Day 30 – Last movie watched
Well that was interesting. The final day of the movie challenge, and boy it wasn’t easy. Certainly helped me along with this daily post thing, and I rather enjoyed it. Might do a different 30 day challenge at some point. Hmmm.
Anyway, last movie I watched. Tron: Legacy.
The sequel to the 1982 original. It wasn’t a fantastic film by any means, but I liked the first one and I liked this one as well. It did its best to stay true to its predecessor in terms of story and the style of the “Grid”, albeit with an amazing visual upgrade – Light Cycles in 1982 were cool; in 2010 even cooler.
The film did well to introduce the world of the Grid to newcomers (even if some of it didn’t quite make sense) and refresh the memories of fans of the first film.
Day 29 – First movie you ever remember watching
Now this is definitely going back. No doubt when I was barely able to walk or talk. The first movie I ever remember watching is The Land Before Time.
I don’t recall having watched the movie since then, so my knowledge of the film is based on entries from imdb.com and Wikipedia. All I remember is that it was a film that had dinosaurs, so if I were to watch it again at some point, there’s no way I would dislike it. Plus the film was in the hands of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas – another bonus.
Day 28 – Movie with your favourite hero
I find it easier to name good villains than good heroes, because I imagine from an actor’s point of view it would be more fun and more challenging to play the bad guy. Most heroes you see in films are one man armies, or are born/destined to be the hero that saves the day.
In this sense I would have to go with Max Rockatansky, from Mad Max and its sequels for standing out.
Portayed by a then unknown Mel Gibson, I love the character of Max mostly because he is kind of the reluctant hero. Set in a bleak, futuristic Australia, Max is the top officer in the MFP (Main Force Patrol). Events near the start of the film cause Max to question himself, and becomes disillusioned with the job, fearing the type of person he might become. He resigns from the job when a colleague and friend of his is set on fire by a motorcycle gang.
Later on, his wife and son are run down and killed by the same gang, with Max arriving at the scene too late to save them. This fills him with rage, and he sets off methodically taking out each gang member one by one. These events seem to strip Max of his humanity, and in the sequels he seems more concerned about self survival rather than helping others until later on.
In the first film, Max is simply out for revenge for the death of his family. In the sequels, he eventually becomes the hero in an attempt to retain what humanity he has left. For me, this makes him unique, as Max doesn’t set out to be the hero, and doesn’t see himself as the hero at any point in the films. He finds it difficult to connect to anyone, and never stays in one place for long.
Day 27 – Movie with your favourite villain
This one was fairly easy to pick out. The film in question is Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, an alternate history WW2 film, and the main villain SS Colonel Hans Landa,
Landa, as portrayed so perfectly by Christoph Waltz, brought the film to life. Landa is a Nazi colonel who is given free reign to track and hunt down Jews who have gone into hiding. Waltz’s performance was just flawless, making you hate the colonel right at the start of the film – I can’t name many films where the villain is hated from the go.
Being a Nazi is enough for Landa to be feared and hated, but Waltz took things to the next level; showing just how ruthless he can be by ordering his men to gun down a Jewish family hiding under the floorboards without a second thought, outsmarting the Basterds by figuring out who the double agent is and arresting the Basterds before they can carry out their endgame. He then reveals his own plans for self-preservation by selling out his own commanders and defecting to the other side, allowing the Basterds’ plan to go ahead.
Inglourious Basterds is a great film, and the character of Hans Landa made it even better.
Day 26 – Movie you’re most embarrassed to say you like
I suppose this could also fall into the guilty pleasure category, but mostly the type of film where you risk getting ridiculed for liking it.
Nevertheless I’m going to go with White Chicks, as it’s one of those films you would never go see alone.
The film is in fact pretty awful, with a half-assed cast and even more unconvincing “effects” – I mean, you would have to be stupid to fall for the disguise of two black cops wearing some tan and Mission Impossible-style fake faces in an attempt to pass themselves off as two white blondes.
However, the film itself is fairly funny, even if some of the jokes are seemingly unintentional.
Day 25 – Movie with the most beautiful scenery
Avatar. While the movie didn’t exactly have the most original plot (it was basically Dances With Wolves set in space) it’s certainly the best looking film I have ever seen. Say what you will about it, but there is no doubt the scenery in Avatar is simply breathtaking.
I loved the fact that Avatar was filmed in 3D and designed to be seen in 3D and not simply given a conversion job. The quality really showed, and the scenes of the planet Pandora in 3D really made you feel like you were there, and not just in a theatre. The open sky, gigantic forests, wildlife, mountains and night lights are simply unrivalled – no wonder James Cameron waited until now to make the film; none of it would be possible with the available technology 15 years ago.