104 – Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Pre-pubesent topless scene,sure why not?

Pre-pubesent topless scene,sure why not?

Graveyard for the Fireflys is a Japanese anime film about some war.I wasn’t the best at history in school nor did i care for it so i’m going to say it was a war with America.Correct me if i’m wrong.The story is about a teeanage boy and his kid sister and their struggle to stay alive.Their home is hit in an air-raid and so is the shelter,where his mother was,so they are left with no home and no mother.The father all the while is a naval office fighting the yanks.Thentwo kids grab what they can from their old house and make there way to an aunt.The aunt is  atoatal hardass to them so they say ‘fuck it’ and pack all their things and move into a derelict room/tunnel thing beside a lake.I won’t spoil it for you but everyone dies in the end.Not a bad anime,i think it could work really well as a live action.As sad as this film was i wasnt moved,but a live action version would bring down the house.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  OKAY.QUITE SAD.THE ONLY REASON I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND IT IS BECAUSE
I CAN THINK OF BETTER ONE’S I’D RECOMMEND FIRST.

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105 – Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Ouch! Me nose !

`Ouch! Me nose !

For some reason i always thought that Pans Labyrinth was a kids movie,albeit a rather dark kids movie.I think maybe because the lead character is a young girl i just automatically think the target audience are children. But I’m way off the mark you only have to wait 11 minutes to see how wrong i was.There’s a scene,picture above,where the captain smashes a farmers face in with a wine bottle and then shoots him and his father twice.Del Toro is a good director with a flair for the surreal and disturbing.He always has some great imagery.He did Hellboy too and as far a comic book movies go i’d rate it fairly high.Pans Labyrinth is about a small girl and her mother,who married a Spanish captain in the war,and their move up into the woods with a ton of soldiers and the like to plan attacks and root out the guerillas.The girl,Ofelia,is a bit infatuated with faeries and reads a lot of books on the subject. Beside the house are all these strange structures like labyrinths and stone monuments with carvings on them that no one seems to give a fuck about except Ofelia.Its here she meets a Faun and he tells her she is the soul of the underworld and needs to return there as she’s a princess.It all gets a big bizarre in parts with some brutal violence thrown in too.Ofelia makes it home in the end to the underworld,or she dies and makes it to her version of heaver.You can make up your own mind here.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD,BUT NOT ONE FOR THE KIDS.

106 – Downfall (2004)

Stud

Stud

Downfall is a lot like the film Titanic in a few ways.Firstly both start with an old woman recounting a tale that lasts for about two and a half to three hours.Secondly,a shit load of people are dead by the end of the story.And thirdly,Titanic had a topless scene about half way through,Downfall did not,and that’s what it was lacking;a topless scene to keep the viewer engaged.Downfall isn’t a bad film,i’d never seen it before but from all the Downfall memes i’d seen it felt like i had.It’s a good story and all that and i don’t doubt that most of it is true but then the doubter asks how much is conjecture?Downfall is a good war movie in that it doesn’t show much of the war and the main focus is on the people and how they get through it and how it ultimately affects them.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    7.9
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  NOT BAD.WORTH A WATCH.

107 – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Look a big fake projection of congress outside my window.Only in America.

Look a big fake projection of congress outside my window.Only in America.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is about a a guy,a young James Stewart,who’s a member of the junior senate who gets elected into the senate because the powers that be think that he’s a rural country idiot who they can manipulate and control.Mr. Smith has dreams and ideals and wants to start a Summer camp for urban kids.To get them out of the city and build their minds and body.However the mass media and the monopoly controlled by one buck has their sights set on destroying and slandering him so that his summer camp won’t happen.You see the land where he wants to build on is already predestined for a dam of some sorts that some other senators are trying to pass.So Mr. Smith has to fight the senate all the while as he is searching for Neo and Trinity,not,just thought i’d sneak in a Matrix reference there.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MEDIA.THE FILM IS AS RELEVANT NOW AS IT WAS THEN.

108 – Yojimbo (1961)

Lassie everyone!A big hand for Lassie!(*clap clap clap)

Lassie everyone!A big hand for Lassie!(*clap clap clap)

A samurai finds himself un-employed after a dynasty is toppled.He wanders aimlessly through the countryside and lands in a small town where there’s two business men and their gangs fighting each other.He stirs up the fighting and offers his service as bodyguard to both of them.He plays them off each other constantly going back and forth between the two rival gangs.It seems like all he wants is money,but later on we find he does have a conscience as he kills his employers men in order to free an old mans wife so they can get back together.He gets found out and gets the shit beaten out of him but escapes.Then there’s a big fight at the end.Not much of a film,i’m not sure why it’s placed this high.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  MEH

109 – The Great Escape (1963)

I just soiled myself.Get it?Soiled myself.

I just soiled myself.Get it?Soiled myself.

Since I’ve started this list I’ve noticed that people like watching films where people escape.For example Papillion,this one and The Shawshank Redemption,I’m sure there’s a few more but i can’t remember at this moment in time,but then sure what is film if not a bit of escapism for an hour or two?The Great Escape is a true story about an escape from a German controlled P.O.W. camp during WWII or WWI(I’m not sure).There’s some good casting with Coburn,Mc Queen and Attenborough.The plot’s simple;some 250 prisoners try and escape from the camp via tunnel.They dig 3 tunnels in case 1 gets busted.2 get busted and they’re left with one.McQueens character tries to escape every chance he can get,he tries his first night out of solitary confinement.There’s a few interesting characters in the mix like the ‘gay'(in my opinion) Scottish guy who digs called “the mole” and then there’s the Italian tunnel digger who has dug 16 tunnels before and who has claustrophobia. The ending is a bit rubbish,no wait it doesn’t really have an ending.No closure.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD FILM TO WATCH ON A LAZY SUNDAY.I READ SOMEWHERE THAT MC QUEEN DID HIS OWN BIKE STUNTS.

110 – For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Guns.A hundred uses,killing machine,hammer,nut cracker, dangerous dildo.The list goes on.

Guns.A hundred uses,killing machine,hammer,nut cracker, dangerous dildo.The list goes on.

Another Sergio Leone western here.I think about 130 movies ago i said i hate westerns.I think I’ll amend that statement now and say : i hate westerns with a long meandering convoluted love story,real westerns however are pretty good.For example Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.FAFDM is about a couple of bounty hunters who seem to be hunting the same guy. Initially there’s animosity between them,i don’t see why really.there’s two haves to a Bounty isn’t there?,but then they team up.It’s a pretty good film overall,few bits and pieces i could pick at.Like in a couple of scenes people get shot a shit load of times but their shirt doesn’t have any holes in it.I guess just cutting corners on SFX or on a budget.The audio over-dub too seemed to be way off and audio was out of sync for a good potion of the film. I’m not sure if that’s Leones style but it was definitely different.There’s a good revelation in the last 5 minutes of the film that i never would have predicted.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THE TITLE CREDITS IN THE BEGINNING ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.ORIGINAL.