Well I obviously had to slow up at some point right? But hey twelve in a week is still good in my books. I don’t think I can stretch to three highlights and lowlights so this week I’ll just give two. Every film is still new to me – except possibly for Toy Story 2 3D, which I’m taking as being new because I’ve never seen it in 3D before.
Onto business, the movies!
55. Me & Orson Welles
56. Citizen Kane
57. The 6th Day
58. Away We Go
59. Toy Story 2 3D
61. The Lionshare
63. Bonnie & Clyde
64. Good Will Hunting
Okay so this has been a real weird week as, after the crap of week 2, I decided to try and raise the calibre of the films I watched – subsequently I find it really difficult to pick out highlights and lowlights because so many films I saw were so good. I did say however, that I would give three highs and lows each week so please bear in mind that my lows this week are in no way bad films (and should not be compared to the lows of previousweeks), I just didn’t enjoy them as much as the other films I watched. Same goes for the highs actually, which only just managed to stand out above the rest.
I hope every week can be as good as this one.
37. Falling Down
38. The Book of Eli
39. The Pursuit of Happyness
40. Waltz with Bashir
41. In Bruges
44. Last of the Mohicans
45. Four Weddings and a Funeral
46. Bangkok Dangerous
47. American Gangster
49. Race to Witch Mountain
50. Up in the Air
51. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
52. Get Carter
53. Charlie & Boots
Highlights: Falling Down, Casablanca, Devlierance
Lowlights: Waltz with Bashir, Last of the Mohicans, Race to Witch Mountain
Two weeks down and I’m only half a film away from meeting 10% of my target. That’s some mega good going!
So nineteen films watched this week which were:
20. Superman: Doomsday
21. The Square
22. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
23. Dr. Stangelove
24. Half Nelson
25. Max Manus
26. Underworld Evolution
27. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
28. American Pie: Book of Love
29. Hellboy: Blood & Iron
30: Resident Evil: Apocalypse
31. Resident Evil: Extinction
32. Observe & Report
33. American Pie: Beta House
34. The Road
35. Easy Rider
36. Hellboy: Sword of Storms
Highlights: Push, Dr Strangelove, Max Manus
Lowlights: American Pie: Book of Love, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction
I know what you’re all thinking “all we need right now is another vampire flick” right? And you’re saying it all seriously and stuff aren’t you? Well shut up already! Vampires are mega cool really, even if they have been a bit emoified recently.
So the Spierig brothers are here to serve up a slice of vampirism from a nice shiny new perspective – Vampirism has taken over the world and the vamps are on the hunt for the remaining humans as their blood supply is fast running out.
You want more story than that? Well unfortunately there isn’t a whole heap more – and if the film really falls down for anything, it’s that it’s pretty one dimensional. That’s not to say that the film or the plot is ill conceived, it just doesn’t really feel like there’s any depth to the whole thing. People come and go, appear and disappear, move back and forth and it’s mostly quite shrug worthy. The odd action scenes generally miss the mark and they were something I was expecting and hoping to see a little more of. The universe itself is quite pleasing though, with real consideration as to what future-technologies a society of vampires would actually need in order to survive – it’s just a shame that the style wasn’t backed up with a little more substance.
Ethan Hawke is good in the leading role and, you know what, I’ve missed him – he’s a very relatable and likeable guy, even if he doesn’t have a reflection. The rest of the cast don’t really have all that much to do though to be perfectly honest and that’s a shame. It’s always nice to see Willem Dafoe doing… well anything really – but all he really does here is play the role of Mr Exposition and turn up at random intervals whilst grimacing throughout, and the ever fantastic Sam Neill just kind of sits postulating in an office. Criminal underuse of two of Hollywood’s finest.
For those of you who’ve been hankering for a proper vampire film ( you know with teeth that don’t sparkle) and are feeling a whole left by the lack of a Blade or an Underworld this year then this will be right up your street. If not then fuck off and pull the stick out of your ass.
No but seriously it’s pretty fun really but it misses out great status for the fact that there’s not really all that much to it. It is worth noting though that the whole thing was shot and put together for around $30 million. I’m not going to be subtle about this at all; I recently saw X Men Origins: Wolverine which was fucking dire and marred by poor CGI and cost five times more to make than Daybreakers. Wow. From that perspective the £30 million was well spent and, from a budgetary perspective, the film is undoubtedly a success – bearing this in mind I’d like to think that the Spierigs will move onto bigger and better things and frankly, I can’t wait to see what they do next.
Thanks to the fact that I, as you all doubt know, am a complete idiot, I set myself the challenge of watching 365 films throughout 2010. Week by week I will chronicle the films I’ve seen and try and make a pretty poster picture like the above.
Time, unfortunately, will not allow for me to review each of these films individually, but if you want my thoughts on any of them, then please let me know. I will however name my top three and worst three of the week after the list.
Also please put forward any suggestions you might have as to what films I should watch – I’ll take them under the kindest advisement.
So without further ado…
1. Sherlock Holmes
2. Bad Lieutenant
3. The Hurt Locker
6. Monsters Vs Aliens
7. Rocky Balboa
8. Man on Wire
9. Max Payne
10. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
12. (500) Days of Summer
14. I love you Beth Cooper
15. The Proposal
16. X Men Origins: Wolverine
17. The Brothers Bloom
Highlights: Primer, (500) Days of Summer, The Brothers Bloom
Lowlights: Max Payne, I Love You Beth Cooper, X Men Origins: Wolverine