Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Bumper Film Post!

It's been ages since I wrote anything about the films I've been watching for goal 61. So long in fact, that I've watched 20 since I last posted (which sounds a lot, but my last post was in August!)

Rather than split them up across two posts, this time around I'm making a bumper film post.
So here are films 41-60!

41. Carry On At Your Convenience (1971)
Genre: Comedy
In a Word: Flushing!
In a Sentence: Set at a toilet factory where the union representative calls for strikes over the tiniest issue, this entertaining film is full of jokes and silly storylines.
Recommended: If you early 70s silliness.

42. Carry on Loving (1970)
Genre: Comedy
In a Word: Farcical
In a Sentence: The Wedded Bliss dating agency uses computers to match up the local lonely hearts, but of course things go wrong, leading to some of the most ridiculous and hilarious matchups ever.
Recommended: If you like your rom coms more on the comedy than the romance side.

43. Ouran High School Host Club (2011)
Genre: Comedy
In a Word: Crossdressing
In a Sentence: Scholarship student Haruhi breaks a priceless vase belonging to the host club of her prestigious high school, and is made to work as a host in order to pay off the debt--but nobody realises that she is a girl.
Recommended: For any that enjoy some Japanese live-action ridiculousness, also if you enjoyed the manga/anime this was adapted from!

44. Hairspray (2007)
Genre: Musical/Comedy
In a Word: Sing
In a Sentence: Set in Baltimore in 1962, high-schooler Tracy tries to bring an end to racial segregation (with a fair few songs along the way).
Recommended: If you like your films with music, moralistic storylines, and John Travolta in a dress.

45. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
In a Word: Time-travel (it's totally one word)
In a Sentence: With mutants and humans facing certain doom, the X-men send Wolverine into the past to change events that have led to the dystopia the world has become
Recommended: If you've enjoyed the other X-men films

46. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Genre: Animation/Adventure/Family
In a Word: Magical
In a Sentence: Cursed to look like an old woman, quiet girl Sofie seeks out the self-indulgent wizard Howl in his moving castle, certain that he will be able to break her curse.
Recommended: If you enjoyed the Diana Wynne-Jones book of the same title, from which this is adapted (though there are some changes). Also worth looking at if you've enjoyed other Studio Ghibli films, and if you like animated films in general.

47. Kate and Leopold (2001)
Genre: Comedy/Fantasy/Romance
In a Word: Time-travel (see, it's totally one word)
In a Sentence: Finding a gap in time, Stuart travels back to 19th Century New York, only to be followed back by Leopold, who meets Stuart's ex-girlfriend Kate in the fascinating world that is modern-day New York.
Recommended: If you like fantasy with your rom-coms.

48. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Genre: Comedy/Drama
In a Word: Exotic
In a Sentence: Sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, this time the hotel only has one vacancy, and Sonny is dreaming of opening a second hotel--but the hotel is taking a lot of his time, and he has a wedding to think about.
Recommended: If you enjoyed the first film!

49. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
Genre: Comedy/Crime
In a Word: Cops
In a Sentence: Frank Drebin is an incompetent cop who has to prevent crooks from assassinating the queen.
Recommended: For all that enjoy ridiculous cop films with some slapstick comedy.

50. The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
Genre: Comedy/Crime
In a Word: Sequel!
In a Sentence: When it emerges that his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend is part of a plot to kidnap a scientist, Frank Drebin is on the case.
Recommended: If you enjoyed the first film (though you don't need to watch it before this one, they're still funny whichever order you see them in!)

51. The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
Genre: Comedy/Crime
In a Word: Another sequel! (Okay, now I'm cheating)
In a Sentence: The Police Squad discover a plot to blow up the Academy Awards, and bring Frank Drebin out of retirement to help infiltrate the gang and foil their scheme.
Recommended: If you liked the first two (though admittedly, this was the first of the three I ever watched, and this goal is the first time I ever watched them in order!)

52. To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
Genre: Comedy/Drama
In a Word: Dragprincess
In a Sentence: Three drag queens are driving across the USA to reach a pageant, but when their car breaks down they end up stranded in a sleepy rural town where they end up shaking up a few attitudes and bringing the place back to life.
Recommended: For anyone that likes strong storylines about transformation, personal growth, and the importance of friendship. (That sounds so cheesy, but 'fabulous drag queens' isn't enough to describe this film. Which is, by the way, one of my favourites.)

53. The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)
Genre: Comedy/Musical/Drama
In a Word: Australian
In a Sentence: Two drag queens and a transgender woman travel across the Australian desert to perform their cabaret in Alice, but meet a few people and discover a few things about each other on the way.
Recommended: If you like disco music, drag queens, and all the stuff I mentioned in the recommended section of the previous film ;) The core of these two films is pretty similar, but the two are pretty different.

54. Death Note (2006)
Genre: Crime/Fantasy/Drama
In a Word: Reaper
In a Sentence: When Light Yagami discovers a notebook that allows him to kill people simply by writing down their names, he decides to use it to kill criminals, but then finds himself being investigated as a criminal himself, and with the death god Ryuk watching over him, has to pit his wits against those of the genius detective known as "L".
Recommended: For those that enjoy dark storylines, and any that enjoyed the manga/anime of the same title.

55. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Genre: Animation/Adventure/Comedy
In a Word: Christmas
In a Sentence: When the homeless trio Gin, Miyuki and Hana find a baby on the streets of Tokyo one Christmas Eve, they set out to find its parents, only to run into a lot more trouble than they bargained for.
Recommended: If you like feel-good animation with action and adventure.

56. What We Do In The Shadows (2014)
Genre: Comedy/Horror/Fantasy
In a Word: Vampires
In a Sentence: A documentary team follows a mismatched group of vampires who live in New Zealand, and it emerges that even vampires have problems--not to mention a rivalry with werewolves.
Recommended: If you enjoy vampire films, but also enjoy laughing.

57. Hellboy (2004)
Genre: Action/Fantasy/Horror
In a Word: Heroism
In a Sentence: Conjured by - and rescued from - Nazis during World War II, the demon known as Hellboy is raised in secret in the USA, where he fights against supernatural evils and (as happens in these movies) pretty much has to save the world.
Recommended: If you like your heroes red and sassy.

58. The Martian (2015)
Genre: Drama/Sci-Fi/Adventure
In a Word: Stranded
In a Sentence: Assumed dead, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars, and has to find a way to let the team on Earth know he is still alive--and to remain alive until he can be rescued.
Recommended: For anyone that likes holding their breath for an entire film.

59. The Quest for the Eternal Harp of Golden Dreams Film (2012)
Genre: Music/Fantasy/Documentary (kind of)
In a Word: Fun
In a Sentence: A sorcerer and a band of heroes find a videotape and a TV-VCR on their travels to seek the Eternal Harp of Golden Dreams, and discover the story of Steam Powered Giraffe (seeing a few performances in the process).
Recommended: If you like the music and world of the band Steam Powered Giraffe, who I first heard, and wrote about, for my music goal.
Note: Okay, so I nearly didn't include this one but it is technically a film. It's mostly made of musical performances and in-character interviews, wrapped up in a storyline, therefore I consider it a film. You can watch it on the band's YouTube, where there is also a link for where to buy a copy.

60. The Expendables (2010)
Genre: Action/Adventure
In a Word: Boom
In a Sentence: A group of tough mercenaries are hired by a CIA agent to take out a dictator and a rogue agent, and lots of gunfire, explosions and hand-to-hand combat ensues.
Recommended: For when you want a film that's easy to follow and has lots of explosions, action cliches, and some of the most well-known action stars around.

That's it for the time being! It's seriously been months since I really got into watching films; I've always got other things to do (which is why I made this a goal in the first place!) 
Check my film tag to see all the films I've watched so far!
60 down, 40 to go... 

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