41 – North by Northwest (1959)

Heil Hitler.

Heil Hitler.

Gregory Peck stars in another of Hitchcock films here.In this one he’s mistaken for a fictitious character made by the CIA or FBI to catch a crook selling american secrets to the soviets.He’s ducking and diving trying to avoid the cops after he’s implemented in a murder at the  U.N.But it’s not all bad.In his travels he meets a horned up blonde on the overnight train.She’s made for it.There’s quite a bit of vocal foreplay here and in the end i think he scores.If you look at Peck when he kisses or holds a woman he doesn’t know what to do with his hands.He looks like he’s just after washing them and there’s no towels.There’s a scene at 1 hour 41 minutes where a gun goes off,but they must have done a few takes because before the gun fires an extra,a kid,in the background puts his fingers in his ears to dampen the sound.I wouldn’t have noticed if the little fuckers wasn’t looking over his shoulder so many times and looking directly at the camera.Later on in the film,near the end,h e bumps into another horned up blonde.Lucky bugger.But this time he’s in a rush so he just brushes her off.It’s not a bad film as a hole but there are a couple of scenes that weren’t needed.For example when Peck meets the blonde after he’s been shot with blanks she asks if he’s okay after being shot by blanks by her.Christ obviously,and  we guessed they were blanks after he got afterwards you don’t need to spoon feed up.The last 5 minutes of the film has so many flaws it’s a joke but i’ll just leave this review at that.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     – HAS SOME GOOD STUNTS IN DOWN BY PECK.

47 – Vertigo (1958)

Man i'm so baked...

Man i’m so baked…

Vertigo is a weird one.At first it’s some sort of supernatural detective yarn but 40 minutes from the end it jumps to the classic Hitchcock murder-mystery perfect crime Plot.Stewart plays a San Francisco detective who,in the course of a rooftop chase,witnesses another cop fall to his death.It’s this scare that leads to him developing vertigo.As he’s can’t go near any high places he quits the force indefinitely.Just as he quits he gets a call from an old college friend who wants him to investigate his wife.Now here’s where shit goes well and truly bizarre.As strange as the plot went i had to take it all in as-is,but i was left thinking that it was Hitchcocks style.But as the story went on,and on,it was all a big hoax. I’m telling you this because i wouldn’t bother recommending this film.There was 2 or 3 good bits where they went a bit crazy with the visuals.One bit was animated like a cartoon and another seemed like an acid trip.I think it was this acid trip that put Stewarts character in hospital for some months.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    6.9
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  COULD DO WITH CUTTING 25 MINUTES FROM IT.THE LEADING LADY WASN’T GREAT IN HER PERFORMANCE.

57 – Double Indemnity (1944)

Double indemnity? More like double line spacing.

Double indemnity? More like double line spacing.

Double Indemnity or as it’s called in Mexico ‘Perdicion’ is a 1940’s film noir movie about an insurance scam where a wife bumps off her husband.I messed up while downloading this film.I went to play it and it was over dubbed in Mexican with no subtitles.So i downloaded some subs and the third ones were in sync.For Double Indemnity the subs were really fast with there being often 3-5 lines of text.The main character is an insurance salesman who works for a big firm.One day while he’s calling to the house of a client to renew their car insurance he encounters his young wife who has ideas of killing the husband.He says take a run and jump,but a few hours later when she calls to his house and he gets the ride then he’s all in.Manipulated or what?They formulate a pretty good plan for killing him and have some solid alibis.The plan goes off without a hitch and it all looks good.But as usual that’s not for long.The film is told as a flashback that only catches up to present time in the last 5 minutes,which i wasn’t expecting. I’m not sure if it’s a good version because of the dubbed/subtitled thing i watched was too taxing on the brain.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    6.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  IT MIGHT BE GOOD IF YOU GET THE RIGHT VERSION OF IT.

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

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.

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.

92 – Unforgiven (1992)

Hookers of the old west.Slim pickings indeed.

Hookers of the old west.Slim pickings indeed.

Unforgiven is another western with horses and guns and all that shit.A hooker is with a john and she laughs because he’s got a small ‘pecker’.He loses the rag and takes out a knife and starts to do a bit of carving on her face.No great loss as she was really plain looking anyway.The scars will add character.The other 4 or 5 hookers decide to put up a bounty of $1000 to get the guy killed and his friend who was with him that night.Roll in Eastwood,he was a cold hearted killer some 11 years ago but his wife got him off the sauce and out of the killing.He’s now a pig farmer.But the wife is long dead and when a kid who idolises him asks him to help with the bounty he reluctantly agrees,more so for the money for his kids.They pick up Freeman to complete the troupe.He seems to be the only good shooter among. The kids blind and Eastwood hasn’t shot a gun in ages.They find the two guys and it pretty much goes to plan except Freeman freezes and decides it’s not for him and heads home.Just when the film was getting good it ends.As soon as Eastwood has a glass of booze he turns into the hard ass he was 11 ago and we learn it was the booze that fucked him over.Moral of the story-don’t drink.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  I WONDERED WHY I FOUND IT BORING AND LONG.THEN I SEEN THE CREDITS PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY EASTWOOD.