When I first got Frank (my Mac book, for new readers) just over a year ago, Fabio was kind enough to take away my external hard drive (which he named Paprika) and load her up with loads of lovely programmes for Frank as well as about 400 films that he’s collected over the years.
I regularly plug Paprika in with the intention of watching a film and then become overwhelmed by how long and often unidentifiable the list is and I end up watching something I’ve already seen 20 times. What a waste! I figure there must be some absolute gems on there that I jut haven’t bothered to uncover. So I made a resolution, this bank holiday weekend to watch every single one of the films on that hard drive that I haven’t already seen in alphabetical order, with no excuses.
I’m not sure how long it will take me but I’ve made a pretty decent start. Over the weekend I watched:
A History Of Violence, starring Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris about a normal small town dad whose identity comes into question when he prevents a robbery in his diner using deadly force. You can see clearly that it has been adapted from a graphic novel, which is a genre of film that I love but the back story is hazy and it lacked a bit of meat on its bones.
A Scanner Darkly “starring” Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Junior, Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Rory Cochrane (who, as always, steals the entire film). This is an interesting one because it was made with animation laid over live action film, giving it this weird semi-real, twitchiness, which fits this futuristic Philip K. Dick adaptation perfectly. Exploring the nature of addiction and identity, I absolutely loved it. Definitely worth another look.
Across The Universe starring Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess. I had no idea this was a musical until one of the characters randomly burst into song. Set in new York in the 70’s this is a “make love not war” Beatles inspired debacle of a film. It attempts to be psychedelic but falls pretty flat and not even a laughable cameo from Bono or Eddie Izzard in a tophat can save it.
Aeon Flux, starring Charlize Theron and Johnny Lee Miller. I feel like I’ve seen this plot before… about 400 times. Future society controls everyone. Rebel underground forces attempt to overthrow then and find that a terrible secret is being hidden. This was a two hour long excuse to put Charlize in ridiculously skimpy outfits and make her do cartwheels. About as original and inspiring as the latest Coldplay album.
I will continue to keep you posted as I get through the list… maybe once a week a little catch-up. Excited for tonight… Akira… I love anime… *GLEE*