Movies of the year
So far this year I’ve watched 97 films I haven’t seen before.
My aim is to get to 104, which is 2 a week. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll list all the films I’ve seen.
What are the best films you’ve seen this year?
Day 25- Favourite Christmas-horror movie
Not just my favourite Christmas horror movie… not just one of my favourite horror movie… one of my favourite movies ever.
I first watched this when I was a kid and I was totally hooked on it. I was utterly bamboozled by the amount I loved Gizmo and how I wanted him for myself, and how terrified I was by Spike and the other Gremlins. I became a bit obsessed with it and I had toys of Gizmo and Spike (in the interest of balance).
I love how it still genuinely scares me and also makes me laugh. I suppose I’ll always watch it with eyes that are forever eight years old, but Joe Dante has continued to make films like this since then: Small Soldiers and The Hole in particular are films of the same ilk as this
Day 24- Horror movie character that you relate to.
This is really difficult. I’d love to be say the lead character in one of my favourite horror movies. However, it’s probably going to have to be bed Ed from Shaun of the Dead. He’s lazy, his life’s a mess, but he loves his best mate. Plus I’m overweight and I look like him. And I say “cunt” more than I should
I watched the first Grave Encounters film, and while it was somewhat enjoyable, it was instantly forgettable.
This sequel makes its predecessor look like Citizen Kane. Quite how the producers thought there was 98 minutes in this movie is beyond me. And the most pertinent point for me is this: it’s not frightening. Not whatsoever. There are two moments which may make you jump. That’s it.
I understand how there are such a glut of found footage movies: they’re cheap. But found footage films are now old hat. In order for them to work they have to be original like The Blair Witch Project (which was groundbreaking), or to have a different angle like the Paranormal Activity movies do, when putting the action in the home of the protagonist. However, merely name checking those movies does not make something into some kind of Scream style Meta-horror. In fact, it just looks lazy.
I watch plenty of low budget, low expectation horror movies - I love them. However, this film just had me looking more at the time remaining than the screen, which demonstrates just how boring I found it.
Cool picture though…
No need for words
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I just watched this bad boy.
Really liked it. Framerate wasn’t an issue at all - maybe I’m just used to watching stuff in HD?
There were some liberties taken with the storyline, but I can’t have too many complaints about it. They weren’t just there for the sake of it, but more to fill put the pre-existing storyline into context with what we know will happen in the future. Kind of like a Phantom Menace, but done much, much better.
Martin Freeman is perfect and underplays the comedy to great effect. Somehow he manages to be exactly the same in this as he is in everything else (the Office, Hitchhiker’s Guide, Sherlock), but still be utterly convincing as Bilbo.
and it was great to see Gandalf and Gollum again.
The Walking Dead: Hello, IT
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