Challenge 4: The Review

This week I spent every night watching a top rated movie that I’d never seen before

As far as challenges go, it was a pretty chilled week. Sure, it was fairly time consuming trying to fit them all in, but other than that it was a fun week for me.

Who doesn’t love watching movies?!

So this post is all about the reviews….

Monday: 12 Angry Men

This film sits at number 6 on the IMDb top 250, it made its debut way back in 1957, and it’s officially the first ever black and white film I’ve ever seen!

Thoughts?

I enjoyed it! The synopsis is basically: 12 middle class, white male jury members, decide the fate of an 18 year old Puerto Rican kid, as to whether or not he killed his father.

If he was found guilty, he was heading for the chair. Yikes.

The film was set all in one room, with just 12 guys, and it began with all but one of them, agreeing that the kid had definitely killed his dad.

Basically the men either had prejudice views, or couldn’t be arsed debating it. The film tapped into some real issues, that were probably way ahead of its time when it was released, so I can see why this is dubbed as a ‘classic’.

Five Whole Days Rating: 3/5

Tuesday: Goodfellas

Right so everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, said that this film was amazing. So it’s fair to say that I went into it thinking I was about to watch the.best.film.ever.

Now I hate to disappoint anyone, but I have to say it was a bit of a let down.

Eeeek, don’t shoot me!

Whether the expectations were too high, I was too tired (I was massively tired), or I was way too late to the party, I’m not sure. But I wasn’t floored by it, which, by the way people were acting, I should have been.

I mean yeah, it wasn’t bad. I liked the narration/storytelling aspect, and I enjoyed Scorsese’s classic freeze frames, but I’m just gonna put this out there right now….It’s nowhere near as good as the Departed, or the Godfather.

Sorrrryyyyy.

Five Whole Days Rating: 2/5

Wednesday: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

I’ve allllwaaaays wanted to see this film, so again, I was really excited to finally watch it!

And guess what? It did not disappoint!

So in case you don’t know what it’s about: This guy (Jack Nicholson) ends up in a mental hospital, as he tries to convince everyone that he’s insane so that he doesn’t have to go to prison.

It follows the story of all the folk in the mental hospital with all of their issues. The majority of the film is incredibly light hearted, with cheeky chappie Nicholson causing havoc, and winning the hearts of everyone around him.

But, it has quite an unexpected ending, which is kinda sad/ kinda bitter sweet.

Still my favourite film of the week though, and definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it.

Five Whole Days Rating: 5/5

Thursday: It’s a wonderful life

So my second black and white film of the week – I feel so pretentious cultured!

All I knew about this film before watching it was: “It should have been called It’s a sucky life, and just when you think it can’t suck anymore, it does!”

ANYWAY…

This film was an absolute treat. It’s a jolly-old tale of a guy who does everything he can for other people, then when it all goes tits up, he tries to kill himself, but his guardian angel comes down and shows him what life would be if he didn’t exist – and it turns out life is pretty bleak!

It’s one of those happy/sad films that I would definitely recommend if you’re feeling blue, yearning for Christmas, or just fancy a pick me up.

Five Whole Days Rating: 4/5

Friday: Untouchable

Right so I have to be totally honest here..

I got my mate Kiran to download this film Friday lunchtime, so that I could watch it in the evening.

Now just so we’re clear, it’s a French film, so it’s got English subtitles.

I settled down Friday evening ready to watch it, and what happens?! Oh, the subtitles did not appear!!

So I had two options:

  1. I watch it without the subtitles and try and guess at what is happening.
  2. I fail my challenge.

Now I’m not one for failing challenges………………………….. so I gave it a good go.

I sat through at least 35 minutes of French goings on. But I was completely lost.

I mean, I didn’t even do French at school, so I couldn’t be sure if they were saying hello, ordering a cheeseburger, or asking where the bank was.

So there you have it, I am a failure once again! But this time I blame technical difficulties. I could totes watch this film, and I do genuinely want to watch it, so I’ll re-download at another date and update the post when  I can.

As always, thanks for tuning into my ridiculous rants.

Don’t forget to set me some challenges here!

 

 

 

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