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.

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.

99 – The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Kallyoke anyone? You like  Bohemian Rhapsody?

Kally-oké anyone? You like Bohemian Lhapsody?

Another war movie here and i took the liberty to check the Wiki for what war it was this time.It’s WWII.There’s this Japanese P.O.W. camp and there’s a good load of British prisoners here.Let’s say about 200.There’s a Japanese head honcho called Saito and he calls the shots and doesn’t think twice about saying ‘fuck the Geneva convention i’m going to shoot you’.The P.O.W.’s are tasked with building a bridge of the Kwai and have 3 months to do it.So naturally the lads all goof off and work super slow so they will delay the construction.Then there’s a this pompous British asshole Colonel (and how the fuck is that pronounced cur~nel?)who fuck everything up.Firstly he tells the Japs there bridge is designed wrong and placed in the wrong part of the river.This is after the Jap guy says if its not done on time he has to kill himself.He then redesigns it into a super bridge and increases the prisoners work quota.It gets worse.There’s a bunch of British commandos tasked with blowing it up.They plant explosives and plan to blow it up when the first train goes over in the morning.The Colonel is walking along the bridge,last minute checks,and notices a wire,naturally he calls the douche Japanese head buck and tells him the bridge has been sabotaged and someone is going to blow it up.Duh.Christ,the last 5 minutes we pure rubbish,how could anyone be that dumb?He had so much pride in his work he forgot where he was and about the war.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    7.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  NOT A BAD BIT OF HISTORY,IT GOT QUITE A FEW AWARDS TOO.NICHOLSON IS A TOOL.