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Second Half Of 2012 Film Round-Up

It has been the case for the last few years, ever since I stopped watching Bollywood as though it was going out of fashion (alas for me it was because it was becoming too much like Hollywood for my liking), that I have been watching very few films. Since I finished my Marilyn Monroe “obsession” I’ve been lacking any real direction and thus watching feature length films passed by the wayside. I do have a few films around to watch, and indeed made a good start on New Year’s day, but for the last six months of 2012, the drama student in me made a very poor show.

So here we go, a short summary followed by summed up opinion. Here is the grand total of 3 films I watched in the second half of 2012 for which it was my first time watching.

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Skyfall (UK/USA, 2012) – James Bond goes against a former colleague and must protect M. Rather different than the others but pretty good all the same.

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The Transporter (USA, 2002) – A man who will take unnamed items from A to B with no questions asked finds himself asking questions when a particular item appears to be alive. A sometimes funny film that requires a suspension of belief to enjoy.

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The Warlords (China/Hong Kong, 2007) – Three men align their interests for the greater good, but whose greater good is it? Not quite what you’d expect from the cast nor the posters as it’s quite quiet in comparison to many war movies, but it is good and poignant nonetheless.

Watching James Bond at the cinema is rather fun, so I’m very biased towards saying that was my favourite. I was quite disappointed by The Warlords because of the great films I’ve seen of the cast before. For that I’m very pleased to have a couple of blockbusters on my list for the near future.

So… yes. Not a particularly good 6 months in the film department. I didn’t manage to dedicate time to film as I’d planned – whilst I have a great love of it, I have found myself often looking at the running time and estimating how many pages of a book could be read instead. And I say that as someone who truly loves both. But if I’m opting, as last year, for more do-able resolutions in 2013, then more films is surely okay to add to that list.



January 11, 2013, 11:15 am

Like you in the last six months I haven’t watched a great deal of films, especially not new films. I did go to see Skyfall and loved it! Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem were all great performances.

Maria @ A bookworm’s life

January 11, 2013, 1:05 pm

I haven’t watched any new films in a long time. I’m always saying that I want to watch this film or that but I just never actually do it. At home, I’ll watch old favourites on dvds but even that’s not often.
However, I do like the experience of going to the cinema (even if just for the popcorn and candy) so maybe I should try and actually do that.


January 14, 2013, 12:02 pm

I haven’t indulged in a Marilyn Monroe film fest in a while and you’re making think it’s time to do so again! I also want to re-do a John Sayles film fest and a John Hughes film fest. So much to read and watch! :–)


January 15, 2013, 12:15 pm

Nice film reviews, Charlie! Can’t believe that you watched just 3 films in the last 6 months of 2012! I want to watch ‘Skyfall’ sometime. People say that Javier Bardem is the coolest Bond villain ever :) ‘The Transporter’ is one of my favourite action movies. My favourite character in the movie is the French inspector, who quotes Marcel Proust :)


January 16, 2013, 4:00 pm

Jessica: It was a very good film wasn’t it, and the sets and locations worked so well on the big screen.

Maria: That is exactly my position, too. Lots of notes taken when trailers are on, but few get seen. I went through a phase of going to the cinema some years ago and it was great, when you haven’t been much recently, you come out feeling you’ve achieved something, one more off the list.

Rhapsody: I’m thinking of doing it all over again, she’s so brilliant to watch. I’m not sure I know of the actors you’ve mentioned, I’ll have to look them up.

Vishy: I know! Three is really really bad. He’s a very different villain, and everything about the film is different, but there is something about the character that I’ve tried to describe here for you but failed at doing so without spoilers so I’ll just leave it… The French inspector is brilliant, I love how everything is so obvious and he turns a blind eye. For all my commentary during it that it was improbable, it is a very good film.



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