And my journey through film begins with A…

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.

Silence... I kill you!

Silence... I kill you!

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.

Lookit, I'm a much better actor when they make me into a cartoon

Lookit, I'm a much better actor when they make me into a cartoon

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.

Beware hippies, the merwitch is coming to get you!

Beware hippies, the merwitch is coming to get you!

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.

Crouching tiger, hidden nipples

Crouching tiger, hidden nipples

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*


  1. Jen

    Oh how I adore Across the Universe. I saw it on a plane once, and subsequently watched it about four times on the journey there and back. I think the unnatural amount of love I have for it stems directly from the fact that I was confined and unable to entertain myself in any other way. I even have the soundtrack 😀

  2. Two really great films here; A Scanner Darkly is a post-production geek’s heaven…So good. And A History of Violence was great as well IMO. Aeon Flux, however… Stinker.

    1. Abbi

      Thanks for stopping by. Aeon Flux really was a total shocker, wasn’t it! I think I need to rewatch A Scanner Darkly. It’s brilliant!

  3. Just came across your site. I really love this idea of cycling through your queue and writing about the movies you see. I have thought about doing this with my Netflix account, which is just ballooning out of control.

    I am a little ambivalent about A History of Violence, although I love Cronenberg. I think it might deserve another viewing for me.

    Cheers, and I look forward to reading some more of your stuff!

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! Unfortunately that hard drive died so I had to stop doing the films in alphabetical order but I’m still reviewing 4 films per week. I’ve now done 153 sets 🙂

      1. Yeah, I think I realized this after looking over your blog a little more. You have put in some serious and commendable movie-watching my friend. Impressive.

        1. Abbi

          Thanks! I have had such a good time with it and seen so many interesting movies!

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