Who we are and what this is
The role of this blog is to show two likely contrasting views of a movie, with both of us having quite different expectations of what’s on screen. Despite the differences, however, we do share very similar taste on a large number of points, so it’s quite possible that the average scoring may well end up quite similar.
Without wanting to get too much into personal backgrounds and so forth, for anyone interested we have added a bit of information regarding our own movie views, which may help explain what we write about the featured movies on this site. We should also add that, given the likely spoilers, if not full-on bisection of certain plot points, our takes and interpretations of the movies covered on this site are very much intended for people who have already seen them. It’s intended purely for fun, having been suggested by Lisa as a result of our obsessive movie viewing at our local Cinema.
The Blue Corner - Pete
Bah Weep Graaagnah Wheep Ni Ni Bon
Although I will give any movie a chance, irrespective or genre, cast or age, Drama & Thriller tends to tick the boxes more often than not. I do have something of a soft spot for Sci-Fi & a strange love of most things B-Movie. Give me a bleak post-apocalyptic landscape, a story that favours the baddie and mix in a big batch of conspiracy and I’m there. I’d also confess to having a sympathetic eye for the 80’s movies – I can quite happily see past dodgy animatronics and make up, but throw in a needlessly badly done CGI background in a ‘current’ movie and there’s going to be problems.
Comedy is probably the genre I struggle with the most in the sense that I apparently expect too much from them – for all of the high profile ones that we’ve watched over the years there’s really only been a couple that have genuinely hit the spot for me. Given that the genre also covers the more-often-than-not painfully awful ‘spoof’ movies that the industry’s been churning out over the past few years (referring famous pop culture moments 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the year != automatic funny), straight away any comedy has to prove me wrong.
Gene Hackman is my favourite actor, although if I’m honest I really can’t hear a bad word against Kevin Coster, regardless of how unfashionable that is. Clive Owen, whilst not in (or near) the upper leagues of acting I also have to include in the sense that he’s somehow managed to be in a disproportionate number of my favourite movies of the past five years (there’s not many in that category as it is) – come to think of it, I don’t know that I’ve disliked a single movie that he’s been in. Either he has an agent that the likes of Pacino should be fighting for, or he has an inbuilt film script quality filter that almost every other actor seems to be missing.
Ewe Boll should be stopped, Danny Dyer gets way more work than he should, and the parties responsible for producing film trailers need to learn that key plot points really shouldn’t be featured outside of the movie.
Favourite Movies: Wag The Dog | Grosse Pointe Blank | Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain | Children of Men | The Insider | Indiana Jones & The Raiders Of The Lost Ark | Die Hard | Ghostbusters | Short Circuit | Transformers: The Animated Movie | The Usual Suspects | Léon | Heat | The Shawshank Redemption | Se7en
The Red Corner - Lisa
Nobody puts Baby in the corner
As far back as I can remember I have always been a movie lover. Indiana Jones looms large in my early life and was my hero. I am one of those people who can watch a good film a million times and still have it generate similar feelings to the first time I watched it. For me, films are closely linked with my other passions of psychology and books. Films elict emotion… or at least if its a good film it should. I am also quite strange.Let me tell you why…. I can appreciate a film, say for its artistic merit or for its adaptation/visual interpretation of a novel, without necessarily liking it. conversely I can like/enjoy a film while recognising it is entirely ludicrous and has plot hole a plenty or is quite frankly just naff. I can still love it.
I unashamedly love Disney and yes I believe in happy endings in films because frankly life is bleak enough. I like a strong plot with enough information to entice…but let me figure it out for myself. Controversial here but…I am not adverse to films celebrating the…hero…. with no shirt on…such as in Thor or Gerard in 300.
I have a particular soft spot for the feast of the senses that is the period drama. However I really enjoy all film genres from romantic dramas and the odd rom com or two, to action/ thrillers/ horror and fantasy/adventure. Sci/fi not so much and well, frankly, Comedy is tricky. I have a really dry sense of humour and if it features the tagline ‘the most hilarious film of the year’ ; it will usually disappoint to the extent it will be lucky to crack a smile. But I’m not a snob… I’ll watch em’ and then shake my head in despair afterwards. If it’s vintage Will Ferrell , Jim Carey, Steve Carrell or Adam Sandler you can usually count me out. Spoofs- forget it. Now give me a juicy Psychological thriller/crime and you’ve really peaked my interest… but just don’t disappoint me or get your facts wrong. I’m a stickler.
My favourite actor is the acting genius that is Ralph Fiennes. The man is a genius and he can play every type of role and has such fierce intensity and complexity.
Favourite Movies: The Silence of the Lambs | Se7en | Hannibal | Red Dragon | The English Patient | Serendipity | Pride & Prejudice | Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark | Pretty Woman | Dirty Dancing | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers | The End of the Affair | The Notebook | Sense and Sensibility | The Shawshank Redemption | Cast Away | When Harry Met sally | Chocolat | Beauty and the Beast | Casino Royale