365 Film Challenge: #56 - 77

56) The Amazing Spider-Man (dir. Marc Webb, 2012)

  • Well-done reboot of the series, even though the origin story wasn’t necessary … but it was still handled nicely. A-

57) Monsters (dir. Gareth Edwards, 2010)

  • Good monster flick that sets up an interesting world to explore. B+

58) You Only Live Twice (dir. Lewis Gilbert, 1967)

  • Bond in Japan, Blofeld’s first appearance, good stunts and locales. B-

59) Iron Man (dir. John Favreau, 2008)

  • Excellent superhero flick that still holds up. A

60) The Perfect Host (dir. Nick Tomnay, 2010)

  • Interesting psychological thriller with an interesting twist or two. B

61) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (dir. Peter Hunt, 1969)

  • Good effort by Lazenby, stepping in and humanizing the role of Bond, and not making him as much of a womanizer, but showing that in some cases, his flings don’t mean anything (i.e., They’re for the mission.). B (See review for more.)

62) The Dark Knight Rises (dir. Christopher Nolan, 2012)

  • Masterful conclusion to an epic trilogy. A-/A

63) Diamonds Are Forever (dir. Guy Hamilton, 1971)

  • The end of the Connery era. Longer, unnecessary chases that serve to perhaps show the ineptitude of the US police force. B-/B (See review for more.)

64) Beasts of the Southern Wild (dir. Benh Zeitlin, 2012)

  • Amazing … a simply amazing look at the backwoods of a fictional New Orleans post-Katrina with a fantastical twist, told from the viewpoint of a 6-year-old girl. Go. A/A+

65) Live and Let Die (dir. Guy Hamilton, 1973)

  • Moore’s first outing as Bond. The film plays on blaxplotation, and relies on the novel for the characters, mostly. Otherwise, it’s a different beast. Sgt. Pepper is a no-no. But you’ve got music from George Martin and a theme song from Paul McCartney and Wings. B-/B (See review for more.)

66) The Intouchables (dir. Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano, 2011)

  • An inspirational affirming French dramedy. Go. A/A+

67) The Man With The Golden Gun (dir. Guy Hamilton, 1974)

  • Continues the outlandish parodical nature of the previous Bond film, but it’s kung fu instead of blaxplotation. Sgt. Pepper returns and is the ignorant big-shot American tourist. *facepalm* Very different from the novel, too. C+/B- (See review for more.)

68) Ruby Sparks (dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2012)

  • Interesting meta-commentary on writers and their power over their creations. Definitely made me think about what liberties I take with whomever I write about … whenever that happens. A-

69) The Bourne Legacy (dir. Tony Gilroy, 2012)

  • Good side-story in the Bourne universe, but you kind of need to be knowledgeable about Bourne going into the film. Also glad that Rachel Weisz wasn’t sexualized, etc. But the ending chase goes on a bit longer than need be. B+/A-
70) The Spy Who Loved Me (dir. Lewis Gilbert, 1977)
  • The Cold War returns to the Bond series and it’s done well. Definite improvement over ‘Golden Gun’. B (See review for more.)
71) Miss Representation (dir. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 2011)
  • Great relevant documentary topic. Still conflicted thoughts about the male gaze, etc. Feeling guilty for being a part of the perpetuating gender, but wanting to do what I can to change things for the better. A-
72) Inside Job (dir. Charles Ferguson, 2010)
  • Timely documentary, but I’m not a financial know-it-all. I do know this: Financial businesses shouldn’t screw over Main Street to reap the benefits. A-
73) ParaNorman (dir. Sam Fell and Chris Butler, 2012)
  • Ah, well-done stop motion, fun and light story, ghosts and zombies, and a good look at what it means to be unique, even if you’re a social outcast because you can see and speak with ghosts. A-
74) Moonraker (dir. Lewis Gilbert, 1979)
  • Bond in space … eh … over-reliance on gadgets, odd handling of Jaws, nothing like the novel … C+/B- (See review for more.)
75) Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (dir. Brad Bird, 2011)
  • Still holds up. Everything you want in a spy film: damn cool stunts, impressive locales, neat gadgets that aren’t outlandish, megalomaniac who wants to destroy the world … A 
76) For Your Eyes Only (dir. John Glen, 1981)
  • A move back towards realism in the Bond series, but Moore is starting to show his age. Seriously. A spy in his mid-50s hooks up with someone half his age. NOOOOOOOOOOOO thanks. And the chase through the Olympic training area goes on for too long. But good locales (nothing too exotic), minimal reliance on gadgets, and another return to the Cold War setting. B (See review for more.)
77) Good Night, and Good Luck (dir. George Clooney, 2005)
  • I’ve been getting a bit into news-related things these days, namely ‘The Hour’. I’d been wanting to see this film for a while and hadn’t gotten around to it, but I was able to grab this at the library yesterday. Great cast (including the small appearances by Peter Jacobson and Robert Knepper, among others) and a relevant story that’s still applicable in today’s 24/7 news world. B+/A-

365films 365filmchallenge The Amazing Spider-Man Monsters You Only Live Twice Iron Man The Perfect Host On Her Majesty's Secret Service The Dark Knight Rises Diamonds Are Forever Beasts of the Southern Wild Live and Let Die The Intouchables The Man With The Golden Gun Ruby Sparks The Bourne Legacy The Spy Who Loved Me Miss Representation Inside Job ParaNorman Moonraker Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol For Your Eyes Only Good Night And Good Luck

So, who wants to talk Batman/TDKR?

I just got back in from an 11:30 IMAX screening and it was most indeedidly epic. And the fact that the theater played the 1960s theme before the movie started (as they had been playing previous Batman themes). Anyone have favorite moments? Anything that made them cringe, cry, silently rage?

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