes this movie special in its own right and worth every minute of build up.
Le Mans (1971):
I'm not a car person, however with that said somehow Lee H. Katzin
was able to give me almost a plotless film about a 24 hour race and make it engaging and exciting. I loved every minute of it and it definitely didn't hurt to have the man Steve McQueen
playing the lead in the film.
Marie Antionette (2006):
Sofia Coppola gets a bad rap for doing films about nothing. Here however she takes a look at a historical figure and puts her own personal eye on her life. Where every other filmmaker would've made it more about what was going on around her (which isn't quite ignored anyways) she decides to pay attention to Marie's inner anguish in having to leave everything she knows behind to be this prince's wife and keep a peace that she really doesn't care about anymore than any other regular woman other than she's told to. It's probably the most out of place period piece movie and I love it for what it is every moment of it.
13 Assassins (2011):
Takashi Miike is a brilliant prolific Japanese director and now he's shifted his talents from the world of horror to fuedal Japan at the end of the Shogunate. There's a really bad guy out there and these 13, now useless, samurai are going to end his life for the betterment of the nation. I love this movie for the very same reason I claim to love Straw Dogs
above, it's brilliant setup to a brilliant near 50 minute long action sequence of 13 samurais taking on near 200. It's one of my favourite movies of 2011 so far.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999):
As probably the only self-proclaimed cinephile on the internet who isn't completely in love with Stanley Kubrick
and his meticulous nature I couldn't help myself fall in love with this unsolved mystery. I guess part of the allure at the moment is that I don't think I quite got it all. There's trouble in the home of the Harfords and one night Bill heads out and hears about this secret society which he finds his way into. It's this big mystery now and Bill tries to figure it all out, but he doesn't get very far. The film's pacing and meticulously put together stream of consciousness is what has drawn me in and I can't wait to revisit this movie with a more critical eye as to how this odd event affects this character.
What've you seen in the last couple months?