My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 5

Uh oh, I’m getting behind again. I’ve always been pretty terrible at, once I’ve watched a film from one of my various lists, actually getting around to reviewing the darn thing so I can officially cross it off, and that’s a habit I’m slipping back into. I’ve currently got 6 films, all from Paul Thomas Anderson (last weekend’s Lambcast was a PTA Director Retrospective, look out for it soon), awaiting a review, and there’s at least two that I don’t particularly want to watch again, so I need to get those thoughts written down, and soon. My aim is one-a-day for the next six days, but we’ll see. Check back tomorrow to see if I’ve reviewed Hard Eight, or if I’m still being rubbish.

The Master (2012)
Review pending. Come back soon.
Lists: Empire 301, Paul Thomas Anderson

There Will Be Blood (2007)
Review pending. Come back soon.
Lists: 1001 Movies, 5-Star 500, Empire 500, Empire 301, Paul Thomas Anderson

Magnolia (1999)
Review pending. Come back soon.
Lists: 1001 Movies, Empire 500, Empire 301, Total Film 100, Paul Thomas Anderson

Inherent Vice (2014)
Review pending. Come back soon.
Lists: Paul Thomas Anderson, Cinema

Punch Drunk Love (2002)
Review pending. Come back soon.
Lists: Paul Thomas Anderson

Deep Impact (1998)
In the Armageddon vs Deep Impact battle of asteroid movies in 1998, I always fall on the side of Michael Bay, because Armageddon is so much more fun than Deep Impact. My partner, however, has recently swayed the other way, so this was on whilst I did a load of ironing last night. I don’t hate Deep Impact, it just takes itself far too seriously for the kind of disaster movie I’d rather it be. I like the inherent silliness of the classic Irwin Allen disaster movies, and this is really missing that sense of enjoyability. Yes, there’s some good performances from a now-star-laden cast (Elijah Wood! Richard Schiff! Jon Favreau!), and I’m not ashamed to admit that, when I’m paying closer attention it does make me a little emotional at times, and of course it gave us President Morgan Freeman, but I’d much rather have Steve Buscemi riding a giant nuclear warhead in space.
Lists: None
Choose Life 6/10

Luther (2010)20476037
Series 1, Episode 4, 5, 6: Bloody hell, this show got amazing. I was liking it, but it’s become a firm favourite now. What they did with some of the regular characters for the second half of series one was amazing, and I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into Series 2 soon, maybe even this coming week. If you’ve not caught up with Luther yet, consider this a hearty recommendation.

Posts you may have missed:
Terms of Endearment
Lambcast #254: Lambpardy!: Todd Liebenow was given the chance to defend his Lambpardy title against The Vern and Elwood Jones in this game-show episode of the Lambcast. I love doing these shows, as I’m a huge fan of movie trivia, and I get to be a cheesy game show host for an hour or so. This one especially is a lot of fun, as the contestants were a little, um, unprofessional, in the manner of their answering. Recommended listening, you won’t be bored.
Trailer Breakdown: Fant4stic: I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the new Fantastic Four movie, and then they released a trailer, and absolutely nothing changed with regards to my opinion of it. See my full trailer reaction through the link.

Goals Update
Aim: Cross off all saved TiVo films
Watched: 6
To go: 55
Should be on: 6
On Track: Yes!

Aim: See 25 films in the cinema
Watched: 4
To go: 21
Should be on: 2
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: 50
Should be on: 5
On Track: No!

Aim: Cross off 75 films from the 1001 List
Reviewed: 6
To go: 69
Should be on: 7
On Track: No!

4 thoughts on “My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 5

  1. In the battle of Armageddon vs. Deep Impact, I come down on the side of “they both suck.” That said, I’ll grant that Bay’s flick is he more fun of the two, but I’m trying really hard to never again subject myself to either. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to your reviews of the rest of these movies.

    • I’ve seen Armageddon more times than I can either remember or am willing to admit, and Deep Impact always seems to be on TV, so it was hard getting away from for a while. I’ll agree they aren’t exactly great movies, but I’ll still happily watch Armageddon. Consider it a guilty pleasure.

  2. I’ve seen and liked three of your “come back later” reviews. Curious to see what you have to say, particularly on Magnolia. That’s a divisive film, so I’m curious to see what side you come down on.

    • My review is in the works. I’m not sure how you thought about it, but I’ll probably go back and read your review once I’ve finished mine. All being well, it should be up later today.

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