Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Dragons, Destruction and Dystopia (with some laughs in between)

Despite this blog and The List being about Doing Things, there are a couple of goals that require me to sit on my bum, one of which is:
061. Watch 100 films
As noted on The List, I don’t even own 100 films, so this one could be something of a challenge!
I’ve decided to post an update every 10 films I see, with a brief comment on each one.

So here goes: films 1-10!

Shiny plastic-wrapped goodness!

01. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
Genre: Fantasy
In a word: Dragon
In a sentence: Good versus Evil fantasy that’s obviously the second in a trilogy from the fact the story doesn’t start or end.
Recommended: For fans of fantasy and Lee Pace’s eyebrows. 

02. RED 2 (2013)
Genre: Action
In a word: Action!
In a sentence: Retired black-ops agents avoid getting killed and travel the world kicking butt.
Recommended: For anyone wanting a film they don’t need to pay too much attention to. 

03. Hot Fuzz (2007)
Genre: Comedy
In a word: Madness
In a sentence: Relocated perfect policeman discovers he’s been dumped in a perfect village with a committee of nutters—with hilarious consequences.
Recommended: For fans of Simon Pegg & Nick Frost comedy gold. 

Cara mia!

04. The Addams Family (1991)
Genre: Comedy
In a word: Mamushka!
In a sentence: Dark-humoured comedy centred around a weird yet loving family.
Recommended: For those who like smart comebacks and anything a little wrong.

05. Carry On Matron (1972)
Genre: Comedy
In a word: Farcical
In a sentence: Tale of thieves who aim to steal contraceptives from a maternity hospital: expect cross-dressing, puns and a young Barbara Windsor.
Recommended: For those with an appreciation of classic Seventies humour: a little risqué, terrible puns and all. 

06. Carry On Up the Jungle (1970)
Genre: Comedy
In a word: Silly
In a sentence: An expedition into the jungle takes a comical turn for the worse when the hapless travellers encounter cannibals, a gorilla, and tribe of women from the village of Aphrodisia (not to mention Tarzan’s thicker brother).
Recommended: As with Carry On Matron, for anyone who likes more classic humour.

07. The Great St. Trinian’s Train Robbery (1966)
Genre: Comedy
In a word: Anarchy
In a sentence: The infamous St. Trinian’s girls hamper the attempts of thieves to collect a huge stash of cash, hidden in St. Trinian’s School.
Recommended: If you enjoy seeing a group of schoolgirls and mad teachers beat the bad guys.

They're back...

08. Addams Family Values (1993)
Genre: Comedy
In a word: Zany
In a sentence: The Addams Family fight to rescue one of their own from his murderous, gold-digging wife, whilst the children try to escape the summer camp from hell and the new baby finds his feet.
Recommended: If you enjoyed the first Addams Family film and like their dark kind of humour.

Yes, I did watch the sequel first.

09. RED (2010)
Genre: Action
In a word: Boom.
In a sentence: Suddenly the subject of an assassination order, a retired black-ops agent teams up with former colleagues to discover who is responsible.
Recommended: If you like over the top, somewhat unbelievable action scenes, and laughs.

Prepare to be confused

10. Franklyn (2008)
Genre: Sci-Fi
In a word: What?
In a sentence: Four lost souls in a weird tale split between modern London and a dystopian society where having a religion is the law.
Recommended: If you love strange films that keep you guessing until the end.

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