Just listed these on that Letterboxd site but I've been putting off going through them here as I've been watching a lot of junk. Seeing them ordered there by poster art is worse.
The Golden Compass
- Can't remember it to be honest and haven't read His Dark Materials for comparison. Recall thinking the CGI was nicely done. Apparently New Line recut the film and the intended ending is missing?
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- "...but there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name." Yeah, it's 'Liam Neeson'.
- Okay action movie but it's far too easy to mock it for its flaws. Half expected the horse to show up at the airport as support and events just happen to play into Aslan's hands. Good thing the right guy spoke and he didn't arrive too late, huh? Spoiler: For his daughter anyway, might aswell have ran the credits over Amanda's corpse.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1
- Meh. Lost interest in the books after the fifth one, thought the sixth movie was decent. Movie 7.1 is a glorified hike just like the novel.
The Slanted Screen
- Not really a movie but I'm counting it. Hour long documentary about the portrayal of Asian men in American film/TV. Liked it. Could have done with more visual examples rather than just stating it though. The so-called tribute to Mako in the DVD extras is just some of his interview that didn't make it into the finished documentary.
Captain America: The First Avenger
- Liked it a lot. Good fun. Some CGI I found unncessary (could have done without the digital shrinking of Evans' height, just take away his muscles), Hugo Weaving's German accent is questionable and I think the film would have been better off without the opening Spoiler: in the present day
. Star Spangled Man is easily my favourite part of the film though it got tainted somewhat when, about an hour later, someone in my Twitter feed posted the rape figures in the US military.
- Terrible affront to cinema that's beneath even Jack Black to have agreed to it. The most disappointing thing about the movie was seeing WETA in the credits for the incredibly fake CGI that's only two years old at this point. Movie gets the honour of being the third worst film I've ever seen. What's annoying is getting another film I can rank on that scale so soon after THC.
(2010) - Good watch. Nice animation and I particularly enjoyed the rabbit. Rather odd that it's been said Jacques Tati wrote the story to reconcile with his estranged daughter when her equivalent in the film seems so selfish. Spoiler: "Magicians do not exist."
The moral of the story is to go into the back end of Scotland to be successful.
Just like in...
- Roman-American Channing Tatum ventures into Scotland with Jamie Bell to retrieve the aquila of the Ninth Legion and regain family honour lost by his father. Film was alright but I'm not sure what the point of the whole thing was in the end. Seemed to have mixed messages. Nice to see Alan Moore leading a tribe of Celts into battle though.
Tales from Earthsea
- Made by the wrong Miyazaki. Good to look at but it's oddly flippant about death in some ways. To the point where I didn't realise the protagonist had killed his father. Thought he'd winded him to swipe his sword (of course, that could have been obvious to everyone but me
). Plus a lot of establishing the fantasy world which ultimately didn't matter in the end.
Green Lantern: First Flight
- Merge this with the live-action movie and that should have been the film the cinema got.
- I like Stargate and I like time travel stories so it works for me. After getting past my dislike of the Stargate being used for time travel...
The Muppets - The Muppets get their groove back. It's not perfect (to my ear, Frank Oz is sorely missed when it comes to Miss Piggy's singing) but at least for now the franchise redeems itself from the like of Muppets in Space. Funnily enough they don't mention that "people forgot" about them because of that stuff.
District 9 - Not sure what to think of it, really. I don't dislike it at least. First half is not-too-subtle mockumentary (and yet I still read people calling the aliens by their derogatory names) then it becomes an action film. Not particularly interested in a District 10 should it come along.