The Revenant

the-revenant-posterAmerican black and white psychological horror from 1960.
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Reactions

Contemplations

Judgement

Epilogue

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Psycho” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

35 movies down. 330 to go.

If you want to get “Psycho” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Once upon a time in America”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Toy story

toy-story-posterAmerican black and white psychological horror from 1960.
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Reactions

Contemplations

Judgement

Epilogue

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Psycho” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

35 movies down. 330 to go.

If you want to get “Psycho” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Once upon a time in America”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Casino

casino-posterAmerican black and white psychological horror from 1960.
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Reactions

Contemplations

Judgement

Epilogue

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Psycho” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

35 movies down. 330 to go.

If you want to get “Psycho” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Once upon a time in America”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Platoon

platoon-posterAmerican black and white psychological horror from 1960.
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Reactions

Contemplations

Judgement

Epilogue

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Psycho” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

35 movies down. 330 to go.

If you want to get “Psycho” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Once upon a time in America”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

The Deerhunter

the-deer-hunter-posterAmerican black and white psychological horror from 1960.
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Reactions

Contemplations

Judgement

Epilogue

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Psycho” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

35 movies down. 330 to go.

If you want to get “Psycho” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Once upon a time in America”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Star trek

star-trek-posterAmerican sci-fi from 2009.
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Bechdel test: Pass

Exposition

A space ship of unfamiliar design and origin charges Federation ships and changes the whole future. Now the familiar adventures of Spock, Kirk, Bones, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov are changed. This time when they set out to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life-forms and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before, it is in unfamiliar and unexpected ways.

Reactions

This is a difficult film to talk about for an old Star Trek fan. On the one hand, it is a movie with high production values and a brilliant cast, and it is in such ways wonderful compared to some earlier Star Trek movies. On the other hand, seen as just a movie, with the same standard as the rest of the movies I watch this year, the judgement becomes slightly more negative. I will try to write a little about this movie from both points of view.

Contemplations

Visually this movie is mostly quite pleasing and shows the established universe in a modern tone without breaking with it. However the enormous amounts of lens flares are maybe a little unnecessary.

The characters are mostly well portrayed and the actors are well suited for their parts. The exception is Karl Urban as Bones who is unconvincing and stiff.

The audio is just fine, and there are some nice nods to the previous movies and TV shows.

The story is ridiculous and fantastically unbelievable, which is saying a bit for a sci fi movie. A quick googling would probably provide anyone with a summary of the plot wholes and strange choices in the story, and any listing or explanation from me is superfluous.

A worse sin, in my opinion, is the change in feeling of the movie. It is a straight action movie without the moralistic and overbearing attitude of the Federation. There are some more action oriented parts of the Star trek franchise from earlier, but there is also usually more then that.

The saddest lack in this movie is the change in relationship between the central trio in the original TV series; Bones, Kirk and Spock. In the original show Kirk was often dragged between the logic of Spock and the “humanity” of Bones. In this movie the Bones character is on the side, and the relationship between Spock and Kirk is the central idea. I feel like the trio is the main soul of the original series, and missed it here.

Judgement

I am glad to have watched “Star Trek” but it isn’t really worth watching a second time.

Epilogue

I will only recommend “Star Trek” to people who are fans of the franchise or wish to see the later movies in the reboot  and want the beginning of the story.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Star Trek” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

56 movies down. 309 to go.

If you want to get “Star Trek” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “The deer hunter”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Howl’s moving castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)

howls-moving-castle-posterJapanese animated adventure from 2004.
Starring: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûins
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writers: Diana Wynne Jones, Hayao Miyazaki
Bechdel test: Pass

Exposition

Sophie works in a hat shop in the city, but one day she meets a wizard. This makes her a target for the Witch of the Waste and soon Sophie is cursed. Can the spell be lifted or must she simply live with it?

Reactions

“Howl’s moving castle” is one of Miyazaki’s many brilliant movies, and this one has lots of fun adventure on the surface and a deeper meaning to it, just as the others.

Miyazaki’s constant use of flying is present in this movie as well, but less than in many of his others. (Specially less than in “Porco Rosso”, “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” and “Castle in the sky” where flying is all important parts of the plots.) The use of flying often feels freeing and adventurous, but in “Howl’s moving castle” it feels more like a burden or simply a way of moving. It offers no release, or very little.

Contemplations

The themes of the movie is strong and universal and can probably be understood quite well by the younger members of the audience. Maybe some of the ideas about female roles and stages in life will go over their heads, but still, lots to understand and contemplate for everyone.

More than anything else, the movie is an adventure, and I was immediately transported to the universe of fun and strange stories when I heard the familiar sounds of the Studio Ghibli music by Joe Hisaishi.

I love the animation in this movie specially well, because of the steampunk style of some parts. The castle itself is just wonderful, and makes me dream of living quite differently from the ordinary way I live now.

This is a movie that will stay with most viewers for a little while, I think, and in this case, I don’t mind recommending the American voice actors. I still think the Japanese version is best, but it was quite decent in English as well.

The story is fun and original, and I have decided to even read the book it is based on. If you want to do the same, here is a link to Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones on Amazon.

Judgement

“Howl’s moving castle” is a fun adventure and I will certainly watch it again.

Epilogue

I recommend “Howl’s moving castle” to anyone for a romantic or family movie evening.

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If you’ve recently seen “Howl’s moving castle” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

55 movies down. 310 to go.

If you want to get “Howl’s moving castle” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Star Trek”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Snatch

snatch-posterBritish crime comedy from 2000.
Starring: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Guy Ritchie
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

Turkish, a promoter of unlicensed boxers, gets dragged deeper and deeper into the intrigues of the London underworld.

Reactions

This is kind of an old fashioned heist movie, only it starts with the big caper. It is the story of what comes after all the other big sting movies.

Turkish is the storyteller in the movie, and we follow him and his compadres in the London underworld for a week. There are plenty of misunderstandings, mix-ups, disputes and clashes through the whole week, and both his alleys and foes are crazy and eccentric oddballs, to put it mildly.

And that might be the heart of “Snatch”; the dramatis personae. They are all absurd and they have a variety of traits that defy reason. Put together they make up a circle of associates that are simply inconceivable.  There are blundering amateurs, Russian gangsters, unpredictable pikeys,  bent fight promoters and a general horde of hard men, each of them bearing a nickname as daft as a brush. They make the movie full of surprises and the unexpected. 

And I am happy to report that “Snatch” is a movie with tempo. The story is complicated with heaps of action, and it moves through the scenes with gusto and speed. A lovely change from some of the slower movies I have seen lately.

Contemplations

The acting in the movie is great, and that’s good, cause weak performances could not have pulled off all the strange character traits. The list of actors is impressive, and Jason Statham does a great job in the lead role as one of the few slightly more ordinary people in the movie. I think specially Benicio Del Toro and Brad Pitt succeeds in their performances of unusual roles.

The story is a complicated mess of entanglements and conflicting goals through this gallery of criminal men. Any retelling is superfluous and probably will not do the story justice regardless. Suffice to say; everyone wants the proceeds from the heist and no one is aware of all the other players. It is a delightful set of resulting high jinks.

The audio and visuals in “Snatch” is some of the most creative and appealing I have seen.  We see things through surveillance cameras, there is quick changes between angles in scenes, there is a kind of hurried montage, there is an old-style presentation of the characters (and their wonderful nicknames) and a masterly and strange filming of a fight that lets the viewer feel just how hung over one of the fighters is. And that is just a few of the unusual ways this story is presented.

Judgement

“Snatch” is memorable and funny and I liked it quite a bit. I would not mind watching it again.

Epilogue

I recommend “Snatch” to any adult for a great evening of entertainment.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Snatch” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

54 movies down. 311 to go.

If you want to get “Snatch” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Howl’s moving castle” (“Hauru no ugoku shiro”). Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Stagecoach

stagecoach-posterAmerican black and white western from 1939.
Starring: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine
Director: John Ford
Writers: Dudley Nichols, Ernest Haycox
Bechdel test: Pass

Exposition

A stagecoach filled with a variety of characters from the old west must make a drive through Apache threatened country. Along the way the passengers and driver all get to know one another and the people at various way stations.

Reactions

This is a proper old western with every element that brings to mind;  old vengeance,  damsels in distress, six shooters, hookers, Winchesters, Indians on the war path, lots of horses, and so much more.

“Stagecoach” has a some similarities with a play; the characters are thrown together, must relate to one another and that provokes developments for at least some of them.  On the other hand, there is a lot of action in the movie that would have been difficult on a stage; the constantly moving coach and, not to give anything away, all those guns might get some use. The combo of the two types of movements is a rather nice juxtaposition. I would have expected the silent or stoic men of the old west to have less development and the women to have more passive roles and maybe any changes would be more dependent on men.  Fortunately there is more to this movie.

The characters are made to be contrasting and represent several rungs in society. There is a banker that goes on about how “What’s good for the banks is good for the country”, a lawman looking for an escaped prisoner, a prisoner looking for revenge, a drunken old doctor, a gambling old officer, a whiskey salesman, a prostitute, a fancy officer’s wife and the coach driver. Together these provide both humor and some nice drama.

The first part of the movie sees everyone get on the coach, but after that it is all about the journey. The coach and the story moves along at quite the pace, and both the coach and the emotional developments get a little overloaded.

Contemplations

The acting is of amazing quality and all the nine main characters were portrayed well. It is rare to see an ensemble cast of such a high caliber. (Pardon the pun.)

The footage and direction was also nice and served the story well. The audio was slightly less suitable though. The music was overly dramatic, during almost any scene, regardless of content or mood. The Spanish song they hear at one of the way stations was really nice though.

The story has some good qualities and some bad. As mentioned, the story is surprisingly  meaningful with well developed characters. However, it is somewhat naive and without too many twists.  Regardless, it is a well made western with the legendary John Wayne and a whole slew of other great actors.

Judgement

I liked “Stagecoach” and was pleasantly surprised by the  western genre. It might not have the depth I usually look for in a movie, but much more than expected.

Epilogue

I would recommend “Stagecoach” to all adults. It is well worth seeing a good old western with John Wayne at least once in a lifetime.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Stagecoach” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

53 movies down. 312 to go.

If you want to get “Stagecoach” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Snatch”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

princess-mononoke-posterJapanese animated fantasy from 1997.
Starring: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
Bechdel test: Pass

Exposition

Ashitaka’s village is attacked by a demon that infects him with a curse that will slowly kill him. The village wise woman tells him to travel to the lands in the west where he might find a cure, although that is uncertain.

Reactions

Most of the action in “Princess Mononoke” takes place during Ashitaka’s journey and after he arrives in the western lands. The time of this adventure is long ago when Gods still roamed the earth.

The music is just as enjoyable as in other Miyazaki movies and it brings out both emotions and moods. “Princess Mononoke” has more of a anime feel to it than other Miyazaki movies, with the classical overreaction faces of the characters and the sounds that go along with them. This is not something that is present often, though.

There is mostly a feel of adventure and fairy tale in “Princess Mononoke” and it has the typical moral messages of older traditional stories. The morals of the story is important and quite easy to get for young and old. Happily, this does not mean the story is simplified or boring.

Once again we see that cutting off one’s own pony tale has some kind of significance in a Japanese movie, but I still don’t exactly what.

Contemplations

The animation is some of the best I’ve ever seen, and while there is some violence, this medium allows such matters to be less graphic. The drawings are both cute and pretty, without being just an excuse for showing off nature and people.

The characters are fantastical, as they should be in a fairy tale, but still human enough for the viewers to relate and care about their fate. The strange thing is that I also came to care for the fate of the forest. Don’t get me wrong, I naturally care for nature and how it fares, but I ended up caring for the forest as if it was a person or character.

The story sits with the viewer for quite some time, and the messages can reach every member of a family. (Also the family members that more traditionally aren’t too concerned with at least some of the issues in the movie, such as feminism and environmental protection.)

“Princess Mononoke” is a fantastic animated movie, maybe the best I’ve ever seen.

Judgement

“Princess Mononoke” is a very enjoyable movie with a bit of meaning and a good adventure story. I will watch it again many times in the future.

Epilogue

I recommend everyone watch “Princess Mononoke” once in a while to get a reminder of the importance of nature and our relationships to one another.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Princess Mononoke” (“Mononoke-hime”) or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.

52 movies down. 313 to go.

If you want to get “Princess Mononoke” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?

Tomorrow’s movie is “Stagecoach”. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.