Saturday, January 31, 2015

Top 25 Best/Memorable Film Experiences I've had during 2014: #20-16

Well, welcome to the part 2 of this list and if you haven't seen the first part of the list, you are in for a treat and if you want to see the list please click here. Now, I will start Part 2 of this list and they consist films in this particular list are iconic movies that everyone should see at least one time in my opinion. Also, if you are wondering what other hints, I can give to you, I will tell you that I will not give you any other hints and now it is time to start part 2 of this list.

16. Predator (1987 film from John McTiernan)

Predator is one of those movies that is so timeless when it comes to the various action movies that were made in 1980's. First, this is a really smart action movie that actually makes you think and during the 1980's there were a lot of fun actions movies, but they didn't provide the same feel that has made Predator a must see when it comes to action films. Second, I love how the film takes its time to show the monster itself instead of showing you it like in the first few minutes because it makes it such as suspenseful movie. Finally, this pace of how this film is worked brilliantly since there is never a dull moment in the movie, which I find very impressive since it is very hard for me to watch a film that entertains me this much like Predator itself.

17.Night of the Living Dead (1968 film from George A. Romero)

Night of the Living Dead is one of the most influential  horror movies of all time, but there are reasons why this film has made it to the place that it was in. First, the setting  and complexes of the society that the story was quite creative at the time when it came, but you have know your American history in the 1960's to appreciate what is going on in the film even more.  Second, the zombies in this movie are complete brutal in this movie and they are going to get what they desire for. Third, I love the fact that the film mainly relies on telling the stories of characters instead of relying on creepy zombies on the creepy movie. Finally, pop culture wouldn't be the same if George A. Romero if he did make zombies this menacing, so I am entirely thankful that he has created this movie during this time period.  

18. Sunset Boulevard (1950 film from Billy Wilder)

Sunset Boulevard is a easily one of the most creative film noirs out there when it comes to great storytelling and there are many reasons why I think this film was one of the best experiences I had when it came to the year of 2014. First, the way they combined Hollywood history when it comes to silent films and how films were made in a modernized way by telling us a story about a former silent star actress is clever. Second, there is so much surprises and secrets in this film that really impacted the movie and it made the characterization of this film more complex than it seems. Third, the quotes are in this film are just genius and there is no way that the screenplay wouldn't be as clever if it was made in 2015. Finally, the part in the film when  the person who sings Sunset Boulevard really sets the mood of the story and that's is easily one of the best iconic moments in film that I haven't seen in a long time.

19. The Lego Movie (2014 film from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller)

The Lego Movie was one of the most unique animation film that I have seen in a while and here is why this film is on this list. First, the humor of the film is so witty that it works perfectly for everyone no matter how old a person is. Second, the ending is like really creative and I didn't expect this coming at all, but I will not spoil how awesome the ending is. Third, the world building is so much fun and it literally represents the vibe that the place had before it got destroyed brick by brick (no pun intended you guys). Finally, the theme song is really catchy and it is really fun to sing to whenever you are in a negative mood.  

20. Dead Poets Society (1989 film from Peter Weir)

Dead Poets Society is one of the most inspirational and sadder  films that has been in my list so far and there are reasons why this film cracked the top twenty over the other films that provided a similar feeling to this feel except for the plot and setting. First, Robin Williams is the main reason why this is just that successful when it comes to being a modern classic that everyone has to see. Second, the ordeals that the characters are going through are really relatable and I am pretty certain that everyone who has or is currently a teenager have gone through something similar to what the character do in this movie. Finally, the bond that the students had with Mr. Keating (Robin Williams) is just a incredible thing to see and I wish that they were more teachers like Mr. Keating because they know how to make the subject they know a lot more less  tedious for students, while making the students feel like they can be themselves instead of being  serious student mode.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Top 25 Best/Most Memorable Film Experiences I've had during 2014: #25-21

Since I don't watch a lot of movies on the particular year that they were made, I thought it would be a fun idea to make this countdown a little bit different than your typical end of the year of 2014 countdown, since I have discovered many movies that were not released 2014 and the lists consists of the film experinces I had watching from #25 to #1. Also, I hope you guys enjoyed this list as much as I enjoy figuring out which film should belong in what order in my opinion of course.

21. Coffy (1973 film from Jack Hill)

Coffy was just an unexpected surprise for me since I thought that this was going to be more like a revenge flick from what the summary of the plot suggests, but there is more to Blaxploitation film that what I have expected and Coffy just proved that to me easily just watching my first one this year. First, Pam Grier in this movie literally kick butt in this movie and I love how determined she is to do whatever she thinks is right despite what anyone says even thought there was a major chance that she could of been arrested from the many ways that she broke the law. Second, the action sequences on this film are instantly memorable, especially the salad  action sequence of this film, but if you haven't seen this film I will not explain to you what I mean with the salad sequence of this movie. Finally, the soundtrack of the movie gives you the feeling that you are literally in Coffy (Pam Grier) world when it comes to all of the things she had to do in this movie and that's why this film made the experience of the movie even more enjoyable to me.

22.  Titanic (1997 film from James Cameron)

Watching romantic movies like Titanic are rare to come by these days when it comes to the big grand epic tale romance movies, so I enjoy savoring these film up when I watch for the first time because they can provide some of the best experiences I  can have when I have since seen over eighty films on 2014 alone and this one does a great job with that. First, I love how strong the chemistry between Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo Di Caprio) is throughout the whole movie and there were literally times where I was about to cry from how realistic the chemistry was when it comes to being stuck in the Titanic. Second, the ending was masterfully done and that ending will stick out in my mind whenever I think of this movie. Finally, the choice of putting Celion Dion's My Heart Will Go On in the background during some of the most romantic parts of the movies was a very smart decision on whoever did that idea in the first place because it is easily one of most well known songs from movie soundtracks of all time.

23. Sixteen Candles (1984 film from John Hughes)

Watching regular teenage coming of age stories that can relate to both adults who used to be teenagers and the people who are stuck in the teenager years right now can be an tricky thing to accomplish, but any John Hughes film that relates to the teenager coming of age stories provides a delicate amount of teenage drama and comedy that makes them timeless classics for everyone and that's what Sixteen Candles accomplishes when I saw this for the first time in 2014. First, the comedy scenes are really funny and even there is a famous quote from this movie that is easily recognizable if you love learning about movie quotes in general. Second, there so many scenes in this movie that blew my mind when it came to how crazy the plot was,  but that is part of the charm of this movie is the fun surprises that you get throughout the movie.  Finally, the ending was easily the best part of the whole movie and I wouldn't mind having a birthday like Sam (Molly Ringworld) when it comes to having that memorable romantic gesture during the end, but I am not going to tell the ending at all since there are other people who should discover the wonderful ending of this movie.

24. Moonrise Kingdom (2012 film from Wes Anderson)

Whenever I see a Wes Anderson movie, I know that I am going to have a good time watching a movie of his and Moonrise Kingdom is easily one of the quirkiest films I have seen of  Wes Anderson besides Mr. Fantastic Fox, which is the only other movie I have seen of his besides this film and there are many good reasons for that. First, the feeling of a Wes Anderson film is so different than your average film director because his sense of style realizes on him doing quirky, but relatable movies  in a way that is completely his own and I haven't seen any doing anything similar to Wes Anderson as a film fan. Second, the actors that are provided in this film fits his own auteur style when it comes to films brilliantly and it makes this film stand even more from the rest of the pack when it comes to movies like this. Finally, the plot of the two people falling in love not as teenagers is something I haven't seen a lot in films, so I always find it intruging when someone does something like this.

25. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959 film from Ed Wood)

This film is one of the oddest films that I have seen in the science fiction B Flick genre of films, but the way that Ed Wood does it is so unusual to the point where I see why this film has a massive cult following when it comes to "its so good, but it's so bad" films of the 20th century. First, the plot is like coco for bananas because it makes no damn sense at all, but at the same time I am like literally engrossed on what going on. Second, the narration of the film is like the worst thing I have ever seen in my life, but without Criswell campniess as the narrator this film would be wouldn't have the same impact as it did today. Finally, this film has so much weird twist for zombies that make no sense whatsoever, but the creativity  of twists are like golden when it comes to movies like this.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January 2015 Blindspot Challenge Review: Chinatown

Watching a neo noir for the first time is quite interesting since it involves a good amount of things that were in film noir, while provided modern substances in it. Also,  Roman Polanski's Chinatown was a good start for me when it comes to this sub genre because it still relied on the old noir ways, while provided an intriguing story that delivers when it comes to the mystery of the characters background while providing me with a modernized feel when it comes to everything that was part of the movie.

First, the plot of the story was pretty modernized, which surprised me a lot since I pretty much not knew what I was going on story wise for the most part except for  the main summary that the TV provided me which basically told me that  J.J.  "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) was stuck in a messy water conflict on in the Los Angeles area, which intrigued me a lot since a lot of film noir films back in the day didn't use a water conflict as part of the plot at all. Another thing that I really like about the plot is the layers of how dark the water conflict was and how much secrets are provided throughout the whole entire film when it comes to this one main particular event besides the dark secrets that both of the main characters do have. Finally, the subtle foreshadowing that this film provides is so creative to me when it comes to telling who the main person who started this was very creative since everyone in this film is pretty much dangerous for the most part and the only way I figure out who the killer was mainly based off my cinematic knowledge of a particular actor, but I won't mention who it is since it will spoil the fun of watching the movie if a person hasn't seen this film before.

Second, the acting that Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson provided in this film just made me feel in awe about how good there performances are.  One example of how good both of them are in the film is the chemistry between both of the characters is so realistic for people who haven't met each other at all until horrific circumstances has gotten them to together even thought one of them was a husband  to someone well know in the community , while one of them is a typical newspaper reporter who is trying to find the scoop in the town.  Another example of how amazing both of their acting is in this movie is whenever they are not together they both excel to giving it their all and I will give you examples on both of them in this movie.  When it comes to Faye Dunaway, she literally nails the female fatale role and I feel like she knows her character so well when it comes to composing a image on her that is not all what it seems.  Also, when it comes Jack Nicholson, he literally makes you feel like you know him when it comes to motives, while providing a modern spin to leading man in the film noir on this film. Personally, there is so much to say about those two acting skills in the movie and watching both of them act together is one of the reasons why this film is a masterpiece to me besides the plot of the story.

Finally, the cinematography and the way Roman Polanski uses the camera during this film were quite creative and it made the film even more interesting to watch. First, the cinematograph literally reflects the whole tone of the movie, which I found very interesting. Second, I love the little camera work references that Polanski did with when it came to honoring Hitchcock with the various movies that he does that feature that iconic shot that Hitchcock has done in Rope, Rear Window, and other movies that he done before he has died. Finally, I found that the camera angles that he used to be quite creative when it comes to framing the shot and he used them brilliantly when it comes to conveying a mood as well.

If you haven't seen a neo noir film, this film has got it all when it comes to creating a familiar vibe that film noir fans love except its more modernization, while providing a great mystery along with brilliant camerawork and acting that has made this movie a neo-noir masterpiece in my mind.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 Blindspot Challenge: The Year I actually Started Seeing What This Challenge is About By Doing It.

Since a lot of people in the film blogosphere is doing this, I thought it would be a good time to experience this for the first time. If you haven't heard of the of the Blindspot Challenge, I will explain it to you and the what the rules in a very simplistic manner. The  challenge was a idea started by Ryan McNeil's and the rules are  that you  have watch twelve films that you haven't' seen at all and you must review them all of you decided to this event like me. Now, I will list the movies I will do for this year Blind Spot challenge based on things I have on DVD, thing I have recorded, or movies where I easily find on Youtube since I sometimes watching movies there.

1. Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski ^
2. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles) :)
3.Alien (1979, Ridley Scott) ^
4.The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick:)
5.2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick) :)
6. The 400 Blows (1959, Francios Truffaut) :)
7.White Christmas (1954,Michael Curtiz) ^
8.Take Shelter (2011, Jeff Nichols) ^
9. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949, John Ford)^
10. Three Colors Trilogy (1993-1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski) *
11.Harvey (1950, Henry Koster) :)
12. Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang) ^

* means that I will do separate reviews for each movie during that particular month instead of one whole movies review just like the other will be for the whole entire year except Three Colors Trilogy.  Also, this means that I found these particular films on Youtube as well.

^ means that I recorded these films on the DVR, so I can watch them on TV instead of getting them on DVD which could be hard to find at the local stores.

(: means that I have these films on DVD, so I don't have to worry about recording the film or finding them on Youtube, which makes me really happy since it is really hard to find movies I want to see on TV or on Youtue.