131 – Ran (1985)

I'm losing it buddy....

I’m losing it buddy….

Ran is about the dangers of letting a series of strokes go unnoticed and the debilitating effects it can have on the cognitive and basic functioning of man.Well maybe that’s not the main theme of the film but there are three or four i noticed.That proverb;power corrupts and all that.That’s a big theme,in the beginning when everyone is equal things are good but as the plot progresses and power become an issue that’s when we see so called ‘family’ do some rather rash things.Another proverb that i think is quite apt in describing this film is;behind every good man is a good wife,or something to that effect.However in this case it should read:behind every good man is a conniving evil ,power hungry,psycho bitch.Putting all that aside for a moment,i found Ran to be an enjoyable yearn.There’s some really good action scenes,one notable scene is the fight at tower 2 with the old lord still remaining in the tall tower.The fire looked so real,not a fake gas burner to be spotted.The ending seemed a little like Hamlet in the way that every notable character got kiiled and wiped out in the final scene.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  MADE IN 1985,BUT IF YOU SAID 1995 OR 2005 I WOULDN’T HAVE NOTICED.

132 – The Deer Hunter (1978)

Bang! and the dirt is gone

Bang! and the dirt is gone

Another Vietnam film here.But  with a lot less focus on the war itself and more on how it affects the human mind and the toll it ultimately took on 3 main characters. The deer hunter starts out as this comedy romp type films with 5 friends.They seem like your average bunch of friends,just joking around and doing stupid stuff and drinking.All’s fine here.But 3 of the guys are going to fight for their country in the Vietnam war.It seems like they don’t even know why they’re going.The film just in a bit then and we see it’s not all rosy as the 3 guys are being kept in a brutal p.o.w. camp and they Vietcong are forcing the prisoners to play Russian roulette.De Niro hatches a plan which involves them playing with 3 or 4 bullets and with the extra bullets he has enough to attack them and escape.Tense stuff.Well soon the lads are given leave or complete their term or lose some legs and are no longer in the army.Walken has other ideas,he becomes addicted to heroin and is a mess.A good enough film,could maybe have been 25 minutes shorter and the title/theme music by John Williams is a bit crap.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     HALF OF IT
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD BUT THE ARCHIVE FOOTAGE STICKS OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB

133 – Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Jesus Christ pose here,bit of symbolism

Jesus Christ pose here,bit of symbolism

Paul Newman has the lead here as the title character of the film.Luke gets busted cutting the tops off parking meters while drunk and gets 2 years on a chain gang.He doesn’t really give a shit about anything,law,opinions or religion.While inside his comrades affection grows for him and he becomes ‘the man’.He tries and succeeds in escaping about 3 times but always they get him back in the end.It’s these feats that get him admiration from all the other inmates.They admire him and think he’s better than him.Then they see him get broke by “the boss” and lose all respect for him.Could they have done what he was forced to do and not get broke?No.So why should it be any different for Luke?They put him on a pedestal but in the end he’s just a man like them.A good film with some quality laughs along the way.Some great camera work and tons of bits and pieces that have been used nowadays. Take for example the bosses glasses,South Park have used this more than once.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  YOU CAN DRAW PARALLELS BETWEEN THIS AND PAPILLON.

134 – Sin City (2005)

Swastika throwing stars.Cool.

Swastika throwing things.Cool.

Here we have Frank Millers Sin City,a fucking feast for the eyes.There’s about 3 or 4 stories that all seem to overlap at some stage throughout the film.Some quite subtlety./The cast for the film is astounding,tons of recognisable faces some not so recognisable (Mickey Rourke) and the overall aesthetic of the film just blows me away.I know there is a series of books and I had heard some time ago there would be a trilogy but eight years in and still nothing.You may have seen one of  Millers other graphic novels which has been turned into a film,300,shot in a similar style with the excessive blood splattering and all that.I can’t get into the plot for Sin City because it would take too long.All i can say is;if you haven’t seen it,then go see it.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  AMAZEBALLS.TONS OF TITS AND ASS IN IT TOO.

135 – The Gold Rush (1925)

I've eaten worse.Wilmas stuffed peppers.

I’ve eaten worse.Wilmas stuffed peppers.

Here we have Charlie Chaplin in a silent movie.Slap stick comedy at its finest.The little tramp finds his way to Alaska in search of his fortune.Unprepared it doesn’t take long for him to get lost in the snow and end up in the cabin of a wanted man.There’s a tussle and the big dude bolts it.So he’s holed up here for a bit then shoots a bear eats it and heads to the nearest town.He meets a girl he likes and then we have the classic Disney – Boy likes girl,boy not good enough for girl,girl leads him on,boy thinks its real,girl stands him up,boy crys and leaves.What a bitch.But wait!then the tramp who she was fucking with his head is now a millionaire!And they all lived happily ever after.Horse shit.This film was about 30 minutes too long.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    6
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  GOOD SLAP STICK,BUT THE STORY WITH THE GIRL IS TRIPE.

136 – Strangers on a Train (1951)

i was framed i tell ye,framed!

i was framed i tell ye,framed!

The best Hitchcock so far and once again it’s about ‘the perfect murder’.All three films I’ve watched so far have pretty much the same story.Guy thinks he has the perfect crime,commits said crime,blabs about it in public and gets caught.What makes this one a step above the others are all the clever camera effects he uses.Here’s a few I’ll mention:The one in the picture of the murder reflected in the victims glasses that lay on the ground,the lighter glowing in the woman’s eyes in a later scene and finally the scene where Guy hits Bruno in the face.The film is called Strangers on a Train but the title is incorrect.While Guy knows nothing about Bruno,Bruno knows everything about Guy.You see Guy is a tennis player and has some celebrity status and is in the media.The basis plot is they both have someone they want dead so why not switch.Criss-cross.Bruno is serious and follows through much to Guys amazement. In the end Bruno turns out to be a mental case.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  SO MANY FILMS HAVE RIFFED ON THIS PLOT.WATCH THE ORIGINAL.

137 – Jaws (1975)

No shit Sherlock

No shit Sherlock

Was there ever a movie about sharks before Jaws?I know they’re a dime a dozen now with Sharkoctapus and Megashark and Deep Blue Sea but i think it was Jaws that spawned them all.The first to die in this film,like all 80’s films,is someone who goes skinny dipping.The next day the guy who was swimming with her is walking the beach with the cop,Schneider,and he casually says “huh,i guess she drowned then”.Nonchalant  like,as if he was saying ‘i guess she lost her flip flops last night’.Callous fucker.Well as things progress the shark hangs around and eats a kid,then a man on a tiny boat and maybe one or two others by the end.The mayor wants to down play the whole thing because the 4th of July is coming up and the town is mainly for tourists.I wont go into the plot too much but there are some great performances form Richard Dreyfus,his laugh and dry wit crack me up,and the hard ass captain.The final 30 minutes i can’t flault.SFX are good,acting spot on and a good balance of dialogue with action.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  JOHN WILLIAMS SCORE IS EERILY HAUNTING.