Movie 366 – Week 4

January 23, 2012

Jan 22nd

Bridesmaids – No idea why this got such great reviews. Painfully unfunny. I laughed twice. Kristen Wiig is just not funny. Can’t stand her on SNL. Just as annoying in this. Gags weren’t so much milked as they were taken down an alley and bludgeoned to death to make a point. Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd were the only saviors of an otherwise dire film that was not only unfunny but at least 40 minutes too long. 1/5

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Another trip to the Racially Pure School of Wizardy that is Hogwarts. Some actual minorities in this one! Diversity rules!!! After the hideous disappointment of Chamber of Secrets this was a massive leap in quality in story and direction. Everything Chamber failed to be. Loved it. 4/5

Jan 24th

I Need That Record – Documentary about the demise of independent record stores. Mildly entertaining. 2/5

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest – The final movie in the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Phenomenal movie. Loved it. One of the most satisfying movies I’ve ever watched. 5/5

Jan 25th

The Artist – What a film. A lovingly complete homage to the silent movie era following George Valentin, a silent movie actor who has the world in his hand, and the switch to talking pictures, which if you know your movie history you know was brutal to many a silent actors career. Beautifully shot. Beautifully cast. Just a wonderful, wonderful film. When people ask me why I love film I can wave my hands in the direction of The Artist and say “THIS!” 5/5

Jan 26th

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Big screen adaptation of the famous spy novel. Alec Guinness was George Smiley in the BBC adaptation in the late 70’s and Oldman channels him beautifully. As Oldman gets older I find he’s become a far more interesting actor. Perhaps this is down to his choice of films to make now. This film is very slow paced but really took me back to the 70’s and how when I was a kid a spy seemed like an interesting career choice. Superbly cast, with Benedict Cumberbatch really standing out. Tom Hardy is also very good. In short it’s a British spy thriller. Though thriller is perhaps the wrong genre. It’s much more a character piece. A slow burning investigation into who is the mole out of the four individuals Smiley is investigating. In an era where spies in film have to beat lots of people up it’s terrific to see a spy movie like this. Makes me remember how, as a kid, being a spy seemed so exciting and dangerous. Really good. 4/5

Jan 28th

Shaun of the Dead

Total Movies Watched 28 of 366

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