Monday, 22 October 2012

October movie update

Here are the films that Pete and I have received from and watched on TV and DVD over the past few months in reverse order, with my ratings out of ten from my movie list on the IMDB.
The Darkest Hour (2011) 6
A film about Aliens attacking earth and the survivors trying to get away - CGI led storyline. OK way to spend 90 minutes... but no longer.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012) 7
Not as good as the other Aardman films - despite the animation being sublime, the story wasn't as gripping or funny as the wonderful Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.
The Godfather: Part II* (1974) 8
The best of the trilogy. Great acting and you get two stories running side by side.
The Godfather* (1972) 8
Classic movie - well worth a view.
The Girl on the Bridge (1999) 5
Weird film that was trying to be both a drama and funny, but it failed on both levels.
2 Days in New York (2012) 5
I being generous with 5/10, an unfunny "comedy" with some insulting French stereotypes. It also has solo scenes with Chris Rock talking to a cardboard cutout of Obama that made no sense and didn't fit (I assume he was ad-libbing and insisted the scenes were left in).
Jackie Brown* (1997) 9
A complex story that confuses some people, but it's very cool and full of wonderful performances. Certainly one of my favourite films.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011) 5
A not-very-good horror film.
Avengers Assemble (2012) 6
Despite the hype, I thought this was lacking a story, most scenes were just people fighting and there was far too much CGI action. Fine throwaway action film, but it really wasn't the classic that some reviewers had announced.
Margaret (2011) 5
This film about a teenager that witnesses the death of a woman was soooo long - could have been "OK" with an hour cut out - and you wouldn't have missed much anyway. The characters lacked consistency and there were some amazingly annoying scenes where music played very loudly drowning out the dialogue. Very strange.
* previously viewed


  1. Cabin in the woods was soooooooo bad.

    It tried to be Evil Dead and failed badly. Really stupid ending too.

  2. I've only seen 4 of these so I can dispose of my comments fairly quickly:-

    'Godfather 1' - easily an 8.5 - despite my aversion to nearly all other Coppola's films, this remains in my Top 50 of all time - far better than the jumping-back-and-forward Part 2, I thought, though just about everyone else seems to rate the second superior to the first part.

    'Jackie Brown' - maybe just scrapes an 8. Probably Tarantino's most 'conventional' film to date - which is not necessarily a bad thing. Fine ensemble casting.

    'Avengers Assemble' a yawn-inducing '4'.

    And that's it!