Category: Tallies

January 16, 2011

Preface: let me say that I’m counting Doctor Who serials as films, because it just seems to make sense.  They’re usually 4-5 episodes that follow a relatively self-contained storyline and fill 1.5 to 2 hours.  Plus when you download them from Netflix, they’re all together as the serial.  So I’m counting it.  

Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara (1978) 

Being a Doctor Who fanatic, there aren’t too many serials that I flat out dislike.  This one, I think, was actually one of the more enjoyable and interesting ones.  Maybe because of my inherent interest in Medieval settings…and robots…and the juxtaposition of the two is pretty neat.  Sure there are some plot issues that I’ll be happy to overlook (like how is it that Romana just happens to look EXACTLY like the princess from a completely different planet?), and of course the effects are cheesy, but it’s 70s Doctor Who.  If you’re looking for completely plausible and high-tech, you’re in the wrong place.  And you know what?  It’s got Tom Baker.  Your argument is invalid. 


The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010) 

Yes, we watched a Disney/Bruckheimer film.  BUT it’s a Disney/Bruckheimer/Fuckin’ Nic Cage film.  And much like the first run at a Disney/Bruckheimer/Johnny Depp film, it was not a bad little movie.  It was fun, I enjoyed watching it, and Cage gives a solid, if well-reined, performance as an eccentric sorcerer trying to save the world from the forces of evil.  He certainly looks like a badass, with his long hair and leather trenchcoat and flying metal eagle/gargoyle thing, even if he doesn’t get to let loose.  It is a family film, after all.  Not one I’d buy, but enjoyable nonetheless.  

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January 15, 2011

Talk about your productive day!  In addition to getting up and getting donuts for breakfast, driving to Wimberley and back, having lunch with Mom and Aunt Heather, and yarn shopping, I managed to watch two movies!  And football!  But we’re here to talk about movies.

Ip Man (2008)

Somehow I missed this one up until now, despite hearing so much about it.  We got the BluRay in from Netflix a few weeks ago, and Mick had just turned it on when I walked in on Saturday.  It’s based on the true story of Master Ip, a famous Chinese martial arts master who defied the Japanese invaders to save his town, friends, and family….and also happened to train Bruce Lee later in life.  The film is beautifully shot and the fight scenes are amazing.  There were at least a handful of moments where I cried out in empathy with joints bending backwards and people getting a boot to the face.  Donnie Yen does a great job of playing the lovable hero who can also crush your soul with his fist.  Another highly recommended one.

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

CUSHING!  I have an intense adoration of Peter Cushing, and therefore of Hammer films across the spectrum.  The Draculas are my favorite, but The Curse of Frankenstein is among the most fabulous of the Hammer horror collection.  Peter Cushing is, of course, the mad Doctor Victor Frankenstein whose fascination with pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery becomes an obsession with creating the perfect being.  He goes from curious to passionate to completely self-absorbed, locking himself in his laboratory for days, ignoring the warnings of his colleagues and going so far as to commit murder to acquire parts for his ultimate creation.  The wonderful Christopher Lee plays The Monster, although he doesn’t get to show the full range of his genius (not having any lines or much direction for his character).  Robert Urquhart is also commendable as Frankenstein’s mentor and colleague Paul, who continually tries to talk Victor into coming back to reality, abandoning his madness and destroying the creature.  If you like Hammer Horror, Peter Cushing, Terrence Fisher and the like, you’ll like this one.