Tuesday, 15 June 2010

June Movie Update

Here are the films that Pete and I have received from Lovefilm.com and watched on TV and DVD (and on a plane) over the past month or so, in reverse order, with my ratings out of ten from my movie list on IMDB.

Shrek Forever After 7
Cant compete with the first two films, but it's still clever and funny.

A Single Man 7
Perhaps seeing this on a plane didn't do it justice.

I Love You Phillip Morris 7
I thought it was funny, but I think that the story is interesting enough to be made into a drama instead.

Un prophète 8
Violent and has a complicated story - but a great film all the same.

Me and Orson Welles 7
Zac Efron is a better actor than he gets credit for (and he's gorgeous of course).  He needs to make more "proper" films like this.

The Informant! 6

Humpday 1
Was this crap made up as they went along?

Greek Pete 1
Awful documentary about a gay rent boy in London, complete with friends who think life is all about scrounging benefits, taking drugs and acting like idiots.

Fantastic Mr. Fox 7
Better than the reviews gave it credit for.  A fun film all round.

Fauteuils d'orchestre 7
A surprising French film that was witty throughout.

Before Sunrise 6

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 6

The Men Who Stare at Goats 6
Couldn't decide whether it was funny or up it's own...

Mr. Right 5
Gay film that had a few too many camp (annoying) stereotypes for my liking.

Hannibal Rising 6


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  2. Mr Right is on my list of films ready to watch.... hmm.... maybe i need to be in the right mood for it...

  3. I really couldn't get into I Love You Philip Morris. Before I saw it, I thought the distribution kerfluffle in the US was because of the gay content. After I saw it, I think it was cause it's just a strange, unrelateable story.

  4. Okay, Stephen - commenting only on those I've seen:-

    A Single Man: I must be one of the very few who didn't think this film deserved all its plaudits. Difficult to say why - it just didn't gell for me and was unconvincing. I thought Colin Firth was good - but he usually is, and I liked the upping of the colour dimension at key moments. But overall it's not a film I'll be recalling readily in a year or two. 5.5/10

    I Love You Philip Morris: I know Jim Carrey is very much a 'Marmite' actor. I actually DO like him, even when he's totally manic (though the ugly homophobic sequence of the first 'Ace Ventura' still leaves a nasty taste.) His restraint in this film paid dividends. What I didn't care for was the Ewan McGregor character who was such an irritating wimp I couldn't imagine anyone falling for him - but that's the plot, I suppose. (Yes, I am actually a McGregor fan despite this.) 6/10

    Un Prophete: I agree with you 100%
    If you haven't yet seen it and fancy another excellent prison film - 'Bronson' is a must-see. Chilling portrayal of title character.

    Me and Orson Welles: I'd give this 8/10 too.
    An out-of-the corner film, well made with Welles depicted with uncanny accuracy as the fascinating and maddening man he was. Still one of my 2 or 3 best of this year so far.

    Kill Bill 2: A tad better than 'pretty good' - maybe slightly lower than Vol. 1 but still good entertainment. 7/10

    Men who Stare at Goats: Didn't really deliver it for me. Was hoping to like it more, but didn't 4/10

    Wish I'd seen more on your list. I've looked up 'Fauteuils d'orchestre' and that especially looks like one I'd like.

    This week I saw 'The Killer Inside Me.' See it if you dare! Absolutely NOT for the faint-hearted. Left me feeling sordid inside - yet I do recognise it as a fine film. Pity that such notoriety unbalances it.

    Hope you're settling back in your 'real' world, Stephen, even if you wish it wasn't. Looking forward to reading your future posts and 'comparing notes'. Cheers.