What I’ve Been Watching: Mar 15 – Mar 28

The Aviator

I’m a bad blogger… give me a minute, I’m a very bad blogger.

In the same week when Univarn returned to say an official goodbye to the internet (at least as a film blogger) a year after his latest post I’m starting to think more and more about what I’m trying or wanting to do with the internet and this blog. I’ve stopped writing for about three other web outlets that I was working with last year. I’m still unemployed six months after deciding to return to Jamaica to try and be back home with my family. I read Univarn’s goodbye and wonder what it is that fuels my need to write about film and eloquently (or not so much as I know I suck and being good takey) discuss my feelings about films.

I’m thinking about it guys.

However, regardless of that stuffs. Here’s my last couple weeks of film watching:

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013) – An okay film of adventure, but the first half hour is really hard to love.
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (2013) – I like this movie a lot… I’m okay with this return to character
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (1977) – Wow those 3 hours hurt my brain
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993) – Wow I didn’t enjoy that one either
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013) – Hmmmmm…. cocaine spinach guys!!!
LATE SPRING (1949) – But I wanna be happy now…
1:1 THIERRY HENRY (2011) – Uninteresting through and through
THE TALE OF ZATOICHI (1962) – old samurai action that ins’t Yojimbo, but still fun
47 RONIN (2013) – some of the action is pretty good; everything else is what you expect.

REWATCHED

THE GREAT BEAUTY - “Therefore… let this novel begin. After all… it’s just a trick. Yes, it’s just a trick.”
THREE KINGS“Are we shooting?”
FROZEN“Because I love you, Anna, I insist you run.”
PURPLE RAIN“You have to purify yourself in Lake Minnetonka.”
COOL HAND LUKE“What we got here is… failure to communicate.”
THE AVIATOR“You don’t care about money because you’ve always had it.”
HUGO“My friends, I address you all tonight as you truly are; wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, magicians… Come and dream with me.”
THE KING OF COMEDY“Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.”
TAXI DRIVER“You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?”
ATTACK THE BLOCK“Oh… is it? Why can’t he help children in Britain? Not exotic enough is it? Don’t get a nice suntan. Tsst.”
NOTORIOUS“Bet you’ve heard that line often enough.”
THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT“Well maybe Elmo thinks there is no right cookie, you just pick one and take a bite!”
STRANGER THAN FICTION“I don’t *need* a museum. I need the infirm.”

My count for the year of 2014 is updated to 80 First time watches (13 from 2014); 47 Rewatches; 127 Total Films

http://www.gmanreviews.com/2012/06/04/movie-review-the-five-year-engagement-2012-2/

DVD Picks of the Week: Oct 25th

Once again we look to our shelves and realise that it’s lacking something. As we stare at the calender we realise it’s a Tuesday and that can only mean one thing. It’s time to spend money of what others would consider a waste of closet space at the local DVD store:

Buy It:

Luther: Season 2

Created by: Neil Cross

Starring: Idris Elba, Warren Brown & Paul McGann

Why should you buy it? Police television dramas like this don’t come along often enough. If you’re like me and a big fan of the tough cops from the 70s, including Dirty Harry, where we get to follow one police officer who is willing to do anything to get the job done, but at the same time smart enough to know how to get it done well then this is the show for you. Add in the fact that Idris Elba is all kinds of awesome playing a great character role here then you know you’ve got a recipe for brilliance.

Am I the only one that Alice annoys?

Rent It:

Attack The Block

Directed by: Joe Cornish

Written by: Joe Cornish

Starring: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker & Alex Esmail

Why should you rent it? While I didn’t particularly love this movie I do see the appeal. It’s a film that has the smart writing behind it to not make it all obvious and at the same time make the ride completely worth it. The film is worth watching to find out which camp you belong in, completely in love or seething with hatred.

Read my full review here.

Winnie The Pooh

Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson & Don Hall

Written by: Stephen J. Anderson & Clio Chiang

Starring: Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson & John Cleese

Why should you rent it? Because it’s a childhood memory worthy of spending an hour reliving. It’s beyond the point of adorable and the animation is fantastic. While a couple of the voices, which have had to obviously been recast, are not perfect it doesn’t detract too far from how great a film this is.

Winnie the Pooh was one of my favourite things to watch as a child, and while this film does nothing to reinvent the wheel that is a honey addicted stuffed teddy bear it enjoys keeping things going with a smile and a warm hug.

Skip It:

Captain America: The First Avenger

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Written by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving & Tommy Lee Jones

Why should you skip it? While I believe I may have been the only one to flat out hate this movie earlier this year while it was in theatres I still don’t believe my feelings were unjustified. The film proposes a brilliant set up of this man being exploited as a marketing/propaganda tool to keep funding the war for America and completely discards it for a poorly directed action film. The sequences that follow exist with no sense of danger or amazement which is the only two things an action film can truly offer a viewer. If you’re not amazing me or making me fear for this man’s life (who I must first be invested in) then I have no reason to just start pulling up the latest app I downloaded to my smartphone.

The film is sloppy and a waste of your time.

Read my full review here.

The Rest

Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
A Serbian Film

Blu Ray

Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy
Island of Lost Souls (The Criterion Collection)
The Conversation
Dazed and Confused (The Criterion collection)

What’re You Getting This Week?

TUMP [EP#96 - Warrior]

A month after our last recording session we find some time to get together to talk about the latest underdog story Warrior. Check out the show below:

Show Notes:

What We’ve Been Watching:
Andrew (00:02:45): The Lion King 3D, 50/50, The Help, The Lord of the Rings Extended
Damion (00:12:48): Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Drive, Treme, The Chicago Code
Douglas (00:19:06): Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Green Lantern, The Expendables, Griff the Invisible, Colombiana, Attack the Block, Skateland, Everything Must Go, The Guard, Horrible Bosses, True Adolescents, Crazy Stupid Love

TV Talk (00:33:21): Whitney, 2 Broke Girls, Terra Nova, New Girl, Up All Night, Prime Suspect, Fresh Meat, Revenge, How To Be A Gentleman, The Playboy Club, Person of Interest, Pan Am, Sons of Anarchy, Entourage

Clips (00:59:07)

Trailers (01:06:40): Contraband, I Melt With You

Review (01:20:48): Warrior

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Movie Review: Attack the Block (2011)

Thanks to the invention of the internet not only are information easier to grasp at but it’s also easier people to push their opinions on me through the blogosphere and social media. So the buzz is amplified to the level that’s almost ear ringing at times. This is one of those movies. It’s a film that if you’re like me, or like yourself if you’re reading this blog, and you enjoy reading film blogs or following fellow film geeks on twitter then you would’ve heard about this one over and over again being called the next best genre comedy film of the year. However, the thing about movies like this is that it’s always best when you discover them with no pretext. When I first saw Shaun of the Dead I had absolutely no clue what I was getting into and I fell in love. If I had walked in with 90% of the movie geek/critic world telling me it’s the best zombie comedy to ever be released then I’m not sure how I’d have felt about it the first time I saw it.

While I do believe that claiming high expectations is a shoddy excuse of a pseudo-critic, like myself, I do have some really good points to say about this movie.

This movie is one of those comedies, which rather than ridiculous one liners, which there’s a few good ones which are given to you in the trailers, it works in the ridiculousness of the scenario. You’re thrust into this world along with your unbelievable protagonists. The film opens up with a scene of our group of miscreants robbing a woman who eventually becomes their associate during this evening while they find out that she’s actually from their block. This unredeemable fact is the first of many that we just have to live with as we watch Moses and the rest of the crew try to survive the night of alien invasion.

We’re supposed to be laughing and enjoying the fact that this gang of teenagers are what stands between the Block in South London and a massive slew of aliens. However, I didn’t find myself laughing as much as I was bewildered. Am I supposed be cheering on the teens or the aliens, I don’t know who’s being the good guy and who’s the bad. Now I’m not saying that life is made of clearly defined roles, but when I don’t know who I want to cheer for because I can’t see any level of good or evil that exceeds from side A to side B then I’m left just there as a spectator to the carnage, which is okay for a film like Trick R’ Treat where the whole point is to enjoy the violence, but for this kind of a movie it’s sorely missed.

I’m just going to chalk up most of this movie to “I didn’t get it” and hope that by the end of the year when I’ve revisited it with my expectations tempered that I’ll be able to look at it again with kinder eyes and enjoy the ride a lot more, because besides the general idea, the great monster design and a few really well placed one liners “I can’t explain all this madness in one text” the film didn’t do it for me.

Rating: 5.5/10

 

TUMP [EP#87 - Rubber] [SPOILERS]

In a week where not much made any sense let’s take a moment to talk about one of the most outlandish films of 2011 so far, Rubber. Read the notes below:

Let it be known that we do discuss this film is excruciating detail and a lot of our conversation could be taken as spoilers. So tread lightly.

Show Notes

What We Watched:

Damion (00:02:10): Paul, Unknown, Sucker Punch, Zack & Miri Make A Porno, The Box
Douglas (00:20:57): My Name Is Earl, Luther, The Shadow Line
Andrew (00:26:56): Happythankyoumoreplease, Source Code, Broadcast News, Game of Thrones

Trailers (00:55:00): Moneyball, Attack the Block

Review (01:10:06): Rubber

Questions (01:33:12)

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