Film Season 2009 is here, part 1

Film season is here! Yesterday the log awaiting visual spectacular Star Trek prequel film was released in the UK, also in this long series of expected blockbusters are X-men Origins: Wolverine, Robert Langston in Angels & Demons and Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. This is going to be the first in a summer of awesome films. Enjoy.

1st May – X-men Origins: Wolverine

X-men Orgins: Wolverine, Gambit, Sabertooth Film Poster

This was the first film this season, this film chronicles the life of Wolverine before the X-men film Trilogy. There are hundreds of comics detailing the life of Logan, and its not surprising considering he is over a hundred years old! You gotta love mutant powers!

8th May – Star Trek

Star Trek Ship Construction Motorbike Film Poster

The original series was set in 2266, 300 years after the first broadcast. This film is set 8 years before the original series in 2258 which would’ve made the original air date of December 2008 250 years before its setting. This is all a little confusing, the prequel is going to happen sooner than the original. Regardless the film has been aimed at wide audience, the trailer on the TV gets you thinking its a slick action film then right at the very end does it say “star trek”, its a cleaver marketing gimmick as I think a lot of people would immediately loose interest at a mere glimpse of the vessel itself. I hope its not going to suffer from what Simon Pegg said in ‘Spaced’: “That every odd numbered Star Trek Movie is crap”.

15th May – Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons Statue Film Poster

An adventure with Robert Langdon before the Da Vinci Code, this time hunting down the supposedly defunct Illuminati. Hopefully you should remember the Illuminati from the 2001 Tomb Raider film, they are a secret organisation intent on acquiring power whether it financial, spiritual or physical. They are used frequently in film in subtle and not so subtle ways Buffy the Vampire Slayer, From Hell, Eyes Wide Shut, National Treasure, Anatomie, The Ant Bully… The list goes on, keep an eye out for their symbol the pyramid with an eye on it.

Link to my film review of Angels and Demons

20th May – Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Night At The Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Film Poster

The first film was a great dive into what I imagined actually happened in museums when nobody was looking although as a child I didn’t dream up the conflicts that show showed I just imagine all the exhibits having fun. Hopefully this film will go in some new directions and be just as entertaining as the original and not suffer from ‘sequelitous’ as most part twos do.

Link to my film review of Night at the Museum 2

Watch the IMDB top 250 films Bucket List Item

I’ve made a snapshot of the imdb top 250 films, I’ve completely watched 105 films on the current list and partially seen around a dozen more. There are several films on that list as someone that considers themselves a casual film buff to not have seen all the way through is embarrassing and they are The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Lawrence of Arabia, The Shining, Jaws, The Exorcist and Spartacus. I don’t know what is is that prevented me from seeing them all the way through, but there always seem to be interruptions or distractions that pull be away and I never get to pick them up later. There is one movie that I watched as a child but I’ve not really watched it since, as a Romantic Drama I’ve always wanted to watch it with a girl, sadly I’ve never found one willing to snuggle up and watch it with 🙁 so I consider it unseen despite having watched it ages ago.

Rank Rating Title Votes
1 9.1 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 411,695
2 9.1 The Godfather (1972) 343,797
3 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 198,944
4 8.9 Buono, il brutto, il cattivo., Il (1966) 120,477
5 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 338,757
6 8.9 The Dark Knight (2008) 352,491
7 8.8 Schindler’s List (1993) 224,623
8 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 172,264
9 8.8 12 Angry Men (1957) 86,956
10 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 233,002
11 8.8 Casablanca (1942) 141,914
12 8.8 Star Wars (1977) 274,821
13 8.8 Shichinin no samurai (1954) 80,582
14 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 298,996
15 8.7 Goodfellas (1990) 186,085
16 8.7 Rear Window (1954) 97,211
17 8.7 Cidade de Deus (2002) 127,973
18 8.7 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 207,884
19 8.7 C’era una volta il West (1968) 57,331
20 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 327,115
21 8.7 Fight Club (1999) 306,886
22 8.7 The Usual Suspects (1995) 224,738
23 8.7 Psycho (1960) 117,832
24 8.6 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 202,157
25 8.6 Sunset Blvd. (1950) 43,191
26 8.6 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 133,101
27 8.6 Memento (2000) 221,048
28 8.6 North by Northwest (1959) 77,356
29 8.6 The Matrix (1999) 315,225
30 8.6 Citizen Kane (1941) 119,154
31 8.6 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 85,660
32 8.6 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 273,063
33 8.6 Se7en (1995) 224,587
34 8.6 Léon (1994) 157,512
35 8.5 Apocalypse Now (1979) 144,907
36 8.5 American Beauty (1999) 245,415
37 8.5 Taxi Driver (1976) 125,196
38 8.5 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 67,220
39 8.5 American History X (1998) 178,905
40 8.5 WALL·E (2008) 122,152
41 8.5 Vertigo (1958) 75,436
42 8.5 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 88,408
43 8.5 Paths of Glory (1957) 35,944
44 8.5 Forrest Gump (1994) 239,946
45 8.5 Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le (2001) 147,057
46 8.5 M (1931) 32,113
47 8.5 Double Indemnity (1944) 29,441
48 8.5 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 69,158
49 8.5 Alien (1979) 147,198
50 8.5 The Departed (2006) 206,482
51 8.5 A Clockwork Orange (1971) 158,811
52 8.5 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 26,764
53 8.5 Das Leben der Anderen (2006) 52,650
54 8.5 The Third Man (1949) 42,064
55 8.4 The Shining (1980) 142,239
56 8.4 Chinatown (1974) 63,989
57 8.4 The Pianist (2002) 103,002
58 8.4 Saving Private Ryan (1998) 224,293
59 8.4 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 176,356
60 8.4 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) 78,630
61 8.4 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 187,025
62 8.4 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 132,647
63 8.4 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 146,853
64 8.4 L.A. Confidential (1997) 140,739
65 8.4 Aliens (1986) 139,782
66 8.4 Das Boot (1981) 59,425
67 8.4 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 49,140
68 8.4 City Lights (1931) 20,874
69 8.4 Laberinto del fauno, El (2006) 118,983
70 8.4 The Wrestler (2008) 39,043
71 8.4 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 173,416
72 8.4 Rashômon (1950) 31,237
73 8.4 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 43,020
74 8.4 Raging Bull (1980) 73,279
75 8.4 All About Eve (1950) 29,129
76 8.4 Modern Times (1936) 28,036
77 8.3 Der Untergang (2004) 62,897
78 8.3 Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 45,788
79 8.3 Metropolis (1927) 31,503
80 8.3 Rebecca (1940) 28,712
81 8.3 Gran Torino (2008) 42,573
82 8.3 Some Like It Hot (1959) 55,469
83 8.3 The Prestige (2006) 153,149
84 8.3 Amadeus (1984) 80,311
85 8.3 Vita è bella, La (1997) 87,365
86 8.3 The Elephant Man (1980) 46,234
87 8.3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 133,597
88 8.3 The Apartment (1960) 28,933
89 8.3 Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988) 36,086
90 8.3 The Great Escape (1963) 50,632
91 8.3 Sin City (2005) 207,492
92 8.3 Full Metal Jacket (1987) 122,430
93 8.3 The Great Dictator (1940) 29,046
94 8.3 Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 57,532
95 8.3 The Sting (1973) 54,341
96 8.3 Touch of Evil (1958) 26,677
97 8.3 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 27,435
98 8.3 Ladri di biciclette (1948) 20,788
99 8.3 On the Waterfront (1954) 33,155
100 8.3 Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957) 29,023
101 8.3 Back to the Future (1985) 163,198
102 8.3 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 72,901
103 8.3 No Country for Old Men (2007) 153,394
104 8.3 Braveheart (1995) 201,656
105 8.3 Batman Begins (2005) 222,466
106 8.3 Jaws (1975) 114,441
107 8.3 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 145,554
108 8.3 Strangers on a Train (1951) 27,300
109 8.3 Blade Runner (1982) 155,550
110 8.3 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) 178,943
111 8.3 Unforgiven (1992) 77,933
112 8.2 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 29,636
113 8.2 The Green Mile (1999) 157,563
114 8.2 Notorious (1946) 25,486
115 8.2 High Noon (1952) 28,124
116 8.2 The Big Sleep (1946) 23,816
117 8.2 Oldboy (2003) 71,960
118 8.2 There Will Be Blood (2007) 99,169
119 8.2 Gladiator (2000) 226,984
120 8.2 Fargo (1996) 138,749
121 8.2 Cool Hand Luke (1967) 36,665
122 8.2 Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) 32,639
123 8.2 The Wizard of Oz (1939) 85,745
124 8.2 Die Hard (1988) 148,753
125 8.2 Mononoke-hime (1997) 52,481
126 8.2 The General (1927) 15,963
127 8.2 Donnie Darko (2001) 170,042
128 8.2 Yojimbo (1961) 23,597
129 8.2 Ran (1985) 28,408
130 8.2 Smultronstället (1957) 16,526
131 8.2 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 13,923
132 8.2 Watchmen (2009) 17,112
133 8.2 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) 10,156
134 8.2 Annie Hall (1977) 53,073
135 8.2 It Happened One Night (1934) 19,829
136 8.2 Heat (1995) 117,478
137 8.2 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 188,272
138 8.2 Salaire de la peur, Le (1953) 10,814
139 8.2 The Deer Hunter (1978) 71,765
140 8.2 The Sixth Sense (1999) 202,286
141 8.2 Platoon (1986) 89,548
142 8.2 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 73,647
143 8.2 Into the Wild (2007) 63,228
144 8.2 Ben-Hur (1959) 48,011
145 8.2 Million Dollar Baby (2004) 110,474
146 8.2 Notti di Cabiria, Le (1957) 8,353
147 8.1 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 112,761
148 8.1 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) 10,854
149 8.1 Life of Brian (1979) 77,525
150 8.1 Diaboliques, Les (1955) 10,892
151 8.1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 47,378
152 8.1 (1963) 22,627
153 8.1 The Big Lebowski (1998) 142,476
154 8.1 Ratatouille (2007) 99,758
155 8.1 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 18,779
156 8.1 The Killing (1956) 19,691
157 8.1 Snatch. (2000) 135,764
158 8.1 Amores perros (2000) 48,964
159 8.1 The Graduate (1967) 63,699
160 8.1 Finding Nemo (2003) 130,803
161 8.1 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 19,893
162 8.1 Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 46,844
163 8.1 Stand by Me (1986) 73,598
164 8.1 Brief Encounter (1945) 10,275
165 8.1 The Gold Rush (1925) 16,509
166 8.1 Gandhi (1982) 40,685
167 8.1 The Wild Bunch (1969) 25,298
168 8.1 Gone with the Wind (1939) 63,911
169 8.1 Trainspotting (1996) 123,353
170 8.1 V for Vendetta (2005) 175,393
171 8.1 Scarface (1983) 120,662
172 8.1 The Lion King (1994) 104,349
173 8.1 The Thing (1982) 60,305
174 8.1 The Princess Bride (1987) 107,413
175 8.1 Groundhog Day (1993) 108,885
176 8.1 Harvey (1950) 18,939
177 8.1 The Incredibles (2004) 127,287
178 8.1 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 16,670
179 8.1 Toy Story (1995) 113,832
180 8.1 Sleuth (1972) 13,463
181 8.1 Battaglia di Algeri, La (1966) 10,408
182 8.1 Umberto D. (1952) 6,598
183 8.1 The Hustler (1961) 20,709
184 8.1 Children of Men (2006) 124,197
185 8.1 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) 8,507
186 8.1 The Terminator (1984) 140,937
187 8.1 Twelve Monkeys (1995) 138,760
188 8.0 The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) 7,014
189 8.0 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 14,169
190 8.0 The Kid (1921) 9,812
191 8.0 Låt den rätte komma in (2008) 15,807
192 8.0 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 99,450
193 8.0 The African Queen (1951) 28,523
194 8.0 Duck Soup (1933) 21,860
195 8.0 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) 42,232
196 8.0 Stalag 17 (1953) 16,999
197 8.0 The Lady Vanishes (1938) 14,102
198 8.0 The Conversation (1974) 26,028
199 8.0 Hotaru no haka (1988) 26,223
200 8.0 Casino (1995) 85,901
201 8.0 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 18,766
202 8.0 In Bruges (2008) 59,167
203 8.0 Dial M for Murder (1954) 22,928
204 8.0 King Kong (1933) 31,631
205 8.0 Scaphandre et le papillon, Le (2007) 20,073
206 8.0 Ed Wood (1994) 60,032
207 8.0 Anatomy of a Murder (1959) 12,626
208 8.0 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 17,235
209 8.0 Crash (2004/I) 141,394
210 8.0 The Exorcist (1973) 83,682
211 8.0 The Lost Weekend (1945) 9,619
212 8.0 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 26,794
213 8.0 Rope (1948) 24,230
214 8.0 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 27,711
215 8.0 Bonnie and Clyde (1967) 32,839
216 8.0 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) 146,680
217 8.0 Rosemary’s Baby (1968) 39,206
218 8.0 Patton (1970) 32,660
219 8.0 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 15,118
220 8.0 Strada, La (1954) 13,782
221 8.0 His Girl Friday (1940) 16,735
222 8.0 Wo hu cang long (2000) 94,181
223 8.0 Frankenstein (1931) 18,791
224 8.0 Sweet Smell of Success (1957) 6,943
225 8.0 Glory (1989) 47,600
226 8.0 Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) 23,553
227 8.0 Changeling (2008) 27,473
228 8.0 Safety Last! (1923) 3,907
229 8.0 Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 119,042
230 8.0 The Philadelphia Story (1940) 23,099
231 8.0 Magnolia (1999) 103,163
232 8.0 Network (1976) 25,543
233 8.0 Manhattan (1979) 31,014
234 8.0 Big Fish (2003) 109,978
235 8.0 Roman Holiday (1953) 24,874
236 8.0 Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) 24,694
237 8.0 Mystic River (2003) 93,073
238 8.0 Spartacus (1960) 41,207
239 8.0 In the Heat of the Night (1967) 18,532
240 8.0 Laura (1944) 11,296
241 8.0 Dolce vita, La (1960) 15,709
242 8.0 Great Expectations (1946) 7,754
243 8.0 Coraline (2009) 7,294
244 8.0 Rocky (1976) 72,862
245 8.0 Frost/Nixon (2008) 16,214
246 8.0 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 19,267
247 8.0 Harold and Maude (1971) 23,188
248 8.0 Belle et la bête, La (1946) 7,992
249 8.0 Good Will Hunting (1997) 119,491
250 8.0 Tonari no Totoro (1988) 21,248

Film Review: Taken

When your girl isn’t about and its Valentines day what do you do? Indulge in cliché behaviour of beer, crisps and films involving violence or explosions! The first 2 are very easy to procure, plenty of brands of beer out there in a variety of distils, crisps are just as easy, the synergy of the entire night for me is the film. Choose wisely and the tone of the entire night is amplified, pick wrong and you’ve at least got your friends around to laugh with you, or if it was really bad and your fault, at you.

This film is fast paced and intense. I’m not talking about the intensity that was promised to us in Quantum of Solace, I mean sitting in your lounger, heart pounding the inside of your chest, not being able to stick a ‘goodie’ in your gob cus your hands are shaking.

That being said I think its because the plausibility of the scenario that teenagers get kidnapped and are sold into prostitution in the world heightens the fear factor because of the shocking reality that you ARE scared not only for the characters but what you think might happen. It is a very cleaver trick, a dominant theme in films such as Cloverfield and Signs, that creates fear not from what you do see but what you don’t.

Without a demanding presence onscreen I don’t think that this film would draw you into it so much. Neeson is truly spectacular in his role as the protective father, and keeps pace in the numerous action sequences.

At first I was dubious about watching this film due to emotional onslaught that a parent would go through but to view this film through the eyes of a teenager they would surely find a greater appreciation for the things that a parent does, or prevents us from doing, in our best interest.

Not for the week hearted, literally.

  • Picture: 7/10
  • Sound: 8/10
  • Effects: 8/10
  • Story: 8/10

The 2009 Film Season and planned Productions

This list is by no means exhaustive, merely a collection of films I’ve heard about or have a particular interest in for either content, continually or composition. I probably won’t go to see all of them at the cinema but quite certainly I will the starred ones, as such I wouldn’t mind accompaniment so let me know about a week or so before.

Dated

Happy New Year!

Two Thousand and eight has been a long slog, or at least it seemed long, perhaps because its the first year in the last 3 where I haven’t had a summer ‘holiday’. EuroJam happened in 2005, GlosCamp was 2006 and the Scouting Centenary and Jamboree in 2007.

There is one advantage to not having time off, I’ve kept myself productive enhancing my design skills, I’m certainly a lot more confident in Photoshop although I do produce a lot more junk which I inevitably ends up on here, luckily here is a playground and not a portfolio. I’ve also switched some jobs to InDesign and Illustrator, but I’m nowhere near as confident as I would want to be for a Design firm, but then I’m assuming that my colleagues there are naturals compared to the proficient individuals at my current place (then again I don’t get enough time to do my best work so presumably they don’t either…)

Speaking of portfolios, I’ve overdue to publish one about now, I’ve got some pretty snazzy pieces that I’m happy to show-off, and aslong as I’m willing to publish them in a professional capacity that’s all that matters really.

Real life play, I’ve watched less movies, 151 to be exact, 20 less than 2007. Still it sounds like a lot, almost 3 a week! But I’ve been out to see at least 20 of those at the cinema on social occasions so they don’t really count :p

I’ve never really been one for resolutions, I suppose I could watch less movies, and I want to watch more independent ones, just because the stories tend to be better. Luckily at the end of 2008 I was introduced to a quaint little joint in Northampton which I can keep an eye on. I suppose I could find some fellow Northants Bloggers and do meetups, actually yes, that’s my resolution, I’m going to be a more social blogger. I’m going to make it to at least one WordCamp before the end of 2009!

Film Review: The Man from Earth

Before Star Wars made the dominant setting of pop culture Science Fiction in-space there were other stories that proposed the big “What if?” to a scientific reality and explored the repercussions of changing it. Older films didn’t have the ability to make billions of polygons dance on screen so they had to use plot and intrigue to grip an audiences attention, the ones that did survive in general knowledge to this day.

The film starts with a tenure professor’s going away party, the intention being to make final farewells to his friends of the last ten years. The last remnants of his packing that are on show and spark questions that lead to the idea that he proposes to the group: “What if a man, from the Upper Palaeolithic survived until the present day?” The academics and guests proceed to follow the hypothesis through conversation and enquiry.

Despite only the briefest of movements on the porch the stage is the hosts lounge with the story progressing purely through the parties discussions. The dialogue grips your attention so much that you easily imagine entire realms of possibilities about when and what the ‘caveman’ experienced.

One idea presented is of the “all knowing immortal”; a 14,000 year old would only be able to learn upto the edge of published knowledge on a particular subject, the noosphere grows too fast for anyone able to keep up. As such his current preoccupation’s information would be current but the Literature Doctorate from a century ago would be mostly redundant.

Same goes for experiences, a singular viewpoint of his nearest 100 metres doesn’t allow for a great perspective of what the world was doing at any one moment. You might be able to relay key events if you’re part of them but anything important enough to be of note indirectly puts attention on you, something that could result in your secrets discovery. Such a lapse could have dire consequences since as an ageless prisoner you would be trapped in your own body with escape as your only hope whereas a mortals death or escape could be their release.

This is one of those rare films (and by proxy the book ) that deserves to be remembered for its examination of long life, something that although has been done before it is done in a way and to a greater extent that the Highlander cinema never did. A rarity with great plot writing has becoming so scarce in the mainstream.

If you enjoyed what they could squeeze into this 108 minute film then I suggest checking out the book by Jerome Bixby of the same name.

Rating: 92%