Thursday, 15 May 2008


Ok so anyone who knows me or has seen my DVD collection, knows about my obsession with films. I'm a big film buff, and there is nothing I enjoy more than having a browse at blockbuster, buying a dvd and watching everything on it.

I'm quite technical in film appreciation, some of my friends often get annoyed, when I comment on direction, acting and dialogue. However there are films I can say are technically rubbish, but none-the-less are very entertaining. Take Transformers, direction is actually quite good, and even some of the acting is quite kick ass, but the plot, the inconsistencies, and the dialogue, are essentially rubbish. But Transformers is very entertaining why? 'cos it's really cool, films like that aren't supposed to be technically superb, although it helps if the direction makes it look cool. They're simply supposed to be cool, and it is.

On top of this with me is another issue with films. Every now and then a film comes along that isn't necessarily technically awesome, but is still up there, and when I watch it I go, "Whoa, that was awesome" and I end up watching it like every day for the next week, and even twice in a day on some occasions. It started with Jungle Book when I was a wee lad. I remember I didn't know how to work the VCR, I used to get up very early every day, go into my brother's room and wake him up. Please note my brother was, and still is very much an afternoon/night person. I remember saying to him, "Tommy it's Jungle Book Time it's Jungle Book time". He'd grumble "Okay Stuie get the video and go downstairs". I'd rush into my room and grab the video from under my bed and run downstairs to sit on the floor in front of the TV. I used to do this every day for about a month, I don't know how my brother still likes me after that.

More recently these films take the form of a different kind. The Girl Next Door was awesome, I remember most clearly the scene when the main character goes over to Elisha Cuthbert at a party, pushes away a Jock and kisses her, it's a magical moment to me, the music the direction and the acting, and even more-so the huge power of the moment. Now most recently is a film called disturbia. I remember being in blockbuster, having a browse, obviously I had heard of it, it only came out recently. I'm a big fan of Shia LaBeouf, and I think now I own most of his films. The copy I got was an ex-rental, I'm not to keen on these unless it's a film that's not that important to me, but hey students can't be choosers. For the next week or so I watched this film pretty much every day, and more than once, on more than one day. I'm even watching it now, as I type this up.

I guess the whole point of this blog is, wether or not a film is critically acclaimed, or technically brilliant, and even if everyone you know says it's rubbish, If you like it, don't let them change your mind. Film selection and enjoyment is a subjective experience, even if you don't know why you like it, if you like it, you like it.

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