I've really neglected this over the last month, so I figured I'd get caught up with the notes I've got for the films I've seen. As usual, the best is at the top, the rest follow after the cut!
I don't know if I mentioned, but I am currently on a bit of a crusade to watch all of Nicolas Cage's films. One of which that came most highly recommended was Con Air, and I had a great time finding out why. From the outset, it's one of the dumbest films I've ever heard of, but that is its charm, and why it works so darn well. The whole cast are at their nutty best, and the whole two hours is spent ramping up every situation to it's most ridiculously plausible conclusion. The fact that a sequel is in the works to help Cage fund his IRS problems is superb.
After the cut: The Rescuers, Sherlock Holmes, Extract, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and The Other Guys.
I've always told folks I'm not a big fan of animated Disney films and to an extent it's true. The Jungle Book is an utter classic of course, but there are too few that do even half of what that does. The Rescuers is light and fun, but never comes alive like you want it to. The big baddy is affecting but won't stick in your mind like she should, and the setting was never the best for stories to be told from, which could be why they moved the action to Australia in the sequel. The two lead mice are entertaining, but I never felt connected enough to the characters to need them not to die in perilous situations, which isn't how you want to see a Disney film is it?
Sixteen Candles (1984) **/I've also taken a keen interest in the films of John Hughes of late, having dismissed the majority of them previously as 'not my kind of thing'. However, I've already found that I may have been correct, as one of his most loved films, Sixteen Candles, did not fit my bill. Well, at least not entirely. There was some humour to be found in Anthony Michael Hall's performance, and it was nice to see John and Joan Cusack in one of their earliest roles, but it just wasn't the classic 90 minutes it has been built up to be.
Total films: 20