33 – Sunset Blvd. (1950)

every guy waits to hear these words

every guy waits to hear these words

Fame.This one’s about an ageing star of the silent screen who’s fallen out of the limelight but has ideas of grandeur and wants to get back in front of the cameras.The plot sounds a little familiar.The story starts with a dead writer floating in a pool,great shot with the cops seen through the water,who is narrating how he came to be in this situation.Yes we have another American Beauty type voice over.The rest of the film is told via one long flashback until we catch up with the body in the pool.The writer,Joe,is down on his luck and as he’s being chased by repo men after his car he takes refuge in what he thinks is an abandoned mansion.In the mansion this 50 year old ex-actress called Norma lives.She’s a scary thing,her mannerisms and theatrics would remind anyone of Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmatians. She has devised a script for her comeback film,naturally the writer takes a look at it and decides it’s full of crap but is willing to work on it because he’s skint. Things progress and he become a ‘kept man’ for her.Did i mention that Norma is a nut bag?She has tried to kill herself a load of times.Joe’s writing a script with a hot chick and sneaking out at night to finish writing it but when norma finds out she flips out and the brain goes cracked.Good film. I’ve seen it parodied a couple of times,some memorable quotes referenced too.

IMDB RATING      –     8.6
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  BUSTER KEATON HAS A CAMEO AS HIMSELF.

36 – Apocalypse Now (1979)

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😦

Apocalypse Now is the sequel to Mel Gibsons smash hit Apocalyptico also about war and jungles.Not.No it’s about a colonel,Brando,who goes renegade during the Vietnam war and forms a killing squad of south Vietnamese who travel about the jungle massacring the enemy.Sheen is hired by the army to sneak into Cambodia and kill the insane Brando.As he gets closer and closer to the target the starts to relate with him and when it comes to the crunch he doesn’t know what to do.There’s a few famous faces in the cast here,with a very young Harrison Ford,an always old looking Duvall and a teenage Larry Fishbourne. Magnificently shot and with the odd bit of humor and surrealism.Like with the USO show in the middle of nowhere and the playboy bunnies what nearly get bum rushed by the randy soldiers.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  DUVALLS CHARACTER IS GREAT.NO FEAR OF THE WAR.

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.

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.

50 – Taxi Driver (1976)

I LOL'ed at this.

I LOL’ed at this.

As famous as Taxi Driver is I’ve never seen it before.It’s about an ex marine and Vietnam vet who works the night shift driving a taxi in New York. The isolation and loneliness get to be too much for him and he cracks up.He definitely has some sort of post traumatic stress disorder too from the war.In the beginning he’s stuck in a rut and is boozing it up and taking pills.But half way through the film he formulates a plan to get rid of the scum in the city by buying some guns and shooting them.It’s this idea that fills his life with a sense of purpose and he gets into shape and gets off the booze and that.Taxi Driver is a bit of a weird film.Travis is a bit of tough one to work out.In parts he seems like he socially inept but in others he seems really confident and put his point across easily.But it swings back and forth so much you don’t know how he’s going to react.Travis strikes up a relationship with a teenage twelve year old hooker and he tries to do 1 good thing with his life;get her out of the game and back with her family.Which he does in his own blood-lust filled way.Good film overall,there was a few scenes i would have lobbed a few minutes off them and sometimes the trumpet,or whatever the fuck instrument was, was a little over bearing.I checked the credits and Scorsese was a part in it.The massive douche who’s watching his cheating wife.Keep an eye out for him.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  A GOOD INSIGHT INTO THE HUMAN CONDITION.TRAVIS IS DESCENT ANTI-HERO.

 

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.

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.