Monday, October 17, 2005

some viewing

An evening and the following afternoon complete with video rental entertainment. The one thing we didn’t think was that running around the corner to Ezy Video would result in any substantial personal impact.
The first pick: The Interpreter. Opinion on this one; despite its intensity and random cheesiness from Sean Penn, excellent film. Inventive plot with twists and turns throughout.
The second pick: Hotel Rwanda. Opinion on this one: ridiculous film; ridiculous in a good way. Don Cheadle in the film is absolutely amazing. I find it hard to say that a movie about mass genocide is outstanding, but it truly is. The fact that the story line is completely true and representative makes the overall feel real emotive.
The feeling after watching these films is a bit of a downer, but the viewing puts life into a bit more perspective and provides enormous insight.
Overall, just a review of some recent picks, both of which I would recommend. With that, a site I have found useful in my other film and media studies classes as well: the internet movie database:
This has plenty of information on virtually any movie you could ever wish to check up on. Also real good for finding quotes from movies. Something to check out.


At 10:57 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

Hotel Rwanda is an excellent film and at the moment it's hovering around ninth or tenth in my top ten of 2005 (behind Finding Neverland, Closer, Motorcycle Diaries, The Sea Inside, Howls Moving Castle, Crash, Batman Begins, Downfall and Kung Fu Hustle)

I am on the IMDB at least once every second day, because they have a function which enables members to vote on movies they watch, giving them a rating from 1(awful) to 10(excellent) The top 250 on the imdb also has a pretty heavy weighting in a films claim for classic status :p Although i have noticed an abnormally large amount of movies from the last decade in the top 250, the fans who rush out to see it in the first couple of weeks and give it a 10/10 even if it was complete arse.

Thoroughly recommend you join it, i can choose to rank my votes by genre or alphabetical or just from 10-1. Its an easy reference tool for when i want to recommend a movie to someone or if i feel like watching a quality movie i haven't seen in a while. Oh and also for finding obscure movies that big name actors and actresses were in before they hit the big time, e.g Clive Owen in Croupier. (well, fairly obscure:p) Or for looking up directors filmographies like Hayao Miyazaki, i wouldn't have seeked out Castle Of Cagliostro if it wasn't for the fact that it was his first directorial effort. (to my knowledge)

Are there any other sites that can even hold a candle to the IMDB? i think not..

At 12:49 AM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

co-incidentally the IMDB is celebrating its 15th anniversary atm :)


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