8 movies filled up my past 8 days with 2012 movies of Your Sister’s Sister, Excision and Seven Psychopaths.
I watched a few super movies from the early 00′s in Traffic, Mulholland Drive, American Psycho and Shaun of the Dead with all living up to the hype. I also caught the great 2008 documentary Man on Wire. Finally, with Breaking Dawn Part 2 coming out this week I watched Part 1, which was extremely disappointing compared to the rest. Read on for my thoughts as always…
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011) – I had a lot of issues with this film, primarily brought on by the decision to split the book into two. The first hour was extremely slow, with virtually nothing happening -it was hard to sit through. The second half was bewildering but would not have been a major issue if the movie wasn’t split as it would have been covered quicker. Overall it still had it’s moments and while it didn’t put me off seeing the next one it has negatively affected the series in my eyes. C+
Your Sister’s Sister (2012) – I will start of by saying I don’t really enjoy Mark Duplass. I think he is a good actor but his presence seems to annoy me instantly. I’m also not a huge Emily Blunt fan and together I found both lead characters quite unlikable. It doesn’t help that the setting for this love triangle story is almost entirely in the one house, which got old quick. I thought Rosemarie DeWitt was good as the sister of Blunt, but while it had some positives I didn’t like the film. C+
Traffic (2000) – Traffic was solid, especially for a 147 minute long movie. It intrigued and had some great scenes, I thought the President (Douglas) and his daughter subplot was a great one. B+
Mulholland Drive (2001) – First off, Naomi Watts is now an actress I really appreciate, she was simply spectacular in this mysterious Drama/Thriller. Many of the scenes felt extremely dream like, which makes sense after the ending. It’s a film I can’t wait to see again, as I was left bewildered and perplexed but slowly put some pieces together. I love a good mind-messing film! A-
Shaun of the Dead (2004) – I was pretty sure I had seen this movie before growing up, but could barely remember it. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have great chemistry as best friends in this comedy film that happens to have the living dead as a small issue in the background. Definitely the weakest ‘zombies’ in any movie I can remember, the humour is pretty good and while I didn’t love it, I can see why some have this as one of their best films of all time. B+
Man on Wire (2008) – Winning the Oscar for Best Documentary of 2008, Man on Wire is a pretty cool story about a man’s ambition to tightrope walk across the world trade center’s two towers. I liked it and it’s a great story that was told effectively. Not necessarily a must see though. B+
Excision (2012) – Horror isn’t really my thing and this was quite gory at times, however it actually had a semi-decent plot which was nice to see. AnnaLynne McCord was crazily weird as a disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine. It gets pretty gruesome at times. Ariel Winter (the younger sister from Modern Family) gives the film some normality. Not sure who I would recommend it to! C+
Seven Psychopaths (2012) – This film really had it’s up and down moments. Firstly, the cast is fantastic and if there was one huge praise it would be the actors and performances. Christopher Walken is hilarious and just so likable. I’m not a huge Colin Farrell fan but he was very decent, along with Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. All four give the film some character as we watch the story of 7 psychopaths, a struggling screenwriter’s movie idea that quickly comes to fruition. For the negatives, I found the first half unfunny and tiresome. A lot of the humour I just didn’t enjoy unfortunately. It’s also way too long. However, I found myself mostly enjoying the second half and it does have some key funny moments that I will take away. I would recommend seeing it as I’m sure some will adore the humour. B-
American Psycho (2000) – Possibly Christian Bale‘s best performance to date as a wealthy New York investment banking executive with a psychopathic ego that is quickly becoming more prominent. It’s out there this film and it will turn a lot off. Arguably though it is a masterpiece, and although when it was over I wasn’t overly amazed, I was mesmerised throughout. B
Looking over my last few movies, they seem to have a very ‘psychopathic’ type feel, so I will definitely try to get away from that this week! I may be attending my first ever midnight screening in Breaking Dawn Part 2.