76 – Cinema Paradiso (1988)

This is how i feel when i watch most Guy Richie films.Like someone just threw shit into my eyes.

This is how i feel when i watch most Guy Richie films.Like someone just threw shit into my eyes.

Cinema Paradiso is an Italian film about a boy and his obsession and love for cinema and film.Most of the film is show as  a flashback with the final 45 minutes or so set in the present.The story is split into three time lines.Salvatore De Vita,or Toto, as a young boy,then as an adolescent and finally as a fifty something year old.In the first segment we meet Toto a small kid who visits the cinema regularly.He befriends the projectionist,Alfredo,a man of about 35-40 with no family and no obvious friends.Toto learns how to run the projector simply by watching and learning.There’s definitely a loving bond between these two and as Toto’s father is off at war with Russia there’s the father figure aspect too.When a fire breaks out in the cinema and Alfredo is unable to work there Toto takes over.Some time passes and we meet now as an older teen,we see that much of his life is preoccupied with the cinema.He’s in there all the time,even loses his virginity in it.Then he meets a girl and there’s a bit of a sad love story.I’m not going to give you a scene by scene retelling of the film.It’s pretty descent,the parts with the kid Toto are funny.The child actor who portrays him is excellent.There are a few sad bits where Toto loses the girl and can’t find her and decides to say goodbye to his town and never look back.These bits i found a little hard to believe.Like if he loved her then he would have found her,but i guess not everything can have a happy ending.A great film non the less.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8.2
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD STORY.THE FIRST 2 PARTS ARE THE BEST.

147 – The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Falling asleep in the Poppy field,a little opium reference here

Falling asleep in the Poppy field,a little opium reference here

The Wizard of Oz is about a girl who gets a concussion when a window hits her on the head and trips out and has a crazy dream.A dream that lasts about an hour and a half long and seems to contain about a dozen songs.I think i said before that i disliked musicals but i’ll make an exception for this one and say that i fucking hate musicals.Songs aside for a second,the plot is pretty original and has spawned 2 or 3 spin offs (The Wiz for one).Visually it looks really good, the colours,large set pieces and well painted and enhanced back drops.There’s also a massive cast:the munchkins,flying apes,guards and a few other bucks.This is one for the kids,turn it on,give them a bowl of corn flakes and then fuck off for 1 hour 41 minutes.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –    4.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  I STRUGGLED WITH THIS ONE.