Tuesday, May 15, 2012

167 - Field of Dreams (1989)

A man feels compelled to build a baseball pitch in the hope that 'they will come'.

Despite having many dreams when he grows up, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) finds that they all disappear when he and his wife (Amy Madigan) buy an Iowa farm and have a daughter (Gaby Hoffmann).

As he starts to hear voices in his field he interrupts farming and builds a baseball diamond on his prime land, much to the dismay of his neighbours. Once his hero Shoeless Joe (Ray Liotta) arrives though, he realises there is more to his new diamond than meets the eye.

Monday, May 07, 2012

A to Z Challenge April 2012

Bring those pigs down from the sky, I think I've just completed a challenge!

Throughout April 2012, I, along with 1500 other bloggers, undertook a written promise (well, I also told myself there was flogging involved for not doing it), to write a post every day throughout April. The actual challenge meant I could have Sundays off, but seeing as I'd scheduled most of the reviews to appear after I'd watched the films in March I had plenty of time during April to watch even more films! In fact, there are films queued up through the start of May too.

For selfish reasons, I hoped that the challenge would raise the profile of my blog as I'd often found myself writing with very little input from anyone else. Throughout the past month, however, I'd found myself writing and replying to comments so much that I've forgotten what a social life off of Blogger feels like. So, I'd just like to thank all of you guys for dropping by, commenting, following and generally getting involved with my crazy challenge to watch 500 films ( should that be 526 now?). You rock!

Over the last 30 days I've also visited a whole load of blogs - some of which are brilliant. I have done a further shameless blog plug post so that these blogs get the exposure they deserve but the sheer variety and humour of some writers is to be applauded. You've had me in tears of laughter on more than one occasion.

Finally, thank you to Arlee Bird and the team for organising this year's event. Having not been involved in previous years due to ignorance I'm glad that I got involved this year. Having spiked my views, followers, posts in a month, and every other statistic going I'll definitely be involved again next year dragging along every other blog I can too.

Finally, here's a list of the films I reviewed in the A-Z Challenge 2012. This now replaces the page linked at the top of the blog.
  1. Sunday April 1
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ American History X (1998)
  2. Monday April 2
    ✓ see review ★★★★ The Breakfast Club (1985)
  3. Tuesday April 3
    ✓ see review ★★★★ Carry On... Up The Khyber (1968)
  4. Wednesday April 4
    ✓ see review ★★★★ Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  5. Thursday April 5
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Exorcist (1973)
  6. Friday April 6
    ✓ see review ★★★★ Fantasia (1940)
  7. Saturday April 7
    ✓ see review ★★★★ The Graduate (1967)
  8. Monday April 9
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (2005)
  9. Tuesday April 10
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ In Cold Blood (1967)
  10. Wednesday April 11
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
  11. Thursday April 12
    ✓ see review ★★★★ Knife In The Water (1962)
  12. Friday April 13
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ Labyrinth (1986)
  13. Saturday April 14
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ Moon (2009)
  14. Monday April 16
    ✓ see review ★★★★ The Notebook (2004)
  15. Tuesday April 17
    ✓ see review ★★★★ Othello (1995)
  16. Wednesday April 18
    ✓ see review ★★★★ Predator (1987)
  17. Thursday April 19
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Queen (2006)
  18. Friday April 20
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ Romeo And Juliet (1996)
  19. Saturday April 21
    ✓ see review ★★★★ Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  20. Monday April 23
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ A Trip To The Moon (1902)
  21. Tuesday April 24
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ Underworld (2003)
  22. Wednesday April 25
    ✓ see review ★★★★ Valhalla Rising (2009)
  23. Thursday April 26
    ✓ see review ★★★★ Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  24. Friday April 27
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ XX/XY (2002)
  25. Saturday April 28
    ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Young Victoria (2009)
  26. Monday April 30
    ✓ see review ★★★★ Zulu (1964)

Saturday, May 05, 2012

166 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Ferris Bueller decides that he doesn't fancy school today.

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has complete control over his parents who fawn over his every wish. Today he's managed to wangle a day off by pretending to be ill and he's not going to waste it. He calls up his genuinely friend, Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), borrows his Dad's Ferrari, picks up his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) and heads off to the big city.

Meanwhile, the Principal of the school, Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), smells a rat and vows to catch Bueller so that he can finally be brought to justice.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Marvel Movie Modifications

Marvel Logo
Source: Wikipedia
Below is a list of all films gratified by Marvel Comics. Their categorisation is rough and many of the characters outside of those that appear in Marvel's The Avengers do appear in the team features in the comic books (Wolverine, Mister Fantastic etc).

The most up to date list can be found at the aptly named address - marvel.com/movies.

Fantastic Four
Ghost Rider
Howard The Duck

Thursday, May 03, 2012

165 - Fargo (1996)

A crime falls apart in spectacular fashion.

Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) has run out of money, but he has a plan to get some quickly. He plans to hire two guys to kidnap his wife so that her wealthy father pays a ransom and he splits the money 50/50 between himself and the kidnappers. His wife is released and no-one gets hurt.

However, when people start dying it is clear that the plan is spiralling out of control. It is up to the police work of the heavily pregnant Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) to contain the situation before it's too late.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The A-Z Shameless Blog Plugging

The last shameless blog plugging of great people doing great work on their great blogs was all the way back in May 2011. That's right. No-one has produced anything of value since then.

Alas, it appears I was mistaken. The A-Z Challenge has been and gone now and I went through much of the list of over 1,000 blogs that took part and managed to find a grand total of 4 that I thought were far and above the rest of the high standard. To be honest, I had to filter out so many aspiring authors and bible bashers (two subjects which would have begun the A-Z quite nicely) and these four brilliant blogs are the result of it all:

Muppets for Justice - View Website
Madness. Addman's irreverent views on life and the world in general have had me in stitches over the past month. In fact, I've passed his website onto a few of my colleagues at work and there has been very little work done. One of us starts laughing and we know that Addman has just posted something. I'll miss it when he goes back to posting twice weekly, not least because I'll have to get on with some work.

Vive le Nerd - View Website
Joshua has encouraged me to embrace my nerdy side over the last month. His obsession with Doctor Who and t-shirts (and in particular a combination of both) have made me realise that I'm not the only dork in the neighbourhood. In fact, there has been more than one occasion where I've told my girlfriend she's buying me a t-shirt featured on his A-Z, although more often than not she's already bartering with me so that I buy her a different one in return. Her birthday is in a few days so I lost that negotiation quite heavily.

Michael Abayomi - View Website
Another movie reviewer, Michael also did an A to Z of films throughout April. He's commented on nearly all of my reviews offering another viewpoint and while I've seen all of his reviews I've been far more lax with comments for which I can only apologise! Impressively, we didn't double up on any of the reviews and he's introduced me to some films which I need to watch soon!

Film Sketchr - View Website
When I first went through the list of A to Z participants I did a quick search for 'movie', 'film' and 'review'. Naturally Film Sketchr fell straight into the middle category but when I hit the link I was altogether more surprised. This blog contains fascinating information on the smaller parts of films offering behind the scenes information about what goes into making the props and sets for films.

Get to these blogs now. Read their stuff and tell me I'm wrong. I dare you!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Mission Possible: A to Z Challenge (April 2012)

Hello, Bonjour, Hola, Ni hao, Zdravstvuyte and Guten Tag!

A huge welcome to my new followers and especially those that are part of the 1722 people that have also taken part in the A to Z Challenge this year. I'm not going to waffle on today as I feel I've earned a break after watching 26 films and reviewing them all - my summary post will be going up sometime in the week beginning 7th of May so keep an eye out for it!

In the meantime, I'm off to dust off those 500 5-star films to plough on through. I'm always grateful for comments and thoughts on films and the reviews so keep them coming.

Until next time!