67 – Intouchables (2011)

As per-usual with every French film you can see the Eiffel Tower out of the window.

As per-usual with every French film you can see the Eiffel Tower out of the window.

I was looking through some film trailers on IMDb about half a year ago and the trailer for this film piqued my interest.So i downloaded it and then started this list and forgot to watch it,until now,and i have to say that’s it’s an excellent film.It’s based on a true story and has some actual footage at the very end of the two people it’s based on.The story is about a tetraplegic who lost the use of his limbs in a paragliding accident.He’s a very wealthy but we never find out what he does or how he came to be rich.He hires a guy who’s a bit rough around the edges,coarse language,smokes joints and has weapons in his bag,but he likes him and they seem to get on pretty well and establish a good rapport. Driss,the helper,has some troubles at home.His mother/aunt is a single parent with too many kids and a teenage son who’s falling in with the wrong crowd.She’s having trouble supporting the family and kicks Driss out. Driss is no saint either,having just been released from prison for serving a 6 month stretch for a jewellery robbery.But the new job sets him on the straight and narrow.It’s a heart warming tale and it’s got some great bits of humour,the second last scene in the film where Driss shaves buddy is hilarious.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  A GOOD WRONG-SIDE-OF-THE-TRACKS-GUY-MAKES-GOOD STORY.HEART WARMING.

171 – Million Dollar Baby (2004)

The IRA,now making pie as well as car bombs

The IRA,now making pie as well as car bombs

I had a bootleg of this when it first came out and turned it off after an hour.I asked a guy in my class at college how it ended and he told me.I said he was chatting bullshit and never finished watching the film.This was from the same guy who said at the end of Leon the girl starts a big massive dope farm with the potted plant.Trick me once shame on you and all that.Anyways,Million Dollar Baby is an al-right film.Eastwood is good in it.Freeman and his forced raspy voice is bad.And Swank is swanky.The ‘Danger’ guy has this annoying thing where he adds ‘s’ to every word in a sentence.The story of MDB is a 32 year old waitress wants to become a boxer.She hounds an old trainer to trainer her.He does.They bond and she becomes a champ.And then….    i won’t spoil it.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD.STRONG STORY.GOOD CAST.THE GAELIC IS TERRIBLE THOUGH.