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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Plot: Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.
I’ll start off saying that I’m not one of the Nolanites who obsessively watch for new releases and get violent in his defense. That does not stop me from recognizing the true genius of the man, but I don’t faint with excitement is all I’m saying. But he directed two of the Blindspots I’ve most enjoyed this year, so obviously this guy is on to something.
I chose amazing Blindspots for 2015. Both the Godfather One and Two, Fury, Interstellar,Casablanca and now the Prestige were all well worth the time I devoted to them. I have Pulp Fiction and A Good Year left and I think we can safely say that Pulp Fiction is the one that might upset the rankings here.
The Prestige is a phenomenal movie. It is entertaining, well-paced, and non-linear in its storytelling (I’ve come to realize that ol’ Nolan likes doing this). Michael Caine, Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johannson, Andy Serkis and David Bowie are the main cast and they entertain non-stop. I’ve always thought Christian Bale is a fantastic actor, but I haven’t really seen him as jaw dropping good. I’m told that this is more his natural accent than any other, but just realizing how excellently he does accents and how his whole demeanor changes when he slips into a role is terribly impressive. Without giving plot reveals on here, because if you haven’t seen it you really should, I called one of the big ones pretty early on. All you have to do is pay attention to Tesla’s experience (an already fascinating character and his incorporation into this was a great idea). The last one, just before the end of the movie? I had my suspicions but wasn’t totally correct there – it was very well done. The movie has a fantastic end – you are kept wondering and on the edge of your seat until the very end, and then it still manage to surprise.
The Prestige is well worth the watch. So happy I chose this!
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.
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)
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)
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 😀
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!
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.
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!!