"Be pleased then, you, the living, in your delightfully warmed bed,… More"Be pleased then, you, the living, in your delightfully warmed bed, before Lethe's ice-cold wave will lick your escaping foot". You the living is a celebration of life, the wondrous normality and the everyday bizarre. Presented in 50 sing-shot vignettes, each short is beautifully composed and uniquely special. There is a continuous humour that runs through the film, even in the fairly serious ones but with each intertwining and complementing each other. Think Aki Kaurismäki directing a Monty Python film under the influence of an early Fellini. It has a glorious warmth ans a unique charm about it, it would be wrong and impossible to compare it to anything else. I can only recommend, highly at that.
Anyone who says This is the End is the ultimate 'Stoner movie' has… MoreAnyone who says This is the End is the ultimate 'Stoner movie' has obviously never been stoned. Watching This is the End under the influence would lead to the Whities every single time. I suggest you watch Ronnie O'Sullivan's Snooker Hotshots or Bevis and Buthead instead as they are both easy and funny. It is fair to say however, that this is probably the best film ever written under the influence of marijuana. So it's a stoner's movie rather than a stoner movie. You're welcome for the free advice drug takers. Anyway, if you dislike James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride etc then you're going to hate it. If you quite like them then you will love it. That said, it could make you into a believer. It's no secret that Seth Rogen has been wanting to make his own 'Shaun of the Dead', he has been quoted as saying 'F**k those guys for making that film' because they had the idea before him. It's ok though, as no one could have made this odd little masterpiece other than him. All his friends are in it so they decided that everyone should play themselves, albeit, exaggerated versions of themselves. This is actually more clever then just being an exercise in egotism. Everyone is brilliant, Michael Cera's performance had me in stitches. I didn't like everything, it is very puerile in places and there is one masturbation joke too many but overall, it is well written, well paced, brilliantly acted and most of all very funny. It's a future classic.
The Million pound note is a great idea, you can see how and why… MoreThe Million pound note is a great idea, you can see how and why Brewster's Millions (the second) and Trading Places were both influenced by it. Unfortunately, everything clever about the story is slightly marred by the clumsy visual comedy, particularly the scene where the note is blown away in the wind. It's dated for sure but what really makes it both watchable and lovable are the wonderful performances by some great actors who have long since passed. It's a shame about the ending and the unconvincing love story, but the rest is Gold.
The Bridge on the River Kwai is a tough one for me to review. The… MoreThe Bridge on the River Kwai is a tough one for me to review. The reason I've never watched it before is because of my Grandfather. He was a POW and worked on the Burma-Siam railway which included bridges which would have crossed the River Kwai. He took my father and Uncle to see this film when it was released. My father told me the story that he was very insistent that they see the film so that they could see what he went through - having never spoken of the war since his return. After seeing the film he was so outraged, disappointed and ultimately let down, he never spoke of the war again until the day he died, which after years of torture, over-work and starvation, was at a very young age. My grandfather took umbrage to the mixture of fact and fiction. Made only 15 years after the actual events and seeing how twisted and false he, his fellow prisoners and officers were represented was an insult to him. Years ago I decided to look into my family history and I researched him, his regiment and all I could regarding his time as a POW. A lot of what I found I didn't even pass onto my father, needless to say the info I found was not of a pleasant time. Why then they decided to use real people's names but in different circumstances is beyond me. Fiction is fiction and fact is fact, mixing the two is a very dangerous thing, judging by many of the reviews here, many don't realise this film is fiction and did not happen. The film is well acted and looks beautiful but ultimately is an insult to the memory of the men on both sides, that were there. I don't care if it's Mel Gibson, Disney or the great David Lean, it's not right and I don't like it. Change the men's names and tweak it here and there and I would have liked this film just as much as everyone else but as it is I find it immoral and disrespectful and historically dangerous in its neglect of the truth. Does it really matter? Yes, in this circumstance it most certainly does! Why change a perfectly interesting part of history anyway, the madness, the madness indeed. One star for the acting and one star for the aesthetics, that's all I can give.
The Cruel Sea is a classic War film but unlike many of its… MoreThe Cruel Sea is a classic War film but unlike many of its contemporaries. It's remembered as a propaganda film but I would say that wasn't really the case. It never seems particularly pro or anti war but simply showed it for what it was. The script is brilliant and the film is well written. We see the different classes mix and not always favorably to either end. We see how many of the senior seamen had no nautical experience whatsoever and we see how devastating it can be to come back home to civilisation. Many of the characters story-lines are heartbreaking, especially when you consider that many of them happened to many solders throughout the war. The haunted memory of difficult decisions also ring true. An honest and brutal truth about the second world war through the eyes of a U-Boat crew and a terribly underrated and unappreciated classic.
My expectations have been shattered. I'm late to the party on this one… MoreMy expectations have been shattered. I'm late to the party on this one but I had heard nothing but good things about Rio and yet after watching it, I have nothing but bad things to say about it. The story is standard at best, in all honesty the message is overused and not just boring anymore, it's become annoying. The voice work is a whose who of irritating too, if there is anything more irritable than Jesse Eisenberg's acting or face, it's his voice. Colour and movement, that's all this film is, it's not funny at all and the animation isn't that great either in my opinion. One really good song aside, it's forgettable.
Deadfall is a very average thriller. I can't help but think it was… MoreDeadfall is a very average thriller. I can't help but think it was written around the idea of simply setting a thriller in the snow because thus far, Fargo is the only really good one. Eric Bana's Addison is an interesting character and the only reason to keep watching. Everything else from the characters and the locations are borrowed from other films of varying quality. The majority of the film is long-winded and serves no purpose to the overall story. The film could be edited down to ten minutes without loosing any of the important aspects of the story and here lays the problem.
Brooklyn's Finest is yet another Cop movie that takes a road well… MoreBrooklyn's Finest is yet another Cop movie that takes a road well traveled. It's cliche after cliche, after a while you wonder if that is the point? Is this a clever and subtle sarcastic critique on the modern Cop film? Probably not, but why didn't anyone sit director Antoine Fuqua and writer Michael C. Martin down before filming and ask; Do you think the 'soon to be retired cop' story-line has been overdone? Do you think you will achieve the sympathy the story asks of the audience in reference to the low pay cops receive when you portray said cops as corrupt murderers? Do you think it's justifiable or realistic that Cops will turn to criminal activities, including murder, if they don't receive more pay? Do you think a mans colour always comes before making the right decisions? As a couple of Black gentlemen, do you think you've represented your Black characters in the fairest and realistic of ways? Are you happy with the lack of diversity your Black characters have? Now, I'm not saying corruption doesn't happen but the mixed message of cops are good, cops are bad, isn't thought out very well. If the intention was to humanise them then that was achieved even less so. I liked the scene where all three unrelated character cross paths momentarily and i thought Wesley Snipes was pretty good but apart from that, this film would be forgetful were it not so frustratingly irresponsible.
The Long Memory is an overlooked noir classic. The performances are… MoreThe Long Memory is an overlooked noir classic. The performances are fantastic, John Mills in particular plays his part perfectly. The direction is as good as you'd expect from the great but woefully under-appreciated Robert Hamer and the script is killer: "It is not justice we need. Not anything as big as that. Just the right to exist, without being hurt, without doing hurt." It's a real edge of your seat thriller as well, it's influence on today's revenge films is clear although this remains one of the more intelligent I've seen. The beginning sequence alone should have given it iconic status by now.
Fay Lowther: You don't remember me.
Boyd: I'm afraid not. Should I?
Fay Lowther: I think you should. After all, I was present on the occasion of your death.
There are quite a few films that tell the same kind of story but for… MoreThere are quite a few films that tell the same kind of story but for what it's worth, I think this has to be one of the better ones. It shows the other side of Gangsters, maybe a more realistic side rather than all of the violence and bloodshed. It doesn't shy away from it when it has to but it balances it out perfectly. It's biographical of its writer and star, Chazz Palminteri who is excellent as Sonny (are they all called Sonny?). It's a shame what happened to the two boys who played Calogero, life imitating art imitating life. Anyway, a classic, highly recommended.