The plot is constantly being rewritten into new movies: Feel good movie about a lower class child who strives to fulfill his passion in the face of social and economical adversity and ends up being an inspiration for all who doubted him.
This is more than just a feel good movie, it really succeeds by having great sub plots and wonderful depth of character.
I would say at times, I felt like I was pushing myself to watch movies and it was a chore sometimes, but this challenge is relatively easy to do. I expect it would be harder if I had more responsibilities, but 2010 was pretty fancy free for me. Many thanks to the Maverick movie night crew and everyone who helped me with recommendations and such.
Christine Curry gets the nod for best recommendation for Some Like it Hot and Troy Foley gets the nod for worst recommendation for Thankskilling, which doubles as the worst movie I saw in 2010! Dave Lyman gets a big pat on the back for giving me the idea of the blog and for so many good movie ideas and of course watching them with me.
Some of them were an hour and a half and some were pushing three and more and when you combine that with the fact that I watched the entire series of Boardwalk Empire, Band of Brothers and The Pacific as well as all seasons for Community, Parks and Recreation and the current series’ of my regular shows, I think it’s safe to say I have too much downtime.
My next project for the year is to do a lot more film creating instead of watching. There are no parameters yet, but I promise that before 2011 is done, the feature length season finale of Uncle Nagy’s House will be done. Ken, I’m gunna need your help on that one big guy.
Very awesome visuals and a bizarre story. Pretty much the anime tradition, I guess. This was a very fine example of such, but the music was not so great at times. Overall it was excellent. Thanks to Lindsey for the recommend.
It was OK. Pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a Stalone action movie. I think where he went wrong with his later action movies was try and be the everyman. He’s not the everyman and it just comes out boring. Cobra; Now there’s a movie.
Great dance numbers, but the story was way too serious for the way they were presenting the story. If it owned its lightheartedness a bit more, we would have been in business. Seriously, though, the dance numbers were sweet. Steve Martin is a talented MoFo, no matter what Dave Frost says.
I waited a long time to see this one. It may very well have been the victim of too much hype. I thought it was really good, but not the five star movie I was expecting. It might be a different story if I were to watch it further down the line. I would say that I am not a huge Godard fan. He’s awesome, but not always my cup of tea.
Pretty good, but feels really weird. Not too sure what to make of it. Good performance by Dunaway, for the sheer fact that she looses her shit in just about every scene. The movie is totally missing something, though and the end is bad.
Third part of the trilogy starting with Days of Being Wild and followed by In the Mood For Love. I would have to say this was the weakest one. It has the great costumes and camerawork, but they put in this weird futuristic aspect that did not work for me at all. If they had kept it in the 60’s and lost the narration, it would have been much better. Not a bad movie overall.
Very entertaining Sc-Fi movie. The main guy could have been more interesting and there were some bits of dialogue that was not excellent, obviously, but very awesome looking and well paced. I will also give kudos to the smart-thinking when crafting the sequel. They could have just slapped some shit together, but I thought the idea was way smarter than I would have given them credit for. They also held pretty true to the strange feeling atmosphere of the original. Well done.
Amazing. Great atmosphere and excellent use of the camera for character perspective. Much better than I thought it was going to be and not just because Natalie Portman is constantly touching herself. Great performance from her, actually. I’m not usually impressed with her, either.
It was no Sonatine, I’ll tell ya that. Not a bad movie, just not what I wanted. All things considered, it was a pretty good movie, but it could have lost the overt music score. I’d just prefer to see Beat Takeshi do gangster movies.
Total let down. This is exactly the kind of movie that I don’t like. All flash, no substance and a co-opted genre for the sake of hipster status. It was done by Takashi Miike, so I had high hopes. The action is weak and the acting blows. It might have been slightly better if the actors weren’t speaking english.
I do like musicals, but this one was weak. The best song is in the beginning and the story doesn’t really offer much. I am always a fan of Paris in old movies, though and it does hook that up. Otherwise a waste of time. This movie won 9 Oscars, including Best Picture BTW.
Super funny movie that no one seemed to watch. I didn’t hear of anyone actually watching this when it came out, but man is it good! I love watching movies where an actor plays a mundane character and makes it interesting. This is a great example of that.
Robert Benton does a really good David Mamet impression in this one. Also, Reese Witherspoon gives a surprisingly good performance in a small role and takes her tits out. Sarandon, Hackman and Newman bring the goods as always. Good neo-film-noir.
Really exceptional. I’m sorry that I took so long to finally watching this one. I had meant to see it in the theater. Great performances and rich visuals. It does, however, narrowly escape a studio-feel.
Decent martial arts movie about the guy who would eventually train Bruce Lee. If it didn’t have awesome fight scenes, it would have been very mediocre. There is a scene where he fights ten guys and it is pretty sweet, indeed.
(side note: A general in the Japanese army, who is pictured above, looks like Jim Plagman.)