Thursday, 16 September 2010

September Movie Update

Here are the films that Pete and I have received from and watched on TV and DVD over the past month, in reverse order, with my ratings out of ten from my movie list on IMDB.
  It's been a busy few weeks!

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time   4
Far too much CGI and very strange accents throughout with the characters constantly explaining what was going on to each other.  Bad.

Cloverfield  7*

Brothers  7
Depressing, but a thought provoking story.

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life  8
Great French film focusing on several generations of one family.  Cute actors too!

Edge of Seventeen  7
Gay film with a silly story, but fun to watch anyway.

The Lovers on the Bridge  2
Classic French film?  No!

A Handful of Dust  7

The Fluffer  6
Another gay film that couldn't decide whether it was funny or serious.

Amadeus  8

Avatar  8
Far better than I thought it would be.  Pretty good fantasy film.

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!  5
I like Almodovar, but this was not good at all.

Went the Day Well?  7
Classic war film, surprisingly violent for the time it was made in 1942.

Manhattan  6
I know that I am meant to love this - I thought it was adequate.

Phone Booth  8

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus  7
Terry Gilliam is mad.

The Girl from Paris  7

Private Fears in Public Places  5

Kingdom of Heaven  4
Felt like it went on for several days.  Looked stunning, but I wouldn't recommend.

The Damned United  7
Excellent docu-drama about old big 'ed.

* Viewed before


  1. I thought Prince of Persia was poor too. I agree, why did the characters have to keep explaining to each other what was happening?

  2. Better late than never, but for those I've seen (all on 'big screen' as usual):-

    Cloverfield - a bit more than you - 7.5

    Brothers - ditto - 7.5

    Handful of Dust - film improves on each viewing, I think (Aren't Angelica Houston and Kristen S.-T. just marvellous? But then they always are.) I'd now give it a score of 8. I've only recently caught up on reading the book, also v. good.

    Amadeus (which I said last time had been 'spoilt' a bit for me by being very familiar with the far superior play on which it was based.) Recently I saw for the first time on TV (was it on More4?) the 'director's cut' version which adds about half an hour and I thought that this was quite a substantial improvement. In this light I might move my score up to agree with yours, though I feel it could have been EVEN better!

    Avatar - I just don't its adulation. Even being the first full-length film I've ever sen in 3D I thought it rather dull and predictable. If I was generous I'd give it a 5.

    Tie me Up.... I did see it and usually quite like Almodovar but I honestly can't recall a thing about it, so I'd hold back on the score until I see it again.

    Manhattan - I think most of Woody admirers, of whom I'm definitely one, would nominate this as his best film of all. I'd put it in his top 5 ( my own favourite) but it still gets a worthy 8.

    Phone Booth - yes, good entertainment - 7.5.

    Doctor Parnassus - as always with Gilliam, visually astonishing, but doesn't hold together very well. Yes, 7.

    Damned United - Okay. Passes the time reasonably well. 6.