I’m slightly concerned that my viewing habits resemble those of a teenage boy! My fondness for Bio-pics also makes an appearance again this list.
Drive Some people seem to be under the illusion that this film is some how romantic, but it is tragedy of the ’a man with no name’ gun slinger variety. Beautiful, brutal and meditative, famous for its 80′s synth-lite soundtrack and minimal dialogue.
Drive Angry From the sublime to the ridiculous driving themed films. This one is ridiculous, but so ridiculous it’s actually fun. (Nick Cage being the main reason).
Conan the Barbarian (2011) Pleased that the look is still heavily Frazetta inspired. This re-imagining of Conan is surprisingly gory, and lacks the sense of humour evident in the Arnie version.
Fright Night Another remake that wasn’t worth the trouble. The original Fright Night is no masterpiece but fun and scary in a naive 80′s way, but this version is plodding by comparison, with no charm or charisma and features two of my least favourite actors of all time. ( Colin Farrell and David Tennant).
Warrior Didn’t think I’d warm to this tale of brother vs brother in the Ultimate Fighting championship, but its a testament to this movie’s story telling that I was drawn in and actually cared about what came of the characters. Even being able to predict the ending felt like part of the charm.
Real Steel As my boyfriend says, basically Rocky with Robots. Essentially a story about an estranged father and son, and their boxing robot just thank god it didn’t have its own emotions or I’d have been ruined! (n.b I cry at Robot movies). I loved this, and Hugh Jackman is fit in it.
MoneyBall Last in my trilogy of sporting movies is Money Ball, or how one man changed the system of the game and levelled the playing field. I’m not a Brad Pitt fan, and its unusual to see him play down at heel, still pretty good movie all the same if a bit slow. (Also a bio-pic!)
Wrath of the Titans 3D I freaking loved this!!! (And don’t know what was up with my friends who didn’t). It also worked really well in 3D and the big name actors like Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes lent it some welly. I even enjoyed Bill Nighy’s turn as Slartybartfast. My biggest disappointment in this movie was that the Minotaur didn’t have a proper bulls head. A visual feast, or summit.
Love and Other Drugs This was mis-sold to me as a romantic comedy about a Viagra sales man. It’s not. It is however a love story between two broken people, one of whom is living with Parkinson’s disease. Based on Jamie Reidy’s memoirs. Recommended.
Contol Another Bio-pic, this time chronicling Ian Curtis of Joy Division’s short but eventful life. Based on his wife’s memoirs this movie strongly revolves around Curtis struggle with Epilepsy and fame and a growing lack of control. Shot in black and white, it makes beauty out of ugly things.
Sadly the next movie doesn’t count as technically it’s a re-watch, but I felt after 17 years it merits an honourable mention:
Akira Almost 25 years old now Akira is still mesmerizing, mind-blowing and extremely influential. It’s a tough call, but if you only see one Anime in your life you should probably make it this one. It turns out that I still cry at the end, and the soundtrack is unlike anything else!
And so concludes movies 11 to 20 in my 50 new movies challenge. Have you seen any of these, and if so what did you think? Tell me about it in the comments section below….