2017 in Films Part 1

Here’s a list of films I’ve seen in the first half of this year:

  • Point Blank – French film I saw some time ago. Can’t really remember much but I enjoyed it. 7.5/10
  • Zombieland – Quite funny. Though getting duped by the girls twice was criminal 7.5/10
  • Ender’s Game – Based on the eponymous book. A nice twist which I predicted. 7/10
  • Aliens – A rare case where the sequel is better than the original. Loses a point for being a bit long. 9/10
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Disgusting, but an enthralling horror.
  • Barry Lyndon – I first tried to watch this in ~2010 but my version was italian so never watched it. Luckily it got shown on TV. Despite being 3 horus it was captivating from start to finish. Possibly kubrik’s magnum opus. Does the luck of Barry Lyndon run out? 9/10
  • Vertigo – A little too long and the plot is rather convuluted. Quite slow at times too. However, some interesting developments towards the end make up for it. 8/10
  • The Ring – Not the japanese version. I had the ending spoiled for me about 13 years ago. Started strong but petered out towards the middle and there was loss of suspension of disbelief. 7/10
  • Room – Harrowing and heart wrenching tale of child and mother. A film of two halves where the first was better than the second. 8/10
  • American Hustle –  I got the strangest feeling of de ja vu watching this and having an inkling to the ending makes me believe I have watched it before.  Bale pulls off a superb performance as fat grifter. Amy Adams is stunning but Jennifer Lawrence is annoying as fuck. Loses a point for being unremarkable enough to forget. 6/10
  • Interstellar – The science in this film is certainly on shaky ground. Stunning visuals, interesting concepts, plot twists (both banal and unexpected). Overall a great film. 8.5/10
  • Rogue 1 – Original plot is a big plus. Though the film is probably longer than it should be, considering the quest for Saw Gerrera is superfluous. There are accusations of bad acting, unbelivability about the blind guy and the fat guy with the powerful gun. One thing I found unsettling was Cassian killing someone he shouldn’t have. It’s still better than Episode 7 because it’s not a soft reboot. Though not as good as the orignal trilogy it is better than the horror show that was the prequels. 8/10
  • The Fugitive – Another thrilling suspensful film. At times crossing the boundary into disbelief, the number of times Kimble managed to escape and surviving a fall from the top of a dam and building. 8/10
  • A million ways to die in the west – Puerile but entertaining. Nothing to write home about. Saving grace of Charlize Theron being easy on the eyes. 5.5/10
  • Pulp Fiction – Rewatch. First ~1hour is boring as fuck. Only picks up after Butch is on screen. 7.5/10

Stay tuned for part 2 for more rambling.

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