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Die Hard 4(.0)

Wednesday 4 July (2007)

die hard 4.0

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The Sun- erm, Review: Pirates of the Caribbean; At World’s End

Thursday 24 May (2007)

pirates of the caribbean - at world's end

Here there be spoilers.

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The Sunday Review: Kill Bill

Monday 2 April (2007)

kill bill 

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The Sunday Review: 300

Sunday 25 March (2007)

300

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The Sunday Review: The Pick of Destiny

Sunday 4 March (2007)

tenacious d in the pick of destiny

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BAFTA nominations

Friday 12 January (2007)

The BAFTA nominations came out today and I thought I’d cast my eye over them, because what’s better than leaping to conclusions early on and then gambling that I’ll look astute come February? Besides that, the BAFTAs can be a good indication of where the Oscars are headed (award organisations seem to all think in the same way) so I can just pass this post off as an ‘Oscar prediction’ post. (Not to imply that the Oscars are better than the BAFTAs – that’s certainly not true for the ceremony.)

Instead of giving you the list verbatim, I’ll just pick out my candidate for each award I have an opinion on.

Film: I fancy Little Miss Sunshine, but in all likelyhood this will go to The Queen.

Director: Hmmm. Possibly Greengrass for United 93, but I would be pleased to see Scorcese pick this one up.

Original screenplay: A shoe-in – Guillermo Del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth.

Film not in English: Again, Pan’s Labyrinth – which is good enough to win best film outright.

Actor: Anecdotally, I’ll have to go for Forest Whitaker. His performance, from what I’ve seen in clips, is fabulous – and indeed he’s a hot-pick for the Oscars.

Actress: Surely Helen Mirren, after all that fuss.

Visual effects: Pirates of the Caribbean. I mean, seriously, who didn’t think Bill Nighy was wearing a prosthetic? Photoreal.

And on the 11th of February, we’ll see just how wrong I will be.

My two-cents on ‘The Hobbit’ movie

Monday 11 December (2006)

Oh God, The Hobbit movie. Ever since the shit hit the fan over in New Zealand, the Internet has been rife with speculations and angry comment, with even Tolkien’s great-grandson Royd publicly stating that the decision to cut Peter Jackson / Richard Taylor et al. out of the deal is a big bad mistake. Perhaps this is the case, but I think a lot of people are overlooking the point here – so, with the prefix that I am not a Tolkien scholar, here’s my opinion on the whole mess…

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A Friday Review: Pan’s Labyrinth

Friday 1 December (2006)

I’m working Sunday, so I won’t be in the mood to write this then – so enjoy a one-off Friday review instead. 

pan's labyrinth (el labertino del fauno)

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Week of Movies: Number 1

Saturday 25 November (2006)

Here we are again: a second week of consecutive posts. I should be getting fucking paid for this shit 😦

So what could number one be?! First, some analysis: The films on the list span from 1941 to 1998; a period of fifty-seven years. There are films from the forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties – but none from the ‘noughties.’ Does this mean movies are getting worse? Absolutely not. Movies like Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine and Pirates of the Caribbean have been some of my favourite films from recent years, all of which would appear on a more comprehensive ‘top 100’.

Which decade is the most popular on my list? Well surprisingly, whilst there are two movies each from the seventies and nineties (what I would assume to be the ‘best’ movie-making decades) the winner is actually the 1980’s, with three movies represented. Amazingly, two films from the top ten (actually, the top four) are from 1988. When you consider that My Neighbour Totoro is from 1988 as well (a movie that only just missed out on my top ten, coming in at a conservative #11) that’s quite an eye-opening fact – at least for me 🙂 I was, of course, born in 1985.

Other films that narrowly missed out on a place were Leon, The Big Lebowski, Jaws, Monty Python’s Holy Grail and Reservoir Dogs. And there are some nice directors there – Luc Besson, the Coens, Spielberg, Tarantino. But then, what about the directors who made the cut? Hitchcock, John Huston, Kubrick (twice! Kubrick takes the ‘best director’ gong clearly), Brian DePalma, Gilliam, Scorcese, Coppola (and, uh, McTiernan). These guys are undisputed geniuses.

If you know me very well, or you just know your movie years, you’ll already have figured out which movie is at number one. If not, on with the show:

2. A Clockwork Orange (1971) 
3. Apocalypse Now (1979)
4. Die Hard (1988)
5. Goodfellas (1990)
6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
7. Scarface (1983)
8. Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) (1964)
9. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
10. Vertigo (1958)

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Week of Movies: Number 2

Friday 24 November (2006)

We enter the final two. What could be better than Apocalypse Now? Well, you clearly need to read on:

3. Apocalypse Now (1979)
4. Die Hard (1988)
5. Goodfellas (1990)
6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
7. Scarface (1983)
8. Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) (1964)
9. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
10. Vertigo (1958)

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