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Reincarnated

This is a documentary, produced in part by Snoopadelic films, about Snoop Dogg’s visit to Jamaica to become a rastaman… supposedly.

Snoop claims a few times that he felt he was a born rasta, so he needed to go to Jamaica, cut a reggae record, meet Bunny Wailer, convert to rastafari, and of course smoke plenty of weed. He did all this, although he just didn’t seem all that sincere about converting to rastafari, or was at least too stoned to take anything seriously. As it turns out Bunny Wailer was not too pleased after the film was released.

From Wikipedia: Bunny Wailer made a statement where he indicted Snoop of “outright fraudulent use” of the Rastafari faith.

I thought the portrayal of rastafari faith in the film seemed a bit too stereotypical, they basically seem to like saying “Jah Rastafari!” a lot, then smoke plenty of ganja.

There was a bit of Snoop Dogg history interspersed throughout the film, including his days as a drug dealer, as well as his short time as an actual pimp. He seems like a very mellow fella now, but that will mostly be down to the large amount of blunt he consumes. His daughter sang one of the songs on the album he recorded in the film.

Not essential watching.

Date watched: December 3rd
Score: 5/10
Film count 2017: 140

The Fast and the Furious

This is a 1955 film produced by Roger Corman, starring (and directed by) John Ireland, and Dorothy Malone.

The story involves John Ireland’s character kidnapping a woman who was on her way a race on the border with Mexico, where he hoped to get over the border to avoid being arrested for the murder of a truck driver, which he of course was not guilty of. The pair fall in love during the race, and all works out reasonably well in the end.

The story gets a bit boring after a while, but the acting by the lead actors was pretty good for a budget film, so they held it together. There was plenty of hairy racing action which was filmed on Monteray Race track. Roger Corman himself drove a Jaguar in the racing scenes.

One scene fascinated me. The NZ flag (or at least a bad copy of one)can be seen prominently in the background, and I was trying to figure out why. I guessed in the end that it was not put there on purpose, it just happened to be there in the shot. There were other flags next to it as well, including the Fijian flag!

From Wikipedia: Producer Neal H. Moritz and Universal Pictures licensed the title for 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. Moritz had difficulty choosing between proposed titles Racer X, Redline, Race Wars, and Street Wars, and was inspired by a documentary on American International Pictures that included Corman’s film. Moritz was able to trade the use of some stock footage to Corman for use of the title.

It was made for $50,000, but made $250,000, so Roger did alright out of it. After this film he decided to go into directing as well.

Roger is 91 now, and is still producing films with his latest being Death Race 2050 (2017).

This is not essential watching, but at only 73 minutes long it was not too bad.

Date watched: November 27th
Score: 5/10
Film count 2017: 135

Body of Lies

I’ve been watching this Ridley Scott film in 10 minute chunks over the last three weeks or so (I still have the last few minutes to watch!), which of course did not help its rating. It started off pretty well but quickly turns silly. It all looks very slick, but the story did not hold interest for long enough and Leo (who I normally like) acts grumpy throughout the whole thing and Crowe is just plain terrible. By the end I was playing scrabble online and watching this at the same time, didn’t help me win any games. Thanks a bunch Leo.

Date watched: Days and days
Score: 5/10
Film count 2017: 62

There is a bit of this kind of action to be had:

Get Out

This is a critically acclaimed horror film. I actually found it predictable and did not feel acclaimed at all, I can see why it’s acclaimed but once you realise its ‘twist’ it’s not that much of a big deal, kind of corny I think. A little underwhelming. I don’t want to ruin it so will say no more.

Date watched: 18th August
Score: 5/10
Film count 2017: 45

The Family

Film number 90 for De Niro, go him! Pity it’s all bit of a mess, a dark comedy, but with not many laughs. Here De Niro plays a mafia snitch, so has fun sending himself up. It’s just not that good, Luc Besson (the director) should stick to fantasy films. But De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones and the rest of the cast are enjoying themselves, and the scene where De Niro is watching Goodfellas at a cinema is pretty good.

Date watched: 1st September
Score: 5/10
Film count 2017: 42

The Kingdom

Not long after I started watching this I realised I had probably seen it before, and as it turns out I did, back in May 2009 to be exact.

I gave it six out of ten back then saying “It was just a slick, predictable Hollywood movie trying to tell us that oil and war are bad. Pah!”, which still stands today. This time though I give it five.

My next film will be my 100th this year, so it had better be something special.

Date watched: September 1st
Score: 5/10
Film count 2017: 99

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