Saturday, 20 September 2014

BFI Top 50: No. 42d Gertrud (1964)

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

42d Gertrud

shot0001I am starting to wonder just how far up their own arses the BFI actually are. The clip above (don't forget to turn the subs on) perfectly illustrates the entire movie. A person (normally Gertrud but they all do it) gazes into the middle distance wistfully spouting some archaic romance and “need” bullshit. Then positions will move and they will say more. There IS a story of such about how Gertrud is bored with her husband so wants another man who she gets bored with so wants another man. I am not sure how it ends because I binned it.

Yes I failed to watch another one of the greatest 50 movies ever made….

This is another Art House classic that is actually very, very shit.

RATINGS (at the time of publishing)shot0002

IMDB rates this at a stupidly high 7.6 probably because the raters are all pretentious pratts. 2 from me.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it an equally high 78%. I think they missed the maggots. 20%.
Here is the BFI page for the movie.

I note the next on the list is a mainstream movie. Thank fuck.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

IMDB top 50 No. 43 “Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

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 43: Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Rule 1: I will now call the film by its short title “Dr Strangelove” as my keyboard will otherwise be unable to take the strain.

shot0003Dr Strangelove undoubtedly has one of the most absurdly long titles ever given. This is in perfect keeping with the main thrust and absurdness of the film. Absurd in its reality that is. The movie is a comedy but also a nail-biting thriller and a social comment on the arms race. Carried by brilliant performance its a mainly set free affair and the effects budget is mainly spent on squibs and plane shots.

When the Mad General Jack D Ripper uses a government passed backdoor to launch a bombing run on Russia involving all kinds of anti cancellation failsafe's the race against time starts to save the world. Sadly Russia has one upped the USA in the implementation of a doomsday “Dirty Bomb” that will wipe out all life on Earth should they be attacked… and it also cannot be stopped.

With three great performances by Peter Sellers in different roles Dr Strangelove is a fantastically compelling movie that seems to grow in stature with every viewing, the last time  watched it I found it shot0006good, this time excellent. Maybe next time it will make the top 50… but not today.

You see the Cold War paranoia just doesn't hold the bite today that it did in the latter half of the 20th century. The remaining comedy, which is brilliantly staid and very, very, British and dry just doesn't have the weight to carry the rest of the film.

RATINGS

IMDB rate this movie at 8.5, its a fair rating
Rotten Tomatoes give the film an impossible 100%. This is too high.

So close to entry, this has been my hardest choice yet.

With 7 films entered into the R@R list so far, what will be the next?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Well here's an oddity. I don’t mean the film I mean this review. After nearly a year I am actually writing a non top 50 review. Well I couldn’t let the Hammer reviews fade could I?

shot0006Well here’s an oddity. Straying from the horror staple into Sci-Fi this remake of an earlier BBC serial is a film I fondly remember however on reviewing I find it quite dull. Perhaps its the flush of first horrors that give me such warm memories or that I cant accept what seems to be rather odd pacing.

The movie tells the tale of an alien spacecraft found during the renovation of a London tube station and the threat it still holds even after being buried for thousands of years. It is well filmed and acted but the build up to actually finding anything takes an age, then the film feels like it ends until the finale where all hell (almost literally) breaks loose. shot0008

The finale of the movie when it occurs is excellent but it feels like a real slog to get there.

Its worth a look if you haven't seen it but oddly isn't the classic flick I remember from my (mis-spent) youth.

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