I’m SEVERELY behind in updating this blog.
I’ve been sick, so while I’ve been watching things, I haven’t been finishing the write-ups for them and I apologize.
43/365 - The Shawshank Redemption
Since this movie is pretty recent, I’ve seen it parodied a few times, as well as referenced so I knew a lot of the main points already. It was really more the actually watching it.
I didn’t think it would be much different as I already knew most of the plot, but it was a really touching film and I definitely cried a few times.
It was a beautiful story about redeeming yourself, even though life isn’t always fair when you’ve earned it.
I thought it was wonderfully cast, and I liked a lot of the jokes they threw in to lighten the mood of the film.
Tim Robbins gave a wonderful performance, and as always, Morgan Freeman is a great narrator, so as the film is told from Redd’s point of view, it was very effective.
Bob Gunton also did a really great job in my opinion.
Shawshank Redemption gets an 8.5/10
42/365 - Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
This was a beautiful movie. I cried so much at the end, it was horrible.
Obviously, not a happy subject, and it was extremely horrifying to watch because despite how innocent Bruno is about their new home and what’s taking place on the otherside of the fence, I know otherwise.
It made me so happy that he made a friend in Shmuel, and that they were able to play together, but the ending was what got me, and that was probably the most horrible part of it all.
Bruno was played by Asa Butterfield, and Shmuel by Jack Scanlon. I thought they both did an amazing performance and I was so impressed by the both of them. The acting was well beyond their ages.
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas gets a 10/10.
41/365 - The Hunger Games
DUN DUN DUN! I’ve been really excited for this movie for a few months now and it was really worth the wait.
Having read the books, I felt like a lot of things that will be important later in the story, were left out, and it may hurt them later on. Things were added, and it didn’t really give much to the story.
The biggest problem I found was that during scenes which were important for character development of Katniss and Peeta, they’d flash back to Gale and show you his reactions, which would completely detract from the emotion in the scene.
He isn’t a very important character until the second and third books, so it was kinda frustrating that they kept throwing him in there.
A few other things could have been explained a little better (such as why Gale’s name is in the Reaping 42 times, or why they were going to blow up the food), but I didn’t make it, so I can’t complain too much.
Despite the odd issue, I thought that the way they filmed the hallucination scene was absolutely stunning, and the way they did the sound during a couple moments to reflect Katniss’ reaction was beatiful.
Katniss Everdeen is played by Jennifer Lawrence (who is hilarious in every interview if you can watch them), Peeta Mellark is Josh Hutcherson, and Gale Hawthorne is played by Liam Hemsworth.
One of my favourite characters was Rue who was played by Amandla Stenberg. She was absolutely adorable and thought she was perfection.
Notable mentions are Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane of the infamous beard, and Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman (He was wonderful and I LOVED his over the top expressions).
My friend having never read the books thought it was really good and didn’t have too many complaints, so whether you’ve read it or not, I think it will make a good film for a lot of people to enjoy.
For accuracy to the books, I’ll give the movie a 7/10, and for entertainment overall it gets a 10/10, because I thought it was fabulously done, and the filming was incredible.
40/365 - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Despite the fact that I don’t know Swedish, and had to read the subtitles (which unfortunately when I’m sick isn’t very easy), this was a really good movie.
The original stars Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace. It wasn’t as violent as the American remake, and the solution to the main plot came a little too quickly for my liking (it seemed like the American one took a lot longer for them to solve the mystery).
It was a terrific film, and I really did enjoy it. It was calculating, and clever.
I give The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo an 8/10
38/365 - Bedazzled
I think I may have seen part of this when I was younger, but in any case I found it ok. I imagine the original would have been better, so I’d really like to see it now.
This one stars Brendan Fraser (who again is not one of my favourite actors, but what can you do?), and Elizabeth Hurley.
Overall, the plot is fairly straight forward, sell your soul to the devil for some wishes, none of them turn out right because of technicalities in your wording, etc, etc.
There’s some good humour, and it was pretty cute in a few scenes, but nothing overly fantastic.
I’ll give it a 4/10.
hi! love your blog. we have a really similar taste in movies. :D (from darrentodream)
Thank you so much!
I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them so far.
Is there anything you’d recommend for me that you really like?
38/365 - Diamonds Are Forever
I LOVED this movie.
James Bond, Sean Connery, it was just a million beautiful things at once.
Not much to say really. It was a standard James Bond type plot, hot babes, evil villain, complicated plot, guns, happy ending for everyone who wasn’t a bad guy. etc.
I was a little confused for a bit in the middle where it became somewhat convoluted, but it became so great once I figured out what I’d missed.
I definitely reccommend if if you haven’t seen it.
Diamonds Are Forever gets a 9/10.
37/365 - Big Nothing
Another film my friend lent me. It was the biggest film about nothing that I’ve ever seen, and it was wonderful!
Basically, everything that can go wrong does, and it just gets worse and worse as the film progresses.
It’s not an overly complicated plot, but it still works.
It stars David Schwimmer and Simon Pegg, who I’ve always loved. They were both pretty amazing.
Alice Eve is also in this one which I wasn’t expecting. It was a pretty happy surprise to see.
Lots of fun, even if it wasn’t overly plot driven, this was still a pretty good movie.
Big Nothing gets a 6/10
36/365 - Burning Bright
My friend was trying to explain this movie to me before she let me borrow it, and it honestly sounded ridiculous.
I couldn’t figure out why someone would EVER be trapped in a house with a tiger. Why wouldn’t you just leave? Why is there a tiger in the first place?
The back of the box explains that her step father spent her college fund on said tiger. Tigers don’t actually cost that much…
It just didn’t make a lot of sense.
Obviously, once you watch it, there are plot points that explain a lot of this. Her step father wants to create some sort of safari on the property.
There’s a hurricane outside and the house is boarded up. etc.
I can’t explain much else without giving away the ending, but it was definitely a good movie once I got over my initial frustrations.
For the first part of the movie, I was convinced that Briana Evigan was actually Kirsten Stuart based on her lack of emotion for the first bit. She became much better as the movie progressed.
Her brother was played by Charlie Tahan and I thought he was brilliant.
It was a really good movie, exciting, and definitely better than my first impression of it.
Burning Bright gets a 7/10.