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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.

By Jinja

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OSS 117: Lost in Rio – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on April 28, 2010

Twelve years after Cairo, OSS 117 is back on a new mission at the other end of the world. As he tracks down a microfilm that is compromising for the French State, France’s most famous secret agent will have to team up with the Mossad’s most seductive lieutenant-colonel in order to capture a Nazi blackmailer. From Rio´s sunny beaches to luxuriant Amazonian forests, from the depths of secret grottos to the top of Corcovado’s Christ, a new adventure is about to begin. Whatever the danger, whatever the stakes, you can always count on Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath to find a way out…

Out on 7th May 2010

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Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rüdiger Vogler

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Films out in the UK today plus their trailers

Posted by LiveFor on January 15, 2010

Friday 15 January 2010

44 Inch Chest (18)

All About Steve (12A)

The Book Of Eli

Director: Joe Berlinger

OSS 117: Lost In Rio (15)

Still Walking (U)

Up In The Air (15)

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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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OSS 117: Rio Ne Repond Plus – Trailers

Posted by LiveFor on February 15, 2009

Rio Ne Repond Plus brings back brilliant French comedian Jean Dujardin as the archetypal 1960s spy and ladies man and the promo that screened at AFM made it very clear that this picture is in no way a step back from the previous.

The appeal of the OSS films is a little hard to explain but I’ll take a stab at it. First of all the films are a brilliant, absolutely note perfect recreation of the late 1960s and early 1970s. From film stock to set design to wardrobe and physical mannerisms everything about these pictures is absolutely flawless. You could very easily be watching an actual lost film from that era and on a technical level that is a fairly astounding feat. But more than that it is the character as embodied by Dujardin. Our hero in these films is both a brilliant spy and total buffoon, a man so secure in his belief in the male dominated world view of the 1950s – to say nothing of his own superiority over everything and everyone around him – that he is completely, utterly, blissfully unaware that the world is changing around him and that he is increasingly out of step with reality. Somehow these films avoid slapstick and parody and end up with unusually good natured satire. These are just clever, charming, crowd pleasing bits of work.

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