12 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

When he cracked up I cracked up.

When he cracked up I cracked up.

Now we’re getting to the good shit.Cuckoos Nest is a movie adaptation of Ken Keseys book of the same name.OFOTCN is great film,Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of Murphy as the slick street tough dude who gets banged up for fighting but then gets transferred to the mental is spot on.There’s a load of familiar faces in the ensemble.For example we have The Penguin,Doc Brown,buddy from The Shining and the dude who plays a ghost in Ghost.De Vito being one of the most convincing mentalists for me.I just remembered i read this a good while back and it was pretty interesting.It’s told through the eyes of the chief and the film is pretty accurate except in the book the chief believes theres a machine in the hospital that opens up and sucks everyone into the cogs while they sleep.When i read this i thought ‘what the fuck?’.Then it took a moment to realise that yeah he is mental,these people are all mental.When you see the film you just see funny and entertaining but you have to realise that yes they are in there for a reason.The last 12 minutes of the film are harrowing.Sad shit.

IMDB RATING      –     8.8
MY RATING     –    8.6
SEEN BEFORE     –    YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     – NURSE RATCHED IS A CUNT.GO SEE’BERLIN CALLING’ FOR A 21ST CENTURY VERSION.

19 – Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest sees his first tit.Blows the load into Jennys room-mates towel.The room-mate is awake and listening.

Forrest sees his first tit.Blows the load into Jennys room-mates towel.The room-mate is awake and listening.

Haley Joel Fucking Osment,what a little shit.There’s something about his face that makes me want to punch it.The little shit can’t act.Every time i see him i’m reminded that i’m watching a film and it spoils the whole effect.Lets set that aside.Apart from that this film is excellent.The first 15 minutes i thought Hanks was over acting the retarded angle with Forrest but as the film went on i understood that he was doing something that is called ‘acting’,powerful stuff.Forset Gump is about a guy who’s waiting for a bus who starts to tell anyone who’s listening about his life story.Interesting stuff.For the first chapter he tells a black woman how he was named after a leader of the  KKK.Great conversation starter.The films got a cool story with Forest interacting with some major people and times in history.The CGI looks well for a film of its age,better than the last film on the list in my opinion but then again there’s no orcs and dragons flying about.Forests love interest is a bit of a douche.Ditching at every possible opportunity so she can fuck off and see the world.But once he’s a millionaire she lands back.The she’s off again.Then she catches a ‘virus’,it’s fucking AIDS innit, and needs Forest to watch the kid.Is it even his?The whole film has a great soundtrack,full of nostalgic hits from the different eras he’s knocking about in.

IMDB RATING      –     8.7
MY RATING     –    8.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  SAD MOMENTS TIMED EVERY 30 MINUTES AFTER 15 MINUTES IN.

27 – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

A little off the top buddy?

A little off the top buddy?

The Indiana Jones original trilogy are classics.I can’t comment on the Crystal Skull one because it was so unmemorable that i can’t remember it.I think it had aliens in it so that scrapped it for me.Harrison Ford is on form for Raiders of The Lost Ark,the looks and expressions,the one liners and all the other comedic bits are delivered with ease and excellent timing.But i guess that’s all down to the writing too.This is the first film in the set,i prefer the one with Sean Conner y as his dad,was that one the Last Crusade?Anyways this one’s about the Nazi,they all seem to be about Nazis,and their quest to get the Ark of The Covenant. This ark contains the ten commandments.The Nazis believe that it’s a phone that you can call up God and have the craic with him.Who knows maybe it is.Indy thinks differently,he saw a picture in a book that shows it as a big spooky ghost that kills people.When it does get opened it’s more like a direct line to Satan not the other guy.Watching the credits i noticed a Micheal Moore as a unit Director or something to that degree,no wait,a quick google reveals it’s not him.

IMDB RATING      –     8.6
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  PERFECT SATURDAY EVENING FILM,FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT.

 

38 – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

This guy is super animated.He reminded me of the Bridges in Airplane.

This guy is super animated.He reminded me of the Bridges in Airplane.

Peter Sellers stars in this Kubrick classic.There wasn’t any credits after the film so i’m not sure how many characters he played but there’s at least 2.The film is about a military sergeant who’s a bit nuts,he has conspiracy theory’s about fluoride in the water and has a gattling gun hidden in his golf bag in his office,who single handily launches a nuclear war against the Russians.He issues a code which activates some 30-40 B-52’s directive of attacking Russian and dropping bombs all over the place.The president tries to stop it but doesn’t know the 3 digit cancellation code.It sounds like serious stuff right?But as the film goes on you realize that this is a dark humor,the film gets more and more daft as it nears its climax and i have to hand it to sellers he has his moments.I don’t think I’ve seen a comedy directed by Kubrick so far and it’s not all that bad,it just takes a little while to get into it.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     – THE MILITARY CHIEF CHARACTER IS HILARIOUS,HIS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS ALONE CRACKED ME UP.

42 – City Lights (1931)

Fuck you kid,now piss off before i break your face.

Fuck you kid,now piss off before i break your face.

Sweet Jesus another silent movie. They’ve made me appreciate ‘talkies’ so much more.I’ll give you the low down on the Chaplin flick.He meets a drunk millionaire who’s trying to kill himself.The tramp saves him and goes back to his.When the millionaire comes to he can’t remember the tramp so kicks him out.The next day the millionaire is pissed drunk again and recognises the tramp and they hang out again until he sobers up and throws him out again.This happens a few times.The love interest in a blind girl that sells flowers in the street.The is courting her and wants to send her to Europe for eye surgery.The rich guy gives him $1000 for her,but there’s a mix up and the police are called and things look very bad.He gets picked up by the cops and sent down but when he gets out guess what?The chick has her eyesight back.There’s some good gags in this film,even the intro piece with the statues is well done.But by this stage i’m getting sick of silent films,i guess it’s mainly the music that’s getting to me.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    6.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  SOME VIEWERS WHO’VE PLAYED GHOSTS & GHOULS MIGHT RECOGNISE SOME MUSIC IN IT.

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.

48 – American Beauty (1999)

Get them rose petals out the way!I can't see!

Get them rose petals out the way!I can’t see!

One from the late nineties here starring Thora Birch and Mena Suvari and with enough forehead space between them that you could land a helicopter on.Both have a topless scene each so i guess that’s a plus.There’s something about Kevin Spaceys face that looks like he had a plunger stuck on his mouth.Also his hair in the film keeps changing,maybe someone mixed up the box of wigs.The films about Spaceys character,Lester, and his final 2 weeks of life before he gets shot.In these two weeks me manages to:get fired,start a new job,smokes $2000 worth of dope,see a a teenagers tits and a few other things.The story is narrated by him even though we know at the beginning that he’s already dead.Lester is a bit walk over.His family treat him like shit and he seems to be always apologising and getting on everyone tits.You can see this in the camera work and the way he stands.For the first half of the film his back is always arched and in every scene with him and his wife he is physically shorter.I just checked online and Spacey is 3 inches taller that the wife,that scene in the car where he is the passenger but looks about a foot shorter is one of the more obvious ones.There’s tons of interpretations on the web about this film and i’m not going to waste mine and your time quoting them,but some are worth a look.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THORA BIRCH WENT OFF THE RADAR AFTER THIS ONE.THE CREEPY NEIGHBOUR HAS SOE CRAZY LOOKING EYES.

49 – Back to the Future (1985)

Mom i'm just going to the cinema to catch a movie.I'll be back later.

Mom i’m just going to the cinema to catch a movie.I’ll be back later.

A classic.For some reason i didn’t expect this to be on the list.Not that i don’t like it,i love it,a pretty good trilogy in my opinion.For anyone whos been living in a cave since the early 80’s the films about a scientist who invents a time machine and the hi-jinks had by him and his 17 year old friend. Michael J Fox stars as Marty McFly who is accidentally transported back 30 years to before his parents met.He messes up their first encounter thus endangering his existence.Butterfly effect. Martys town in the 80’s is a shit hole for some reason,we’re never told why but i did notice that the mayor was black and was getting re-elected. In the 50’s its a white mayor and the town looks great.Is this a bit racist then,black mayor and the town goes to shit?If you can get over the whole breaking the rules of time travel then this is quite an entertaining film.I’ve seen it probably a half dozen times at least i was still laughing through most of it.I was a bit sad when the film ended though,seeing this made me want to watch the other two.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  CHRISTOPHER LLOYD’S FACIAL EXPRESSIONS ARE PRICELESS.

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.

56 – Life Is Beautiful (1997)

You wouldn't away with this now a days.You'd be arrested and signing on the sex offenders list for life.

You wouldn’t away with this now a days.You’d be arrested and signing on the sex offenders list for life.

Life Is Beautiful is a bit of a misleading title for this film.After watching the last last 30 minutes i think a more apt title would be Life Is Shit. I’ve never seen this film before but i bought a copy on DVD for my parents once because it was popular at the time and had gotten a few awards.For anyone who doesn’t know the plot,it’s about a family who gets shipped off to a concentration camp by the Nazis./sounds sad right?The main character,the dad,is called Guido and he is a Jew. His wife is an Italian and they have a young son too that is also shipped off to the camp.The mother pleads to go with her family.Guido is a charming upbeat guy who seems to live in a fantasy,there’s something very whimsical about him.And it’s with his up beat attitude and constant games he’s playing that the whole concentration camp thing doesn’t really effect you on a personal level.Even his final moments i felt distanced from the whole thing.The film came out in 1997 but the whole feel and look of it makes it seem like it’s from the eighties.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD BEGINNING,HUMOUR SEEMS A LITTLE SLAP STICK.