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.

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.

 

51 – The Pianist (2002)

The Nazi guy is executing some Jews and runs out of bullets,i'd hate to be the next guy waiting to get shot.

The Nazi guy is executing some Jews and runs out of bullets,i’d hate to be the next guy waiting to get shot.

Now here’s a film that gets my goat. I’m not saying it’s a bad film,it’s just when you put a face on an atrocity like genocide it just makes me hate humanity. I mean this was only 70 years ago but the brutality and cold heartedness just sickens me.This film is very close to Life is Beautiful on the list,also about the holocaust,and maybe it’s by watching these two close together that has depressed me a bit.Shit,i bet Schlinders list is till to come too.The Pianist is based on a real person,who died in 2000,who managed to survive some 8-9 years of ducking and diving from the Germans.First he’s put in the ghetto,then he’s getting shipped of to the camps but a friends pulls him from the line,then he’s hiding in an allies house,then moved to another.As Warsaw gets bombed and overrun with Germans he finds himself hiding opposite the Hospital and barracks.He does get into some ropey situations but the main thing that’s going to kill him is starvation.There’s not much piano playing after the first 30 minutes.Near the end when it seems like he’s fucked,a German of all people helps him survive the final weeks of the war.Like the opening shot of Brody playing the piano it ends with him playing us out.Albeit this time to a packed concert hall with a whole symphony behind him.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     HALF OF IT
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  SOME GOOD CASTING WITH BRODY.HIS BROTHERS CHARACTER WAS A DOUCHE.

65 – Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Draw me jack.Like one of your French models...

Draw me jack.Like one of your French models…

Lawrence of Arabia,not to be confused with the adult film ‘Lawrence of Her Labia’,is about a British soldier who is sent into the desert to see what the Arabs plans are regarding the Turks and their army.He gets in well with the desert people and rallies with them to invade Damascus and take a Turkish garrison beside the some canal.Lawrence makes it back to Cairo where he was based before the whole thing and lets the Brits know what he’s done.He gets a commendation and asks for guns,artillery,armoured cars and some other stuff and goes back with the desert tribes and starts blowing up Turkish rail-roads to disrupt their army logistics.Lawrence comes across as an eccentric,at times camp,blond Brit among brutal Arabs,but he does have a dark side as we see him kill a few people.And enjoy it.In the end Lawrence,or as everyone calls him “orange”,wins Damascus for the Arabs.But with all the different tribes controlling a separate resource in the town it all goes to shit.No phones because someone else controls the generators and they’re fried.No water because there’s no power for the pumps and so on.All the Arabs give up and just leave the place in a huge mess,it’s now the Brits jobs to sort out the whole mess.One of the tribal leaders has a good quote near the start “my mother mated with a scorpion”.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    7.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     MAYBE
OVERALL     –  I DON’T KNOW A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND THEY’RE EXPANSION THROUGH AFRICA SO IN PARTS I WAS LEFT SCRATCHING MY HEAD.

71 – Das Boot (1981)

The boats only tested to go 90 meters yet this dial thing goes up to 260.

The boats only tested to go 90 meters yet this dial thing goes up to 260.

There’s not that many films about submarines;the hunt for red October and crimson tide and that’s about it.It says in the beginning that 30,000 out of the 40,000 u-boat crew die.3 out of 4 that’s some bad odds.After watching this film it say that living and working in a submarine would be pure hell.These guys are under a shitload of pressure,mentally and physically,and they’re just getting bombed flat out with depth charges and planes shooting them and what not.They do sink a few enemy destroyers but even then  they’re not happy because when they surface to see the boat and finish it off they see that there’s still men on the boat burning alive and screaming for help and it puts a human face on the whole thing a few guys have a wee cry.One or two of the guys on the sub get a bit of cabin fever and freak out a bit but it’s all to be expected.The sub looks massive on the inside,room for 50 men and only 1 toilet.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    7.2
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  GRITTY AND REAL,BUT LONG.

73 – The Third Man (1949)

Good man yourself.

Good man yourself.

The Third Man is a bout a drug runner in post war Vienna.The drug – Penicillin,the runner – Harry Lime (Orsen Welles).Okay so it’s not quite Johnny Depp in Blow but it is illegal and it is a bit of a scam.Lime is getting soldiers to steal penicillin from the military hospitals,then he’s watering it down to make it go further and selling it on at ฃ70 a bottle.Some hospitals end up using this stuff on women  and children and the women are dying during/after child birth and the kids with meningitis it gets used on go all retarded.So retarded they don’t show a single one in the film.The plot centers around Harry’s mate,Holly,who he invites over to Vienna with the promise of a job.Holly lands over and finds out Harry was ‘killed’ that day. Penny less and without a word of German or Russian the u.s. army say they can send him home the next day.Holly does some digging around and discovers the death may not have been accident.To make a long story short Harry faked his death to escape all the people looking for him for the bad drugs.Not a bad film,i think we had to watch this one too for film studies in college,loads of mise en scene and subtle stuff like light bulbs turning one when Holly gets an idea and various bells and noises to symbolize stuff.There’s a lot of dialogue in German and Russian and i turned on the subs thinking i’d get and advantage but it was not good just [German talking].

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  NOT BAD FOR ITS DAY.

84 – Braveheart (1995)

You may take our lives,but you'll never take our facepaint.OUR FACEPAINT!

You may take our lives,but you’ll never take our facepaint.OUR FACEPAINT!

When i seen Braveheart was coming up on the list i was a bit excited.It’s been about 11 years since i last saw it so it’s been a good age between viewings.I was thinking throughtout the film ‘how historically accurate is Braveheart?’.I have no knowledge of Scottish history so i have to take it at face value.I think Braveheart was one of them ‘2 films in the same year with similar plots’.It happens al the time.Hollywood gets a good script and someone passes on it and then another studio tries to race it and put a similar script together and get it out before the other one.The other film i’m talking about here is Rob Roy.There’s tons more like this: Antz and A Bugs Life,Deep Impact and Armageddon,Braveheart is a lot more brutal than i remember,i thought it was a amily drama you could watch on Sunday at lunch time with your parents.Definitely not.I seen a guy get decapitated,three guys get de-limbed.Mel gets one guys leg ala black knight in Pythons Holy Grain.If you don’t know the plot,it’s about the Scotish/English war circa 1280.It’s a good film.In the battle scenes Gibson pulls off the crazy scotsman with that look in his eye.I think this is all down to Gibson himself being nuttier than a squirrels shit.The last scene is the only one that grinded my gears.The guy that set Wallace up and was in allegience with the English is now leading the SCottish?Bollox.The lack of title credits makes the viewer less concious that they’re watching a film.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –    YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     – GOOD.AN AUSTRALIAN AMERICAN PLAYING A SCOTTISH REVOLUTIONARY.