My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 3

This was what could be described as the year’s first “normal week,” in that it was a full week at work, with the occasional busy evening here and there. We’re in a perpetual state of doing up the house, which always eats away at time, but fortunately it means I can’t afford to go out anywhere, which leaves lots of time to stay in and watch movies.

Meet the Parents (2000)
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The first film to be crossed off Steve Honeywell and Chip Lary’s Bad Movies list is one I’d seen before and wasn’t necessarily looking forward to watching again. Turns out that apprehension was correct. This was also one of the TiVo movies, so hurrah for now being able to delete it. Full review is here.
Choose Life 4/10
Lists: 1001, Bad Movies, TiVo

We Bought A Zoo (2011)
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Aisha (my partner) has been wanting to see this for ages, so I found a cheap copy at HMV and we settled down to see this Cameron Crowe movie that I’d kind of written off after the mediocre reviews. It wasn’t mind-blowing, didn’t do an awful lot of interesting things in terms of movie-making, but it was a really nice, sweet movie. The whole cast is super-likeable, particularly leads Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson as the widowed single father and the zookeeper at the property he buys on a whim. I’d say Aisha can pick films more often, but I know only too well what kind of thing I’d be watching (the kind of thing I expected We Bought A Zoo to be) so I’m not going to say that. I can, however, say that I’m glad I saw this one. John Michael Higgins is always fun as a prick, too. Patrick Fugit!
Choose Film 7/10
Lists: None

The Lord of the Rings (1979)
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I was fortunate enough to be a guest on the most recent episode of Todd Liebenow‘s Forgotten Filmcast this past week, and the film we decided on watching to discuss was Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of the first half of Lord of the Rings. I won’t review it here, because you can hear my review on his show over there, but suffice to say Bakshi is not necessarily my favourite film-maker.
Choose Life 5/10
Lists: None

Pitch Perfect (2012)
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See, I say Aisha isn’t allowed to pick movies, but her second choice for the week was this, a film I didn’t even think she liked, but which I have a pretty large soft spot for. I’m not a fan of musicals, but there’s something about a great medley that appeals to me, and this is full of them. Anna Kendrick tries her best to be snarky but winds up as a slightly more sarcastic version of her adorable self, and the more I watch it the more I’m able to tolerate Rebel Wilson. Gotta love the rap battle.
Choose Film 8/10
Lists: None

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
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This definitely was not Aisha’s choice. I’ve now only got one Blu-Ray left that I received for Christmas and haven’t watched yet (Beauty and the Beast, he unashamedly admits) and this lived up to all my cinema memories from last year. It remains one of my most listened to soundtracks since the 2011 The Muppets, and it was great to finally see the songs again with their accompanying performances. I’m still boggled by some of the cameos (Usher? Really?) but for the most part I love this film.
Choose Film 8/10
Lists: None

M*A*S*H (1970)
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Seeing as I was on his podcast, I thought it only right that the nominated movie I watch last week be from Todd’s selection, so I picked M*A*S*H, a film I’d heard a fair amount about, but as it turned out was utterly new to me. Full review here.
Choose Film 7/10
Lists: 1001, Recommended Movies

The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists (2012)
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Aardman are, to me, the British Pixar, and I’ll watch any and everything they produce. I consider this movie to be highly under-rated, as I can’t fault it. The stop-motion animation is stunning, the comedy hilarious (maybe it’s too British?) and the cast is perfect. Hugh Grant is just perfect as Pirate Captain, and David Tennant is a spot-on super-nerdy Charles Darwin. Also, Mr. Bobo, the silent, title-card-using monkey is maybe my favourite part. He’s hilarious.
Choose Film 9/10
Lists: None

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 (2011)
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I watched the first half of this about a month ago, and somehow caught the second half over the weekend. For a culmination of a mammoth franchise you could do a great deal worse, with the epic Battle of Hogwarts taking up half the film, but never feeling like it drags due to the variety of scenes scattered around, from emotional flashbacks to one-on-one fights and Neville finally getting to be a badass.
Choose Film 8/10
Lists: None

Game of Thrones (2012)
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This marks the end of Season 2 of Game of Thrones, now we’ve watched Episode 9, Blackwater, and Episode 10, Valar Morghulis. The Blackwater battle was just as epic as I’d hoped, although I missed Tyrion’s chain from the book. Very much looking forward to catching up with Season 3, I just don’t have a copy right now, so who knows what I’ll be watching next? I’ve got plenty to pick from – House of Cards, The Wire, Luther and The Thick of It all vying for my attention. Any suggestions?

Posts you may have missed:
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

My 2015 Oscar PredictionsShane from Film Actually holds an annual Oscar predictions contest. I didn’t expect to win, but I did get a bonus prize for being the only person to correctly guess Bennett Miller would be nominated for Best Director. Don’t ask me how, I’ve not even seen Foxcatcher yet. Regardless, there’s a Blu-Ray of Spike Jonze’s Her on its way to me, and I can’t complain about that.
Manhunter
Out of Africa
Meet the Parents
M*A*S*H
Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer breakdown
Lambcast #252, Southland Tales Movie of the Month – Elwood Jones hosted the feasture discussion on Richard Kelly’s head-messing movie. He and I were joined by my regular co-host Robert, as well as Southland Tales superfan Dylan Fields and fellow newbie to the movie Todd Liebenow.
Forgotten Filmcast #44, The Lord of the Rings – I was honoured to welcome the Forgotten Filmcast into 2015 by discussing Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of Tolkien’s novel. I do love a good nerdy conversation, and that’s exactly what this is, with Todd and I basically pointing out how this version was different, and therefore inferior, to Peter Jackson’s epic.

Goals Update
Aim: Cross off all saved TiVo films
Watched: 4
To go: 57
Should be on: 4
On Track: Yes!

Aim: See 25 films in the cinema
Watched: 3
To go: 22
Should be on: 1
On Track: Yes!

Aim: Review Kate Winslet’s remaining films
Reviewed: 0
To go: 3
Should be on: 0
On Track: Yes!

Aim: Watch 12 “bad” films from the 1001 List
Reviewed: 1
To go: 11
Should be on: 1
On Track: Yes!

Aim: Watch 1 nominated film a week from the 1001 List
Reviewed: 2
To go: 51
Should be on: 3
On Track: No!

Aim: Cross off 75 films from the 1001 List
Reviewed: 5
To go: 71
Should be on: 4
On Track: Yes!

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