# 482 – True Grit (2010)

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Another remake that makes the list over the original. It started off as a novel by Charles Portis, then was made into a movie starring John Wayne in 1969, then another one was made in 1978 and now this newest one, released in 2010. I haven’t seen the old ones so I can’t really compare, but this one was pretty good.

First thing that comes to mind is Hailee Steinfeld, the little girl who plays Mattie, very impressive acting from a thirteen year old girl. She won the part over 15,000 other girls.

I would say it was more of a comedy than it was a drama, I was interested but waiting for it to end.
Something I think I need to introduce would be a rating system, for those movies in between love and hate… So on a scale from 1-10, 1 being hate and 10 being love, I’d give it a 5.

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# 483 – Before Midnight (3) # 208 – Before Sunrise (1) #116 – Before Sunset (2)

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So, Dad and I made up a rule at the beginning that if we were to come across any sequels then it made more sense to watch them all as a group, because in most cases we are going to come across a sequel first because it is higher on the list than the prequel. Take the ‘Before’ trilogy for example – the third movie was the first one we needed to watch. The first movie was the second one we would watch and the second movie would be the last one we would watch… but so far apart!
In some cases, like Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, we didn’t do this because we have seen the others and don’t need to know what has happened previously and also who has the time to watch 6 ape movies on top of the 6 we already had.

Moving on!
The Before Trilogy is a love story, but not your usual kind. It’s romantic but in a realistic way.
Each sequel adds to the one before, they are set nine years after each other and pretty much just show different stages in a relationship.
They don’t do much, just walk around and talk about love and life but it’s very interesting and it doesn’t drag on at all! Well maybe it did for Dad, but not for me.
It’s very deep and sweet and funny and sad and a bit dirty/sexy all at once. And it seemed that the script was… loosely written? I’m not sure on the correct terminology here, but what I’m trying to say is that it seemed that they were really talking to each other, not just reading lines.

Well worth the watch for the romantic types AND the realist types!

# 484 – The Wicker Man (1973)

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Hmm…
Ok, well first let me explain why I chose the above picture instead of the cover for the DVD. Because the cover of the DVD makes it seem like a normal movie, more or less. This picture ^ is more fitting.
Edward Woodward appears again! The main character is played by ‘Breaker Morant’ (Thanks dad for pointing that out!).
There is a newer version, a 2006 remake starring Nicholas Cage. Haven’t seen that yet but I’d imagine it would be much easier to follow, this version wasn’t the best quality, the picture was a tad blurry and the sound unclear.

I’m not a very religious person, I’ll just get that out in the open. The Wicker Man is pretty much a weirded out version of what happens when people fall heavily into their religions. So I guess that’s one upside, at least you can follow the story and understand it… a little.

They occasionally break out into song. (awkward pause)

Well it made it on the list for a reason!

 

# 485 – Breakfast At Tiffany’s

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How cute is Audrey Hepburn?! I love her character in this movie. I just giggle at everything she says, because I imagine at the time she was trying to be rebellious and cheeky but nowadays its just.. well cute!

The first time I watched this I was very disappointed. There is so much hype and popular culture surrounding this movie that I had high expectations. So I wasn’t looking forward to watching it again, but I’m glad I did because I changed my mind! It’s enjoyable, probably more of a chick flick, it’s a little slow and maybe boring to some people (meaning me the first time I watched it) but still enjoyable, with loveable characters and a damsel in distress.

Even Dad enjoyed it and had a bit of a sing-along to ‘Moon River’. And if none of that interests you, it’s worth watching just to see Mickey Rooney acting as a Japanese hotel owner…

# 486 – Superbad

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The first comedy on the list! Well excluding Kick-Ass, I think that was more of an action movie though..

Anyway, there isn’t really anything special about Superbad. Don’t get me wrong… it is funny, but it’s pretty much your average teen-growing-up comedy. I’d probably rate it at a 7/10 for humour. But that’s mostly because I love Michael Cera.

It is worthy of the list in my eyes, but if you don’t like swearing and don’t find horny teenagers who get drunk amusing then it’s probably best you give it a miss.

# 487 – Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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I don’t think I really need to talk anyone in to watching this do I? Surely not. If you haven’t seen it, be ashamed.
How ever did those apes in the first 6 movies manage to take over the world?! Well now we know. And I think I can speak for everyone when I say you will get shivers when Caesar yells “NOOO!”

Even if you’re not a fan of the Ape franchise, I’d still recommend this one. The CGI work is excellent, it’s hard to tell at times if the apes are real or not and it has so many links to the other movies it’s not even funny.

One last thing, Andy Serkis (who ‘plays’ Caesar) was also the actor for King Kong in 2005 and the motion capture actor for Gollum in LOTR.

# 488 – Breaker Morant

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Loved it! Dad was super excited to watch it, all he said when I told him what we were watching was “WE SHOT THEM UNDER RULE 303!”… I was like errrrr… ok?

But in all seriousness, it’s a must-see. It’s Australian, a true story and tells of three guys who were used as scapegoats in the Boer War in the 1900’s. It’s funny and light-hearted at times, sad and meaningful in others.
Alf from home and away is in it! That made my day. Also I met Bryan Brown once. Just saying.

And the quotes! Morant has some great lines that we should all live by… this one is my fave:
“Live every day as if it were to be your last; for one day you’re sure to be right.”
And maybe one we don’t need to live by:
“Shoot straight ya bastards, don’t make a mess of it!”