233 – Bring Up Baby (1938)

Hanging with a leopard.

Hanging with a leopard.

This one gave me a headache.I can’t see how someone could have sat  through this in a cinema.Its about this fast talking scatterbrained woman and this mild mannered pushover dinosaur bone guy (Grant) and a leopard that escapes.Hi-jinks ensue.Let me save you 97 minutes of your life;they fall in love by the end and kiss.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     4
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –     BAD

234 – Manhattan (1979)

Knobs

Knobs

This is a Woody Allen film.I thought i didn’t like woody,i think i probably watched one of his films 15 years ago and just didn’t get his humour,but not i think it’s not so bad.Its got a few good Jew jokes.A bit self deprecating.The films about some New York hipster type intellectuals and their interaction and relationships with each other.The plot is a 42 year old guy is dating a 17 year old and dumps her to pursue another chick closer her age then changes his mind and tries to get the teenager back but it’s too late because she’s leaving for England.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –     NOT THE WORST,A FEW GOOD LINES IN IT

235 – Mystic River (2003)

Stop trying to hit me and HIT ME !

Stop trying to hit me and HIT ME !

I wouldn’t be a big fan of Clint Eastwood as a director but this one’s not too bad.I’m not a fan of the whole child rape aspect of Mystic River,it’s a bit depressing but once you gEt over the first scene and into the rest of the story its okay.Set in Boston Sean Penns characters daughter turns up dead and etc etc etc.I watched the credits to see if Penn had a hand in producing or something like that because i wouldn’t have cast him as the lead , but no other credit.When he gets all emotional he loses control of his voice/mouth and comes across all I AM SAM or Rainman.Check out his glasses too , very 1990.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     6
SEEN BEFORE     –     MAYBE
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –    ONE FOR YOUR PARENTS

236 – Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Kristen Stewart?How the fuck did you get in this film?

Kristen Stewart?How the fuck did you get in this film?

Another oldie. I’m not sure if things were well different back in 1943 but i initially wouldn’t have thought so but this film seems weird for a few reasons.This one portrays women as blithering idiots who seem content with being just another dumb woman.The relationship between uncle Charlie and his niece in the first half of the film seems creepy and unnatural.The score at the beginning is too much,you shouldn’t need a thousand strong string section to create tension where there is none.My ears were almost bleeding.The film just didn’t work for me : I was totally aware I was watching a film.A shit one at that.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     3.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –     NOT A GOOD SHOW

237 – Big Fish (2003)

Mr. Pink

Mr. Pink

This one’s about a man who’s bitten by a radioactive fish and then turns into a big fish who runs for president.Not.Nah it’s about a man dying who’s life story is told by way of embellishments, half truths and  compulsive lies.AnotherTim ~Burton film so you know its going to be a bit out there,some crap things about the film was Ewan McGregors accent.That southern drawl annoyed the crap out of me.Plus Helena Bothnam Carter playing 3 characters or 3 instances of the same charter and trying to be a love interest , with that face?Steve Buscemi delivers another spot-on performance .

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     6.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –     MIGHT BE GOOD FOR KIDS

238 – Let the Right One In (2008)

"Um,excuse me,i asked for a non-smoking room"

“Um,excuse me,i asked for a non-smoking room”

Now this films a treat,a real gem.I don’t think this is on many peoples radar because it’s Swedish but as it’s just been remade in America,i think this year,so maybe some people will want to see the original and if i know America and it’s remakes of Euro art-house films it’ll suck (i.e. Funny Games).The story is an adaptation of a novel of the same name.Let the right one tells a tale of prepubescent love between a boy and a vampire.There’s not a lot of dialogue in this film , you could probably fit it all on the back of a beermat.And it’s the fact that it doesn’t spoon feed you that leaves you with questions at the end.When i first watched it i didn’t have a clue about the nude bit with Eli.I didn’t even twig that Eli was a boy.Sure I’m just after spoiling the film but there’s other shit i still haven’t figured out entirely yet.I’ll give it another year and re-watch it and see what i come up with then.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YEAH
RECOMMEND?     –     OF COURSE
OVERALL     –     A GREAT PIECE OF FILM

P.S. notable scene: the cats hating on the old woman.

239 – Castle in The Sky (1986)

Now don't tell your parents about this okay?

Now don’t tell your parents about this okay?

This is the first Anime on the list and it’s alright as far as they go.By no means the worst or the best one I’ve seen but right in the middle.If you haven’t guessed from the title it’s about a castle city thing floating in the sky from a race of people who died off 700 years AGO.It’s a good innocent family yearn about good and evil,no tentacle rape shit in this one.Like most 80’s films it’s got ‘a message’ and if you watch it you’ll see them strewn throughout.
One thing that confused the fuck out of me was the end credits,i had to watch to see who was doing the main girls voice because the accent went from American to Australian to proper English,it had Anna Paquin (Rogue from X-Men, who would have been 4 when she did this?! Wtf ?) ,James Van Der Beek (Dawsons Creek) ,Mark Hamill and even Andy Dick the cunt.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     6.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –     THERE’S BETTER ANIME OUT THERE