My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 14

I love Easter. No, I’m not religious, not at all, but here in the UK we get a four-day weekend and, unlike Christmas, there’s less pressure to spend a great deal of it with family. So we had a family meal on Friday afternoon, and the rest of the weekend has seen me left to my own devices and just getting stuff done. Huzzah! I’ve tidied the attic, put the finishing touches to the new alcove shelving, recorded an epic Lambcast (and edited half of it so far) and watched a fair few movies to boot. Oh? What movies you say? Well, let me tell you:

Airport 1975 (1974)
Airport 75
That epic podcast I mentioned? that was the Franchise Lookback show on the Airport movies. It’ll probably end up as being the longest Lambcast show ever, and is all the better for it. I’ll link to it next week. For now though, know that Airport 1975 is all kinds of sexist nuts, and was a joy to watch, but not half as fun as it was to discuss.
Lists: None
Choose Film 6/10

Airport ’77 (1977)
Airport 77
Airport ’77 on the other hand was a bit more serious, with a more traditional 70s disaster movie approach, seeing a hijacked plane crashing into the ocean, leaving the survivors struggling to get out before the fuselage collapsed. By no means a great film, but a more solid effort that ’75.
Lists: None
Choose Film 7/10

One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
One Eyed Jacks
My main aim this weekend was to watch the films I’d been borrowing from various people for a long time. Hence, before Friday’s family meal, I finally saw One-Eyed Jacks, which I’d borrowed from my Grandmother at least 3 years ago, and never seen. I borrowed it because it’s on the 1001 Movies list, but hadn’t seen it because it’s a 2 1/2 hour western, and those are hard to find the time for. I’ll be posting a full review soon.
Lists: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Lucy (2014)
Sorry, did I say Airport ’75 was nuts? No. This is nuts. Scarlett Johansson plays a girl who absorbs a new drug that takes her beyond the (scientifically incorrect figure of) 10% of brain use regular humans have. It goes places. Silly, silly places. There’s also a scene in an airplane bathroom that was on a disturbing level close to the “Fingers” scene from Looper. It made me feel queasy. Like, gonna pass out queasy. Not a fan. Cannot recommend. Interesting, though.
Lists: None
Choose Life 5/10

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Review coming soon.
Lists: TiVo Movies, Empire Top 301

Airport ’79: The Concorde (1979)
Airport 79
The final Airport movie ends with an implausible bang, this time centring on the Concorde, and it’s ability to do anything the plot requires, as long as ultra-man Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) is at the helm. Ludicrous, but a lot of fun.
Lists: None
Choose Film 6/10

Airplane! (1980)
After watching all those Airport movies, there was only one thing to watch next (other than Zero Hour). Review coming soon.
Lists: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Empire 5-Star 500, Empire Top 500, Empire Top 301, Total Film Top 100

Whisky Galore! (1949)
Full review here.
Lists: Nominated Movies, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Paddington (2014)
We made it to April without a re-watch, and then in came Paddington in a bathtub, which my partner had missed at the cinema (she scoffed when I said I was going to see it) but absolutely loved when she saw it, just like I told her she would. I was right, she was wrong. Just wanted to put that out there. I still loved Paddington (my partner even watched it twice in two days) and I hope it’s not just because all the jokes are very English. I hope people in the rest of the world love it too. It’s just so sweet, funny and far more polished than it has any right to be. Seriously, look past the memes and the not-great trailer, and see this. I want to live in that house.
Lists: None
Choose Film 9/10

The Red Circle (1970)
Le Cercle Rouge
The other film I was borrowing, I’ve had Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge from Will Slater of Exploding Helicopter for almost a year, and have now watched it. I’ll be reviewing it soon, and posting it back to him even sooner. Thanks Will!
Lists: Empire Top 500

Posts you may have missed:
Ranking the Coens
: To close out March of the Coens, I ranked all 16 of the brothers’ movies from worst-to-best. I can’t do this with many directors, because they tend to have movies I’ve not seen, so when I’ve seen an entire filmography, I make the most of it.
Top 5 Comedy Movies from the Past 5 Years: As mentioned last week, French Toast Sunday is celebrating its 5th birthday, so we all collaborated to create some Top 5 lists based on movies from the past 5 years. I didn’t write something for all of these, but I did vote. I completely disagree with almost the entirety of the comedy list (only number #5 should appear, I’d allow #1 and #3 in the honourable mentions, but I see the inclusion of # 2 and #4 to be puzzling at best, seeing as they’re barely funny and more often than not just plain dull or awkward).
Top 5 Drama Movies from the Past 5 Years
FTS in the Movies Week 13: Every week I host a game over at French Toast Sunday in which I take a scene from a famous movie and replace the actors’ with the avatar heads of myself and the rest of FTS. I’ve moved the posting schedule to be on Wednesdays from now on, so if a Monday rolls around and there’s still points up for grabbing, I’ll post it in here. The so-called Easy image is still un-guessed this week (because I mis-judged the difficulty again) but if you want to grab a point, head over now and guess.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Whisky Galore!

Exploding Helicopter Podcast #4: Deep Blue Sea: I have a deep-seated, unexplainable love for Deep Blue Sea. I know it’s not a good movie, but I love it nonetheless. I tried to explain this to Will on his latest podcast episode, but I think I just tore new holes in the film I didn’t know were there before. Either way, it’s a great movie, and an even better discussion. Go listen and support his podcast!
Lambcast #263 Ask the Lamb #6: I’m not on this episode, but I still edited it. Jason Soto returned to host another round of Ask the Lamb, and was joined by The Vern, Bubbawheat, Lackey and newcomer Chris Ramey to answer a bunch of random movie-related questions culled from Yahoo Answers.

Goals Update
Aim: Watch all saved TiVo films
Watched: 17
To go: 44
Should be on: 16
On Track: Yes!

Aim: Watch 59 movies released in the UK in 2015
Watched: 5
To go: 54
Should be on: 7
On Track: No!

Aim: Review Kate Winslet’s remaining films
Reviewed: 0
To go: 3
Should be on: 1
On Track: No!

Aim: Watch 12 “bad” films from the 1001 List
Reviewed: 1
To go: 11
Should be on: 3
On Track: No!

Aim: Watch 1 nominated film a week from the 1001 List
Reviewed: 7
To go: 45
Should be on: 14
On Track: No!

Aim: Cross off 75 films from the 1001 List
Reviewed: 15
To go: 60
Should be on: 20
On Track: No!

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