Well, like TV, movies too can tell you a lot about yourself and i have certainly seen my fair share. Here are some that gave me food for thought and/or bring back memories. Lets start with an old favourite of
Footloose – The original with Kevin Bacon as a rebel with a cause.. to dance the night away. I'm
like the other bloke though who seems to have 2 left feet.
Rebel without a cause – The classic
James Dean.. he was sooo cool.
Pulp Fiction – This is the best Quentin Tarantino, I've seen most of the
others and loved em but this is the best. This flick really reawakened a love of movies for me, it began a lengthy period where i was going to the movies every week and supplementing with videos.
Wolf Creek – An Aussie serial killer road movie. Who woulda thought of John Jarratt as the actor to play the psychopath in this? He is brilliant, really menacing.
Chopper – I've read some of Chopper Reads books, I've seen him live on stage and this was a great telling
of his story. Who woulda cast Eric Bana but he blitzes it?
The Castle – Another great Aussie flick, this
time a bit of light relief and some classic lines .
Love Actually – Its a great series of stories all
rolled into 1. Hugh Grant as the British PM... hahaha But my favourite character would have to be Bill Nighys character, the ageing british rocker with attitude.
Duel – This old movie where you never really see the bad guy is thrilling though probably a little dated now.
American Psycho – Christian Bale as a stockbroker and serial killer – great stuff.
The Professional - Jean Reno as the lonely assassin who ends up looking after a young girl when her family is killed by a corrupt cop.
Capitalism: a love story – Well, this one is great from Michael Moore and it was the movie I took my partner to on our first date. We were Accounting students back then so you can probably understand.
Team America: World Police – Can not believe what the guys from South Park did with puppets but it is great. Certainly a different
take on the Thunderbirds.
Nightmare on Elm Street – I was a big fan of this series of
movies back in the day, it was the one slasher horror series i did get into. I was never a big fan of Halloween, Chucky or Friday the 13th although i have watched most of them.
Scream – So many references to all the old horror movies and such a new take on it. Directed by the same man who did Nightmare on Elm Street.
White Man's Burden - Racial discrimination turned upside down.
Boys Dont Cry – About a girl who wants to be a boy and the bias she faced.
Boy in the Striped
Pyjamas – This ones a sad look at the concentration camps of Nazi Germany.
The Crying Game –
Well, i had heard of this film for many years before i actually saw it and somehow that scene still surprised me.
A Clockwork Orange – Interesting take on crime, punishment and rehabilitation.
Redemption - An extremely noteworthy prison flick about a man wrongly convicted in a corrupt prison.
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, what a great combination.
Avatar 3D – This movie has a message and the effects
are out of this world. I saw it twice in quick succession, i rarely do that.
Movies that moved me to almost walk out of the cinema during the film or at least switch the dvd off,
I didnt do it but then wished i had are:
Blair Witch Project – Stupid story line, not even
scary until the last scene and even then I wondered why i sat through it. Truly two hours of my life i will never get back.
Thin Red Line – A war movie where the action scenes are okay and contains a bunch of good actors but those ridiculous dream sequences left me wondering why?! Sorry, Saving Private Ryan is much better, despite the flag-waving.
2001: A Space Odyssey – Sorry Stanley Kubrick but this one just leaves me totally bewildered.
Twilight – Sorry everyone but the whole series just leaves me cold, I reckon the best actors are the wolves and as I always say to my partner “they are CGI – Computer Generated Images!!”
I heard a movie reviewer once say Kristen Stewart was in another film where she plays an emotionally-torn woman choosing between two men... Well, that's a real stretch for her isn't it? NOT!!
Of course there are a lot of movies that i have seen that i have thoroughly enjoyed but the listed ones here have been the standouts.
First of all, I'm not interested in Harry
Potter or the Lord of the Rings and despite being left cold by Twilight I enjoyed Underworld with Kate Beckinsale and Labyrinth, now theres an old one for you – a sorta kids classic
with David Bowie. I dont like the handheld camera as in Blair Witch and recently saw Cloverfield which I didnt mind but the camera again was a negative. I dont mind alien movies such as Independence Day or War of the Worlds though i never really got into the
Alien series. I must admit Predator was more interesting to me.
I reckon i'm a typical bloke in that I like the Die Hard series, Rambo, Terminator, Dirty Harry and James Bond 007
but they're not really thought provoking, more for pure fun and action.. For these movies it's more about blowing something up or blowing somebody away and a lot of the times getting the girl but that's what heroes do isn't it??
While we're on the subject of favourites and blowing somebody away, i loved Bowling for Columbine, another Michael Moore production and this flick is all about Americas Gun Culture... You guessed it.. thats the
title of my next blog post! Keep watching this space till then...and keep those comments rolling in.