Daily Archives: February 28, 2010

February’s Over, Bring On March

Another month down and I am still as keen as ever to keep this thing up. During February I saw some really great films. I think that the films that I watched during this month were generally of a higher quality than those I watched in January. Some of the movies that I watched during this month were all-time classics.

Alfred Hitchcock was my director of choice this month, as I watched six of his films. Of those North By Northwest was the most enjoyable but I also liked Rear Window, The 39 Steps, Foreign Correspondent and The Wrong Man a lot. Spellbound was a good movie as well even though Ingrid Bergman spouting off psychoanalytical jargon every time she opens her mouth is a bit distracting.If you have never watched a Hitchcock film then I dare say that it is time that you did as his work is just so enjoyable. The Third Man is another enjoyable British film that features a lot of Hitchcockian elements, as well as fine performances by Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.

The funniest film that I saw during February was probably The Court Jester, but I did like School Of Rock too. Other fine comedy films include Francis and Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein  whilst Chaplin’s The Kid is a bit more sentimental than funny, although there are a few humourous sequences. The General was another Buster Keaton film that I was disappointed with, just like I was with Steamboat Bill Jr. last month. The General worked more as a historical drama than as a comedy, in my opinion. I also found that while Sailor Beware was funny, it was just typical of most standard Martin & Lewis comedies.

  1. Invictus – Recommended
  2. The Simpsons Movie – Recommended
  3. The Wrong Man – Recommended
  4. Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein – Highly Recommended
  5. The Third Man – Very Highly Recommended
  6. Mystery Of The Wax Museum – Recommended
  7. A Night In Casablanca – Recommended
  8. The 39 Steps – Highly Recommended
  9. Foreign Correspondent – Highly Recommended
  10. Avatar – Very Highly Recommended
  11. The Return Of Frank James – Recommended
  12. Clash Of The Titans – Recommended
  13. The Incredible Shrinking Man – Very Highly Recommended
  14. Spartacus – Highly Recommended
  15. Spellbound – Recommended
  16. The Court Jester – Highly Recommended
  17. Born Free – Highly Recommended
  18. Francis – Recommended
  19. Sailor Beware – Recommended for Martin & Lewis fans only
  20. The Kid – Recommended
  21. Grease – Recommended
  22. The General – Recommended
  23. Rear Window – Very Highly Recommended
  24. School Of Rock – Highly Recommended
  25. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo – Recommended
  26. North By Northwest – Very Highly Recommended
  27. Bad Day At Black Rock – Highly Recommended
  28. Pulp Fiction – Very Highly recommended

The films that I enjoyed the most would be North By Northwest, Pulp Fiction, The Third Man and  The Incredible Shrinking Man, with Avatar rounding out the top 5.

I also must note that my review writing skills have actually gone backwards as time goes by. I often find that after watching a film I am lost with what I want to say and that thinking about what I want to write can affect my enjoyment of the chosen film. I still am going to stick with this thing and maybe if I get a chance I will rewrite what I have written in my reviews. I do acknowledge that most review writers make more than one draft of what they write while I mostly just write what is on the top of my head.

Poll Time – Movie Musicals

Pulp Fiction

Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Produced by Lawrence Bender
Written by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary
Starring John Travolta
Samuel L. Jackson
Uma Thurman
Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Amanda Plummer
Maria de Medeiros
Ving Rhames
Eric Stoltz
Rosanna Arquette
Christopher Walken
Bruce Willis
Cinematography Andrzej Sekula
Editing by Sally Menke
Distributed by Miramax Films (U.S. theatrical)
Release date(s) May 1994 (world premiere—Cannes Film Festival)
September 23, 1994 (U.S. premiere—New York Film Festival)
October 14, 1994 (U.S. general release)
Running time 154 min.
Country United States
Language English

Pulp Fiction is another film that I just watched on Foxtel. I have watched this film many times since I first saw it in the cinema in 1994. It is undoubtedly one of my favourite Tarantino films and perhaps one of my favourite movies of all time. It features lots of Tarantino’s clever and snappy dialogue full of obscure references. Much of the music is great too.

It’s pretty futile talking about the plot of this film, since most of the population of the Earth has seen it. Samuel L. Jackson is brilliant as Jules, whilst this film helped to resurrect John Travolta’s career. There is also the dance sequence between Travolta and Thurman as well that everyone remembers.

The film is great there are only two things about it that are disappointing: 1) that Tarantino has not made a sequel that features Jules walking the Earth getting into adventures and sharing his wisdom and philosophies, 2) that we never got to see Fox Force Five on TV, as that sounds one thousand times better than any of the shit that is currently on TV. Both of these ideas would be awesome.