Too Many Movies! (Part Four)

We’re into the summer months now as we continue onwards with the films I saw for the first time in 2012…

61) The Woman in Black

…I though this and The Awakening were fine returns to old-fashioned horror films, not perfect but certainly promising moves, a change from the busty teens/gory torture-porn stuff that we have been inflicted with of late.  While marketing/box-office wise the casting of Daniel Radcliffe clearly paid off, aesthetically he was miscast, surely. It hurt the film. He’s not a bad actor, just too young and innocent-looking. What worked handsomely for the Harry Potter series rather misfires here.

62) The Artist

63) The Rum Diary

64) Run For The Money

65) Abduction

… incredibly silly vehicle for Taylor Lautner who plays a Teenager in Danger when he finds out his parents aren’t really his parents, and is caught up in some absurd spy mystery. Like Red Riding Hood, it’s a very silly movie for teens starring accomplished actors (Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina) slumming for money. I know its not at all aimed for people like me but God I hate rubbish like this.

66) The Goonies

…I know, I know, its years old but I never got around to watching it until Lovefilm sent me a Blu-ray rental copy. Alas, maybe it was its age, but it just didn’t click- what on earth was all the fuss about?

67) Rampart

68) Perfect Sense

69) The Dark Knight Rises

DKR gave Prometheus a run in the disappointment stakes. As is becoming increasingly evident, Chris Nolan crafts movies as efficiently as Stanley Kubrick did, but likewise fails to engender any sense of involvement or empathy. All the films he makes have great ideas and are easily admired but impossible to really love. DKR’s finale should have had me punching the air but it just left me detached and almost bored. Considering the talent Nolan has employed in the Batman films, The Prestige and Inception, only for all of them to fail to engage emotionally, leaves me pointing the finger of blame solely at Nolan. The man needs to get a heart.

71) Killer Elite

71) Justice

…yet another bad Nicolas Cage movie. How does he do it? At least I’ll probably never see another now that my Lovefilm rentals are over.

72) Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

73) Machine Gun Preacher

74) Iron Sky

… worst film of the year?

75) Money Ball

76) Coriolanus

77) Another Earth

… I really liked this one. Very similar to Melancholia but far less pretentious without any of that self-important art house crap that makes my blood boil.

78)  The Texas Killing Fields

79) The Raven

80) From Paris With Love

…and that’s titles 61-80 of my list. Getting awfully close to the big 100. Twenty films to go but we’re into September now and the Lovefilm rentals stopped in early November. Its going to be tight, I think…

2 thoughts on “Too Many Movies! (Part Four)

  1. This takes me to 33 “been meaning to see” and 11 “actually seen” from your list.

    The one new latter is, of course, The Dark Knight Rises, which I very much enjoyed. I see why people criticise Nolan’s films for a lack of emotional engagement, and it’s something that probably runs through all his work, but it doesn’t seem to bother me a great deal. Maybe it should. Emotional attachment to a film’s story and characters is certainly not an undesirable trait, but the fact I still enjoy most of his films on whichever level suggests to me that it’s not necessarily necessary in order to make a good film.

    Nonetheless, TDKR‘s definitely not perfect even allowing for that… yet imperfect in a way that will still probably see me give it five stars when I get round to reviewing it.

  2. I look forward to your (five star!) review of TDKR. Emotional engagement is a funny thing with movies. As I’ve gotten older I do find I enjoy films more when I ‘connect’ either with the film or its characters. It just seems to be something that has grown as I’ve gotten older (maybe its related to simply seeing too many movies?). There are films that might be average technically etc but if something seems to ‘click’ I find it more rewarding or memorable than what might be considered a more ‘proficient’ film. I’ve been working my way slowly through the Bond box set for instance, and find OHMSS to still be a wonderful, warm, touching movie, my favourite of the Bond films. I can well understand why others may prefer other films in the series but the Connery films just leave me cold. Not bad films by any means (well, not Connery’s first three, anyway) but they just don’t engage me emotionally, whereas I just love OHMSS.

    TDKR is on my Xmas Blu-ray wishlist, and I’m keen to see it again, Prometheus proved better on Blu simply due to lower expectations compared to my first viewing, and I expect TDKR will likewise.

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