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Jinja’s 300 films in a year

Posted by LiveFor on May 3, 2010

Ok the quest continues. Into the middle third of the year and currently running behind schedule for the “300 movies in a year”, thought I’d actually write something about what I’m watching. Be aware I do pollute my eyes with a varied collection of genres!

#75 The Bourne Identity
“A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and without memory, then races to elude assassins and recover from amnesia.” – IMDB

The action and pace of this movie are fantastic, definately giving Bond a run for his money.

One thing which I did notice was the how much the world has changed in just 8 years. Watch it again and check out the technology – no LCD monitors in the CIA office, and old school motorola mobile phones…not an iPhone in sight, which seems to be the norm for spies these days.

Looking forward to the next two installments after rewatching this one.
Part of you wants to be woken up on a bench and from nowhere you suddenly get all of these martial arts skills popping into your head!

#76 Fight Club
“An office employee and a soap salesman build a global organization to help vent male aggression.” – IMDB

Due to the first and second rule I’m actually unable to talk about this…

After not seeing this movie since its original release in ’99 I hadn’t realised how much of the film I completely forgotten about, and just how funny it is.

Also when you know the ‘twist’ it gives a very different view of the film.

#77 OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

“Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.” – IMDB

See review from 20/05/09 – still as good, if not better after more viewings.

#78 Timecrimes
“A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.” – IMDB

If you in anyway shape or form like the idea of time travel and paradoxs etc you need to watch this fantastic, modern day, Spanish, small cast movie. How you would write this and not get confused is beyond me!

Imagine “FAQ of Time Travel” but serious and over only a couple of hours, mixed in with “Triangle” and smidge of Darkman for good measure.

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Avatar, 2009 – Quick Movie Review – “Dances with Smurfs”

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2009

Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Wes Studi

This short yet excellent review by Andy M who has just been to see it with Jinja.

Just watched Dances with Smurfs! It was good… as in, it wasn’t shite!

It was Dances with Wolves. Saying that I didn’t come out feeling I’d been ripped off!

All in all a good film.. Nothing too special apart from the CGI which was mind blowing, but all in all satisfying!

CGI 11/10
Story 7/10
Enjoyment 8/10
Predictability 100/10

If they could have watered down the cheese slightly at the end I’d have given it an 8, but on the whole it is a 7 from me.

I’m probably not giving the movie enough credit to be honest, Cameron has really but his soul into it. It looks beautiful.

It’s a pity the story was so predictable, but I am quite a grumpy old man when it comes to films these days! I expect perfection!

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OSS-117: Egypt, Nest of Spies, 2006 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on May 20, 2009

Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo
Running Time: 99 minutes
Score: 8 / 10

This review by Jinja

What’s it about?
“It’s 1955 and after a fellow agent and close friend disappears, secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo. This is to be his cover while he is busy investigating, foiling Nazi holdouts, quelling a fundamentalist rebellion, and bedding local beauties.” – From IMDB

Basically a modern spoof of the James Bond-esque spy movies from the 50’s. Not the Austin Powers ‘in your face’ humour, more subtle and if you know the style being spoofed probably more lasting.

Was it good / bad?
Throughly enjoyed this one. The makers must have watched a lot of movies from the 50’s to get the style right and pick up on some of the ‘usual’ things they mock.

Coolest / Worst scene?
When OSS is chasing the Egyptian through the street of Cairo at night. Goes on to the point of not being funny anymore…then carries on until it becomes funnier than it ever was. Similar to the Austin Powers pee’ing scene in the first movie.

Did you laugh / cry / cover your eyes / walk out?
I did laugh, and I need to watch again as the French language can be so fast the subtitles also rocket along and you sometimes miss whats actually happening on screen.

Anything we should watch out for?
The chicken fight! …and for the blokes, watch out for when Berenice Bejo ends up tied up!

Why should we see / avoid it?
Avoid if you don’t like subtitled movies, otherwise get stuck in. A funny, retro, French spy adventure.

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Hoth on a Space Hopper – LFF sweded Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back film

Posted by LiveFor on January 23, 2009

Here is a little film me and the boys did one snowboarding holiday a few years ago. It was one of those days when the snow was coming down hard and the mountain was closed. Being stuck in the apartment we drank, ate and chatted about things. Eventually we got the idea to do some filming in the snow (we’d already been videoing ousrselves doing stupid stuff – but wanted to make something a bit more substantial…but still a bit stupid).

Someone mentioned how it looked like Hoth outside so we got our gear together, wrapped up warm and headed outside. On the walk down we quickly went through what happened in those opening scenes of Empire Strikes Back. Luke sees the meteor strike, gets hit by a Wampa, escapes from the cave, sees Obi-Wan, Han sets off on Taun-Taun to find him. Cool and the gang but we had no Taun-Taun. Luckily we had a space hopper and that worked splendidly. The lightsaber was a can of deep heat I think and it went pretty well (although it got cut short as the cold ate into the battery time.

Everyone did a cracking job, especially Rob who, as Luke Skywalker, was willing to stay in the snow even though he was freezing. I did the filming, Jinja was Han Solo, Andy D was Taun-Taun wrangler and Obi-Wan, Ian was Chewbacca, Rich and Chisholm were rebel soldiers and prompts.

Jinja did the editing and matched it up perfectly with the sound track. He also flipped the image so Luke was hanging from the ceiling as I didn’t think to turn the camera upside down on the day!

I keep trying to figure out how we can do the speeder bike chase from Return of the Jedi using vacuum cleaners.

Have a look and let me know what you make of it. Brilliant, while getting the embed code for it from Youtube I’ve just seen that it has had over 8,000 hits. I’ll post the other bits of film we’ve done over the next few days.

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District 9 – More news on Peter Jackson’s alien thing

Posted by LiveFor on January 8, 2009

Been a while since I posted anything on District 9 (Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp’s science-fiction film – previous news on it is here), but Jinja has delivered the goods once again. He has found a couple of viral web sites which seem linked to the film. Firstly there is this video from MNU Spreads Lies that features the image frim the poster for the film (MNU is Multi-National United).

From what we can gather it is all about about a fictional/parallel world where aliens have become refugees in South Africa as per Neill Blomkamp’s short film (shown below).

Then there is Maths From Outer Space that states:

Maths From Outer Space wants to redefine what it means to be human! Our scientists have found a way to enhance the spatial and logic capabilities of the human body. By synthesizing earth-based proteins with DNA from our other-worldly friends, the MFOS program will enhance your natural physical and mental capabilities. In other words, we’ve found a way to make you smarter! Would you like to see if you are qualified to take part in this exciting endeavor?

This also appears to be linked to MNU. Also check out the official District 9 site if you haven’t already.

All very intriguing stuff and still not much on the actual film itself. If you have stumbled across anything that you think could be related then let me know. Thanks once again to Jinja.

Oh and I just stumbled across this little video that goes into some more detail about the District 9 viral campaign.

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Discuss: Films set at Christmas that are not Christmas films?

Posted by LiveFor on December 22, 2008

Over the weekend I attended a Christmas meal laid on by the might Colin Bermingham for the few true heroes who put up the Christmas lights in Bebington Village. I was one of those heroes. Jinja was not, he was in Australia for a few weeks, but was invited anyway as he has helped out in previous years and is going to take them down in the new year.

Before the meal (which was lovely by the way), Jinja put forward a movie themed question for us to ponder and I now put it to you.

He asked, “What films can you think of that are set at Christmas but are not Christmas movie?”

At first you could be thinking, what is he talking about? Is that man insane and why are we wearing the same jumper (it wasn’t quite the same jumper, the label was slightly different. I put it down to great minds and all that).

Nonplussed I responded with a “Huh?!” and then Jinja continued, “Go on you know like Trading Places.” I had it and understood, I reached for my beer and supped deeply (Live for Films does not condone drinking alcohol kids and if you do have a drink this Christmas drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive).

Trading Places – the great comedy starring Eddie Murphy (back when he was funny) and Dan Aykroyd (back when he was thin and not selling crystal skull bottles of vodka) who play a tramp and a rich Wall Street dude respectively. Then through a bet by Dan’s mean bosses have to swap places to see if they will cope. Dan meets up with Jamie Lee Curtis’ breasts so he’s fine and Eddie Murphy laughs and shows a flare for stocks and shares. An excellent movie that is often shown on cable channels throughout the land. It also brought us the phrase “Beef Jerky Time!” which can be used for a multitude of meanings. The main point of it though is that the film is set at Christmas – there are trees and lights dotted around and Dan Aykroyd dresses as Father Christmas (Santa Claus to the American visitors to this site!) and eats a salmon through the beard (does that actually cut into his lip?), but you don’t think of it as a Christmas movie.

You’re getting the idea.

Die Hard – There’s another (as is Die Hard 2). Set at Christmas, Bruce Willis (with hair and a vest) attends his wife’s Christmas party at Nakatomi Towers. While he’s there Professor Snape / Hans Gruber and his crew of european bad guys break in, hold the partygoers hostage, and break into the safe. Snape / Gruber gives us the FBI, they send in the car, the quaterback is toast and Bruce Willis runs around the conveniently large ventilation system with no shoes on and says “Yippee Ki-Aye Muddy Funster!” while pulling glass out of his feet. Set at Christmas but not a Christmas movie.

Last one that was mentioned on the night (by my Dad no less) was It’s a Wonderful Life. Think about it. The film shows the life of George Bailey as he gets more and more ground down by Bedford Falls and his good intentions. Then when it all comes to a head he decides to kill himself to help his family. Clarence intervenes and shows George what his life has done while all around the townsfolk do a big collection for Georgie boy and all is well. Think about it. It’s not really a Christmas film, only the fact it has the huge downer and then uplifting moment with goodwill all around that has made it the seasons favourite.

There you go then. I’ve set it up now lets see what the rest of you can come up with in the comments below. Feel free to disagree with any of the above (make sure you explain why though) and put forward any other films you can think of that fall into the criteria. Something to discuss with your family as well on Christmas Day while you digest the turkey.

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Christmas Shopping followed by Jesse Green + Skazzmatic

Posted by LiveFor on November 30, 2008

Afternoon all,

Yesterday was spent Christmas shopping with the Wife in Chester. It was all Christmassy and misty. A few drinks were drunk in the wonderful Old Harker’s Arms and many gifts were bought.

Then the evening was rounded off meeting up with old friends at The Groves to see the legendary Jesse Green (he drummed with Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley don’t you know) perform – my mates Neil and Lee played guitar and drums respectively (their pics are below) – in his new band Skazzmatic. It was a great night, and I don’t like reggae but the band rocked and I boogied on down. Jesse Green is a great showman and I recommend you see the band if you get the chance.

Hello to everyone who was there including Jinja, Sara, Street Pete, Del, Andy D, Paul, Little Bitch, The Dude and Emma, Rich (who came all the way from Darlington to see the band), Will, Kev (who may be having his first visit to the site today) and all the people with dreadlocks.

Here is a video of Jesse Green back in the day.

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Alexander Supertramp returns

Posted by LiveFor on October 27, 2008

I made it back from the wild and I’ve never seen rain like it. Heading up on the Saturday morning with Will and Jinja was like the beginning of a horror movie as the rain fell. Walking through the woods in the rain was a mixture of The Road, The Blair Witch Project and Dog Soldiers. We met up with the others who had already set up camp. We then ate, drank and sheltered from the rain. At about 5am on the Sunday the rain stopped.
All in all though it was a brilliant weekend and I did enjoy every minute of it. Next time I just hope it doesn’t rain quite as much. Hope you all had a good weekend.

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Cool 2000AD Canvas Prints

Posted by LiveFor on October 13, 2008

I saw these over on Firebox and thought, “that’s cool I wouldn’t mind one of them.” Then I thought hold on I could do something like that myself. Then I thought £89.95 a pop. I should be doing that and selling them. Then I thought,”I need more time.”

Andy D has a piccy I did of Rogue Trooper hanging in his house. Chisholm has a Marv I painted and Jinja has a Gotham by Gaslight. Oh and Rich has a Spider Jerusalem. I must get them posted on the site. Fella’s send me a photo of them when you can.

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Harmonica stopped play

Posted by LiveFor on October 3, 2008

There probably won’t be too many posts this afternoon and this evening as I am off to play for a bit of a jam with Little Bitch, The Dude, Bongo, Street Pete and possibly Jinja or maybe Will.

I’ll be making a racket on the harmonica and trying to keep my voice in tune. Hell, I may even have a bash on a tambourine. As alcohol will be consumed as well there may not be many posts tomorrow morning either.

However, normal service will resume over the weekend. Enjoy your Friday as best you can and I’ll speak to you soon.

If you have any reviews of films you have seen or if you spot any interesting pieces of movie news then let me know.

In the meantime here is Darth Vader playing harmonica much better than I ever could (I know it’s an old clip, but it does make me chuckle).


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