Blindspot 2015: Final Feedback

As promised, today’s post contains feedback about my Blindspot list for 2015. I am so happy with the list I compiled with a few people’s suggestions – the movies I saw were all either something I’ve been meaning to watch for ages or movies I haven’t seen and really should have seen to be allowed out in public. So, here we go. There are links to the original reviews for these movies if you want to go check them out.

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  1. The Godfather (1972): 9.5/10

2. The Godfather Part 2 (1974) 9.5/10

The Godfather Part I and II both appeared on the list when Zoë heard that I’d never seen the two films and threatened to disown me. Well, we can safely still be besties because these two movies are incredible. The incredible acting, directing and story telling makes two incredibly intense movies, and I can cast myself in the fan zone for the franchise – it is AMA-ZING

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3. The Prestige (2006) 9/10

Christopher Nolan is a director that was very well represented on this Blindspot list. I’m still getting to know him and while he may truthfully not be my favorite director, he is a fantastic, incredibly intelligent storyteller. The Prestige hurt my brain on a lot of levels, and the film was very well put together. I would really recommend the film to everyone.

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4. July: Fury (2014) 9/10

This. Film. Nail biting. Intense. Wardaddy forever.

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5.  Pulp Fiction (1994) 9/10

The introductory course to the madness that is Tarantino started here. I am so glad I saw this, because I am hooked by the extravagance of his film making.

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6. Interstellar (2014) 8.5/10

Christopher Nolan excelled yet again with a visually stunning film that discusses mind boggling topics. LOVE.

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7. Casablanca (1942) 8.5/10

For me the true mark of an epic film is whether it transcends generations. Casablanca is all class in black and white, and is such a wonderful treat to watch.

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8. X-Men: First Class 7.5/10 (2011)

I love a good superhero film. The X-men is by far the movies I know least about, and it has was a great idea to watch First Class. It started my thing for James McAvoy, and it is really worth the time spent.

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9. Romeo and Juliet (1996) 7.5/10

Baz Luhrman is such a grand chap. I love the extravagance of his directing, and Romeo and Juliet is no different. Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio are perfect in here, and the decidedly weird adaption still works very well.

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10:  Magic in the Moonlight (2014) 7/10

This was certainly not my favorite film on the Blindspot list, and I think the huge problem is the wasted talent from the cast.

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11: Invictus (2009) 7/10

Although not a bad film, the film lacks the passion South-Africans feel towards the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Maybe because it was made by Americans and not South-Africans. #justsaying

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12: A Good Year (2006) 6/10

This lame rom-com just bored me. Russel Crowe can do so much more man.

Blindspot 2015: Casablanca (1942)

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“Here’s to you, kid”

IMDb Plot: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Rating: 8.5/10

As part of my Blindspot choices this year I put down that I thought Casablanca was a movie I finally needed to watch. With its nearly mythical fame and fan base, Casablanca had either the possibility of being overrated or worthy of the continuously being chosen as one of the greatest films of all time.

Casablanca might not classify as one of my favorite movies of all time but I enjoyed it very much. Some old movies are excellent, and this is one of them. The movie is classy and the characters never cheapen themselves or exploit over-frequented tactics to draw audiences. As far as I’m concerned this might be the usual method for older movies and I think it it’s a shame that we went so off track in the later years.  There is a strong romantic element and some political war drama thrown in – oh, how the Nazi’s were well hated and used as the villain frequently back then. Neither element is overwhelming and doesn’t take precedence over the other at any stage.

Now that I’ve finally seen Humphrey Boggart in film I can rest easily. He is quite suave and I loved how he walked around with the cigarette in his mouth the entire time. He has no problem with being abrupt and has no qualms about saying what he thinks of people. He has the most character development in Casablanca and it is done in a style that I enjoyed – he realizes that his need to do good and not sit back while the Nazis run amok is stronger than his desire to live comfortably.

I also enjoyed the quick way the actors speak, the clarity of the shots when a movie is in black and white, and the fast pace of events. The movie is also a perfect length – I think that most movies aren’t strong enough to be longer than two hours, and a few rarely are, so when I saw that this one was approximately 1:45 I was quite happy. It turned out to be perfect – the end wasn’t drawn out and I didn’t want to fight with the director (who is long gone, I’m sure).

I am glad I chose to watch this film for the Blindspot series. I will definitely watch it sometime again and think that it is a worthy way to spend some time.

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Zoë has been really excited about this and I thought I would also compose one after seeing her rather excellent list (I’m very original haha). I really need to watchall of these movies – they all have different reasons as to why I would want to watch them but I need to get cracking and look at them this year. Let me know what you think and which ones you would like to watch, even if they aren’t on the list!!

X-Men: First Class (2011)

IMDb: In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.

After loving The Last Stand way too damn much, I really want to see its predecessor and see if this movie also manages to be really in-depth and intense.

Interstellar (2014)

IMDb: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

I’m really not sure if I will like this, but I need to give it a watch. Christopher Nolan’s latest movie is the rage all over town, so even if I don’t end up loving it, I definitely need to explore that venue. I can’t see anything really overtaking Gravity for me, but we will see what we will see, right?

The Godfather (1972)

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IMDb:  The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

This is for keeping friendships alive.

The Godfather Part 2 (1974)

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IMDb: The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.

This one too. I’ve never really heard a bad word about it though, so I guess it won’t be too much of a problem to watch 😀

Fury (2014)

IMDb: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Once again, I need see if the hype is really all, if it is good but not my style or if I just don’t like it one bit.

Romeo and Juliet (1996)

IMDb: Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

I actually thought of doing a FTF post for BazLuhrmann movies, but one of my favorite directors doesn’t seem to be all that into directing that often, so I’m rather going to do a week where I explore movies of him. Zoë got me this amazing boxset for Christmas with three of his movies in and I can’t wait to check out this adaption – I really hope it has Luhrmann’s distinctive flamboyant style!

Casablanca (1942)

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IMDb: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

It is shameful that I haven’t seen this classic yet. I remember that once at highschool the school’s biggest jock referred to something in Casablanca and if that absolute weirdo knows what is cracking in a movie that sounds so up my alley I best go see what this is about.

A Good Year (2006)

IMDb: A British investment broker inherits his uncle’s chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

This movie has been on my movie list since it premiered in 2006, and yet I still haven’t seen it. It sounds so lovely and like something I would enjoy.

Invictus (2009)

IMDb: Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

I really doubt if I will be moved to tears by an American opinion of one of the greatest moments in South-African sporting history, but I will watch this because even if I don’t like it I will gladly bitch about it for years after 😀

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

IMDb:  A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Reasons to watch this:

1) Woody Allen directed it and he directed Midnight in Paris, and that may be one of my favorite artsy films, ever

2) Emma Stone

3) Colin Firth

4) ‘nuff Said

The Prestige (2006)

IMDb: Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.

Zoë is always telling me about this movie and then I forget the name and then the cycle repeats itself and… it is a very bad cycle you know. It sounds pretty good, all around happy reviews, I love movies about magic and stuff, so I think this is a must watch for 2015.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

IMDb: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Yeah, I am deeply ashamed to say I haven’t seen this yet. I will watch it for obvious reasons, as well as seeing John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in full 80’s gear (hopefully) ad with delightfully awkward hair styles.

Well then, there you have my list. Let me know what you think!!