A quick update on my 100 new movie challenge. I’m currently at 23 new movies watched so far this year. That’s quite a long way behind where I should be, and now it would require me to watch around 3-4 movies per week for the rest of the year to successfully complete the challenge. So, it’s looking unlikely. With that said, I’m going to do my best to educate myself. To see my progress, check icheckmovies.com – http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/michaels+2012+100+movie+challenge/mpasso/
#7: Chronicle (2012): This is a film I have very mixed feelings for. On the one hand it has some of the worst CGI effects I’ve seen in quite a long time, but on the other hand it has some of the most quality, thrillingly awesome CGI effects I’ve seen in a long time. So what happened with this film? I have no idea – it’s a rollercoaster of a journey that does make you consider how you’d handle yourself if you were an adolescent American male suffering from parental abuse. It’s a sometimes funny, most of the time awkward film that leaves a lot of questions being asked, almost as if they were determined to get a sequel commissioned immediately. Also, it’s entirely shot ‘handheld’ style by the main characters who, for some reason, always make sure their cameras are on for important moments. It’s kind of like how the TV crews in the US version of The Office are always in the right place at the right time. But less funny.
#8: A History of Violence (2005): I switched on this film 15 minutes in, but I hadn’t missed the bulk of the action (as far as I know) so I’m going to count it on my list. The movie is probably the oddest I’ve seen so far, although that’s not saying much as I’ve stuck pretty firmly in reality for my first 8 films of 2012. Without spoiling the film, I have to admit I found it frustratingly unpredictable and somewhat unnecessarily bloody. The blood effects are great and all, but they’re somewhat overused as well. Odd film.
I’m now up to #8 – things have slowed somewhat since I got back to uni because, as it turns out, the final term in my third year of uni is really hard. But I’ve still managed to force myself to watch a few movies.
#5: (500) Days of Summer (2009) – I guess it was inevitable that with the UK arrival of US sitcom New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel I would have to go back and take a look at one of her biggest movies (no, not the horrific pile of space junk that was the 2005 version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), (500) days of Summer. I don’t really feel it’s necessary for me to write reviews of films here, so instead I’m just going to say how they made me feel. This one, while entertaining, really pissed me off too. Zooey Deschanel’s character Summer could not make up her stupid, quirky mind as to whether she wanted to be with Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and while it may be a somewhat realistic situation in the ever-awkward world of relationship politics, dragging someone along for 18 months isn’t at all classy. Admittedly, I saw the film about three weeks ago, I can no longer remember the specifics, but I know that I think I feel like Summer was totally unreasonable, so I’m sticking with that.
#6: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) – Other than Simon Pegg’s goofy character for some reason acting like a total douchebag for half the film, the fourth incarnation of MI movie series is absolutely rockin’-ly awesome. Seriously. It’s funny, action-packed and it looks absolutely gorgeous on the big screen. If there ever was one reason to go to the cinema this would be it. Now I wish I’d seen it in IMAX because apparently it’s even better in that format. But still, if you rent this movie, turn the lights down and the speakers up.