Monday, 18 August 2014

IMDB top 50 No. 45 “The Green Mile” (1999)

In 2012 the BFI (British Film Institute) published a list of what, in the experts opinion, are the greatest Movies of all time. They were generally bad.

Here is the comparable IMDB list…. (list generated on 9/7/2014)

Number 45: The Green Mile

vlcsnap-2014-08-17-19h04m20s86The Green Mile is a long movie, overly so at its 3 hour running time and this shows in its preponderance of slow and thoughtful scenes. Everything is given time to take hold. By God its magnificent.

The Green Mile was already chosen for my personal list and viewing it simply strengthens that feeling. Stephen Kings source serialised novel was good but Frank Darabonts conversion to the screen makes it great. Never has Kings understanding of human nature and his almost mystical understanding of times and scenarios that he couldn’t possibly know about shone so brightly as it does here. This is simply the best adaptation of his out there.

The story isn’t complex, it has few twists and the twist that everybody wants just doesn't happen. A wise man said “Sometimes bad things happen to good people” this movie illustrates that perfectly.vlcsnap-2014-08-17-19h33m55s182

RATINGS (at the time of publishing)

IMDB users rate the movie at a fair 8.5, as i love it it gets a 9 from me.
Rotten Tomatoes give it 80%, an unfairly low score. 90 % at least.

Watch this movie. It truly deserves its place in the cinematic hall of fame.

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

BFI Top 50: No. 42c Pierrot le Fou (1965)

In 2012 the BFI (British Film Institute) published what, in the experts opinion, are the greatest Movies of all time.

42c Pierrot le Fou



So here we go, it’s time for an actual movie by Jean-Luc Godard rather then a bizarre montage of seemingly unconnected images and sounds.

Pierrot le Fou isn't far off from being exactly that. No direction, script, overall plan, coherence or plot the movie has left me yet again wondering if I am missing some sort of cultural centre in my brain. shot0024Something that takes things like this and interprets them as Art. The other alternative is even worse. The other alternative isn't that I am wrong but that all the people that rave about works like this are wrong. Its them that have the malfunctioning Brains. Perhaps a fault in the brain that lets dissonant soundtracks, Bizarre occurrences and completely illogical progressions acceptable.

Don't get me started on the bizarre and out of place musical numbers and the perfectly timed coincidences that make Skyfall look random or the bizarrely acceptable French racism toward America.

To me Cinema is a storytelling medium that can be both audibly and visually stunning. Without storytelling though its simply a hollow shell. A rotting corpse that has been well attended by the mortician. shot0023That is Godards work. He is the Michael Bay of French and Art-house Cinema, hiding utter trash behind pretty scenery and lovely colours.

As to the top 50. Well what the fuck do YOU think.

RATINGS (at the time of publishing)

IMDB Users rate this movie at a ludicrous 7.8. As it is fucking terrible I give it 2
Rotten Tomatoes give it an equally ludicrous 85%. I say 20% and 18 of that is because Anna Karina is pretty.
The BFI page for the movie is HERE.

I would rather stick scissors in my eyes than watch this movie again.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

IMDB top 50 No. 46 “The Departed” (2006)

In 2012 the BFI (British Film Institute) published a list of what, in the experts opinion, are the greatest Movies of all time. They were generally bad.

Here is the comparable IMDB list…. (list generated on 9/7/2014)

 

Number 46: The Departed

Martin Scorsese. Need I say more. The Departed is Scorseses take on the undercover cop with the added spin of an undercover gangster. Lets watch the trailer…

The Departed is a slickly written and directed tale as we would expect from Martin Scorsese. It boasts quite the roster of names including Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ray Winstone, Alec Baldwin… well you get the idea. shot0013

The movie sets a fantastic pace and is tense and exciting at all the right places. I would class it as a must watch and a fantastic movie.

But its not a top 50

I am sorry but the accents and twisted plot derail it somewhat for me. Its a great movie, a great watch but if i had to choose my top 50 (which I do) it wouldn't be there… and it won’t be.

On that down note… get a copy.

RATINGS (at the time of publishing)shot0015

IMDB users rate The Departed at a Borstornian 8.5 and I do not disagree.

Rotten Tomatoes hands the stoolie a well deserved 92%.

It feels churlish to deny such an undeniably good film a place on the hallowed list. But a line must be drawn and The Departed missed it by a fingernail.

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