59 – WALL·E (2008)

I got pretty bored watching this that i forgot to take the screen shot until the last few  seconds.

I got pretty bored watching this that i forgot to take the screen shot until the last few seconds.

I don’t like Wall-e and the main reason why is the rubbish 1950’s music peppered and repeated to death throughout it.Who’s the target audience here?Not me anyways by the sounds of it.Don’t get me wrong the animation is on par and the musical score is pretty good but the repetitive stock footage of the all singing and dancing musical numbers just didn’t agree with me.Also with the Disney films there’s always some religious connotation’s that i don’t agree with. Here we have a robot called Eve that lands in his garden or eden and steals a plant.fuck why don’t we just call Wall-e Adam(Automated Detritus Arranging Machine) and be done with it.It’s obvious enough as it is.The only other thing i have a little beef,and it’s minor,with is the real actors used in pieces in the beginning and in the pre-recorded messages for the pilot,yet when we make it to the space station every-ones turned into a comical fat assed CGI representations of humans.One thing i noticed that i thought was a plot hole but maybe isn’t is the whole idea behind Eve getting the plant.I thought they needed the plant to get the co ordinates to get home,but obviously not if eve just came back from there and was was going to blast wall-e back home in a pod.But on second thoughts i think that its that the ship needs the plant to be able to accept the route and fly back.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE    –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     MAYBE
OVERALL     –  SEE IF YOU CAN CATCH THE 2001:A SPACE ODYSSEY REFERENCE.GOD KNOWS THE KIDS WON’T.

7
yes
maybe
see if you can catch for the 2001:a space odyess reference,god knows the kids wont

60 – The Lives of Others (2006)

This guy is giving the dimensions of one of the smallest typewriters there is.it's 19 cm by 19 cm by 99cm.99 cm? What the fuck.It's three foot wide or tall?wtf.

This guy is giving the dimensions of one of the smallest typewriters there is.it’s 19 cm by 19 cm by 99cm.99 cm? What the fuck.It’s three foot wide or tall?wtf.

The so called socialist party with their hundreds of thousands of spies,and that’s no exaggeration,all spying on each other.Looking for the most minuscule detail to rat out their fellow country men for what?For a corrupt governing body to abuse its power for its own personnel gain.Well let me get into the plot for a bit.A professional interrogator,and spy who is now a lecture-er in an East Germany college teaching new recruits about the skills needed to spot someone in cahoots with the west,is pulled into  help out an old friend investigate on an artist.The artist is a writer and writes plays.But there’s an ulterior motive.The guy is of no interest to the Stazi,however his girlfriend is of interest to some fat fuck.So what does he do?Abuses his power and resources to try and catch out her boyfriend and get him banged up.Thus leaving her free for him.However the guy leading the operation and monitoring has some sort of change of heart.By living his life vicariously through the writer and his girlfriend he finds some sort of common ground or compassion and does his best to conceal their illegal activity.It’s all very out of character for him.When the wall comes down everything changes and the writer tracks down the man who was responsible for monitoring him with info he got via the freedom of information act.It’s a good film.I wasn’t sure what year it was set at during the beginning.I may have blinked and missed a title card.But the clothes and the sets gave nothing away.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    7.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  NOT BAD.JUST OKAY THOUGH.

P.S. on a re-read just now,the ,punctuation is pretty off.on this one.And,for that,i am.Sorry.

61 – A Clockwork Orange (1971)

I was looking at some grafitti in the background and i think i spotted a Predator reference.

I was looking at some grafitti in the background and i think i spotted a Predator reference.

A Clockwork Orange was banned for some 20+ years in Ireland.When it was un-banned about 10 years ago was when i first saw it.They were selling DVDs cheap in Tower Records and i think my brother bought one.It’s another Kubrick film adapted from an Anthony Burgess novel of the same name.I have to say i don’t really like A Clockwork Orange the film.I dislike films with rapes and stuff like that in them,it makes me lose my faith in humanity for some reason.I read the book before the film and enjoyed it.I heard that Burgess had about 4 books he was trying to peddle to publishers but none were biting.Then one picked up on ACO and he made it big.He then slowly published his other novels as ‘new material’ he had just written.All the while they were just sitting in his desk in his house.Sly.After watching the film i knew it wasn’t for me,that’s not to say it’s not a good film.There’s a few good digs at the prison system and how they don’t want to spend money rehabilitating prisoners but are looking for the quick fix where they can save money,who cares if it’s not tried and tested.There are some interesting scenes and the sound track is totes-amazeballs.About 2 months after watching the film i went out and bought the Soundtrack. The film has an alternative ending to the novel.Also with the conditioning Alex gets did all the doctors not think what would happen if he had to defend himself?Or if someone found out he had the treatment they could exploit his weaknesses?

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    7.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WORTH IT JUST FOR THE SOUNDTRACK.

62 – Amélie (2001)

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You have to be quick if you’re going to get a screen grab of these tits.

I’m not quite sure what to call Amelie.It seems a bit art house but i think it’s pretty mainstream too.I’ve always regarded it the perfect chick flick,or one you’d watch if you were pitching woo at a girl.Well that’s the vibe i get off it anyway.Audrey Tautou looks not too bad in this.I think in nearly every shot she’s filmed from above as to exagerate her eyes and make her look more innocent or pure.The visual and special effects in this are perfect.I couldn’t find one i’d fault.I don’t have an internet connection right now but i’d love to know what the budget was for the SFX.I read online a few weeks ago that Audrey can’t actually skim stones and all the stone skimming sequences were done post prodution with after effects.I think it would have been easier,and cheaper,to teach her how to do it.There’s so many good features to the films;the fantasy sequences,good use of stock footage,original plot,musical score and the overall look of the film with the green filters and camera angles.A good indie film with,i guess,a cult following.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  ORIGINAL FILM.VERY INDIE.TAUTOU IS EASY ON THE EYE TOO.

63 – Gladiator (2000)

Nothing out of the ordinary here.Just a brother and sister lying in bed having a chat.

Nothing out of the ordinary here.Just a brother and sister lying in bed having a chat.

I’ve seen Gladiator about once completely before other times i’ve caught bits and pieces of it.I can’t say i don’t not dislike it.It’s good.Yet another Ridley Scott film for the list,this time he tackles a barbaric battle film set in 190A.D.A little different for the futuristic stuff like Alien or Blade Runner.Gladiator is about a general in the Roman army who gets shafted when the old king gets killed and his ass of a son takes over.The Gladiator is called Miximus and is ordered to be killed,along with his family,by the new king.Somehow he isn’t and is taken as a slave and sold to a guy how pitches slaves against glaitors in fights for financial gain.Maximus works his way up the ranks and in no time agian he’s back in Rome fighting for the masses but with a big vendetta against the king.The king realises that Maximus is still alive and things go down hill from there.Scott does a good job of the fight scenes.Great action and stunningly realistic looking.The musical score for the film too works in harmony with every scene.Running at 2 hours 45 you would think the film was long but it passes so quickly and isn’t dragged out anywhere.The dream sequences and the extra frame rate for fight scenes look great.I do happen to know that Oliver Reed died during the making of this film and they have to complete it without him,so if you look at 25 minutes from the end you can see how they did it without him.It’s only 1 scene but we have some back of the head shots(guy in a wig,close up of hands(a hand double),flashback (footage from earlier) and some sort of copy and paste job where Reed is about ten shades brighter than everyone else(different lighting for a different scene).Not a bad effort but it stuck out for be big-style.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THE INCEST THING WITH THE KING AND HIS DAUGHTER IS WEIRD.

64 – The Green Mile (1999)

End of the story.Get it?End of the story.Obvious shit.

End of the story.Get it?End of the story.Obvious shit.

In my second year in college i lived with  guy,lets call him Ciaran(because that was his name,that had a small collection of DVDs,maybe 20 or so.But he watched them numerous times.I think he watched The Green Mile over a dozen times.I could never.He was studying sports fitness and this was one of his favourite films.Maybe it was because he wasn’t doing some sort of course relevant to media that i just poo-ppo’d The Green Mile.But as i look at it now some 9 years later,it’s not that bad.Stephen King knows how to write a film.You just have to look at number 1 on the list to see what i mean.The Green Mile is maybe 40 minutes longer than it should be but it’s good.There’s some good casting and a lot of actors that have worked with each other before,i won’t list them.Some less than lovable characters too,for example Percy.There was one scene that i wanted to punch my laptop screen so bad for in the hope that by magic it would travel directly to Percy in the film.The Green Mile is full of religious references like a man condemned to death who can preform miracles and who most people know is innocent.Jesus right here guys.It’s fairly obvious when you think about it,but still makes for an interesting film.The last scenes that give some sort of closure with Paul,i could have done without.The film should have ended when John died.Just my opinion.Also the CGI for the bugs coming out of the guys mouth didn’t look right.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.2
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WORTH IT TO SEE THE BIG BLACK BUCK.

65 – Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Draw me jack.Like one of your French models...

Draw me jack.Like one of your French models…

Lawrence of Arabia,not to be confused with the adult film ‘Lawrence of Her Labia’,is about a British soldier who is sent into the desert to see what the Arabs plans are regarding the Turks and their army.He gets in well with the desert people and rallies with them to invade Damascus and take a Turkish garrison beside the some canal.Lawrence makes it back to Cairo where he was based before the whole thing and lets the Brits know what he’s done.He gets a commendation and asks for guns,artillery,armoured cars and some other stuff and goes back with the desert tribes and starts blowing up Turkish rail-roads to disrupt their army logistics.Lawrence comes across as an eccentric,at times camp,blond Brit among brutal Arabs,but he does have a dark side as we see him kill a few people.And enjoy it.In the end Lawrence,or as everyone calls him “orange”,wins Damascus for the Arabs.But with all the different tribes controlling a separate resource in the town it all goes to shit.No phones because someone else controls the generators and they’re fried.No water because there’s no power for the pumps and so on.All the Arabs give up and just leave the place in a huge mess,it’s now the Brits jobs to sort out the whole mess.One of the tribal leaders has a good quote near the start “my mother mated with a scorpion”.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    7.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     MAYBE
OVERALL     –  I DON’T KNOW A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND THEY’RE EXPANSION THROUGH AFRICA SO IN PARTS I WAS LEFT SCRATCHING MY HEAD.