The Lives of Others was a cause célèbre in Geek circles. Well, rather it being awarded the Oscar over Pan’s Labyrinth was. There was a huge amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth from the basement dwellers that populate boards such as AICN. However, in this case, as is so often true of them, they were talking (moaning) absolute nonsense. They were, being nice, ill-informed as very few people had actually seen this film before the Oscar. If they had, then they would know that this is the better film. In fact, it is Mrs. Jarv’s pick for Number 1. Read More…
Yes, I know this is late. It wasn’t my fault- honest. However, I don’t feel bad in the slightest about keeping going.
Anyhow, on with this ultimately pointless attempt to define the top 10 of last decade. Read More…
Most of us remember our childhood fondly. At least, I do. I remember the fort, fishing for yabbies, backyard cricket and exploring the world (as I knew it) on my BMX. What tends to get forgotten is the highly charged emotions, the tantrums, the neediness and the fear of abandonment. ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ is the first film I’ve seen that perfectly encapsulates what is was really like to be a 9 year old. This is not the usual garbage film about childhood told through rose-coloured glasses, ending with “And after that summer, we were never the same.” This film is about the raw emotion of being a child on the cusp of growing up.
When I first saw ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ at the cinema I thought it was garbage. It was ‘Gladiator’ all over again, except with an actor in the lead who would be more suited to miming in a boy band than leading the defence of Jerusalem against the vast Muslim army. It felt slight, despite it’s almost two and a half hour running time. There was little depth to the relationships and it seemed to touch on a subject then scuttle off in search of the nearest action scene.
A few years after I’d stricken it from the record, I noticed nattering amongst the ranks that a newly released Directors Cut had not only resurrected this flick from it’s shallow grave but gave it a brand new haircut and a shiny new suit as well. So I checked out the re-released version, risking 194 minutes of my oh so precious time, and was absolutely amazed by what I saw. It’s essentially the same film, but about ten times better. What a difference 50 minutes can make.
And so begins ‘High Fidelity’, a movie so effortlessly entertaining and honest that you wonder why more movies aren’t like this.
America is the only nation I can think of where common teenage high school kids are placed in sporting programs en mass, come under extraordinary pressure to perform, and are called failures if they don’t succeed. Sure, this is not exclusive to America, but rarely are those kids considered failures, and told their future is ruined, if they don’t achieve this success in non-academic activities. ‘Friday Night Lights’ is about that pressure. It comes from coaches, family, students, media and even strangers. These kids are under the microscope, every success celebrated, every failure criticized.
This century hasn’t been kind to schlock. Needless to say, here’s a list of some I recommend and some I really, really don’t. Some of these I’ve already reviewed, some I haven’t. It’s not a top ten, rather just films from the bargain bucket that I think are worth a look. Read More…
I’ve had to make room for a couple of recently seen movies that have shoulder barged their way into my Top 20. And since I’ve already toiled away at a few reviews, I’ve now expanded this list to 21. Can’t let my talent go to waste now can I? So with out further ado, here is the first entry in my epic journey through a ton of absolute shit to find the best movies of the decade. Enjoy.
I love time travel movies. ‘Back to the Future’ is my favourite movie of all time. I love them beyond all sense and reason. They are usually bunk filled nonsense, but when done even remotely well, they are very entertaining and loads of fun. I don’t know if I’d call ‘Frequency’ a time travel movie per se, because there’s no actual travelling between time periods, but it does play with time and the effect that changing the past can have on the future. Or present. Whatever. It’s similar to ‘The Butterfly Effect’ (which was made after this), except that it’s not shite and it doesn’t have an annoying twat in the lead.
Here are my ten favourite beer and pizza flicks of the past decade. A topic such as this is such an acquired taste. You can disagree all you like, and I will admit that there is no faulting these films idiocy, but damn are they enjoyable.