190 – The Princess Bride (1987)

so a giant , a Spaniard and paraplegic walk into a castle...

so a giant , a Spaniard and paraplegic walk into a castle…

A good old eighties family romp here.I was amazed at how I’d never seen this when i was growing up.The Princess Bride is a swash buckling fantasy adventure love story thing.The humour in it is pretty good.It starts well and ends well,just seems a little sparse in the middle.Some quality lines from either Andre the giant or Domingo.The basic story is a couple are in love,they get separated and she thinks he’s dead.Reluctantly she gets taken to be married to the king.Her true love returns to get her back.It seems like a big enough budget film for the eighties.Also after looking at the end credits Mark Knoffler did the music for it.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     7.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WORTH THE WATCH.

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191 – 8 ½ (1963)

Looks like Tarantino ripped this little dance right out and popped it in Pulp Fiction

Looks like Tarantino ripped this little dance right out and popped it in Pulp Fiction

Where to begin with this one?I had to sit through this film about 8 years ago in college for film studies and dare i say i dozed off a few times through out.But on a second viewing I’d have to say that it’s still a stinker.It’s about a director making a science fiction film that also tells his life story : problems with the wife , affairs and poignant moments in his life as a kid.No one else is aware of this.As he tries to make the big budget film he invites his mistress and his wife to hang out with him during production.Bad idea.The film has tons of dream sequences and flashbacks in it.The last 15 minutes are probably the best bits.Not sure if it’s because of all the action or if you’re happy because you know the film is almost over.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  A TOTAL CLUSTER FUCK.CRAP.

192 -Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

this girl's the eye curry of the film

this girl’s the eye curry of the film

Slumdog is a good story.It has comedy,revenge,love,the trials and tribulations of life and loads of other stuff .I’ve seen this film a few years back when it was first out and enjoyed it.But i think it’s a film you can only watch once because of the way it’s told.The story is about a guy and his brother who are left orphaned in Mumbai after a lynch mob kills their mother.Trying to survive on their own they encounter some unsavoury characters like a Fagin type buck form Oliver Twist who has kids begging for him.The film spans around 10-15 years and is told via flashbacks.Danny Boyle does this well.One annoying thing is the host of who wants to be a millionaire cant say the word “millionaire”.He keeps saying “milinair”.Also i did spot one cut where a cop talks to the camera and says “stop filming” i think this was a mistake.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     7.7
SEEN BEFORE     –    YES
RECOMMEND?     –    YES
OVERALL     –  IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT SEE IT.

193 – La Strada (1954)

cheers buddy

cheers buddy

This is an auld Italian film about a naive and strange girl.A man turns up at her house and gives her mum a load of money to essentially buy the daughter.This isn’t the first time he’s done it,he bought her sister before her but she died so naturally he comes back for another.The guy is a travelling performer and lives day to day on the road driving a sort of tuk-tuk.The young girl kind of falls for the guy but he couldn’t give two fucks about her and he whores himself whenever he can.It’s a good story and has quiet a few funny bits.All put together well ,audio is a wee bit off in parts,like when they had to over dub singing tracks or more lines.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     8
SEEN BEFORE     –    NO
RECOMMEND?     –    NO
OVERALL     –  GOOD.THE GIRL HAS THE DARKEST EYES.

194 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Lets get hammered

Lets get hammered

There’s some amount of booze drunk in this film.Like a ton.It’s about a married couple who work in a University and invite a young couple who are new there over for drinks.Liz Taylor’s character is a crazy head wrecking drunk who is always ‘playing the game’ which consists of driving her husband up the wall.He retorts and it goes back and forth through out the film with the other couple being bystanders for some of it and at other times being a major part.The film in the beginning seems a bit like the film Carnage (2011) but this one is more of an emotional roller coaster and darker.Worth a look.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     8.2
SEEN BEFORE     –   NO
RECOMMEND?     –    NO
OVERALL     –  GOOD.VERY WELL PUT TOGETHER.BLACK HUMOUR IN PARTS.

195 – The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

i hate when i'm trying to play solitaire and some fucker beside me keeps telling me where to move the cards

i hate when i’m trying to play solitaire and some fucker beside me keeps telling me where to move the cards

I seen the remake of this some 7-8 years ago and thought it was a pretty good film.The original here is great too.This one has a few good jokes and comical scenes,which the remake didn’t. The film’s about a bunch of soldiers in Korea ,or somewhere like that,that are ambushed,brain washed and exported back to America to a heros welcome.One on the group is programmed to be a sleeper cell for the communists.There’s a few other bits and pieces but it’s better you watch it yourself.Frank Sinatra plays the lead and has an excellent fight scene.Good twist at the end.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –    YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD.THE 2004 REMAKE WASN’T A PLAY BY PLAY OF THIS.

196 – The Hustler (1961)

pool montage

pool montage

Paul Newman stars as a young pool hustler.Him and an older buck work various pool halls and tables while on the road.Living the good life.Newman wants to play a pro called Fats for big money.But when he’s about $16,000 in the green he get drunk and tired and loses,big style.There’s another side to this film and that’s alcoholism.There maybe even another side,a triangle if you will,about the retardedness of women.Paul love interest is a nut bag,she reminds me of someone.This films not too bad and I’m not a misogynist or anything,quite the opposite,but the portrayal of Piper Lauries character really pissed me off.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     7.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  AL-RIGHT.HARD TO KNOW WHEN HE’S ACTING FOR THE HUSTLE OR ACTUALLY LOSING.