Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

I last watched this back in 2015, and even though this is by far the worst of the Star Wars films I decided to watch it again because I want to watch episodes 2 and 3 again too.

My two previous reviews for this film gave it 7.5 (2008) and 4 (2015) respectively. This time around I am somewhere in the middle. It is still the worst of the Star Wars films, but it does have it’s moments, usually when no one is talking.

If Jar-Jar was either toned down, or completely removed, and the silly Trade Federation politics parts of the story were replaced with a plot about blowing things up, it could have been a whole lot better. Darth Maul needed to be in it more. Anakin said “Yippee!” too many times.

Yoda didn’t look as good as he did in episodes 5 and 6. Here is the original Yoda in Phantom Menace compared to the CGI version put in for the Blu-ray release…much better.

Here is a video taken back in the day, interviewing people before and after they saw the film, with only the guy at the end hating it.

Date watched: January 13th
Score: 6/10
Film count 2019: 2

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

For the first film of the year I had chosen Alphaville, but I just couldn’t finish it. So far I have had two sessions with it, but just can’t get into it. So, the first film I have finished this year is The Force Awakens.

There is no need to go into much detail as I have already blogged about it (here), and everything I wrote mirrors how I feel about it this time around, that is to say it is a very worthy addition to the Star Wars galaxy.

Date watched: January 7th
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2019: 1

The Big Lebowski

My final film for 2018 turned out to be an easy choice, an old favourite that I last watched back in 2015.

This film never gets tired, it is just so good on all levels. I only wish I could see this at a cinema.

I am sure though that you have seen this, so I don’t feel there is much more I need to say, you know what I mean.

Happy New Year. May 2019 be full of film, music, books, and good stuff.

Date watched: December 31st
Score: 10/10
Film count 2018: 92

Die Hard 4.0

I found this in my collection and thought it would be good to see a dumb action flick again.

It is pretty much as I remember it, full of preposterous but entertaining action sequences, slick cinematography, nasty villains (some French for some reason), and that nutty jet fighter scene.

This is not the kind of film one writes long posts for, no need to.

I am now considering what my final film for the year will be, a tough choice.

Date watched: December 30th
Score: 7.5/10
Action-O-meter: 9/10
Film count 2018: 91

To Catch a Thief

This is the third film I have watched in 24 hours, I need to up my final count of the year.

Hitchcock films are always worth watching, especially when they have Cary Grant, and this one was pretty decent, but not the best.

The story is about Cary’s character being accused of stealing jewels from the rich and wealthy in a resort town on the Mediterranean. In the past he was a infamous cat burgler nicknamed “The Cat”, but someone was copying his modus operandi, so he had to figure out who it was to clear his name. There was of course a pretty woman involved, in the form of Grace Kelly who was excellent along with Cary. Alfred made his cameo near the beginning of the film, on a bus sitting next to Cary.

There was a lot of dialogue, a bit too much I thought, but of course with Cary delivering his witty lines in that Cary Grant way it was quite enjoyable. The locations were fantastic too, the French Riviera was a stunning place even back in 1955.

It was filmed in widescreen, and in Technicolor (very vivid colours), and of course the cinematography was perfecto, so it looked absolutely fabulous.

This is not the best Hitchcock film, it was lacking suspense, but I still found it to be an enjoyable and entertaining film.

Date watched: December 30th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2018: 90

Me, Myself, and Irene

Straight after watching Monty Python I decided to watch this, another film I saw many years ago.

I remember not liking this all that much, but because it is Jim Carrey I had to watch it again to see if I would like it more this time around. And, I guess I did, for the most part. Jim Carrey stole the show of course, he was extremely funny in some scenes. Renée Zellweger held her own against Jim, and the actors who played Jim’s character’s sons were funny too.

Being a Farrelly Brothers film it was a bit crude and silly at times, and this is one of those comedies where they mix in serious crime to the story, which I generally don’t like…comedy and serious bits just don’t mix in my book.

It is worth watching for Jim alone, he was quite nutty at times, but the rest of it is forgettable.

Date watched: December 30th
Score: 6/10
Film count 2018: 89

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Of the three Monty Python films I watch this one the least, I can’t pinpoint why exactly, but it is still a very funny film.

Perhaps it is because the other films had an actual plot, whereas this was just a series of skits strung together, and there were no consistent characters to follow. But, it was no less funny, and it has more memorable songs than the other films. It was certainly the most disgusting and bloody…

Live liver donor scene

Mr Creosote is one of the more memorable parts of the film…

And one of my favourites is the Grim Reaper scene near the end…

Here is an article by the Pythons about how the film was made. And here is an interview with Terry Jones about Mr Creosote.

So it was funny stuff, and of the three films is the most Pythonesque.

Date watched: December 29th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2018: 88