Sunday, February 3, 2013
MAX My Movies: January 2013
All the films I saw in January, including three re-watches (Pretty In Pink, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown). The Amazing Spider-Man was a complete let-down. Conversely, my most favourite first-time watch was probably The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Give me some hairy oversized feet on a short man with pretty braided hair and I'm in Middle Earth themed heaven!
Pretty In Pink
John Hughes '80s classic teen romance starring fresh-faced trio Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer and Andrew McCarthy. This is my favourite flick of the '80s, with The Breakfast Club a close second. Some Kind Of Wonderful is practically the same story, but flipped gender-wise and with a more satisfying ending!
The Amazing Spider-Man
......... was not so amazing. Pointless, cringeworthy, and only picked up slightly towards the end. Not worth it, even for Emma Stone!
Fun, feel-good Easter flick combining live action with animation. Lively performance from James Marsden and witty voicework from Russell Brand. This is great for kids; my five year old son loved it!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Overlong but captivating adventure. Beautiful scenery, great makeup, well acted by all. Looks awesome in 3D. I loved the ride!
How To Train Your Dragon
I'll be honest and say I can't remember much of this. My notes say "quite good animated dragon caper" but I suspect I fell asleep half way through. Bad movie reviewer!
Die Hard With A Vengeance
Not as great as the original, but still action aplenty. Bruce Willis doesn't disappoint plus it's got Samuel L Jackson. Who I fucking love because of his performance in ........
Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece, and my favourite movie ever. The movie I've watched the most, out of every movie I've ever seen. It's beyond cool, with smart dialogue, fantastic performances and it famously revived John Travolta's career. Be cool like Fonzie as you try to work out what's in Marcellus Wallace's briefcase.
Pam Grier is wonderful in this story-driven Quentin Tarantino crime drama, adapted from Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch. I mostly loved the scenes between Jackie Brown and Max Cherry, the bail bondsman; Robert Forster did a great job with his character.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Great lead performance from Elizabeth Olsen but I didn't care about any of the characters. I found this film annoying and disappointing. Cult schmult, put your tits back in and get over yourself!
Red Riding Hood
From the dialogue to the acting, this was pretty lame. A bad film wearing long blonde hair, wide eyes and a bright red flowing cape is still a bad film, it just looks good. It was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, of Twilight fame, and you can see the similarities (hello one girl, two boy love triangle, and werewolves) but it's not as good. At least they had enough twists and turns to keep it a secret who wolfie was. Although by the end, I really didn't give a shit.
What movies have you seen lately?