I can't believe he gave that potato pie to the dog.
Sleep Tight wasn't going to be a part of my latest project, it was only something I was watching because I had been meaning to watch it for a couple of years now and also because it was expiring on BBC iPlayer tonight. But because it is technically a crime film, I put it in this project anyway.
It's also a notably nasty…
Yeah, I watched it again. Problem with that?
This time I have three really good reasons for doing so.
1) It sort of ties in nicely with my current project.
2) I've been asked to write an article about film soundtracks for a friend's website and I decided to choose this one as the subject, so I had to watch it for research.
3) Well, because it's The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three.
I probably can't come up with…
So, I brought this project forward by a few days after having to abandon the 30 Countries one - and almost immediately wished that I hadn't bothered.
Starting with an amazingly awful opening scene where Simon Lam befriends the titular bird with some of the worst silent acting I've ever seen, it really gets no better after that. Half an hour later I was asleep and when I awoke I found myself really thankful…
I had to break off my around the world trip for March because I'm just not going to finish it. The final straw being a flu/virus type thing that I came down with today that probably wouldn't take too kindly to a Polish 1950s existential drama.
So comfortable rewatches it is - and it's Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Again. For the third time. And I only saw it for the first time back in December.
I have to say…
15/30 - Sweden
Why don't you tell us what you really mean, Ingmar?!
Bergman sticks his boot firmly in the arse of religion in The Virgin Spring, giving it such a gargantuan shoeing that I'm surprised it survived at all. Unfortunately, it did, but you have to hand it to the chap for giving it a shot anyway. Considering this film was made in the very early 1960s,…
14/30 - South Korea
My relationship with Jee-woon Kim continues to be an up-and-down one even though I've now liked three out of the four films I've seen from him.
A Bittersweet Life suffered from one of the problems that I had with the ridiculous I Saw The Devil in that people in this really didn't know how to die. I mean, Byung-hun Lee gets shot in the…
13/30 - France
What am I going to do about musicals? I'm not a fan. I've never been a fan. There have been a few that have sat well with me - Cry Baby is great, similarly Little Shop Of Horrors. Oh, and The Wizard Of Oz. Of course.
I chose The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg very carefully as my next musical. It's French and it's got Catherine…
12/30 - The People's Republic Of Hasselmania
Once Jeroen Krabbe shows off his beef bong within the first 5 minutes, you know instantly you're watching a Paul Verhoeven film.
The rest of the time? Well, it's not so familiarly a Verhoeven film. It actually exhibits traits that he simply isn't all that well known for, the main one being subtlety. Of course, this being the first pre-Hollywood film…
11/30 - United Kingdom
An apt film for the British leg of this project, I think.
I wanted something this year that actually felt like a British film, where its nationality actually mattered to the film as a whole, rather than just picking a film that was made in the UK. After all, I watch British films all the time and I didn't want just another one for…
10/30 - Spain
In many ways, The Skin I Live In is the most difficult review I've faced for quite some time.
I've commented before that the films I absolutely love are the most difficult ones to write about. Being able to put into words exactly what it is about them that means so much is a genuine challenge to me. But perhaps there is something to be…
9/30 - Norway
Third time lucky for A Somewhat Gentle Man. Or for me?
I had this film scheduled as my Norwegian leg of my 30 Countries tour the last two years only to have to move it on both occasions - last year because I just ran out of time to do feature length films and the previous year because I couldn't get hold of it. I…
8/30 - Denmark
I have fallen somewhat behind on this project, it has to be said. It's a combination of a new found love of South American football and a change of routine as the girls have just started at a new school.
What's this got to do with Pusher? Well, I'm just glad that while my film viewing is sporadic at the moment it is at least…