Thursday

Top 25 films, to procrastinate revision

I'm feeling good, I'm so close to the end of school (ever) that i can practically taste it.
if you observant you will have noticed a list of 25 film, if your a film buff you will probably recognise these as the top 25 films on the IMDB. reason, I've decided i cannot become a film student if i haven't watched the top 25 films on IMDB, I've already watch a majority of these and those are the one that are white with a rating at the end out of ten, the ones i need to watch are marked in green and I'll put the rating i expect at the end, when i watch them they'll change to red and have my actual given rating. if I'm done pretty quickly I'm move onto the next 25 and if i have the 25 after. so by the end of summer i might have watched the IMDB top 75. i think in uni I'll start to aim at watching all the films in the 1001 films to watch book

1) The Shawshank Redemption (11/10)
2) The Godfather (5/10)
3) The Godfather: Part II (6/10)
4) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (8/10)
5) Pulp Fiction (11/10)
6) Schindler's List (9/10)
7) 12 Angry Men (8/10)
8) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (9/10)
9) Inception (10/10)
10) The Dark Knight (11/10)
11) Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (7/10)
12) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (7/10)
13) Seven Samurai (6/10)
14) Fight Club (8/10)
15) Goodfellas (2 or 8/10)
16) Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (8/10)
17) Casablanca (5/10)
18) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (10/10)
19) City of God (9/10)
20) Once Upon a Time in the West (5/10)
21) Rear Window (5/10)
22) Raiders of the Lost Ark (6/10)
23) The Matrix (10/10)
24) Psycho (5/10)
25) The Usual Suspects (8 or 9/10)

that's 10 out of 25 films i have to watch, I'm not a very good film nerd/student. also a couple of these films are rewatches, i.e. city of god

Wednesday

RUBBER

WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST WATCH

11/10

Monday

machete is fucking awesome

you wanna film with just fun action and gore then you want machete, which btw is pronounced ma-chet-tay. with complete lack of storyline steve seagal, rober deniro and danny trejo, what more could you want. 9/10

on the other hand, the prestige i also watched last night, was a reguarly placed big teist film directed by christopher nolan, it was beautiful and well done and hard to guess and made you go wow at the end with any major action, fun or gore. 7/10

Wednesday

my somewhat unhealthy obcession with denzel washington

coursework season is nearly over, 2 more days then i can do what i want, and revise.

over the past couple of months i've picked up a liking for films staring denzel washington, which are films usually directed by tony scott. to be fair all the films follow the same storyline. denzel washington is normal bloke, somthing kinda related happens, an explosion, bad things, dezel washington is the hero. but they are all a little different and i love them all in their individual ways. i think everyone needs to face the fact that denzel washington is pretty amazing. so the 2 most recent films i've watched,

The Taking Of Pelham 1, 2, 3: 7/10
Man On Fire: 9/10

suprisingly there are a lot more films of his i need to watch, since they release about 2 a year.
-phatrob

Tuesday

True Romance With Men Who Grow Backwards And The Third Kind, And Other Stuff

So if i were lying I'd say the reason that the reason i haven't written a blog post in over a month is because I've been busy finishing up coursework, if i hadn't written a blog post within the past 2 weeks this would have been true, but its been over a month. so loads of stuff has happened in the last month, but nothing too exciting, or at least exciting enough for people to listen to me about. although since all my course work was due in on Friday, I've watched a film a day, close encounters on Friday, Benjamin button on Saturday and true romance on Sunday. so now I'm gonna do a short review on each, happy face.

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 8/10
i love this film originally straight after watching it i was thinking 10/10 but after i calmed down from the initial excitedness of watching this fantastic film i realized a couple of negative points which marked it down for me. the main thing being is that it is the most rushed story i have ever seen, this film isn't short or anything its like 2 1/4 hours long, its just theres plenty of story to go round. it almost feels like this film was a novel and they just squeezed in all the essential components, the main thing which suffers this kind of thing is there is no point for he wife or family, it wouldn't make his character a different person, or make you think any more or less of her. then there is that random bloke who joins them then dies really quickly for no appereant point, the film would be the same without him and then at the end when the aliens take him there is no explanation why he wants to go. it just feels like if there was more time these thing could have been said or could have effected the film in some way. things i love though are, the soundtrack, the amazing special effects (made in 71, believable today), the bit where he goes mental and is chucking stuff in his house.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button: 9/10
expected something different from this film, but got somthing much better, some aspects of the film are weird, and its just like WHY!!!! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!!!! but otherwise fantastic, really convincingly acted and brilliant story, really powerful message. now i think about it there are a few things that annoyed me one being the stupid filter they used for like half the film, it was horrible, and then it suddenly disappeared, also they should have left the film with Ben and not the current day, but both of these are such minor point within a movie so good.

True Romance : 7/10
recommended to me by Calum and he lent me this to watch. at the time i was on a major Tarantino binge and he said 'hey here's a film that was written by tarantino' so i was like 'hells to the yeh, i wanna borrow this'. so now i finally got around to watching it and yeah it was good, but i've seen a lot better, but i don't think this film should be associated with Tarantino, although he has defiantly got a lot of influence, but there is major Tarantino missing. the non-linear storyline - missing, the ending build up - un-Tarantino-y and the end its self was pretty badly written - not Tarantino. other than that though, brilliant film, fantastic characters, fantastic acting to match. generally ok film.

going to see Source Code and probs Suckerpunch, will blog them soon keep an eye on the recent films sidebar and also follow my twitter, there's a widget over in the sidebar too. also might do a blog about my general life and stuff since i do them a lot less frequently now.

Sunday

short review of shutter island

shutter island is all about characters, and i love characters. DiCaprio was brilliant he had so many different level of emotion and feelings to express and all of them were executed brilliantly. direction was fantastic, there is defiantly a reason i have heard Scorsese's name before, pity I've never payed any attention to him, the writing was pretty good as well, but it comes from a novel so that's what you'd expect. the only thing which really holds it back for me is that the twist was far too guessable, this isn't the films fault though, its that twists in modern films come so often now that it makes them easier to guess, this kinda made me not be waiting for the end. if that makes sense, essentially although it was brought together well at the end, i didn't really need to see it to understand what was going on. after the reveal though you can go back though the film and see all the characters acting their part in Teddy/Andrews fantasy and that's fantastic, so will be watching again in future. but another major point i put down this film on is the use of unnecessary crap and the over empathises of it. for instance when that woman goes shhhhhh at Teddy/Andrew at the start that's way overplayed, since it has no relevance to the film, there is no need to put the clip in EVERY trailer, poster and screenshot list available. also the whole thing where Teddy/Andrew attacks the other inmate who jumps on him. that's supposed to be a hint to show that he is comfortable to attack other inmates because he is one, saying that a police Marshall wouldn't, but i think anybody in that position would attack back, its a way overplayed piece of the plot. overall pretty fantastic film. 8 or 9 /10

Friday



i love this video. not only is it a good video but it proves the brilliance, power and popularity of the shining, which in my opinion is one of the greatest 'horror' films of all time and some of these people's reations show their opinions are similar.

Tuesday

short review of dinner for schmucks

not very funny really, somtimes boring, steve carell was as hilarious as he could be but the story jus din't allow for that much funny, certainly would call it more of a drama than a comedy. zach galafinakis and his character was posibly the funniest bit. good film, not as good as expected, not recommended for anybody who dosen't like romantic films cus this has a major romantic plotline, also don't watch if you're a carell fan, it'll ruin your opinion of him, i still love him tho. 5/10

Sunday

Quick review of the social network

fantastic, was a little hard to get into, its very fast paced and can sometimes feel like your losing the plot of the film but you're not. watching it made me understand a lot of what people were saying about it, yes it is about facebook, but there is also a lot else to this film, i think you only see the actuall facebook homepage once so yeh. really fun, really exilarating, and i learn a lot about the beginings of a website i care so little about but i still enjoyed it.

Thursday

Reviews without reviews

I'm going to perform a simple bit of abstraction here I'm going to write my scores for the films i have seen recently without writing description or reasoning. if you want me to fully review or to write a short bit on a certain film, comment down below.
RUBBER: 11/10
Machete: 9/10

The Prestige: 7/10
The Taking Of Pelham 1, 2, 3: 7/10
Man On Fire: 9/10
True Romance: 7/10
Benjamin Button: 9/10
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 8/10
The Shining: 7/10

Oldboy: 11/10

Limitless: 7/10
Shutter Island: 8/10
Dinner For Schmucks: 5/10
Full Metal Jacket: 6/10
Paul: 9/10

The Social network: 10/10

127 Hours: 8/10
Pulp Fiction: 10/10
Moon: 9/10
Reservoir Dogs: 9/10
Grindhouse: 8/10
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: 9/10
The Girl Who Played With Fire: 7/10
Iron Man 2: 8/10
The Expendables: 1/10
V For Vendetta: 10/10
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas: 4/10
Watchmen: 8/10
The Road: 8/10
Broken Flowers: 2/10
The Lucky Ones: 8/10
The Weather Man: 10/10
King Of California: 8/10
Without A Paddle: 8/10
Collateral: 10/10
Toy Story 3: 7/10
Inception: 10/10
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: 9/10
The Crazies: 5/10
Zombieland: 10/10
The Men Who Stare At Goats: 8/10
Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time: 3/10
The Losers: 6 or 7/10
The Godfather: 5/10
Scarface: 7/10
The Untouchables: 9/10
Public Enemies: 7/10
The Shawshank Redemption: 11/10
The Dark Knight: 11/10

I'm also making amendments to the list of films that i want to see as i see them. i might add new films that i see to this list, I'll add them at the top and mark the top three newest in RED so that you can keep checking back to see what films I'm watching.
I also started a T****r, wait what, i said a T****r. a T-U-*-B-*-R. FUCK!. anyway your not supposed to talk about this certain website elsewhere on the web so here a link phatrob.t****r.com dunno what I'll post on there mainly got it so i could follow other people.

Wednesday

ang aking maliit na mahirap na kalagayan

so a while ago i was looking desperately for work experience or something to do in film, like at the BBC or something, turns out they're really hard to get into, and after about 2 months of getting nothing, i decided to give up. i decided a better way to go at this would be to work from the bottom, so radio, the bottom of the pile of media. however it also seems its not that easy to get work experience at the local radio station, so i have to go right to the bottom, hospital radio. I've emailed the guy that organises it and he has said that they're quite desperate for workers, but i could end up hosting my own Saturday morning hospital radio show. now I'm pretty sure that this is my way into the business and i know that the starts were gonna be a little hard and gritty, but my own show on hospital radio. I'm keep thinking about how impressive that will look on my CV , but I'm also looking at the time and the commitments i have to make to get it there. if i do do this i better end up with a bloody good job.

Monday

how to solve problems

at the moment in Evesham it is extremely windy and if you'd had any experience with wind, you'd know it likes to mess with your gazebos a lot. one thing i despise and hate is when something or someone messes with my gazebo collection. so what do i propose to stop this wind, a giant wall. yes that's right a giant 800ft wall that would stop the wind coming through. this just happens to be my solution for multiple things for example, the council asked me to stop the polish getting in, i said 'why?, they're a friendly people and they dispose nicely of the swan nuisance', however the council complained about a housing shortage, so i suggest a giant wall in the direction the polish were coming from and then paint some scenery on the other side that way when the polish get there they be all like 'o, i thought there was a town here but its just some scenery painted on a giant wall, better go back to Poland'. suffice to say they never used my idea.

one of my most famous problem solvers was my wall i proposed for the Russians in 1961. the problem was west Berlin and they decided to cut it off and they had no idea how to so i suggested a 96 mile long David Hasselhoff proof wall, they accepted but said there was no need to make it David Hasselhoff proof and so just built a regular 96 mile long wall around west Berlin. they should have listened though because in 1989 David Hasselhoff tore it down. stupid Russians.

and now for something completely different:
a note to Alexander of Bailey

Mr Alex you said the other day you were stuck on the idea of actually wanting to go to university or stay here and carry on with a full time job at the w h smith you work at. now either you was completely off your knocker and you was having a really bad day. my point being that you're and intellectual, and where do intellectuals go, uni. do you really wanna spend the rest of your life working at a w h smith, is that really you, no it isn't, and i now you well enough to say that. even if you eventually end up wanting to do something unrelated to your degree it'll be easier to do simply because you have a degree, and then you'll be happy, rather than having a boring low paid monotonous job at a w h smith on the m5

top ten films rob has not seen (but wants to)

films which i know i will love if i watch them, but i haven't.
note: i have no way of rating them so it just a list of films i need to see, the number has nothing to do with the film itself

10. inglorious bastards (2009) (tarantino)
9. shutter island (heard great things) 8 or 9/10
8. resivour dogs (yet again tarantino) 9/10
7. full metal jacket (kubrick) 6/10
6. the curious case of benjamin button (dunno, heard its bad, curious) 9/10
5. casino (keep hearing about it, need an opinion)
4. the social network (NEED TO SEE) 10/10
3. the good, the bad and the ugly (yet again keep hearing about it, also it seems to be referanced everywhere, already know i love the soundtrack.)
2. memento (nolan FTW)
1. citizen kane (heard so little, yet loved so much, why?)

Sunday

REVIEW: grindhouse (planet terror and death proof)

o hai, time fur anufur mooovy revuew. shit it would be annoying if i wrote blogs like that. so OK, time for review.

i got Grindhouse special edition sent on blu-ray, both films looked spectacular. if you don't know grind house is a double feature (two full length films in one). one is directed by Robert Rodriguez (planet terror) and one by Quintin Tarantino (death proof). I'd seen planet terror before separately, for some reason the Grindhouse version has about 20 - 30 minutes cut out, don't know why, but it doesn't take away from the quality of the film or the story it tells. overall I'd give it a 7.5/10. Rodriguez is well known for doing 'over the top' type films (not including spy kids or shark boy) and this was a perfect example so fun to watch and so well done. death proof i give only a 6/10, reason being lack of characters. its a film about a car chase and the last hour of the 1 and a half hour film is a car chase, being about a car chase there is no time nor need to build and make characters. i personally love characters so that made the film lack something for me. but any other film without characters i would have given a 1 or a 2 out of ten the reason being this is a brilliant fun, exhilarating film, that is excellently directed and fantastically shot, but hey what do you expect from Tarantino, this is the best shot pure action film i have ever seen and will probably ever see. i think now that I've seen 4 of Tarantino's films and absolutely loved all of them i can classify myself as a Tarantino fan, actually next in my lovefilm list is reservoir dogs.

Grindhouse overall i give an 8/10. like whoa it higher than both film singly. that's because the films go together so well and the two directors worked well together. you can see the difference in the direction. and also there is a major difference in the quality since Tarantino refuses to work with digital film media and Rodriguez films most his stuff on digital media. you can really see the difference when i though there wasn't, its actually one of the things i have to learn as a student within the next 3 years like the differences between the different types and stuff. essentially i enjoyed the films together better than i would have separately. also the order in which the films are played adds to the set so brilliantly with planet terror first then death proof, even though chronologically death proof occurs first.


yeh my rating system changed from stars outta 5 to the rating of the cakes i thought of over the entirety of watching the film out of ten. like time 8 chocolate gateaux out of 10.

Thursday

good day

up until about 10 minutes ago this was going to be a review of the girl with the dragon tattoo, but now its a blog about what a good day i'm having. when i say a good day i mean a better than average day, take into mind that my average day composes of me dragging myself awake with 2-4 hours of sleep, slumping to school and stressing about the work i haven't done and the effect ifs having on my later life, then going home and enjoying the contents of my youtube subscription box. however last night i went to bed at 11 meaning i had about 9 hours sleep, which is a good start. but what i think really changed my day around is this morning i thought to myself 'today feels like a good day, today rob your going to have a good day'. and i know it sound sort of cliche or hollywood but somehow this thought has positivly effect my mood today, i'm not one to belive in destiny or anything like that, i'm simply saying i tricked myself into having a good day. today has been just as stressful as any other just i'm in a better mood. and i always have a sort of sunny dissposition in my world which is 90% shit, but today my world of shit just isn't effecting me and its not going to. some thought puts me at the popular nerfighter slang of DFTBA meaning don't forget to be awesome which is a fantastic saying and i wish that rather that it just being a saying i know and sometimes say a way of life i subscribe to. 'tomorrow rob your going to have have an awesome day and your going to DFTBA'. i'm still only about halfway through today i still have tonight to do, which is probably going to be my usuall world of shit but as i said its not going to affect me, but better than average day is staying better than average. DFTBA

Saturday

quick thoughts: music in films/tv

i don't like non-diegetic sound, that is sound that is being played but is not from inside the film itself. an easier way to explain is that diegetic sound is made from inside the film say a band playing on screen or a radio. but although i don't like it there are fantastic examples. you'd think I'd point out something with an amazing soundtrack, like say anything by Hans zimmer including inception, but no. in fact i believe the best use a non diegetic music is in my name is earl. this isn't because of the quality of the music, although fantastic, its about the timing and my name is earl does it perfectly. another example is the original Italian job, most of the film has no music but when there is its perfect. but according to my special edition making of the reason Italian job has no music is because they spent all the budget on making the film and had none left for sound. so in my opinion no non-diegetic unless its really good.

Tuesday

hot chocolate

as you should know if you're a friend or if you're a reader of this blog you'll know that i am some what of a hot chocolate connoisseur as so i am going to provide you with a few tips. now my favorite hot chocolate exists in the instant form where you add boiling water and milk if needed, all these tips will relate to that.
1. when pouring the water pour it so that it is just above the level of the powder and mix it together well at this point, this will make a thick gloop but will help it dissolve better meaning a more chocolaty drink and no powder left at the end
2. after adding the rest of the water keep mixing until there is no gloop left stuck to the spoon, if there is no gloop on the spoon there will be no gloop inside the mug
3. always taste the hot chocolate before adding milk or sugar, sometimes it tastes better without them.

phat robs guide to making the perfect hot chocolate.

ingredients:
hot chocolate
squirty cream
sprinkles of some kind preferably chocolate

1. make the hot chocolate using about 3/4 of the usual about of powder you have
2. do not add milk and only fill the mug about half way up
3. fill the rest of the mug with squirty cream and dashings of sprinkles.
4. high five the nearest person
5. enjoy awesome for your mouth (not my cock)

i hope you've enjoyed this and hope you try it sometime.