30 Movies in 30(-24) Days

While browsing @Jeneahaly‘s oneaday blog, I found her mention of a project started by another oneaday-er, Chris from I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish; which is a fantastic title that perfectly sums up my attempt at the project.

Basically, for the lazy link clickers, you have to answer 30 questions about movies over 30 days. So a month of movie updates, unless it’s one of those months with 29 or 31 days, or one of those leap year things but they’re just bastards so I’m ignoring them.

I’m not going to do one post for each answer, instead covering 5 questions over 6 blog posts – because I’m lazy. I’m trying to make these quite impulsive so expect some random and possibly wrong/easy answers. Without further ado, here are my first questions and answers:

Day 01 – The best movie you saw during the last year

Oh, that is a sneaky one. I watched quite a few last year and can’t remember many that really stood out. Possibly Red Cliff, the original 2 disc un-dubbed version of course. Oh, screw that, it would have to be Bunny and the Bull, written and directed by Paul King, the director of The Mighty Boosh. It was fantastic. Great cast, amazing cameos, and an utterly spellbinding feast for the eyes. If you haven’t seen it yet then please do.

Day 02 – The most underrated movie

I don’t really follow ratings so I’m not sure about this one. Underrated via my friends would have to be 13th Warrior. Yes, I know, it’s Antonio Banderas etc. but I really like the story, the setting and the characters. And there’s some cracking action in it.

Day 03 – A movie that makes you really happy

My Neighbour Totoro. Easy. The original Japanese version of course. I can put up with subtitles and Mae’s voice in the Western version is just horrible. My girlfriend bought a big Totoro plush that has slowly become mine through the years. I hug it while watching it… no I don’t, honest.

Day 04 – A movie that makes you sad

I tend to only watch sad films once as I can’t stomach them for a good long while. So I can’t recall an answer to this one. There is, of course, the obvious choice in Schindlers list, which upset me and educated me when we watched it in school. But I think the movie that made me the most sad, so sad that I actually remember crying, would have to be Terminator Two. I was young at the time, not even in my teens, but I loved that big chunk of Austrian metal so much, and when he did the thumbs up I properly wept. I know Tim Bisley used this in Spaced but I swear to God this happened to me.

Day 05 – Favourite love story in a movie

I like honest portrayals of love in movies and there have been a few in my time. And I can’t really think of any now. What I can think of is less honest in a realistic, normal way but more sweet and fucked up: Garden State. I really dug the chemistry between Zach Braff and the previously hated (thanks to George Lucas) Natalie Portman. So mucyh so that I may have watched the film far too many times.

Well that’s five down and twenty five to go. I’ll try and plan ahead for the rest. This is just a quick brain vomit as I felt like writing something. It’s a fun project, though, why don’t you join in?


27. mumble, mumble, mumb…BANG! BANG!! BANG!!!

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Why do certain films have such terrible audio? Quiet, mumbled talking then suddenly MUSIC! Making you scramble across the floor to grab the remote, popcorn spraying the TV, beer getting kicked over, and the cat scrambling to find a dark corner. Then when you get your hands on the remote, silence, the audio returns to normal, conversations resume, cat starts eating popcorn.

Why am I ranting about this? Because it fucking annoys me. Especially thanks to my downstairs neighbour, who, although nicer these days, has turned me into a noise-Nazi due to his incessant banging on the roof.

The most recent perpetrator was Public Enemies. The muted conversations forced me to turn the volume up to fifty-two, yes fifty-fucking-two. Not a respectable audio for talking. I can deal with this, but when the sudden burst of a tommy gun  shatters my eardrums, then I get even more pissed off than my neighbours.

Why can’t they, the film making people, sort it out? Levelling the volume to a respectable level, higher for talking, lower for splosions. Or at least install a ‘grumpy cunt neighbour’ audio option? Problem solved.

22. Check Out Me Shelves…

Today has been strangely busy, I even got a lot of things done. I managed to write a review, play Star Trek Online (EVENTUALLY! FUCKING DOWNLOADS!) for a few hours, and ultimately, move 6′ set of shelves into the living room.

The shelves are now a complete geek paradise, I’ve wanted somewhere to house my collection for far too long. What do you think…

The rest

Not bad, eh? The DVD’s featured are just my TV/standup/music etc. I have a lot more films in another cabinet to the left.

I have a friend coming over for his birthday tomorrow and we think he is staying for a few days SO I’m going to try and squeeze some articles out. I had an idea planned for it but I’ve lost the time somehow. Tsk…

Note. You will not believe the amount of fucking trouble I have had trying to get the pictures on this post. WP’s ‘Upload/Insert’ option would not work, I could not get the image url off of Flickr, Facebook crashed every time I tried to upload the pics. This post was so close to just being an untitled update with the word ‘fuck you’ written in the middle of the page.

In fact, today’s #oneaday has ruined my night, enjoy!

Note 2. I know the last two pictures are too small but fuck it, it’s late and I cant be arsed. Where’s my cider?


Happy Birthday (It’s a short one)

This is quick one as we have been celebrating my girlfriends birthday, and will be for the next two days as well, but I will make sure to get a post up earlier. Just finished watching ‘In Bruges’ and I cannot believe how good that movie is. So much to talk about, much of which I will do in the next few days, but it is just so funny. And it has a great blooper reel, Sarah hates them, and I don’t know why as they offer such a great insight into the chemistry of the actors, which will again be – another blog post, for another day.

So, I write this as I watch one of my favourite YouTube videos and wonder to  myself, yet again, why has this video not got more hits? Everyone follow him on Twitter – @MynottComedy – even though he don’t post much.

Hope you enjoyed…”..and I’m back in the room”