21 – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The Olympic Torch makes its way into isengard.

The Olympic Torch makes its way into isengard.

Lord of The Rings is about a wealthy English nobleman who has a penchant for collecting wedding rings.Not,everyone knows what LOTR is about.I was looking forward to this on the list but when the film starts it just jumps right in.The story begins right after the credits,no humming or ha-ing.It’s the second film so i guess there was reason to go back and retell or introduce anything.That’s why the first third of the film i wasn’t too bothered about the characters,then the second third i was just getting to know them again and there side stories and the last bit i was excited and now that it’s over i want to watch the next one.But i don’t think i’ll bother,i seen it some 10 years,yes it’s been 10 years,ago and it’s a long film too.I found a lot of the CGI didn’t hold the test of time.I guess when you’re making an epic film,or three,you have to skimp and cut corners somewhere and there was more scenes than i care to mention that the special effects just looked a bit on the shit side for me.Great story though and fair dues to Jackson for tackling and fighting to get the rights to make the film.Lets see,notable stuff:Aragon or the buck who plays him is a solid actor,merry and pippen come across as too camp in places,Sauromon must spend half his day combing his hair up in that castle like Rapunzele or something.Also the Orcs had a pretty good grasp of language,who taught them how to speak?I noticed 2 chatting to each other while guarding the black gate,what would they be talking about? “Going out for the weekend?” , “How’s the missus?”

IMDB RATING      –     8.7
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  EITHER WATCH THEM ALL TOGETHER OR NOT AT ALL.

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24 – The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

jizz to the face

jizz to the face

This my mothers favourite film.She loves all them psychological thriller type films.During the first 15 minutes i was a little sceptical,i thought Fosters acting was a bit off.But as the film progresses i realised that that was all part of the character of Starling.A great film,it spawned 2 sequels and a prequel i think.For anyone who hasn’t heard of it,it’s about a locked up serial killer who was once a psychiatrist,is he still one?, who is asked to help out with a current serial killer who’s doing the rounds.He seems to know his shit and actually met the killer on the loose once.Foster plays a cadet at the FBI academy who gets tasked with interviewing him in the hope that a little eye candy will help him relinquish some info.Hey presto it does.There’s a few famous faces here who went on to pursue parts in series like Barney the asylum guard who was in The Wire and buffalo bill himself was in Monk.I think.Some good camera work.The close-ups and cuts betweens people as they talk is super effective.I don’t think i had any qualms with the film,i did notice in the last scene where Starling is graduating that they have a huge cake with the FBI emblem on it and the woman cuts a piece that looks like about a 20th and there seems to be about 50+ people at the do.No cake for most of them it seems.

IMDB RATING      –     8.6
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GREAT ONE LINERS THROUGHOUT;TOUGHENS THE NIPPLES.

29 – Psycho (1960)

Norman goes a bit loopy.

Norman goes a bit loopy.

Bras were so much pointier back in the days.I mentioning this because of the scene at 11 minutes in,but i’ve noticed over a good few old or 50’s era films the bras or shape of a womans cleavage was pointier.You could take an eye out with one on a cold day i’d bet.Psycho is about a guy who runs a motel that’s off the beaten track who murders and kills young(ish) women.The woman in question is a secretary or something like that,who decides to steal $40,000 a client leaves in the office to pay for a house he’s buying.On the spur of the moment she decides to steal it and drive off.Drive to where?We never have a clue,i think we’re in the same boat as her.There’s some really dumb bits in this film.She’s being watched by a cop so she pulls into a used car garage and trys to swap her car and buy a new one in about 2 minutes.I think in reality if i were to trade in my old car the garage would want their mechanic to give it a look over wouldn’t they?Psycho doesn’t follow the Hitchcock formula of a perfect crime,it’s pretty much the opposite.It’s just about a nutter.Norman is a hard one to figure out;one moment he looks confident and is cracking jokes and other times he’s nervous and looks anxious.I guess that’s meant to highlight his psychosis or schizophrenia.Peep holes,oh shit don’t get me started on the peep holes in the film.If you were to make a peephole how would you go about it?Drill a small hole,cover one side with something so they don’t notice?Nope,make a hole the size of a XXL pizza one one side of the wall with a small hole on the other.Jesus.

IMDB RATING      –     8.6
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  I WOULDNT HAVE CAST VERA MILES AS THE LEAD.SEEMS A LITTLE OLD.

37 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Fuck yeah! How cool does this look?!

Fuck yeah! How cool does this look?!

Tony told me once that Terminator 2 was his favorite film.I always over looked it and if it was on the t.v. wouldn’t watch it.But after watching it just now i’ll do a 180 on the thing.Great film,Cameron directed and co-wrote it and it’s bang on.I think i seen Terminator 1 when i was a kid and hated it and just associated the two.The story’s great and the casting is perfect.Robert Patrick and his portrayal of the T-1000 is great,he seems more machine that human.The films not perfect but what is?I noticed some of the stunt doubles well different from the people they were meant to be.Be it Furlong or Arnie or whoever.The download i got for the film is the special edition.The one with some 10 or so extra cuts/scenes added.I usually remember a film scene for scene after one viewing but there was a few in this that i didn’t know also Arnie kept jumping between young and old.I think there was 10 years between the re-shoots for the added stuff.I’ll spin of a couple and let me know if i’m wrong:the T-1000 gets all buggered up after the liquid nitrogen and his hands get stuck to a rail,then his feet gets stuck to the ground.Wait maybe i’m wrong here because i do remember there being a scene that was added where the Terminator repairs his eye and that one wasn’t in this.Strange.Great film either way.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  ARNIES ON FORM.THE TIME TRAVEL ISSUE DIDN’T GIVE ME BEEF EITHER.

40 – Alien (1979)

Despite all the shit going down the pilot takes a minute to send a text message to his mother.

Despite all the shit going down the pilot takes a minute to send a text message to his mother.

The guy that did thE subtitles doesn’t know the word ‘perfect’  he keeps writing ‘prefect’,dumbass.There’s a bit where the ship says its going to self destruct in 5 minutes so Ripley,naturally,hits a monitor with a fire extinguisher that is counting down over 10 minutes left.I hate to nit pick,but if i noticed it after 5 beers then the director should have picked up on it.yo.In the final sequences Ripley tells the other two to go get cooling fluid for the escape ship because they’ll need it.Need it for what?To freeze them?Horse shit,as far as i remember there’s is enough cooling fluid to keep a human and a cat frozen for some 50 years and they were only 10 months away from earth.Also on a foot note,Sigourney Weaver has a fine looking body,you don’t see much of it but in the last 10 minutes she slips off her clothes because they can’t be frozen for some reason and prances around in her knickers and t-shirt.I’m not complaining.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     – EXCELLENT FILM.SOME GOOD SETS.THE WHOLE LOOK OF THE FILM IS TIMELESS.

46 – The Shining (1980)

Is it racist to think that Scatman Crothers is a black man?Also the titles look like they were made with Windows Movie Maker.

Is it racist to think that Scatman Crothers is a black man?Also the titles look like they were made with Windows Movie Maker.

There’s something about The Shining that seems like it’s some sort of psychological experiment on  the human psyche devised by the guys who hire him who are actually scientists.The first 25 minutes gives that vibe anyway.Where to begin with this one?I’ll start with Danny and his ‘imaginary friend’ Tony who lives in his mouth and tells him things.We learn pretty soon into the film that this Tony’s not imaginary but some sort of psychic ability that was brought on when Danny got a clout of his dad a few years back.The Shining is the type of film that deserves a re-watch,maybe not straight away but maybe a couple of years after you first watch.There were parts that i completely over looked or just plain forgot since the last time i saw it.In my mind i thought it was about a guy who went loopy and tried to kill his family.The part where he sells his soul for a drink is a key scene that i forgot about.The camera work and imagery is superb,even the opening scene with the car meandering it’s way up to the hotel is shot super well,really smooth.Anyone else who has seen the film will remember all the other iconic sets ans scenes:like the elevator blood scene,the axe breaking into the bathroom or the maze zoom from above.I noticed that a lot of the same writers/authors works are reoccurring on the list.I think this is the 4th Kubrick film,i know Chaplin is next and that’ll be his 4th,then there’s Stephen King.I’ll wait till the end until i get into that one.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8.2
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  NICHOLSON SOLD ME ON JACKS INSANITY.BANG-ON.

 

58 – Aliens (1986)

It's the future.We have machines that can travel through space.We have pods that can freeze people for 457 years and keep them alive.We even have machine that can turn a barren planet into a habitable one for humans,yet this is the best photo we have of Ripleys daughter?

It’s the future.We have machines that can travel through space.We have pods that can freeze people for 57 years and keep them alive.We even have machine that can turn a barren planet into a habitable one for humans,yet this is the best photo we have of Ripleys daughter?

I saw Aliens recently,about a year ago,but i thought maybe i had seen Alien.Nope.Now I’m wondering what happened in Alien.My minds blank.Bill Paxton is in this film and he’s one of only 3 people who has been killed by Alien,Predator and The Terminator.What an achievement.Hold the boat,i just noticed that Bishop,the android, is the other guy.Small world.Aliens carries on where Alien left off.Ripley is found drifting in space by a salvage crew who turn the ship over to the authorities.It turns out she’s been in stasis for 57 years.In that time her daughter has died,but only 2 years earlier.Ripley finds herself  at the bad end of an inquest regarding the destruction of the last planet.The people who were financing it have lost millions of space dollars.She has been de-moted and is reduced to working as a labourer and is pretty depressed.She’s then approached regarding another planet that was being terraformed but they encountered the same Aliens.She jumps at the chance to go back and joins the crew of gun-ho marines.As you can guess it all goes tits up.Aliens has some spectacular looking sets,some of the CGI doesn’t blend too good with actual footage but what can you expect from a 1986 film.Other than that it’s a good show.There’s a bit after the credits but it’s very small i almost missed it.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD EFFECTS,WELL PUT TOGETHER SEQUEL,WELL WRITTEN.