A look back at 2009 in film!

Having already mentioned what a huge year 2009 is for Let’s Go To The Movies, formed in the February to be exact. That was therefore a massive year in terms of reviews for 2009 films, catching as many as I possibly could at the cinema and then reviewing them. Something I have grown to love over the past decade!

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I don’t feel as though this was really an outstanding decade in terms of films and/or performances but we certainly were given plenty of entertainment. The 3D film was pushed a lot and in a few different ways which is something that Avatar really was groundbreaking with, however after ten years maybe that film was more of a gimmick than actually an amazing film? I certainly think so.

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25 Today!

That’s right I am 25 years old today and decided on a birthday post of the last 25 years top of the cinema box office for each year! I have seen most of the films and actually seen a lot of them at the cinema as well, Aladdin being the first film I ever went to see at the cinema! So it just shows that I have contributed to the top grossing film at the cinema too, especially with 3 viewings of The Dark Knight!

1987 – Fatal Attraction

1988 – Rain Man

1989 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1990 – Ghost

1991 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

1992 – Aladdin

1993 – Jurassic Park

1994 – The Lion King

1995 – Die Hard: With A Vengeance

1996 – Independence Day

1997 – Titanic

1998 – Armageddon

1999 – Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menance

2000 – Mission: Impossible II

2001 – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

2002 – Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2003 – Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

2004 – Shrek 2

2005 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

2006 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

2007 – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

2008 – The Dark Knight

2009 – Avatar

2010 – Toy Story 3

2011 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

2012 – Marvel’s The Avengers (so far)

So . . . Happy Birthday to me!!!

‘Fright Night’ only available in 3D . . .

Is this the next step in trying to make a higher gross for a film, or an attempt to make more people see a 3D version of the film. ‘Fright Night’ was released in the UK last night and hardly any 2D copies of the film have been given to the cinemas. Seems like a way to try to ensure a higher box office taking, with 3D ticket prices being even higher than normal ticket prices. I am not a fan of 3D films at all, really don’t get the point of it. I don’t want to see things randomly come out of the screen and look like it is going to hit you . . . it’s not going to hit you and it’s all just done for effect.

The 3D effects put on a film often become the focus for the filmmaker and the storyline seems to suffer in some of the films “made for 3D”. I have been choosing to see the 2D version of films, but it does not seem that will be possible with ‘Fright Night’ and the lack of 2D films the cinemas have to show.

‘Avatar’ was still the only film which did not use the 3D for things jumping out of the screen, it was used to make you feel like you were in the world and gave you a surrounding look at it all. Which looked pretty incredible and added to the film, I haven’t actually watched the full film since seeing it in 3D at the cinema.

I went to see ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’ in 3D because they did not have the 2D option at the midnight screening – and I really couldn’t wait to see it the following morning. The 3D for that film was particularly bad, I guess that shows it was done in post-production of the film. I did however go back and see the film in 2D and it was much better.

The first film I ever saw in 3D was ‘The Final Destination’ which was number 4 in the series (I think) and that was the whole things flying out of the screen in an attempt to make people jump. After the first thing to jump out it became obvious the direction in which they were going with the film.

I have seen a few animated films in 3D including the re-releases of ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Toy Story 2’ before the release of the much-anticipated ‘Toy Story 3’. ‘Up’ is the other Disney/Pixar film I have seen in the 3D and while it doesn’t really make much difference the 2D versions would have done. I don’t appreciate paying extra money (on top of my Unlimited card) for something I don’t want to see. The up and coming re-release of ‘The Lion King’ in 3D therefore has no appeal to be whatsoever. It’s not going to change the film or be able to make it any better is it is already good and does not need the added 3D.

The films in recent months which were available in 3D but I went to the 2D screenings include ‘The Green Lantern’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’, ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. I will continue to do this if the films are available in 2D as well, as I will not want to go and see the 3D version as I really do not like them at all. I get no extra enjoyment out of them and don’t want to sit with the 3D glasses on for one and a half/ two hours at a time.

That gets me onto the 3D glasses . . . they really are not comfortable at all, although the special Harry Potter one’s are a little bit better. Not that I really have any intention of wearing any of them again. If that means missing out on some films until they are released to DVD/Blu Ray or come onto the TV to watch then that is what will happen. I really have less interest in 3D films that I did a year ago (and it was pretty low then). I keep hoping that the 3D versions of films are going to fail and they will get the message that we do not want to see films in 3D and very happy with the 2D format which has worked so well for years now . . . why change it?!?!

I just want to be able to go to the cinema, use my unlimited card without having to pay extra, not have to wear any glasses and just enjoy the film that I have chosen to see. Is that too much to ask?

Shrek 4 brings it’s own 3D Glasses . . .

As you may have noticed and remember from previous blogs I have written I am not the biggest fan of the 3D film, the only one which has really blown me away has been Avatar because they did not play on the 3D effects. The release of Shrek 4 aka Shrek Forever After last week, also saw the release of some special Shrek style glasses!

I plan on going to see the film on Saturday morning, which will probably be total madness with the number of children in the screen but I must admit that I do plan on buying the Shrek style glasses just because they really do look amusing!

But my main thoughts on this subject are how long before each film decides to cash in twice by having 3D glasses with something from the film on them? My guess is not long even if it just has the film name along the side. The whole 3D experience seems to be getting more expensive by the minute.

If you buy the glasses at a Cineworld cinema (I have no idea about the other chains) you receive a voucher for 1 pound off popcorn and one pound off a drink, but is that really worth it? With food and drink being so expensive at the cinema.

All this is just thinking about loud really, but I can see more and more different styles of 3D glasses sneaking into films over the next year or so!

Top 10 – Best Films of 2009

The 10 films I found the best from the year 2009. Yes you may think its now April, but I was trying to keep it to films from 2009 based on the year they were made rather than UK release date as that is often different to the US release date. Anyway I didn’t want to end up with a confusing list not containing some of the best of 2009 because I saw them at the beginning of 2010.

Check it out see if you agree with many of the films! As I am sure some of the films included would not have been expected.

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Pretty Boy Actors: A Curse?

Being an actor and being attractive at the same time and in some cases being labelled a “pretty boy” can place a lot of extra pressure on the actor. After so long if they are not already showing brilliant acting roles they hit a point when their good looks no longer cut it in the world of film. This could be related to that if they are a young actor their “fan girls” grow up and they are still trying to do the same type of roles, this loses some of their fan base and its either show you can act or the work will dry up and you will slowly be forgotten about. But if they can act and show they can act what a career they will have!

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Oscars 2010 – The Show

Possibly the most predictable Oscars in recent times. But what was the show like? Well I thoroughly enjoyed it last year and that was because of host Hugh Jackman and some changes made to the show. I had also seen most of the nominated films and was much Team Rourke thinking we were going to see Mickey win for his role in “The Wrestler” a film I really loved. But that didn’t happen and then the very overrated Slumdog took the big prize, I pretty much fell out of love with the Oscars.

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Oscars 2010 – Predictions

I am afraid this is going to be my last Oscars 2010 post until some red carpet pictures and the results and my opinions on who one, how the show went and the hosts Steve Martin and my man of the moment Alec Baldwin. As I cannot as originally planned stay up to watch he ceremony. 😦

Another downside to this years Oscars, I have not managed to see many of the nominated films. Some still have not appeared in my local cinema which has been so disappointing! My predictions therefore have to be based on what I have heard about some of films and performances (and where the other awards shows have gone to).

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Oscars 2010 – Nominations

The day eventually arrived and the nominations have now been released (I now know which films I have to watch before 7th March) and we can all start debating and creating our predictions on who is going to walk away with the golden statue come Oscar night.

 

We go back to 10 nominations for Best Picture and an animated film has been included in those 10, that being Up. Now that will cause a lot of debate because from what I have read people preferred Wall-E to Up. From my first look at the nominations the only suprise for myself is seeing District 9 in the Best Picture cateogry. Everything else is pretty much what was expected.

Best Picture

Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

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