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11 Days, 1 Post

March 20, 2011

Ok. Deciding to do a blog post a day the same month you are moving house was not a good idea.

To make it up to you here is 11 days of the film challenge.

Day 4 – A Film You Watch to Feel Down

Synedoche, New York.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Charlie Kaufman team up to make you feel crappy about the world. A strange tail where a theatre director recreates his whole life to a huge degree while his wife makes works of art smaller and smaller. A depressing speech by a priest at a funeral seals the deal.

When I watched this film I went out and bought a giant bar of Cadbury’s to cheer myself up. Not a great cooping strategy. When my sister saw me later that day she was terrified. I felt like I’d seen my soul murdered.

The best thing is the blurb on the back of the film that assures you this is a comedy.

Day 5 – A Film That Reminds You of Someone


Speaking of my sister, this fi;m reminds me of her. Maybe it is because they are both hilarious and utterly bonkers, but Thor knows I love them.

Michael Keaton cements himself in my mind as a comedy genius here playing the damned bi-exorcist and Tim Burton shows he has brilliant flare and imagination. Also, Alec mother truckin’ Baldwin.

Day 6 – A Film That Reminds You of Somewhere

Muppet Treasure Island / Lucky Number Slevin

Where I saw this topic I knew I’d need two entries. Muppet Treasure Island was viewed on my birthday, with two excellent friends, a lot of Pimms and a Winnie the Pooh cake. Middle class and surreal, that is just how I roll.

Tim Curry rocks and shall appear again on this list (do you know what it is yet?). This film firmly set my love of pirates in motion and influenced my Beggar’s Opera adaptation more than a little.

Lucky Number Slevin was the pinnacle of my Norwich cinema viewing experience. Every week, without fail, my friend Michael and I would go to the pictures after history class.

We watched Lucky Number Slevin in the Balcony VIP seats of the UCI. It is undoubtedly my favourite movie going experience. Comfy seats, corking film, great company and had a super-spicy Nandos before hand.

Day 7 – A Film That Reminds You of Your Past

Lord of the Rings

It may surprise you, but I am a massive nerd. What do nerds like? Fantasy. Who is the King of fantasy? Tolkien. I used to watch Lord of the Rings religiously.

Fellowship is the best one for the record. A billion different monsters to fight, the Last Stand and it is what started it all. LotR was the cinematic event of my generation. (Harry Potter, we have already had words. Go sit over there!)

Day 8 – The Film You Can Quote Best

Monty Python. All of them

Proving my geekiness beyond a doubt. I f’ing love all things Python. Holy Grail is my favourite but I can quote Meaning of Life like I the life of my many children depended on it or they would all be sold to medical experiments.

Dead parrots, naughty boys, watery bints, unladen swallows. It is all there and it is all fantastic.
Day 9 – A Film With Your Favorite Actor (Male)

Jeff Bridges

Fans of this blog know I love Jeff Bridges. For this amazing category I am going for the Big Lebowski. It is as quotable as the finest Python and it has scissor wielding nihilists.

Jeff Bridges is also excellent in Iron Man, True Grit and Tron of course. Look forward to seeing much more soon.

Would also like to give an honourable mention to Dustin Hoffman for everything (Graduate, I HEART Huckabees and Kung Fu Panda).

Day 10 – A Film With Your Favorite Actor (Female)

Anjelica Houston

What an incredible actress. I find it enormously difficult to cry in films but Anjelica’s performance in Choke had me right on the verge.

Her glorious turns in Adamm’s Family and Royal Tenenbaums makes her my favourite actress.

I am now out to watch her projects where she has directed.
Day 11 – A Film By Your Favorite Director

Jackie Brown

Tarantino feels like an obvious choice but it is for good reason. I have always loved his films and even the awkward members of the family, here’s looking at you Death Proof, have brought me a lot of joy.

Michael Keaton makes the list again in a terrific comedy performance as a desperate FDA cop. And the guy is Batman, awesome.

Jackie Brown is such a brilliant film, full of all the usual Tarantino magic. Pam Grier is the sassy Jackie Brown from which the film takes it name. My favourite character has to be the bond salesman Max Cherry. He has no other name. It is what I kept calling him when he appeared in Heroes. Pam’s turn in Smallville wasn’t quite as cool.

Day 12 – A Film By Your Least Favourite Director

Terminator 2

What happened James? Terminator 2 is one of the scariest films I have ever seen. It terrified me as a child and I loved it.

But Titanic, Avatar? Really? I know they are hugely popular but they don’t do it for me. Some where along the line you sold out. That makes you my least favourite director.

Day 13 – A Guilty Pleasure

Cross dressing films

This could be a bit revealing. I like an exorbitant number of films about cross dressing. Rocky Horror Picture Show, She’s the Man, Bird Cage, To Wong Fu Thanks for Everything, Prisicila: Queen of the Desert, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Monty Python.

Maybe its those long titles, maybe its the comedy, but for some reason I can’t get enough of these films.

In my time I have played women on the stage a few times and it is a giggle. I sych myself up saying “the Pythons did it.”

I fear I am the stereotype which Family Guy so rightly ripped us on.

British man 1: I say, you know what’s really funny? A man dressed in women’s clothing.

British man 2: Yes. Ripping good laugh.

Day 14 – The Film That No One Expected You To Like

Love and Other Drugs

As a rule I do not like RomComs. Have been some exceptions, my post on 500 Days of Summer goes into this in more detail. But Love and Other Drugs didn’t feel like a romcom, all the time.

I really like Jake Gyllenhaal as an actor: Jarhead, Donnie Darko, and Bubble Boy rock. He has been in some real stinkers: Prince of Persia springs to mind.

In Love and Other Drugs he gives a very entertaining performance as a Viagra salesman. Anne Hathaway makes a great foil and shows her range stretches far beyond syrupy Princess twaddle.

I did like this film but it had the worst adverstising campaign I’ve seen in years. This could be because you can’t market it as one thing. Its not a romcom, its not a disection of 90s culture, its not a hard hitting drama. Irritaningly it is though.

One thing I did not like in the film is the big emotional speech at the end. Could get away with one heartfelt speech but having the 5 we get saddled with is too much. Fix it in the director’s cut (like Darko) and show us how great this movie could be.

Now we are up to date on the 30 film challenge. Hope you are enjoying it so far. Get in touch if you have any thoughts. Use the comments below or find me on twitter @antbuoy


ActorScope: Jeff Bridges – What can’t he do?

September 12, 2009

Welcome to the first ActorScope where I examine an actor. ActorScope will be looking at their past, present and future film projects. We’ll also cover trivia, rumours and any cool connections they may have. Our first actor in the spotlight is none other than Jeff Bridges. Scientists have often wondered how someone as cool as Jeff Bridges came into being. I imagine it was a magazine editor who entered a bowling tournament when, suddenly, he was sucked into a computer and was forced to steal his business partners high tech armour to escape.

Jeff Bridges has been in a lot of movies. Born into an acting family, Bridges was raised on the set. I’ll be looking at his more modern films today. I’m sure there are many great films I’ve missed off but I wasn’t alive at the time to watch them. What I have watched is the Big Lebowski. This is a brilliant film. It’s by the Coen brothers so you can expect all the quirky dialogue and vivid visuals that goes with that. The Big Lebowski has a massive cult following, in one day I saw three people wearing different slogans from the film on their t-shirts. The Dude abides, The Dude and Little Lebowski Urban Achievers. For indie film makers the Coen brothers sure know how to merchandise.

I watched Iron Man again the other day. What a fun film. Whilst Robert Downey Jr steals the show, Jeff does a great turn as Obadiah Stane. It is very strange seeing Bridges yelling at scientists when they can’t recreate the Iron Man armour. When the slackers finally do piece it together, Iron Monger’s voice is great. Hearing a guy as cool as Bridges saying “collateral damage” really chills me. I’m sad he won’t be back in the next one.

A Bridges film I’m very keen to see would be Fisher King. Not only does it star the focus of this ActorScope, it’s also directed by Terry Gilliam. We all know I love him. Terry Gilliam is clocking up quite a few tags on this blog now. Wait till the Imagianarium comes out. A film I don’t really want to see is Seabiscuit. Now admittedly seeing Spider-Man and the Iron Monger in one film would be good, I doubt it would live up to the awesome Batman/Wolverine picture (The Prestige).

K-Pax. That was an odd one. It starred the ever watchable Kevin Spacey alongside Bridges. The only thing was that Spacey is sure he is an alien from the planet K-Pax. Bridges plays the psychiatrist trying to inform Spacey that he is human. It is an enjoyable film, but not one of my favourites. I felt frustrated that Bridges never accepted the idea that Spacey could be an alien, because if he had the film may have been more fun. It was a psychologically interesting film though.

Surf’s Up is skewed much more towards fun and away from psychological intensity. Bridges plays a hippy surfer penguin called Big Z. If you thought that premise was funny, you’ll probably like this movie. It has a lot of heart and as I remember it was very funny. The Beef (Shia LeBeouf) stars and he is a lot less irritating when you don’t see his smug little face. All I can say is that I hated Happy Feet with a fiery passion, so Surf’s Up went a part of the way towards redeeming the penguin genre.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People saw Bridges as a magazine editor who had lost his edge. Before he had always been about serious journalism and bringing to light what the government wanted hidden, now he did cover stories on little starlets. Bridges does a great job of showing someone who as forgotten why they do their job. Simon Pegg stars as the bumbling young journalist out to show Bridges how to get it back. An entertaining film that lampoons modern celebrity culture. The love story between Pegg and Kirsten Dunst feels tacked on but doesn’t destract greatly from a fun film.

TRON. No look at Jeff Bridges’ career would be complete without mentioning the 1982 geek bonanza. I am ashamed to admit I have not seen it. But I will before the sequel, TRON Legacy, hits cinemas. I’m sure it will be all over our television sets in the run up to the new film. We’ve all been touched by the vast cultural impact of TRON. Whether it is TRON guy on youtube or the light-bike race on Family Guy. Check out the exciting teaser trailer below. Bridges looks a little bit evil in this one, which is great fun.

The most exciting upcoming project, for me, of Jeff Bridges has to be The Men Who Stare at Goats. It looks incredible. A journalist (Bridges has a thing for those) discovers that America has been secretly training psychic super troops for thirty years. Or Jedis as they call themselves. It stars George Clooney, who starred in another Coen brothers’ classic – O Brother, Where art thou?, and Ewan McGregor. Bridges stars as the psychic instructor. A true hippy who looks like the dude on anti-depressants.

“I often feel that the actual movie is like the skin sloughed off the snake; it’s the by-product of the real valuable stuff, which is the real-life experience of doing it.” Jeff Bridges


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