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Movie Review: No 65. Das Boot

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Movie Review: No 65. Das Boot

There are only “nein” days left of my challenge, so now seems a highly appropriate time to review another German movie!

Allow me to introduce you to the movie ‘Das Boot’ by way of an analogy:

Watching ‘Das Boot’ is a lot like playing a game of ‘Battleship’…

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Movie Review: No 62. Life is Beautiful

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Movie Review: No 62. Life is Beautiful

If, like me, you grew up in the 80s and 90s, you will remember these fun-loving city-slickers:

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But, if I were to tell you that watching ‘Life is Beautiful’ is like watching a feature-length episode of ‘Perfect Strangers’, what would you say to me?

I hope you’d say, “Don’t be ridi-cool-us”.

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Movie Review: No 73. The Great Dictator

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Movie Review: No 73. The Great Dictator

Charlie Chaplin could talk! Who knew?

Yes, this 1940 masterpiece shows Chaplin in all his verbal glory. In fact, the film’s closing speech left me… well… speechless myself. I’d love to quote the whole thing to you but I’m afraid you’re just going to have to watch the entire film to the very end to see what I am talking about. After all, that’s where the true joy of this film lies and I’d hate to steal it from you before you’ve even seen it! Let’s just put it this way – he gives Churchill, Martin X and all the other great historical orators a run for their gut-stirring money.

So… while we’re waiting for you to get around to watching it yourself, I’ll mention a couple of other things…

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Movie Review: No 95. The Bridge on the River Kwai

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Movie Review: No 95. The Bridge on the River Kwai

There are black and white movies and there are colour movies, and now… for the first time… I introduce you to….

Sepia movies!

Brown, brown, brown, that’s what it’s all about people! It’s like sitting and watching an instagram for the better part of 3 hours. Fun for the whole family!

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Movie Review: No 7. Schindler’s List

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Movie Review: No 7. Schindler’s List

What do you say about Schindler’s List?

What can you say?

It is an epic and intensely depressing film. Although it displays many minor historical inaccuracies in what is otherwise a true story, no doubt its depressing nature stems from how closely it resembles the World War II reality in so many ways.

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Movie Review: No 64. Lawrence of Arabia

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Movie Review: No 64. Lawrence of Arabia

Until last night I had 3 half-watched movies waiting for me to get off my butt and finish them. It’s becoming a pretty hard slog. So many of the Top 100 movies are 2.5 to 3 hours long (or more!)

Lawrence of Arabia is one such doozy. A 3.5 hour doozy. Even the lead actor himself took 20 years to get through the whole thing!

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Movie Review: No 51. Paths of Glory

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Movie Review: No 51. Paths of Glory

I’ve come to a sudden realisation. All this time while sitting through countless gangsters, wars and westerns I have thought “It’s not you, it’s me”.

“What is wrong with me that so many people enjoy these films and I’m left with eyes wide shut?” (Stanley Kubrik joke – I kill me!)

I have no problem with guts and gore… so it can’t be that. I often enjoy films with plenty of action… so it can’t be that.

Turns out this whole time there’s been one simple missing link that has held me back from enjoying these films…

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Movie Review: No 35. Apocalypse Now

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Movie Review: No 35. Apocalypse Now

Kurtz: The horror… the horror…

Honestly, I could just leave my review at that… but I won’t.

I feel compelled to provide you all with a sterner warning as to why you should not waste 3 hours of your lives on this film.

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Sheen enjoys his Vegemite for breakfast, lunch and… MURDER.

Then again, I’m starting to get the feeling that these movie reviews are saying more about me than the quality of the films I’m watching. Surely the imdb Top 100 list can’t be as bad as my reviews are making it out to be?

To test the theory, I’m going to approach this review a little differently…

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No Fridge Challenge Day 5: Dead meat

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No Fridge Challenge Day 5: Dead meat

It is almost dinner time on Day 5 of the No Fridge Challenge, and it is just occurring to me that I haven’t had lunch. Unsurprisingly, I don’t feel particularly great, although that may have more to do with the fact that all I’ve eaten all day is salted cashews.

I know I’ve done a lot of whingeing about the No Fridge Challenge so far, and I’ve no doubt you’re all getting pretty sick and tired of it. Possibly even as sick and tired as I am of salted snacks right now! But, it’s actually not the fridgeless factor that’s causing me to starve today…

No. There is another, far greater, threat to my health and I’m afraid if I don’t keep my voice down I might actually become dinner myself.

Come closer and I’ll whisper it to you…

Zombies are out to get me.

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