43 – Spirited Away (2001)

Flying dog/dragons and shit.

Flying dog/dragons and shit.

Spirited Away is another whim-sickle film from Studio Ghibli. It follows the same sort of genre as many of their others,it has spirits, ghosts, monsters, spells, dragons and curses.And like the others it features a young child,a girl called Chitiro or Sia,as the lead.The girl gets transported off to some spirit work by mistake while out on a walk with her parents.Throughout the course of the films she’s trying to save her parents and get home but there’s loads of obstacles in her way.Visually there are some interesting looking characters knocking around the bath house in the spirit place and the story’s not too bad either.There are a few bits where the plot seems to be moving a little slow,a few scenes running just a few seconds longer,but if keep noticing them then it seems to add up.I watched the dubbed version with the subs just to see which was better and i think the dubbed is better.The text with the subs isn’t as accurate as what they’re saying.A good Ghibli film,i did prefer Howls Moving Castle myself.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WORTH A WATCH,ONCE.

54 – Toy Story 3 (2010)

Totoro has a cameo.

Totoro has a cameo.

After watching Toy Story 1 quite a few films ago you really can see how the animation has come on in leaps and bounds.The textures on all the materials looks way better.For example little things like adding small amounts of rust to metals and scrapes and blemishes to other materials.Also the people don’t look like disgusting monsters now.Toy Story 3 wraps up the whole story of Andy.From child to youth to adolescent. In this final(?) chapter Andy is going off to college and is clearing up his room.He decides to not dump his toys but to store them in the attic instead.But some mix-up his mum puts the bag of toys out on the curb to be dumped.And now we have pretty much the same plot as the other two films;toys somehow get away from the house and try and make their way back.I liked Toy Story 3 because it had a small dark aspect with one toy turning bad and turning into some sort of tyrant.Overall a good film,not juts for the kids.The only pitfall is that annoying music that all the other films had.I hate it.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  BETTER ANIMATION,BETTER STORY,BETTER OVERALL.

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

80 – The Lion King (1994)

It would have been a short film if the monkey dropped him now.

It would have been a short film if the monkey dropped him now.

As i mentioned before i don’t much like 80’s and 90’s Disney all-singing all-dancing animated films.James Earl Jones killed in film 81 comes back from the dead to star in film 80 only to get  screwed over by his brother Scar,who wants to take over and run the kingdom in alliance with Hyenas,and gets killed again.That guy has no luck.I’m not sure why Scar wants to include the Hyenas,maybe because they laugh at his jokes or something.The style of the animation in The Lion King doesn’t appeal to me,it seems too simple and even some of the animals look way off.For example i’ve seen giraffes and zebras in real life and these representaions of them look a bit shit.I know you have to sacrafice certain features in order to add a bit of personification to an animal but some animals looked rubbish.When this first came out there was a massive bit of hype about it and the local cinema was selling out for ages.The only major other beef i had with the film is that the lions eat gazelles and antilopes,but can they not speak too?When ever there’s a dramatic bit and a lions standing on pride rock,like the beginning or the end,there’s antilopes in the crowd cheering.Why?Why cheer for your king who one day will eat you?Why not leave and go somewhere else where’s there’s no lions?Why not walk up to the lion and say ‘excuse me buddy,but could you not kill and eat me please?’

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    6.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  NOT FOR ME.ALSO THE IMPLIED RELIGION BIT IS RUBBISH,ANIMALS WITH RELIGION?RUBBISH.

83 – Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Run Away!

Run Away!

It’s good to see an outragous comedy this far up the list.It just goes to show that great comedic writing can trump over massive visual effects of A-List celebs.I knew up watching Monty Python so i’m accustomed to their style of sureal humour and The Holy Grail is no exception.From the very beginning the film’s laden with jokes.Even the title credits are a joke.I thought i had downloaded a version with Swedish subs hardcoded onto the film.Chapman takes the lead again in this Python film.I think it’s better this way,it gives the other guys more characters and jokes to play out.The outline of the plot is King Arthur is looking for the holy grail with his knights of the round table.That’s the basic plot,not mentioning all the other stuff that happens in between.Directed by Gilliam and Jones i think they did a good job.The quality of the actual image is poor.This is coming from seeing some silent films with a crisp sharp image.While as this looks like it was filmed wtih a potato.It’s a good laugh either way.The joke at the end where there’s no rolling credits is good,see how long a cinema goer will sit there looking at a black screen before they realise they’ve been had.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8.2
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GREAT BRITISH SURREAL COMEDY.

90 – Rashômon (1950)

You did?I just open up Chrome and start up a Private Window and do some Googleing.

You did?I just open up Chrome and start up a Private Window and do some Googleing.

Rashômon is the name of a city in Japan that’s a bit wrecked from wars and fighting.At the gates there are 3 men sheltering from the rain.It’s bucketing down,real heavy stuff.Two of the guys were just at a trail as witnesses,the third guy is a stranger to them.The trial is for a Samurai that was found dead in the woods and I’m going to use the word Samurai as loosely as possible because this guy is useless. Anyways there are 4 people testifying at the trail with their sides of the story.Each one different form the last.Even the guy who was killed gets a chance to testify via the medium of a medium.Like when Sam jumps into Rita body in Ghost.All the stories stink to high heaven and it seems like not one of them could lie right in bed.The films works well with all the different stories and parts that are a little similar,but the overall message the director is getting across is everyone looks out for number one and everyone lies.There’s quite a bit of maniacal laughter in this film,so if that kind of stuff scares you then I’d give it a miss.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    7.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  NOT BAD FOR A FILMS THAT’S OVER 60 YEARS OLD.

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.