Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Spriggsblog Goes To The Movies

 Quotation Of The Day:  Billy Wilder -- An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing.  But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation.

This being part 2 of my year-end wrap-up, this edition dealing with the movies (or more accurately, the DVDs)  i have watched this year.

Well, i'm a bit of a list freak, and i've kept track of everything i saw:

Jan. 11: 48 Hours

Feb. 8: Taxi Driver
Feb. 12: The Replacement Killers
Feb. 15: Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon
Feb. 27: Goodfellas

Mar. 2: Heaven
Mar. 9: Salt
Mar. 22: The Net
Mar. 30: 25th Hour

Apr. 12: The Ghost Writer
Apr. 13: Green Zone
Apr. 22: The Bourne Ultimatum
Apr. 23: The Bourne Supremacy
Apr. 24: The Bourne Identity (yes, i know i watched them in reverse order)
Apr. 26: Leaving Las Vegas
Apr. 27: Smilla's Sense Of Snow

May 1: The Adjustment Bureau
May 2: Romy And Michelle's High School Reunion
May 12: Eastern Promises
May 23: La Femme Nikita
May 24: Mean Streets
May 25: The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3

June 21: Duck Soup

July 19: Get Shorty
July 20: Salt
July 21: The Adjustment Bureau

Aug. 9: Inglourious Basterds
Aug. 17: Adoration
Aug. 24: Independence Day

Oct. 10: Sleuth
Oct. 11: Blow
Oct. 24: Source Code
Oct. 25: Candyman
Oct. 28: Frantic

Now, i love films, but what a dismal record since October!  There have been just so few evenings when i seem to have had the requisite two (or more) hours to spare, so i've been watching episodes of television series (on DVD), things like Father Ted, The Big Bang Theory (thanks, Jen!), Hill Street Blues and The Rockford Files.  Also, you'll notice that most of the above are older movies, most of them i've watched two or three (or more) times.

And i won't keep you in suspense, i know you're dying to know what was my favourite new film of the year.

Grabbing the top spot is  (ta-daaa) "The Adjustment Bureau" (Matt Damon, Emily Blunt).  But a very close second is "Source Code" (Jake Gyllenhall, Vera Farmiga).

Which kinda sorta leaves "Salt" in 3rd place, as it was (i think) the only other "new" film i saw in 2011.  And it was all right, lotsa action and very entertaining.  But there was something ... like when the character played by Angelina Jolie watches her husband be murdered and does nothing.

Th-th-that's all folks!

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