I managed to see 4 new releases this week as well as checking out The Big Lebowski from 1998. There were some good new movies with Safe House and Goneimpressing, while I didn’t quite like Contraband. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close finally debuted in Australia as well.
- Safe House (2012) – I had heard mixed reviews about this Action movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington but I found it quite enjoyable. There’s a lot of action, a bit of mystery and lots of great build up and tense moments. Many compared it to a cheap version of the Bourne series but I don’t agree as it was still unique at times. B- Read more
Gone is a movie I was not expecting much from when I sat down on a Saturday Afternoon to watch it, but it delivered with a suspenseful story that had me guessing the whole time what was going to happen. Starring Amanda Seyfried (best known from Mean Girls) as Jill, who is convinced a serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago has returned, as her sister goes missing out of the blue. - - We start off getting to know Jill and her sister Molly and it really sets up the story well. I felt the characters were easy to relate to and seemed very real. Once Jill gets home from her night shift at a diner and sees her sister isn’t home she panics, and becomes quickly convinced that the killer is back and has taken her sister.Read more
This week I only managed to watch three movies, but they were three good ones! I started off with the new release of The Grey starring Liam Neeson and also got a look at This Means War with Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. Finally I took a look at an older movie that I had seen as a kid but didn’t quite remember in Fargo.
With the Oscars just around the corner (Feb 26th) what are the chances of some surprises? You can view my updated Oscar Predictionsbut I thought I’d take a look at the Betfair odds to see how it’s shaping up. -
- Best Picture:
The Artist -$1.12 The Descendants – $27 Hugo – $40 The Help – $44 The Tree of Life – $100 War Horse – $110 Moneyball – $120 E.L.I.C – $140 Midnight in Paris – $150
When it comes to the Best Picture race, it is clearly over with The Artist going to win. Read more
Bit of a quieter week this week with full time work starting, but I still managed to have a look at some classic movies! I started the week with Pan’s Labyrinth which is a Spanish movie and a great one at at that. I also took a look at Blade Runner whilst seeing a new release in Australia: Shame. Last but not least was another foreign film in I Saw The Devil.
Also a bit earlier in the week I rewatched and reviewed both Warrior and Drive. -
Warrior is probably the most underrated film of 2011, a film that captures emotions perfectly in it’s 140 minute run time. It not only moves you with captivating performances from the cast, but keeps you entertained with a mixed martial arts tournament and the lives of two brothers competing in it. - -
Starring Tom Hardy as Tommy Conlon, the youngest son of a former alcoholic boxer Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte), we first see him returning home to his Dad after years apart. Their relationship is a strained one and the opening scene where they meet for the first time in 14 years is filled with emotion, emotion that seems so real from both Hardy and Nolte. Their performances throughout are amazing, especially Nolte who was rightly awarded with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Read more
Drive is a slick, cool, retro movie starring Ryan Gosling as an unnamed stunt driver, who also doubles as a getaway driver at night. It is not an action movie in the typical sense, and it isn’t filled with dialogue but instead grips you with it’s progressive build up, visual greatness and an epic soundtrack. Some people will tell you it’s one of the best movies ever, others will tell you it was ‘stupid’. There isn’t that many in between. -
The opening scene is loved universally, whether they liked the movie or not. In an amazingly good looking Scorpion Jacket, we see the Driver talking on the phone. “There’s a hundred thousand streets in this city. If I drive for you, you give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes, then I’m yours, no matter what. Anything happens a minute either side of that, and you’re on your own. Do you understand? Good. And you won’t be able to reach me on this phone again.” Cue build up music and the first scene begins. Read more
The Amazing Spider-Man has a new trailer and will be hitting cinemas July 3rd. Starring Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as the new face of Spider-Man and Emma Stone as his love you can see the trailer below. Doesn’t excite me as much as the Batman one! -
- Dubstep seems to be taking over in movie commercials lately with both Battleship and Act of Valor Superbowl ads containing them. Read more
Now that the Top 50 is over I’ve got a massive list of movies I’d like to catch up on. I’ve watched a fair few over the last week and a bit including Zodiac, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Animal Kingdom. The best of them all was probably Requiem for a Dream which I finally was in the right mood to see.
I also watched 2012 movie Chronicle. As for rewatches, apart from a whole bunch of 2011 movies while preparing for The Top 50, I gave a movie I loved in The Bourne Ultimatum another watch. What a great movie. Read on for some more details!
My first movie review for the site takes a look at Chronicle, a movie about three high school mates who discover super human powers after a mysterious happening in the woods. They find their lives quickly changing as they come to terms with there new strengths and the side effects that come with them. It poses the question of what would happen to your life if you obtained super human strength? -
Directed by Josh Trank, the movie is usually shown from the vantage point of the camera of Andrew (Dan Dehaan) which he carries around for basically the entire film. Andrew is an outcast, bullied at school and not very social. Logically it makes sense that he starts to turn a little dark once he is aware of his new found strength. Read more
A+ / A = ★★★★★ - All time classics
A- = ★★★★½ - Amazing
B+ = ★★★★ - Very Good
B = ★★★½ - Good
B- = ★★★ - Above Average
C+ = ★★½ - Average
C = ★★ - Below Average
C- = ★½ - Poor
D+ = ★ - Do not see!
D = ½ - Help!