Monday, 28 July 2014

BFI Top 50: No. 42b Playtime (1967)

In 2012 the BFI (British Film Institute) polled 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors to update their list of what, in the experts opinion, are the greatest Movies of all time (to date).

In 2014 I decided to watch them.

Number 42b: Playtime

Here we are again. Yet another “Timeless masterpiece” that is not worth the celluloid it was filmed on. I honestly expected to enjoy this one. Monsieur Hulot was apparently the inspiration for Mr Bean and a spiritual successor to The Little Tramp. I call “conneries”.

2The movie is so slow as to be genuinely tortuous has very little dialogue or even sound. Hulot has no character at all, there is absolutely no plot and if this is the definition of chaos than I know people who's lives are genuinely cataclysmic.

However I must confess that the film has beaten me. I didn’t finish. I contest that any film that you can reach three quarters of the way through and feel like you want to eat the screen to stop the pain is NOT WORTH FINISHING.

Utter, utter, utter merde. Do not bother.

THIS MOVIE WILL NOT BE ON MY LIST. UNLESS IT’S A HIT LIST.

Ratings

IMDB rates this film at a truly ludicrous 8. 1 is more the mark.
Rotten Tomatoes has it as 100% fresh. I wouldn’t 1throw it at Hitler in the stocks. 5%

Links

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ROTTEN TOMATOES

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

BFI Top 50: No. 42a Close-Up (1990)

In 2012 the BFI (British Film Institute) polled 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors to update their list of what, in the experts opinion, are the greatest Movies of all time (to date).

In 2014 I decided to watch them.

Number 42a: Close-Up

Is this actually a joke? Have I got the wrong film? Are the BFI on crack cocaine or LSD? 2These questions need answering.

I HATED Close-Up but unlike Histoire(s) du Cinema I can’t seem to find anyone else that did. It is well respected on IMDB and the aforementioned BFI love it as do Rotten Tomatoes.

In all honesty after about 20 minutes I really started to Google the movie to make sure I had the right one. I did. Its terrible. Close-up is a docudrama covering the trial of a man who is arrested for the heinous crime of impersonating an Iranian Director. Yes, really. That's it. Everyone plays themselves and it is intermingled with contemporary footage from the trial itself. Its still terrible.

I actually I now question if I am half as intellectual as I think I am… or if I even want to be.

I AM AS LIKELY TO HAVE ANGELS FLY OUT OF MY ARSE THEN TO INCLUDE THIS IN THE TOP 50.1

RATINGS (at the time of publishing)

IMDB have the movie at an insane 8.2. I feel bad giving it more then 3!

Rotten Tomatoes are insane with 87% i give it 25%

LINKS

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IMDB
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Monday, 21 July 2014

IMDB top 50 No. 47 “Gladiator” (2000)

In 2012 the BFI (British Film Institute) polled 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors to update their list of what, in the experts opinion, are the greatest Movies of all time (to date).

In 2014 I decided to watch them.

4 films in I discovered they were artistic pieces that the common man would generally detest. Hence this “fun list” (list generated on 9/7/2014)

 

Number 47: Gladiator

Reader I am afraid I have a confession to make. Two films in a row now I have caught myself trying to write off classic films and deny them their place on the list. In the case of Back to the Future it was cinema snobbishness. With Gladiator its has been new=bad syndrome.

What makes this crime the worst though is that I do love both of these films and why I would subconsciously want to deny them I do not know. In fact with that in mind I am off now to amend my personal list with a couple of other films my “critics head” was denying a place. While I do that you watch this trailer…

This is the second Ridley Scott film on the list and its no surprise that the ex BBC designer has such a stunning eye for detail. If you forgive Gladiator the inevitable factual problems vlcsnap-2014-07-21-16h16m09s11(which and historical film must encounter) and the Hollywood fighting you can unearth what is actually rather a stunning film. Even Russell Crowe manages to be good and Oliver “what time of day is it I am pissed” Reed turns in a stunning (final) performance.

The plot is relatively simple and is covered very much in the trailer. There isn't much that happens that you do not expect and yet the film still moves well and is a visual and audible work of art.

RATINGS (at the time of publishing)

IMDB users rate Gladiator at a forum rousing 8.5 and I do not disagree.

Rotten Tomatoes insults the Emperor with 76% I sentence them to death 84% will do.

Yet again my intelligentsia gene tries to override my “Damn Good Film” chromosome and yet again it fails. Welcome to the Top 50 Gladiator, you can sit next to Alien.

LINKS

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ROTTEN TOMATOES

Next comes a film I haven’t seen before. The question is does “The Departed” earn a place or not?

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