Das boot

das-boot-posterGerman war drama from 1981.
Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Writers: Lothar G. Buchheim, Wolfgang Petersen
Bechdel test: Fail

Exposition

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Contemplations

Judgement

Epilogue

Over to you

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62 movies down. 303 to go.

If you want to get “Das boot” 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 “Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb”. 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.

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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

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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.

Psycho

psycho-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

Marion Crane steals 40 000$ from her boss and runs away. One night on the lam she checks in to Bates motel to get a nights rest.

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I thought many of the scenes in “Psycho” were quite meticulous and showed ordinary and practical events, such as unpacking or chatting. And still the scenes had a clear enough focus to not loose the tension in the story.  I was entertained through the whole movie, even though I at some point watched a woman eat some sandwiches.

I wonder how some of this movie was received in it’s time though. There was more naked skin and sexual content than I would have expected from this era. Not something we would react to today, but still surprising from 1960.

Contemplations

The sound was a very nice underscore of the rise and fall in tension. And the visuals were really fun with it’s use of mirrors and shadows. All the different ways of filming something through holes or mirrors was a nice way to break up scenes so they didn’t repeat a back and forth between characters too much and to let audiences see in new ways. It became part of this every day style where we saw what the characters saw.

The acting was superb, and specially Janet Leigh as Marion Crane and Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates were phenomenal. They had me at the edge of my seat the whole time.

The story was really good, even if it became clear what was going on quite early. Still I was excited to see what would happen next.

Judgement

“Psycho” was a really great movie that I would not mind watching again.

Epilogue

I would recommend “Psycho” to anyone over 18. It is a really exciting movie that didn’t feel dated even if it is 57 years old now.

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.

Rome, open city (Roma città aperta)

rome-open-city-posterItalian black and white war drama from 1945.
Starring: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Writers: Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Alberto Consiglio
Bechdel test: Pass

Exposition

Giorgio Manfredi is part of the resistance during the Nazi occupation of Rome. He searches for a place to hide and not put anyone else at risk.

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“Rome, open city” was made just after the war ended and I assume the story and visuals are quite close to reality. That is maybe the most interesting part of this movie. Not that the rest is bad, but I was fascinated by seeing Rome in 1945 and how someone from this time would tell a story about the war.

Contemplations

With this month’s focus on how scenes come together to tell the story and makes shifts in the plot line, I think this movie does a great job in this way. The long scenes bring changes in the tension and ups the stakes, while shorter scenes sets up these longer ones. Maybe that is what I will see in most movies, but in this first one where I focus a little on this, that is what I noticed.

The story it self in “Rome, open city” is a little predictable, but shows well different fates of resistance fighters from many places in Europe, and maybe elsewhere. The acting was also good, but a little stereotypical. I am starting to see a trend in acting. It was a little bit more dramatic and stereotypical during the 30’s to 50’s, so that might be why I find the acting a bit larger than life.

Judgement

I liked the movie, but mostly because I was fascinated by the smaller scenes and their glimpses of daily life and scenery of Rome during the war.  It wasn’t as good as the different best movies ever list implies, but still not a waste of time.

Epilogue

Don’t think I would recommend “Rome, open city”, it was a little too obvious.

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31 movies down. 334 to go.

If you want to get “Rome, open city” 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 “Roman holiday“. 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.

V for vendetta

v-for-vendetta-posterAmerican thriller from 2005.
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves
Director: James McTeigue
Writers: Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, David Lloyd
Bechdel test: Pass

Exposition

In a dystopian future England the Party demands obedience from it’s citizens, and the freedoms we enjoy today are mostly gone. Then one man, V, starts to challenge the Party’s regime and tries to wake the British people and make them see what the state is doing.

Reactions

I have not seen this movie before, but I really liked it.

I think many of the points made in the movie, is important in our world today. Several governments now tell us that we should sacrifice personal freedoms and privacy in order to combat terrorism. And that is just what have lead to a gruesome regime in “V for vendetta”.

What a wonderful antihero V is. He possesses everything, has every quality, I need to fall for the antihero. He has a horrible backstory, he has a noble goal and he wants love, but above all, he is very much an anti hero.

Contemplations

V is amazingly portrayed by Hugo Weaving. He gives the character flare and V seems genuine in a setting where it would be easy to play him overly dramatic.

It is nice to see Natalie Portman again, and this time as an adult. It was just a few days ago that I saw her as a child in “Leon: The professional“. (They grow up so fast.) She delivers in this movie too.

The bad guys are skillfully played by great actors as well.

The story is, as mentioned, quite important. It is also thrilling and kept my attention through the movie. There is a bit of a turn midway that failed to surprise me. Other than that, no complaints.

Visually this movie underwhelmed me. The places you can go with such a dramatic story and such strong imagery were not visited. The whole movie was mostly made to look ordinary with everyday houses and streets. It made the story seem closer to my current reality, and more applicable to my life. Maybe we need V?

Judgement

I would love to watch “V for vendetta” again. I would also like to read the graphic novel it is based on. (If you want that, here is a link to “V for vendetta” graphic novel on amazon.)

Epilogue

I recommend this movie to everyone. Not just because it is a good movie and a good story, but also because I think it is important that everyone reflects upon how much of their liberty and privacy they accept to lose. I do not suggest children under the age of 15 see this movie without a parent.

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12 movies down. 353 to go.

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

Tomorrow’s movie is “The Grapes of wrath“. 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.

Blade runner

blade-runner-posterAmerican sci-fi from 1982.
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Philip K. Dick, David Webb Peoples, Hampton Fancher
Bechdel-test: Fail

I would recommend this movie to any adult. For potential viewers who aren’t fans of sci-fi I would probably try to explain that they can try to see more in the story then just the surface action.

Exposition

In the far off year of 2019 a “Blade Runner” (a replicant hunter) must retire four replicants who have come to Earth where they are forbidden.

Reactions

I have seen “Blade runner” before, but a long time ago. It has a very appealing future, visually. In other ways the future is quite dystopian.  And even if the movie is getting up there in years now, the future is still a visual treat. It is a mix of 40’s fashion in clothing and personal grooming, and a more dirty and gritty architecture and cityscape.

Of course it is a little funny that this is supposed to happen in about two years time, and we are nowhere near that development we see in the movie. It rains the whole time, which might be caused by some form of climate change, and while we in reality have put the planet in dire straights, constant rain in San Fransisco, has yet to happen. In the movie we also see or hear about off-world colonies, lab-grown pets, androids that can pass for humans and flying cars. None of which we have. Or maybe we do have androids that can pass for human? (And maybe I should not attempt jokes if this is how bad they are.)

In a few other ways the movie is a little dated. It wasn’t so bad that I had trouble watching it, but it felt old. Mainly the music and the pacing of the storytelling marked the time the movie was made.

Contemplations

The acting is solid by all the actors. A nice movie in that respect as well; good performances in all the roles. Some things are a little over the top, but replicants aren’t supposed to be just as we are, I suppose. Somehow it fits well.

The story is good. It is quite simple on the surface, but has enough layers to keep the viewer interested. The movie is supposedly quite different from the book it is based on; “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. The story in “Blade runner” had me intrigued enough to want to read the book. (If you should have a similar desire; here’s a link to “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” on amazon.)

Judgement

I would very much like to see this movie again. It is a good example of how a sci-fi setting can enlighten issues for humans today, be it problems in society or on a more personal level. Here we get a bit of both.

Epilogue

I would recommend this movie to any adult. For potential viewers who aren’t fans of sci-fi I would probably try to explain that they can try to see more in the story then just the surface action.

Over to you

If you’ve recently seen “Blade runner” 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.

11 movies down. 354 to go.

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

Tomorrow’s movie is “V for vendetta“. 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 Bourne ultimatum

the-bourne-ultimatum_posterEnglish language action thriller from 2007
Starring: Matt Damon, Édgar Ramírez, Joan Allen
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writers: Robert Ludlum, Tony Gilroy, George Nolfi, Scott Z. Burns
Bechdel-test: Fail

Exposition

This is the third movie about Jason Bourne, and he still does not remember who he is. In search of his past he follows a series of leads towards the truth behind the program that made him an assassin, all the while being chased by the CIA.

Reactions

“The Bourne ultimatum” was an enjoyable action movie that kept me entertained the whole way.

I hadn’t seen this movie before, but I have seen the two previous movies about Jason Bourne. I also read the book that the first movie, “The Bourne identity”, was based on. Although that was a while ago. Through nicely placed exposition I was reminded enough about the story so far, even if the action started immediately. And it kept going non stop until the end. I think it would be more enjoyable to see the whole trilogy rather then just this installment though. Due to ratings however, this was the only one that made my watch list.

Contemplations

The best part of the movie, was the CIA chasing Jason Bourne and the bleak and scary image this paints of surveillance, regard for the press (or rather lack there of), and the US’s willingness to put their own interests above all else. Hopefully this image is far from the truth, but if we look at some of the leaks from the intelligence community over the last few years, this movie might be closer to reality than I find comfortable.

Acting, cinematography, audio and above all, the action scenes (witch make up a lot of the movie) was better then I often expect from a straight-up blockbuster. I see why this was one of the few action movies that have been hailed by audiences as more than just some entertainment for a few hours. It does have that little something extra.

Judgement

I would easily watch this movie again. Maybe not right away while it is still fresh in my memory, but I liked it, even though there were some minor annoyances and flaws, as there probably is in most movies. One of the better action movies I have seen.

Epilogue

I would recommend this movie to any adult, however, I suggest seeing “The Bourne identity” and “The Bourne supremacy” first, in that order. As far as I remember they were both a decent watch.

Over to you

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Four movies down. 361 to go.

If you want to get “The Bourne ultimatum” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s already on your shelf?

Tomorrow’s movie is “The Reenactment” (Reconstituera). 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.